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Old 03-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

My new home has a two car garage. I'm turning it into my shop by adding a 3 car garage in front of the existing two car garage. The new three car will be used strictly for parking three cars side by side.

My current plan is to go with a 16' wide and a 9' wide garage door. Adding two foot between the doors and 3' foot to the outside of each door give me a 32 or 33 foot width.

Is 32 x 22 big enough to park three cars? Going wider give me heartburn integrating the new garage with the design of the house.

22 foot should be deep enough to park most anything I'd ever drive.

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

A 16' door is awful narrow to park 2 cars in and 22' deep is pretty shallow.
Lay it out with some tape in an open parking lot and you park 2 cars in the area you taped off. You be the judge.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:18 AM   #4
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22 foot should be deep enough to park most anything I'd ever drive.
you can use up 22' pretty fast, even faster when you are trying to maneuver all three cars through one door. whenever you think you are designing it with enough room, automatically add 4'
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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If all your parking is 3 new smaller rigs then you will be fine. If your like most people then the mower, Christmas decorations, the old fridge, a few cabinets and bicycles creep in then it might get a bit tight.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:22 AM   #6
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

Build as big as you can afford that is still athetically pleasing...you will run out of room much sooner than you think.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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If your talking small cars ya you can probably get by for just parking. Full size cars/trucks it will be tight to open doors with out worrying about hitting the car beside you. As 2011corvette suggested lay it out some where and try it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #8
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The one thing I learned about building a garage is the answer to "Is it big enough?" is always no.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:06 AM   #9
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

mine is 29 deep, 22 wide so I can relate to those dimensions. for a 3-wide garage, it depends if you're gonna work in there of just park. 32x22 should be a-ok to just park but for a working garage AND parking 3 cars you might want it deeper. like someone else said, mock it up somewhere
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:03 AM   #10
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I would go deeper, 24-26
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:03 AM   #11
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I like the idea of mocking it up. Good call. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:04 AM   #12
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Typical parking lot spaces are 8 feet wide, leaving enough room to get in and out of cars. Of course, bigger is always a good thing, but the size you chose should be fine.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #13
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32' wide will be adequate to park three cars, but not a lot of room between them for door opening. I've had two cars and a Compact Utility tractor in my garage which is 36' wide and it has a 2' bench on one side and my rollaways on the other and I still had adequate room to move around. Now on the other hand, 22' deep is not real deep. You won't have much room at the front or rear if you park a truck in there. An extra 2' would make a huge difference. Also it wouldn't cost much more to go 24' deep as all your sheet goods as in drywall and such are already in 4' increments.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:07 AM   #14
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

A comfy car parking would be 12'. So your 32 is about minimum, but it is usable. For mid sized cars, 22' is OK. For a truck it'd be real tight. Our house garage is right at 22'. I haven't tried to fit the truck in there yet.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:30 PM   #15
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32x24 would be a better option.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #16
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

I'm planning to build the EXACT garage you're building right down to the door dimensions. I may have to beg the town to allow me two more foot of depth also. I did manage to get a 12' ceiling though.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:00 PM   #17
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mine is 36 x24 and its not big enough
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #18
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

The 3 car garage will be for parking only. The existing 2 car garage will become my shop.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #19
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

My garage is 30' deep x 40' wide. One side has a 20' door for two cars while the other side has a 12' door for one car. I can open all the doors on all the cars, at the same time and never hit the other car or a wall. Plenty of room.

With that said I believe that if you don't spend time doing some cleaning in your garage at least once every 6 months they will end up full and you will be parking in the driveway.
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Default Re: New Garage - is 32 x 22 big enough?

It's never big enough......

If you can't go wider....go deeper....
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