How to Choose Between a Detached or Attached Garage

How to Choose Between a Detached or Attached Garage

Are you on the fence or torn between choosing a detached or attached garage for your home so you can protect your vehicles and have a place to work sheltered from nasty weather? In our article this week, our Calgary garage builder breaks down the benefits of both so you can better choose between the two. 

If you're tired of leaving your expensive vehicle exposed to the elements then a garage is exactly what you need to protect your investment from inclement weather and sketchy prowlers or thieves. But should you build a detached or attached garage? That's the tough question. 

While both attached and detached garages provide the protection you're looking for, there are advantages and drawbacks to either type. Let's take a closer look at each one.

How to Choose Between a Detached or Attached Garage

When choosing between an attached or detached garage for your property, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions. How customized would I like my garage to be? Will I be using my garage to primarily store my vehicles or would I like to work in it as well? And finally, what are the zoning and permitting laws in my city and how difficult will it be for either type of garage to be built? 

In order to help you answer those questions, here are the main benefits and drawbacks of both attached and detached garages as compiled by our garage construction expert in Calgary.

Detached Garages

Detached garages are gaining popularity as more people are tired of the standard look that houses with an attached garage bring with them. Providing a more modern look by letting your house stand out and shine, detached garages come with the following advantages and drawbacks. 


Customization: Depending on the layout of your lot, a detached garage provides an incredible chance to customize it as you see fit. Bound only by your property line and permitting regulations in your town or city, you can build an oversized detached garage that houses all your vehicles, provides a perfect workspace and storage area for all your tools, or acts as the place to be for game day while not disturbing those in the house.

Space: Detached garages can be expanded upon in the future if your storage needs require it, so long as you're able to get the permit to do so and have the land available. You also aren't confined to your existing home's layout when first constructing your detached garage too.

Security: If a burglar were to gain entry into your detached garage, you and your family would still be safe from the intruder in your house. You can also set up enhanced security features on a detached garage with less overall costs as the area being protected isn't as large as your home.


The only drawback of a detached garage is the fact you may have to trudge through nasty weather in order to get to your vehicles or work station. If you're bringing groceries or other items back from a shopping expedition it can also be a bit more of a hassle compared to an attached garage.

Attached Garages

While traditional, attached garages provide the ultimate in convenience when it comes to vehicle storage. When done well, they can also give your home a nice aesthetic and help boost your curb appeal and resale value. Let's look a little closer at these advantages and drawbacks for attached garages.


Convenience: There's nothing quite like driving into your garage in -30°C weather, closing the door behind you, and walking into your warm home. This is especially true if you have groceries or other items to bring in from your vehicle. Of course, the reverse is also true. If you're heading out for the day in inclement weather, you can avoid it until you have to exit your vehicle once you get to your destination. 

Lower costs: With an attached garage, you can most likely save some money with its construction because there will be existing walls that can be used when building it. Attached garages are usually smaller as well so the construction cost should reflect that. 

Improves resale value: If you plan on selling your home but don't have a garage, potential buyers might see that as a major drawback. 


The main drawbacks of attached garages centre around security and zoning. Getting the proper permits to build an attached garage can be difficult and costly given there's an existing structure (your house) already there. And while an attached garage can be very secure if you lock the adjoining door to your house, should a burglar gain entry to your attached garage and the door not be locked they can easily enter your home.

Either Option Provides the Protection You Need

Whether you ultimately choose an attached or detached garage, the main benefits both bring with them of protecting your vehicles and providing more space or storage can't be denied. If you're ready to take the first step towards getting the garage you've always wanted, contact us today for your free no obligation consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to construct a garage?

There are so many different factors that go into answering this question accurately. The size, location, features, and whether it's attached or detached all contribute to the final cost of your garage construction project. If we had to give a ballpark figure, we would say it typically costs between $20,000 - $40,000 to construct a brand new garage here in Canada. That being said, with Pitbull's price protection guarantee, we can construct a 20x20' garage for only $14,000.

Will I need a permit for my garage?

You most likely will need a permit for your newly constructed garage, especially if it's an attached one. At Pitbull Construction we will obtain the proper permitting for your garage construction project, which generally takes between 1-3 weeks.

Are your garages covered by warranty?

You bet! We stand behind our work and offer a 5-year warranty on everything our garage construction entails.


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