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Old February 6th, 2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Roughly how much square footage do your garages cover? We have two once car garages (like a two car garage but with a wall up the middle) and it measures out at about 700 square feet.

It seems to me that if we didn't have the stupid load-bearing wall right up the center of it, that we should have space for a third bay... or would with a small addition.

At this point I'm not planning on actually changing anything, but I was just curious.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Roughly how much square footage do your garages cover? We have two once car garages (like a two car garage but with a wall up the middle) and it measures out at about 700 square feet.

It seems to me that if we didn't have the stupid load-bearing wall right up the center of it, that we should have space for a third bay... or would with a small addition.

At this point I'm not planning on actually changing anything, but I was just curious.

most silly architects claim 9-10' width per bay. if you intend to be able to use doors on both sides of the cars going in there count it 12'.

we had two side by side 11 x 24 garages in our old condo up in Fenton on the golf course. the center divider was not fire rated (OSB on open studs) and since I could easily see that both sides were non-load bearing I just took out the center section. with the extra depth that the 24' depth afforded, a lack of yard toys/utilities such as lawn mowers that condo living afforded we easily fit two acura integra's and a honda crx with room to spare in our garage back in the day.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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That is big for a 2 car. My 3 car seems about that size.
Now I need to go measure!! Lol
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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It seems to me that if we didn't have the stupid load-bearing wall right up the center of it, that we should have space for a third bay... or would with a small addition.
You could always look into having an engineer size a beam and a couple columns to span the distance to replace the load bearing wall.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #5
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Seems 10x20 per car is common. (Our house is 20x20 two car). Using that metric, 200 sq feet per car minimum. But it depends on the shape. If your 700 is like 26x26 then what can you do. Depends on your cars too. I used to put 4 jeeps in my last garage. They fit 2 x 2 in the 22 x 28 space. CJ5's... so, if your space is like 30 x 20 or bigger, i could see it being 3 car.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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My garage is 44w x 40d. The home was listed as having an 8-car garage. My wife was amazed at how fast I filled it up with 4 cars. I had to remind her that only a Fiat collector with zero tools would consider this an 8-car garage. Zero ceiling supports in the floor, and a game room above- use the right truss' and you should be just fine.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:35 PM   #7
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my three car is 25x33. Personally, I believe it's a bit too small.

If you actually park three cars in there, you can barely open the doors. Plus when you add the tool box, workbench, bikes, kids toys, etc. You have to almost tip toe through.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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my three car is 25x33. Personally, I believe it's a bit too small.

If you actually park three cars in there, you can barely open the doors. Plus when you add the tool box, workbench, bikes, kids toys, etc. You have to almost tip toe through.
thats about the size of mine, hard to keep three cars in it when working on the balzer. not bad for one storage and one to work on, I call my a two car with a shop area, fills up quickly too.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #9
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I have a 2 car that is 24x32. But for me it is a one work bay and tools and a little work room.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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I hate all of you. My garage is so small, I can't open the car doors with it in there.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #11
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I hate all of you. My garage is so small, I can't open the car doors with it in there.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #12
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Definitions go out the window when you talk about wanting space to work on things. I would consider my barn to be a 3 - 4 car, which is 1440 sq ft.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #13
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Mine is a 1 airplane garage, 1200 sq ft. I've fit 5 cars, 1 snowmobile, 1 motrcycle, in it at 1 time. It has 2, 20ft doors with a removeable center track to make a 40 ft. opening.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #14
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I have 1600 sq ft, 32 x 50. Sectioned up inside since it was originally a 30 x 20 that was added onto the side and front. Full of 1968 Chevy Van and associated parts, motorcycles, tools and general clutter.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #15
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I wish I had a garage at home. Never had one. My shop on the other hand held 10 cars at one time with a bit of room to move around, but only has 5 in it now.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #16
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I wish I was at home to enjoy my garage.
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I have no garage.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 07:30 PM   #18
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Mine's 28 x 42, 1176 square feet. I have 1-16' and one 9' door, park 3 full size vehicles in it all winter, plus two quads, a gator and lots of tools.

I wouldn't want it any smaller.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 07:37 PM   #19
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The one by the house is about 24 x 24 for the daily driver and 24 x 36 is the toy box / work shop.
That was the selling feature that sold me.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 08:29 PM   #20
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24x30, 16' and 9' doors. It's really a 2 car garage. 24x36 is what I would consider a 3 car.
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