width of driveway space for side entry garage

becca06February 10, 2008

Hi All,

Does anyone know an estimated width for driveway space on a side entry garage?

We are just beginning the building process. We close in 3 weeks on our lot and are trying to find a house plan. We've done a remodel on our own several years ago and built a 5000sqft home 2 years ago using a GC. We had to relocate, unfortunately, and are really excited to build again. We may decide to GC the house ourselves using a building consultant. I'm sure I'll be posting quite a bit as we get further into the process.

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gardenchick1

I wouldn't go less than 30' -- go wider if you have the room or if you have SUV's or pick-ups that generally have a larger turning radius.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 9:23AM
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solie

30'?! That's really wide, isn't it? I don't think she needs to turn around in the driveway without pulling into the garage.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 11:36AM
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becca06

We have 10' of setbacks on the garage side of the lot. I hate to give up a full 30' for driveway plus the 10'.

Our lot is only .55 of an acre so every foot counts. I strongly prefer side entry garages, but we may not have enough space.

Thanks for the advice!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 12:42PM
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lyfia

Ours is about 30 ft, with a an extension of the driveway to back up on to so we don't have to back up the whole driveway.

You need to make sure that it is wide enough to park a car on there and another drive past it to get into the garage.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 1:51PM
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perryrip

becca,

We went 20' on our width for our side entry garage, and it's worked out well for us. I can send a pic if you're interested, but will need your email.

perryrip

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 2:48PM
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becca06

Perryrip,

You can reach me at Bec3b1g@aol.com

Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 9:03PM
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gardenchick1

I hadn't asked if you are in a subdivision with regulations. Most municipalities allow a 10' width for the driveway itself and 24' for the garage approach on a 2 car side entry garage. They allow wider for 3+ car garages. We have a 3 car garage and my DH cannot pull his large truck into the garage without pulling up and then backing up to get into his space. I like enough of a turning radius that I can get into the garage with one turn only. The 30' is what our architect and landscape engineer recommended. My DH would have liked it a little wider (but we have plenty of land).

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 8:03AM
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