Designs, Lifestyle

Attached vs. Detached Garage: Which is Better to Build in Ontario?


When you’re building a home from scratch, it’s tempting to design it to be just perfect for you. But it’s just as important to think beyond and consider how the house will look in the eyes of future buyers. It’s impossible to know just what the future will bring – even if you hope to keep the home in the family, there may well come a time when it becomes necessary to sell.

One of the questions to ask is this: is it better to build an attached or detached garage? Most Ontarians see a garage as a necessity, given our climate, but there is still some debate as to whether it should be an addition or an outbuilding.

When it comes down to it, I believe an attached garage is a far better value to future home buyers. I say that despite growing up with a detached garage and far preferring the look of a detached garage compared to a big, ugly garage stuck to the side of the house. An attached garage just makes so much more sense.

Here are the two biggest reasons why.

1. Ease of Access

Royal Homes, a prefab home builder in Ontario, says it best: “You won’t have to go outdoors and brave the elements whenever you need to grab a tool or something from your car.”

That might not seem like a big deal to you as a spry, able-bodied person, but it matters a lot when you’re living with reduced mobility.

And given that seniors are the fastest-growing age group in this province, accessibility is a deal-breaker to more and more home buyers.

2. Flexibility

We’re at something of a turning point in terms of transportation here in Canada.

More people are using public transportation than ever before. Car-sharing is huge in urban centres and expanding to the suburbs. Many of our allies overseas are planning to phase out gas and diesel-fuelled cars within the next few decades, there’s a growing push for similar measures at home.

In other words, it’s not a sure thing that everyone will need a space to store their car 40 or 50 years down the road.

So, what does that mean for your garage? Well, if it’s an attached garage, it could be sold to potential home buyers as potential living space. Attached garages are easily converted to an extra bedroom, family room, or even an in-law suite if you have enough room. The prefab home builder in Ontario I mentioned earlier also advances this selling point.

Detached garages can be all those things as well – but there are two problems. The first is accessibility, as mentioned before. The second is energy-efficiency. If you’re using a detached garage as living space, you’ll need to heat it in the winter and cool it in the summer. That’s going to be expensive.

An attached garage, on the other hand, has the benefit of sharing a wall with the house and proximity to the existing HVAC setup. Getting that hooked up to heating and cooling will be much more affordable.

So, that’s it – my argument in favour of an attached garage. Thoughts?