When we build our house we will have a 16' clearance between our property-line and the garage. Is this enough distance for turning into a side-loading garage without making it too tight to pull in and out?

  • Please edit to add more information. There's not enough to work with here. Garage size, door size, number of vehicles, type of vehicles, any conflicting space usage concerns, etc. My hunch is that no, that's not enough clearance, but I'm not going to answer in the blind on those things. – isherwood Jul 17 '17 at 20:04
  • It would depend a lot on the vehicles - smart car, no problem. F350-crew-cab - problem. It would certainly be a limiting factor on what you or any future owner could park there. It would also increase somewhat the odds of a fender-and-wall bender type accident. – Ecnerwal Jul 17 '17 at 20:59
  • Two-car garage with 9' wide doors. Total garage width: 28'. Cars would be Ford Explorer and a Ford Sedan. – RET Jul 17 '17 at 22:32

16 feet would probably be enough clearance to get a single sedan-type car into a two-car garage, assuming no other car in the driveway. I've got about 18 feet of space to maneuver into my garage, and it's tough when there's another vehicle parked in the driveway. Not impossible for my little Mazda 3, but it's not happening with our SUV unless we drive on the grass. Parking in the garage when there's another vehicle already in it is tough as well, but easier than when the other vehicle is in the driveway. And if there's a vehicle in the garage and one in the driveway, forget it - I'm not getting into the garage in that case, even with my small car.

I have trouble with 18 feet of clearance, so 16 will be even worse. If you can provide some additional space to either side of the garage door - especially the far side away from the road - that would help quite a bit. If you can give yourself more than 16' of space between the garage and the property line, that'd help immensely more.

As @Ecnerwal mentioned, this could affect resale value; it would quite severely limit the types of vehicles that could be parked in the garage, or it would turn a 2-car garage into a 1-car garage.

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  • Two-car garage with two 9' doors. Garage will be 28' wide. Our vehicles are Ford Explorer and a Sedan. – RET Jul 17 '17 at 22:33
  • I think your point about your SUV answers my question. – RET Jul 17 '17 at 23:05

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