How big is a double garage?
With space at an increasing
premium here in the UK, having room for a garage is somewhat of a
luxury in itself. Being able to park your car securely, away from the
street, is a dream for pretty much every homeowner. What’s more,
garages often double up as a convenient storage zone for all manner
of odds and ends, keeping unsightly clutter away from the house. If
you’re blessed with the space for not one but two
garages - good for you! Here in the UK, the recognised standard size
for a double garage is
6m x 6m, which is exactly twice the size of a normal residential
single unit. These dimensions allow for easy opening of car doors on
both sides of a vehicle, even when two cars are parked side by side.
materials can I build a double garage from?
The list is relatively
endless, but the most common garage materials include:
Wood. This gives a pretty
and rustic aesthetic but can be extremely costly, depending on the
variety of wood used.
Metal. Generally speaking,
metal builds are prefabricated garages and have an industrial look to them.
Concrete. Again, this tends
to be a material used in the prefab world.
Bricks or blocks. These are
the generally preferred building materials, when constructing an
on-site addition and should be utilised by a professional team of
much does it cost to build a double garage?
According to recent studies,
you should be willing to spend in the region of £15,000 for a double
garage and that would actually only cover a very basic build. When
you think that you need to pay someone to build the walls and also
dig the foundations, lay a concrete pad and then finish everything in
an aesthetically pleasing way, the sky really is the limit as to how
much you could spend. Of course, the materials and professionals that
you choose will have a huge bearing on the final cost, as will any
optional technology, such as electric doors and lighting.
door types work well for double garages?
Given that your garage will
be at least 6m wide, you need to think about whether you’d prefer a
single door or two smaller ones. From there, you can start to narrow
your criteria down according to the materials you like and can
afford, as well as the finished style that you are hoping to achieve.
For example, if you are building a rustic double garage, in a rural
location, you might like two sets of double stable doors, to tie the
look together. Other commonly selected styles include:
- Retractable doors
- Roller doors
- Electric doors
should build a double garage?
This is a tricky question, as
naturally, you’ll want to save money where possible and might
consider building your own garage, if you aren’t a stranger to DIY
projects. While we commend your courage, we only really recommend
this course of action if you know exactly what you are doing and have
selected a prefabricated design, as these are typically very simple
to construct and have little margin for error, given that they arrive
in a number of large panels and simply need screwing together.
For anything a little more
involved, such as a double garage with a pitched roof design or one
that needs to be built from bricks or blocks, hiring an experienced
and talented professional could save you time and, in the long run,
money. You’ll get certain guarantees of quality craftsmanship when
hiring a recognised expert, which will give you exceptional peace of
do I find the right contractor to build my garage?
References are key, which
means asking family and friends if they have any contractors that
they can recommend, but don’t be shy about knocking on somebody’s
door, if they have the perfect garage! Most people will be only too
happy to tell you who they had build it and if they would recommend
Always ask for quotes from a
few different contractors, to see what average price you will be
looking at and don’t forget to check on the internet if you want to
find some objective reviews of their work.
If you are still unsure of
where to start looking for the right contractor, the homify directory is a top resource for locating nearby tradespeople