Not computer related: 2 car garage with a single-car door - how do you fit two cars?

Hello, all,

I’ve been looking at houses on zillow (dot) com, and am seeing a lot of houses in my area where the description states the house has a “two-car garage”. But when looking at pictures of the house, or if I enter the address into Google Maps, I see what is a garage that is, indeed, two cars width, but has a single-width door on either the left side or right side of the garage.

My question: How in the heck do you fit two cars in this garage? Or is the extra space just for storage/workbench, and the description only details the dimensions of the garage but not the feasible capacity?

V/r,

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Interesting. I’ve never seen that. I’ve seen “double wide” doors which cover the entire width, or doors for each side. Can’t say I’ve seen the configuration you’ve been seeing.

I’d venture it’s extra storage, or for smaller vehicles (bicycle/motorcycles). Unless they’re really deep (or you’ve got a car that can turn all four wheels sideways), there’s no way a single car will work for two cars practically.

Kinda what I thought, I guess. IDK. It’s just something that my OCD brain cringes at. At least tandem garages make some kind of sense. I’ll see if I can find a pic of what I’m seeing and post it, here.

Thanks. :slight_smile:
V/r,

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Okay… here is one. I’m seeing garages like this more and more. And it makes little sense. If you’re going to build a garage that can fit two cars, then GIVE IT TWO DOORS! Or one door wide enough for two cars. (CRINGE!)

V/r,

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Wheel Dollys will solve your problem.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200612550_200612550?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Automotive%20%3E%20Wheel%20Dollies&utm_campaign=Ironton&utm_content=37809&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-5ir1abU3gIVICCtBh2VdwyfEAQYAyABEgLUrfD_BwE

these days most 1 car garages don’t even fit 1 car! Houses built in the 50’s (in the UK at least) built for the size cars they had back then which are much narrower. My gateway is pretty tight for my peugeot 3008.

I actually have a 1.5 size garage weirdly which is quite useful as it is wide enough to fit a car and have a workbench down the edge.

I reckon you are probably correct that it is intended for a car and a load of junk and washing machines etc.

you may find though that it is long enough to parrallel park the first car before adding the second although that would be annoying as you’d have to move both.

My sisters garage is a double but long ways so a single door with both cars inline.

Yep, that’s what we in the US call a tandem garage. I’ve seen maybe two or three, looking at houses on zillow (dot) com.

V/r,

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Thanks for the suggestion, but it’s not feasible. According to the site: “Use 4 dollys to move the vehicle in any direction, or use 2 dollys for pivoting.” At US$80 per unit, that would be US$320 to drive a car in, jack up all four wheels, and hope that I’ve got the strength to push, and then STOP, the car over to the side.

V/r,

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Looking at the photo, I notice the right side has an apron. My guess is that when it was built it was two doors, has since been modified (structural damage, tax code?) and the original description is what’s being used.

If by “apron” you mean the slant of concrete that matches the concrete in front of the single door, I doubt it. The brick on the right looks like original bricklaying, and the contractors would have matched the apron on the left for any number of reasons (match the left for aesthetics; less maintenance than grass; better than asphalt).

I’m seeing a lot of “two car wide” garages that have just one “one car wide” garage door, esp on houses built between 1900 and 1980’s. Still cringe-worthy.

V/r,

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Where I live hardly anyone garages their cars and most use them for storage. Some people even turn them into an extra room on the house which seems daft.

There are very few that are actually double garages but with one door.

Even quite large houses now only have a single garage and single car space as land is so expensive. The space for six single garages could be room for another house. Also the government/council are trying to encourage people to use public transport and discourage large parking areas!

Somebody I know brought a large expensive brand new house and half the bonnet was sticking out of the garage.

That’s just cray-cray.

V/r,

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Not only that (2 or 4 dollys) You’re coming home from work tired as … Than you don’t want to first move another car with dollys in order to park your own, or at least I don’t :slight_smile:

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To be honist I could clear my garage up and get my car in but I can not be bothered with the simple task of getting out of the car, opening the garage door, getting back in the car, putting the car in, squeezing out of the car closing the garage door and doing everything in reverse the next day! I suppose if I had an automatic door and a garage with a big door and plenty of space around the car or did not have off street parking I might do it :thinking:

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