I am not about to start this project any day soon, but hopefully in a few years. However, knowing what I plan to do in the future will help me decide what else I will do with my yard today.
I currently have a 2.5 attached-car garage. It is 2 cars wide, but is almost 2 cars deep - totaling about 700sqft. I MIGHT be able to fit 2 cars nose to tail if I didn't have any cabinets/tools, (and one car was a Mini Cooper
I also have a storage shed in the back of my yard, approximately 10x15. It is very basic, wood construction & floor, no power. Basically a place to park the lawnmower, put yard furniture during the winter, and that's about it.
I cannot make my existing garage wider, due to an existing easement next-to my house. I can make it deeper/longer though. Expanding out the back of the garage approximately 20', would give me another ~500 sqft of space. This extra space would be used for 2 things:
- 1, an eventual "Extra" or "toy" car. I had 3 cars (mine, my wife's, plus one), but got tired of shuffling around in the driveway and got rid of it last year.
- 2, a spot where I can use my woodworking tools without having to empty out the garage first.
The other option would be to add a standalone garage in the back, where the shed currently exists. Something like a 20x25ish. I would have to run electric and gas (for heat) to the building. The downside to this is any 3rd car I put in there would need to drive through the yard to get to it. I won't be able to pave a permanent driveway to it, due to the aforementioned easement. It would be nice to have a separate "space" out away from the house for using tools and such. Then again, getting there in the winter would suck when snow is on the ground. The extra garage upside would be that my "house" wouldn't be under construction, and it might/is-probably cheaper to build.
If I expand the garage it will take-out my pool and deck, which honestly we are fine with not having.
Here are some sketchup images, I like to play with sketchup more than I probably should.
What the expansion would look like:
What the inside would look like. Where the "line" on the floor is, is where my current garage ends.
A guy down the street from me just did a similar sized expansion, but put a second story above the garage. Permitted cost was $56K. I don't want to spend $50K on garage space.
Again, this is not happening today, but I don't want to put in extensive landscape I will have to tear out in a few years because I am putting a building there (either behind the house, or near where the shed stands now).