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Tips for Designing Your Garage

Whether your garage is attached or detached it is important that your design complements the architectural style of your home and fits the needs of you and your family. Here are some simple tips to help you design your new garage so it retains its value and functionality for years to come:

First of all you need to decide what you want to use your garage for, besides housing your cars. Do you want to have a substantial amount of storage space for your recreational and seasonal items? Do you want to have a workshop? Do you need a home office? Do you plan on putting appliances like a garbage disposal or extra refrigerators in your garage? Do want additional living space, like a second floor suite or apartment above the garage?

Once you've decided how you will utilize your new garage, then you will be able to determine the appropriate size of your garage. Think down the road, because most likely you will have an additional vehicle or RV to store.

Most house plans give you the option to choose whether you want an attached or detached garage and whether you want a front, back or side-entry. Most attached garages have three points of entry: the garage door, an inside entryway into your home and a backdoor. One of your main considerations when deciding the location of your garage is how convenient it is for you and your family.

Your garage may not be at the forefront of rooms to furnish, but it can easily become the messiest area in your new home. Simple accessories like cabinets, work tables, benches, shelving and racks can get you quickly organized. Be sure that the items you choose are durable enough to withstand the elements and daily use and abuse.

If you plan on spending any valuable time working in your garage, then it is a good idea to choose adequate lighting, since most garages have limited access to natural light.

These are just basic tips and guidelines to help you design your garage.

We have a great selection of builder ready Garage Plans, that can and also be customized.

Design Tip
Make sure not to overlook security and convenience when you build your new garage, especially with an attached garage. An attached garage provides an additional entry into your home and should be protected by the same security equipment you use for your new home.

Most garage door companies offer products that making opening and closing your garage door a simple, yet secure process. If you have concerns about the safety and security of your garage, be sure to consult your contractor and do your homework when choosing a garage door.