Sorry if these are the wrong groups. Just wanted some quick input on
two things i'm planning on for a home we're going to start building
later this year.
- drive through garage -
I would like to build a drive through garage (garage door on front and
back). Seems pretty straightforward to me, given there's enough room
for both doors to be installed and there is adequate room behind and
to the side to safely navigate a vehicle. Are there any other issues
i need to consider? This is primarily a safety thing, pulling forward
out of the garage always seems safer, but i think it will be nice for
parties, cleaning, etc as well (and force me to keep the clutter
- 'hard room' in basement -
We will be pouring 9' basement walls for the home. I would like to
have a small room (e.g. 6x10) with all four walls poured (corner room
most likely. This would be a room for securing valuables and added
reinforcement for extreme weather conditions. I may actually go with
a poured ceiling (e.g. at 8') as well...not sure yet. I'm starting to
do some research on this, because i can think of a number of potential
issues from a safety standpoint, but i'm also wondering about stress
on the foundation if we used it for one or two of the walls.. Seems
like it could cause cracking, and that a freestanding room might be
better on the house.
Thanks for any input.
I'm not a structural engineer.
You'd lose valuable storage space. I wonder about the missing rear
wall's contribution to keeping the whole thing from toppling sideways.
Beefing around the doors may be needed. Watch out for power door
openers wanting to share space. Watch out for whether you want
separate openers or not.
Planning for driveway space can be worked out. Sidesways to the
street, a garage can present windows which looks more homey than a big
old door so that might be nice. Street parallel, it'd eat yard. But
maybe you don't like mowing.
We'll see what the voices of experience have to say.
if you can afford it and want it, I think the double door idea is a most
sound convenience. I concur that when viewed, making a garage a nice
addition to a home's silhouette is important. All too many homes here in
Australia seem to pay homage to the car, with their garages sticking out
like dog's balls and doing nothing to enhance the presentation of a home.
Depending on the style of your home, you may even want to consider placing
the front garage door under an arched entryway or similar, so much of it is
in shadow.... As mentioned, we are in Australia and own a home built in
1880 - our garage door will be a sectional though will look like swinging
barn doors, but even with this level of effort to helping it be in keeping
with the era, the door will be set back behind an arch. The overall look
will be that of a coach-house and will indeed have another door at the back
to provide access to the rear yard.
Can't really comment on basements - we don't have them here - or attics
for that matter ..... madness I know, but that's how it is. I guess the idea
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