Lack the Space for a New 2 Car Garage? Introducing the 1.5 Car Garage

Lack the Space for a New 2 Car Garage Introducing the 1.5 Car GarageLiving in El Dorado Hills, California is beautiful — perfect weather and a great community. We’re truly blessed to live here and be part of the neighborhood. But one thing this place doesn’t have a lot of is space. Real estate is at a premium. When it comes to new garage door installations, one of the challenges we have is finding a garage situation that can meet the space requirements. Fortunately, there’s the 1.5 car garage — slightly larger than a single car garage but not as big as the 2 car garage. It gives you just enough space to comfortably park your car safely and securely, with a little extra for storage. Let’s take a look at this amazing option for garage door installation.

The Best of All Worlds

Granted, nobody has a .5 car. Even the Smart Car probably counts for at least ¾ wide. But it is a garage that will accommodate a regular size car plus a little room for extras such as a motorcycle, a lawn mower or athletic equipment. Plus, it can accommodate a large vehicle easily if you drive a big SUV.

Most one car size garages are about 12 to 16 feet wide. A 1.5 car garage is about 16 and 20 feet. It’s a happy medium between a 2 car garage at 20 to 24 feet and a 3 car garage at 30 feet.

Small Footprint

Many neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills are just too risky for street parking, especially if you drive a nice car. And often you don’t have the acreage for a large garage.

Yet one car garages can be too limiting. You barely have enough room to get and out of the car. Kiss your dreams of keeping a lawnmower or motorcycle in your garage goodbye.

A 1.5 car garage is a happy medium. You have plenty of room to store a car and extra storage within a very limited space.

Have a Young Driver?

If you have a young driver, you know that landing an SUV in a single car garage is like nailing the Death Star on the first try. There’s very little room for error. A that extra .5 of space could save your bumper or car door.

Wrestling Kids

Even if your kids aren’t driving age, you know what a hassle it can be to wrestle them into the car, especially if car seats are involved. A 1.5 car garage provides just enough space to do it with ease.

Considering a New Garage?

So if you’re considering installing a new garage for the first time but don’t have a lot of space to work with, a 1.5 car garage gives you more options. And there are a number of new garage doors on the market to fit this size so you don’t have to custom build anything or reinvent the wheel.

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Garage Door Parts 101: What They Are, How They Work

Whether you’re repairing a garage door or thinking about installing a new one, there are lots of parts for the door you’ll encounter. To be honest, garage door professionals deal with these parts so often that we kind of take them for granted. You’ll have to forgive us if we forget to explain. The vertical track is located on both sides of the door on the inside. It’s provide a path for your door to move as it opens. The rollers insert into the vertical track and attach to your garage door. The torsion spring is located above your garage door on the inside and provides the power to lift the door along the track. Hinges are located between the sections and allow your door to bend. The rubber bottom seal, also called an astragal, is located at the bottom of the door and protects against the weather. It also keeps pests, leaves, and other debris out of your garage.