Garage Building Ideas for Any Sort of Use
Your future garage can do many things for you, but first you need to build it. Here are some super garage building ideas for your consideration.
No matter what part of the country you live in, spring signals that it’s time to plan your home improvement projects. If you’re like the roughly 7% of people who’ve purchased without a garage, 2022 is your year to build the garage of your dreams.
We want to help.
Before you break ground, you’ll want a little inspiration. In this brief guide, you’ll find ten garage building ideas. Take a minute and explore the different ways your new garage can serve you.
By the way, even if your home already has a garage, use this article as food for thought. You may be ready for a remodel.
Why Not Build a Dual-Purpose Garage?
Maybe you grew up in a home where the rule was “no junk in the garage.” A garage was meant to park cars, not store everything that wouldn’t fit inside the house.
It’s also possible you grew up with the opposite rule — your family stored everything but the car in the garage.
You can have the best of both worlds. Consider building a detached garage that serves more than one purpose.
Start with the basic garage design and work from there by drawing out where you’d like to locate the storage area(s). If you plan it right, you can build a big enough garage that you have room for two or more cars, storage closets, and overhead shelving.
While you may not want a storage shed in the traditional sense, you can create an aesthetic storage space.
Consider placing the structure behind your home or close to the end of your property line. Design an attractive stone or cement pathway to connect the storage garage to your home.
Detached Garage With a Breezeway
If you’ve lived in a home with a detached garage, you probably had a few complaints about having to walk from the garage to the house. It’s particularly irritating on rainy or snowy days.
Now that you’re in the design process, why not include a breezeway?
It makes sense to have a covered structure between the garage and your house, no matter what climate you live in. You’ll enjoy protection from the weather, but there are other benefits as well.
Imagine enjoying morning coffee on the breezeway. You can do it if you include space for seating. Add railings and steps, and you have a veranda!
Why a Metal Garage Makes Sense
You don’t have to build a stick building for your next garage. Metal offers several advantages over a wooden frame building, including:
- Less construction time
- Higher quality material
- Better protection
When you look at some of the best metal buildings, you’ll notice they don’t look like cookie-cutter sheds. Due to the flexibility in design, there’s a nearly endless amount of creativity you can use when putting a metal garage design together.
If durability, cost, quality, and protection from weather and termites sound appealing, you’ll want to give further exploration to building a metal garage.
A Fun and Functional Garage
Earlier, we mentioned the dual-purpose garage. It’s a place where you park your cars and items you can’t fit in your house. Of course, you can store seasonal things too.
You can also design a garage where fun meets function.
For example, include a designated area to set up a craft table. Kids (and adults) can get messy when crafting. Garage space for crafts keeps the mess in one place, and you can install a sink where everyone can clean up before going back in the house.
Here’s another idea to create a functional space inside your garage.
Use plastic sheeting to section off a square space. Use it to work on furniture re-finishing or woodworking projects. You get a decent workspace, and the plastic helps contain the dust.
Build the Ultimate Car Garage
If you’ve ever played with toy cars, you’ve likely had a garage where you could store them. Some of those toy car garages can hold up to 140 vehicles!
Unless you’re like one celebrity car owner, who stores his collection of 181 cars (and 160 motorcycles) in one colossal garage, you won’t need that much space.
Even so, the ultimate car garage is still within your reach. What would you consider the must-haves when designing your dream garage?
Designing the ultimate garage takes several steps. Here they are in order:
- Define how you’ll use your space
- Pick a theme
- Plan for adequate lighting
- Buy the highest-quality cabinets and fixtures
- Don’t forget the garage flooring
After you complete your list of must-haves and feel ready to start building, it’s a wise idea to seek help from an expert. Look for someone with a portfolio of completed projects that align with the design you have in mind.
The Garage Apartment
How many times have you given up your room or bathroom to accommodate family or friends when they come to visit? If you had a garage apartment, you could wow your guests with their own space without losing yours.
Also called an accessory dwelling unit or ADU, a garage apartment is often the ideal solution when you don’t have enough space in your primary home.
The beauty of garage apartments is their versatility. You can choose an apartment plan that gives you space for your cars and tools and ample living space.
Many homeowners design ADUs as detached home offices. They enjoy the benefit of a quiet work-from-home space and the potential for an extra tax deduction.
Looking for More Garage Building Ideas?
We hope reading this article inspires you to get started on your garage project. Although we’ve shared some of our favorite garage building ideas, you’re only limited by your imagination.
If you’ve enjoyed this post and need more inspiration, we invite you to check out the rest of our articles. Happy building!