Garage Location – Factors to Consider Before Deciding

Placement of your garage is a very important decision. There are a few things to consider when making your decision. Among the most important is accessibility,  and functionality. Your decision on the location of the building on your lot can be restricted by local city zoning and planning ordinances. Compliance with local zoning ordinance is obviously a priority because the laws supersede the other factors and considerations. There are also other factors that could influence your decision on the location of your building like; size,  purpose, & aesthetics. But all these other factors must take a back seat to the local zoning and planning ordinance.

Being that Zoning is the most important I will discuss that first. Zoning and planning regulation are in place to help keep some consistency and protect property owners from creation dwellings that impose on their neighbors in a negative way. The most prominent of the zoning ordinances are the minimum setbacks (the minimum distance the building has to maintain from each of the property boundary lines or from each other if there are more than one building on the property) there are usually different distances to be maintained from the front, rear, and sides of the building. The best way to make sure you are in compliance is to visit your local zoning and planning office and inquire about the set backs in your neighborhood. Zoning restrictions may also affect the size, height, use, & quantity of your buildings so you may want to be familiar all of these regulations. I could be quite difficult if not impossible to make corrections after the structure has already been built.

Functionality, and Aesthetics can vary in order of importance depending on the individual’s preference. In most cases it is not difficult to create a building that is both aesthetically pleasing,and also serves it intended function adequately. The most important considerations of function is intended use, and accessibility. Aesthetics are a lot more subjective and is solely up to the individuals preference. Although in my experience accessory buildings that closely match the existing structure form a more homogeneous appeal.