2 car garage width?

nostalgicfarmApril 4, 2012

We are looking at moving a building for a garage onto our property. It would be 20 feet wide by 28 deep. We have a 77.4 inch wide minivan (without mirrors) and a 69.3 inch wide car. The garage door will be a single 16*8 feet.

Will this be too tight for getting in and our of cars? The minivan has sliding doors, and I am small, so don't need to open the van door all the way to get out, but will this be a comfortable garage? If we were building, we would probably do 24 feet wide, but we aren't looking to redesign the building.

We also don't need the sides of the garage for storage, and will use the back or the 28 feet for shelving storage. Thanks!

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randy427

I look for at least 30 inches between vehicles and from the vehicle to the nearest obstruction on the driver's side, like a wall. If the passenger side of the vehicle on the right side of the garage is not to be opened while in the garage, 12 inches from the vehicle to the wall should be sufficient.
I suspect that the 20 foot width is an outside dimension, leaving you about 1 foot less to work with on the inside. The garage should be usable, with sufficiently precise placement of the vehicles.
Doable? - yes; Comfortable? - not particularly

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 1:26PM
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rbenjamin

My two car garage has a 20 foot interior width. It is very narrow. We have a Honda pilot SUV and a BMW M3 convertible. They both fit, but it is tight and there is no real space to store anything on the sides of the garage. It is workable, but quite narrow and not ideal. I would prefer to have at least another five feet in width.

Thankfully, we have a bit of extra length - so there is room for bikes, trash cans, etc.

Having a narrow garage is funny. Our house is well over 4,000 sq ft, but - because of site conditions (some large bedrock) they built it with the smallest two car garage they could get away from. Nothing I can do about it.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 12:57PM
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fotomatt

I have a 20'x20' garage (interior dims). It works, but if I could have it to do over again, I'd definitely do a min 24' x 24'garage. The 20' width is just too narrow, and we have a midsize sedan and a Honda Pilot. You have to be careful to not bang the doors.

Plus, with kids, you have to really watch them to keep them from banging the doors. And there's just not enough room for storing lawn mower, trash, bikes, tools, etc.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 4:07PM
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