We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Garage?

By Brendan McGuigan
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A garage is a section of a house, or an independent building, originally designed to protect a vehicle. Although traditionally, this area would house a car or truck, in recent years, it has become for many people a storage space for household items, a workshop, or simply a less-finished rumpus room. A garage is usually differentiated from a carport by its complete enclosure, although some people may use the terms interchangeably.

In the United Kingdom, the garage is usually much smaller than in the United States, as a result of traditional one-car households, somewhat smaller cars in recent years, and a historical difference in the desire to physically express wealth through everyday house construction. As a result, those in older houses aren’t really able to fit larger modern cars, and so have become storage overflow spaces more than car storage facilities.

Traditionally in the United States, the garage was a separate building from the main house, usually referred to as a detached garage. A smaller one was scarcely different than a large shed, although the large door differentiated it somewhat. Some might include a small living unit above them, adding an apartment to the house, often for members of the extended family to stay when visiting, or for older relatives such as grandparents to retire to.

As owning a car became more and more common, the garage increasingly became attached directly to the main house. This allowed residents to move from the house to the car without ever passing outside, which proved a boon in inclement weather. These included garages are usually part of the main footprint of the house, with an interior door often leading to a laundry room or hall. The entrance to the attic portion of the house is often in the same space in such houses, as both spaces often have less insulation, and often serve as storage spaces.

A typical garage in the United States is built to house two cars comfortably, with plenty of room for storing things like lawn mowers or power tools as well. The floors are usually concrete, as the cars will drive and park there, and often light construction or mechanical work is done there. Insulation is often fairly minimal against the outside, although more modern ones may be fully insulated and include heating systems that keep it as warm and cozy as the main house itself.

A single large door — or, in some cases, two or more doors — connects the garage to the outside world. In an older garage, this door might be worked via a large manual chain, pulling the door up into the ceiling. In a modern garage, the door is usually operated by an electric chain drive, which is controlled by an inside switch, as well as a remote control that can be kept in the car so the door can be opened from the outside as the car approaches.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By Logicfest — On Feb 23, 2014
As far back as the 1970s, garages have been as much extensions of homes as places to park cars. They often house ping pong tables, workbenches full of tools and can get insulated, heated and closed in to serve as family rooms or dens. The days when people simply used them as a place to park cars have come and gone in a lot of homes.

That has been particularly true over the past few years. With he housing market so awful and people finding it difficult to either get mortgages or sell the homes they have, the humble garage has become a place to make a new room for families that need more living space. It is, after all, cheaper to remodel a garage as a bedroom, office for a home based business, etc., than it is to buy a whole new house.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.