Gaines Group Architects

Green Term Defined: Detached Garage

_MG_6013It all started so innocently, we became a car based society and wanted to protect our investments. So we went from parking our cars in a driveway to parking them in the carriage house at the end of the driveway. Then came the carport – an attached to your home open air structure that protected the car from rain and snow. Then someone, probably an architect, said, lets build walls around this structure and make it part of the house. That is where our troubles started.

Yes, the attached garage is a convenience that most people in our area enjoy on cold and wet days, but there are problems lurking. It is impossible to completely separate them from your living spaces. This leads to indoor-air-quality issues in your home. As wind blows against your garage door, the space become pressurized pushing fumes and chemicals into your house. After all, where do you keep all those pesticides, gas cans, old paints if not in your attached garage?_MG_5978

So what is the solution? A detached garage not directly connected to your home. It can be connected via a covered walkway or screen porch. This detached structure is completely separated from your living space protecting your indoor-air-quality. Interesting that the google web definition is a garage not attached to a home, usually found in older homes. We have found that many of our clients want a healthy home. To create this you have to make the thermal envelope very tight which makes the indoor-air-quality contaminant prevention even more important. 

Detached Garage Design Solutions

078009-R1-18There seems to be a new kind of man cave popping up all around our area; the detached garage. It protects indoor air quality, offers flexible work space, and extra storage. The detached garage is making a comeback!photo (3)

These structures used to be fairly standard in residential design, but fell in popularity to the attached garage for convenience. However, these attached garage structures are usually limited in size to maintain proportions to the rest of the home. 15202_588488164504472_1206185290_nThey also are usually on the front of the home dominating the architecture – better purchase a nice garage door. The detached garage offers a place for a guest apartment, can vary in size and aesthetics, and is a place to store all those chemicals (paint, gas, oil) that you don’t want sneaking into your home. The detached garage can take on a form to compliment the home, look like a barn, or blend into the background.