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    1. Member UKGTI's Avatar
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      05-19-2004 02:25 AM #1
      it is looking like it is going to be tough to build a standard two car garage on my new house. The driveway isn't wide enough to allow for the setbacks my city requires . I am definitely going to do a one car, but may be doing a one car wide but two car deep garage. Not sure how this would look or work, but any ideas or suggestions would be cool.


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      05-19-2004 09:09 AM #2
      Only worry about doing it two deep would be how it will look. Might be really ugly and oddly proportioned. Of course, you could make it as wide as possible and have some storage available on the side, and then make it two deep but try to limit it to 35' or so in length. That wouldn't look too bad.

    3. 05-19-2004 09:55 AM #3
      Two wide, two deep is what we are doing at my house right now, and it looks good, because it is proportional, not sure what a single wide double deep would look. Is it attached to the house? If so, I would be worried that the house would look like a big "L"

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      05-19-2004 12:23 PM #4
      not sure if it is going to be attached to the house or not. Here is a picture of the driveway for an idea.


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      05-20-2004 10:10 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by Oliver@triplezoom »
      ...Might be really ugly and oddly proportioned...

      Proportioned-shmorshund! Two bays is always better than one, period! You build a one-car garage and you'll be kicking yourself in the butt for not making it two!
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      05-21-2004 12:01 PM #6
      how about a garage somewhere in the middle of the driveway with roll up doors on each side? just an idea

    7. 05-23-2004 07:09 PM #7
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      how about a garage somewhere in the middle of the driveway with roll up doors on each side? just an idea

      my parents friend actually did this, they had a single driveway with 2 garage doors on each side to fit 2 -3 cars in it. in the back walk about 15 ft your in the pool...


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      05-24-2004 07:44 AM #8
      We're doing a lot of house shopping right now, and we did look at one house that had a "single file" 2 car garage.

      It was not as nice as a standard 2 car, but far better than a single car. I say go for it if that's what your options are limited to.


    9. 05-24-2004 10:40 PM #9
      all i have say is 2 deep car garages suck!!!!! i have one at my place a college it blows!

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      05-25-2004 12:04 PM #10
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      all i have say is 2 deep car garages suck!!!!! i have one at my place a college it blows!

      So are you saying you would rather have a ONE car garage than a TWO car single-file, garage?

      I would rather have a 'traditional' garage but given the choices he has I would opt for the two car single-file over just a single

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      05-25-2004 12:21 PM #11
      For us it was very hard to find a side by side two car garage (in a townhouse) in our price range. So we have a single file two car garage. It usually works out as I leave before and come home after my wife does from work. Our neighbors across the street have a one car garage, and one car on the driveway but they get an extra room in lieu of the bigger garage. I rather house my cars than have that extra room.

      Make it a two garage if you can, your cars will love you for it


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      05-25-2004 01:54 PM #12
      Given all my options, of course I would want a standard two car wide, but if all I can fit is one car wide, you can bet I will be doing a two car long garage.

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      05-25-2004 02:42 PM #13
      What about a standard one car with a higher ceiling height. You could then add a lift and store one on top of the other. The cost and instilation of the lift HAS to be less then the materials and construction cost of a two car garage vs a one car.

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      05-25-2004 04:26 PM #14
      I will need to get both cars in and out everyday. One is mine, one is my wifes otherwise I would be all about that!

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      05-25-2004 04:35 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by UKGTI »
      I will need to get both cars in and out everyday. One is mine, one is my wifes otherwise I would be all about that!

      It isn't like it takes 2 hours to get one up or down. They are pretty quick.


    16. 05-25-2004 05:15 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by CBJ »

      It isn't like it takes 2 hours to get one up or down. They are pretty quick.

      No, but it's needlessly complicating the solution. It's no more better than the situation a two car single file garage would create. Possibly it's even less desirable. because the expense of a lift brings into the equation, not to mention limited clearance for the car on the lift would limit the size of the cars you could stow up there. And I can imagine it wouldn't be an attractive item for most home buyers if down the road they decided to sell.


      Modified by 13minutes at 5:19 PM 5-25-2004


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      05-25-2004 05:56 PM #17
      exactly, it is something I will probably put in the house I retire in, not this one. They are definitely cool, but how practical for every day use, I don't know.

    18. 05-25-2004 06:20 PM #18
      make it as big as possible in all directions. even if it is only 1.5 wide, it is still better than 1 wide, plus you'd be able to push bikes around the car w/o denting it up.

    19. 05-26-2004 12:35 AM #19
      or you could make an out door carport over your driveway ... i donno i'd rather have a one car garage with an extra room, the area in which you spend most of your day will be bigger, and better resale when you look to move on.

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