When you’re designing your new home, and you want to include a garage, you have many options available to you. Besides choosing an exterior that matches the home style of the main house, you can customize the garage almost anyway you want.
How big do you want your garage to be?
Attached Or Detached?
Will your garage be part of the main house?
What material should you use for your garage doors?
Wood: needs regular maintenance, but they can add a lot of charm to a simple garage. These are quite suitable for a very traditional home design.
Steel: less expensive but very durable. If it gets scratched, you will have to take care of it or it will rust. Some people choose steel with a fiberglass overlay, so it won’t rust. The color will fade, so you will need to touch it up in the future.
Aluminum: low-maintenance and rust-proof. More expensive versions are made from extruded frames and laminated panels. Less expensive ones utilize other, lighter materials.
Glass panels: Many garage doors these days have frosted or tinted glass in aluminum frames.
Types Of Garage Doors
There are also several types of doors that you can choose for your garage.
Roll up: Also known as raised-panel doors, these are the most common type of door. They’re easy to use, and can be set up with remote control.
Swing out: Older garages usually have doors that swing out. They open like normal doors, with two doors instead of one. These are also known as carriage doors, since they look like old carriage houses. These are good if you want to keep the ceiling clear.
Less common are garage doors that swing up or slide sideways.
Garage Door Usage
How will you use the garage?
Many families use the garage for storage, so if you’re going to do this, you should be sure to design it with storage in mind. Think about shelving options, pegboards, hooks, racks, and cabinets.
More and more families are using the garage as a work area. If you plan on using it as a workshop, strong task lighting is essential, as are extra power outlets. Also, your garage should have windows for ventilation.
Garages aren’t necessarily completely utilitarian. A bright wall color and some decorative touches can unify the interior look of your home.
These days, the garage is not simply where you put your cars. It’s a chance to create a multi-purpose space in your home that will enhance your lifestyle. But the sheer variety of doors, styles, and materials can be confusing. If you want a custom home design, and you don’t know where to start, we can help.