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Minimum size for 2 car garage

Discussion in 'Urgent - Help Needed' started by aaron lambert, Jul 12, 2006.

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  1. aaron lambert

    aaron lambert Sophomore Member

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    Feb 21, 2005
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    Is there a standard for what makes a garage a 2 car garage as opposed to a large 1 car. I was always told that 18 feet wide is the minimum, I think that is a tight fit, but could probably get 2 cars in. Any comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. Thomas Fiehler

    Thomas Fiehler Senior Member

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    Jun 2, 2003
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    Around here, most seem to start at 20x20 or maybe 19x20. IMHO that's too small but it is market accepted.
     
  3. Colorado Guy

    Colorado Guy Member

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    Feb 9, 2003
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    18' wide is my experience as well

    Hope they have 2 minis!
     
  4. Liz Mura

    Liz Mura Member

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    Oct 20, 2004
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    The samllest I've ever seen was 18.5 X 19. No SUV's in that baby, but still functional for the majority of people.
     
  5. Wayne Tomlinson

    Wayne Tomlinson Senior Member

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    Jan 25, 2005
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    I have an 18' garage. It aint big enough.

    Wayne Tomlinson
     
  6. Richard Carlsen

    Richard Carlsen Elite Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
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    Normally, it is not the size of the garage that dictates the number of cars but the door width on a SOHD or the number of doors where there are multiple OHD's. If the door is wide enough for two cars to reach the parking spots, then it is a 2 stall garage in my mind. This is usually requires a building with a minimum of 18 feet width.

    I've had 24 foot wide garages with one SOHD and I call them 1 stall with a notation that there is additional storage space in the garage.
     
  7. aaron lambert

    aaron lambert Sophomore Member

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    Feb 21, 2005
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    Thank's for the help. All my comps are basically the same with the same garage size, public record shows it as a 1 car, lender wants comments on the discrepancy. Just wanted a little ammo before I write a letter.
    Thanks again for the fast responses.
     
  8. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Elite Member

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    Sep 28, 2003
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    New York
    Aaron- suggestion - Typically Assessor Records indicate 1 Car Garage regardless of size. "yes it's one garage with 10x20, 12x24, 14x28, 16x30, 18-34 dimensions".( or ODD NUMBERS) .....etc. Mislabeling due to property record data input criteria routinely creates confusion and havoc. Best thing - phone for the dimensions.

    also- criteria for 1 vs 2 vs 3 bays varies widely depending on age, style, quality, and location. "measure twice" cut once to avoid UW stips / possibly misleading appraisal reports.
     
  9. Mike Garrett RAA

    Mike Garrett RAA Elite Member

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    Jan 14, 2002
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    State:
    Colorado
    Your assessor is nuts!

    I would personally think 18' would be the minimum but...I do not believe there is a standard.

    Most two car garages IN MY MARKET are not large enough for todays SUVs. I am fortunate to have two Suzuki's, a swift and a sidekick. They fit nicely into my 20x20 garage. Our house is the only one on the cul-de-sac (8 homes) where all of the cars are parked in the garage.
     
  10. Pamela Crowley (Florida)

    Pamela Crowley (Florida) Elite Member

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    Jan 13, 2002
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    Maronda here decided to move the well pump and pressure tank to just inside the garage door.

    18' garage outside measure, concrete block walls.
    16' garage door.
    Post to protect the well pump & tank left 14' width for cars.

    Nope, that ain't quite a 2 car garage anymore!!!!!
     
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