There are many benefits to having a detached garage, but it is usually this time of year when the shortcomings become more obvious. Cold winds, snow, sleet, ice . . . having to fight through the wintery elements just to get in and out of the house can make anyone with a detached garage envy those with an attached one.
If you are in the category, maybe it's time to start thinking about connecting the two. If the garage is close enough to the house, building a connection can actually solve several problems. Not only will you be able to to move back and forth in warmth and comfort, but the attachment itself can become a new living space. I spent many hours of my youth watching TV in a nice, bright playroom that was built to join house and garage. The space can also be used as a mudroom or storage room.
I know that some of you are thinking you wish you had a garage -- any kind of garage -- to cause such worries. If that's your predicament, maybe it's time to start thinking about building a garage addition.
See also Designing a New Garage.
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