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Garage Ideas

Families keep growing and items continue to accumulate, but square footage just doesn’t budge — this is why garages can be a storage savior. As you embark on your garage remodel or makeover, remember to focus on functionality above all else; this is an utilitarian space created to store things — cars, tools, lawn mowers, seasonal decorations — so you want to make sure your garage design is reflective of this.

Research different garage ideas, including various layouts and organization solutions, so that you address all of your storage needs. If you don’t need a repository for your accumulations and instead require more living space, check out garage conversion ideas and consider transforming this area into a hobby room, gym or extra bedroom.

How do I organize my garage?


This is a space that can easily get overwhelmed by clutter, so plan for a functional garage makeover that has a layout optimized for heavy storage. When browsing garage ideas, think simplicity — one of the easiest ways to keep this area neat is by putting in shelving units and built-ins that allow you to carefully arrange your items so they're easy to find and put away. To achieve ultimate organization in your garage remodel, add cabinets along the walls, a built-in workbench for ample counter space and wall hooks for hanging brooms, shovels and other tools. Stash pricier pieces in a locked box, and use wall-mounted racks to keep bikes out of the way. When it comes to garage designs, think about your ceiling too; many manufacturers make overhead ceiling racks for seasonal and infrequently used items.

What other garage designs can I implement?


A dream garage doesn’t have to be a storehouse — there are plenty more garage design ideas to choose from. If you need more living space versus storage, you can always opt for a garage conversion and create an extra room. Garages are versatile spaces and with some smart paint selections and decor choices, it can easily become a home office, guest bedroom, playroom, home gym, music room or sewing space. If you're considering completely renovating your garage design and making it into a fully developed and habitable area, make sure you comply with local ordinances and incorporate enough ventilation, light and insulation for seasonal temperature changes. Don’t feel limited by what others have already done — come up with your own unique garage ideas to create a space that’s all your own.
Inspiration for a rustic garage remodel in Other

Lake Flato Architecture // Joe Fletcher Photography
Inspiration for a rustic garage remodel in Other
Wyoming landscape 8 - jocemas

Elegant attached garage photo in San Francisco

Elegant attached garage photo in San Francisco
Shelving up high with knee bracing could work. - clayjpdx

Garage workshop - large transitional attached two-car garage workshop idea in Grand Rapids

Mid-sized elegant detached two-car garage photo in Boston

The garage is a free stranding carriage house, appropriate for the era of the house. The structure has a dormered loft on the second level as well as a very large wood bin on one side and a potting/storage shed on the other.
Window on top. extra space on one side for storage. - frankouts

Country two-car garage photo in Atlanta

Photography by Tom Jenkins TomJenkinsFilms.com
Country two-car garage photo in Atlanta
Like the side door with overhang towards middle of yard - staceyfiske

Example of a country attached two-car garage design in New Orleans

www.farmerpaynearchitects.com
Example of a country attached two-car garage design in New Orleans
large dormer on top, connection to house - frankouts

Large trendy garage photo in Charleston

Photography by Rebecca Lehde
Large trendy garage photo in Charleston
Window over workbench and floor - jbleland402

Inspiration for a large contemporary garage workshop remodel in Cincinnati

Organized Living freedomRail Garage designed by The Amandas. This adjustable garage storage system changes without any tools to fit any changing need. Plus, it's incredibly strong - holds up to 150 pounds every 40". Easy to install. Learn more http://organizedliving.com/home/products/freedomrail-garage
Nice garage organization and work space - 4nwlife

Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style two-car garage remodel in Miami

Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style two-car garage remodel in Miami
Apparently, opaque garage doors let some light in, so that's good. - naveenddh1

Large trendy two-car garage photo in Charleston

Large trendy two-car garage photo in Charleston
GARAGE J: White, well lit, synthetic floor, built in refrigerator, proper hanging storage - klawrence1113

Custom Design Staircase and intricate lamb's tongue railing detail by Century Stair
Inspiration for a timeless staircase remodel in DC Metro

Garage workshop - farmhouse detached two-car garage workshop idea in New York

The conversion of this iconic American barn into a Writer’s Studio was conceived of as a tranquil retreat with natural light and lush views to stimulate inspiration for both husband and wife. Originally used as a garage with two horse stalls, the existing stick framed structure provided a loft with ideal space and orientation for a secluded studio. Signature barn features were maintained and enhanced such as horizontal siding, trim, large barn doors, cupola, roof overhangs, and framing. New features added to compliment the contextual significance and sustainability aspect of the project were reclaimed lumber from a razed barn used as flooring, driftwood retrieved from the shores of the Hudson River used for trim, and distressing / wearing new wood finishes creating an aged look. Along with the efforts for maintaining the historic character of the barn, modern elements were also incorporated into the design to provide a more current ensemble based on its new use. Elements such a light fixtures, window configurations, plumbing fixtures and appliances were all modernized to appropriately represent the present way of life.
the glass windows on top plus the wooden doors! - katie_toth16

Garage - large traditional detached two-car garage idea in Atlanta

Garage - large traditional detached two-car garage idea in Atlanta
A controlled splash of color seems right for an Art teacher versus trendy black windows and frames - archignition

Garage - large 1950s garage idea in Portland

Photo by Travis Stanley
Garage - large 1950s garage idea in Portland
GarageExterior - webuser_864407581

Example of a classic one-car garage design in Los Angeles

Turn your garage into a dream garage. Let Garage Envy help you MASTER THE MESS!
Example of a classic one-car garage design in Los Angeles
I selected this pic to show Shawn of the eventual look that I am going for or something close to it. Everything very strategically placed. - rb40a8

Large transitional attached two-car garage workshop photo in Kansas City

Large transitional attached two-car garage workshop photo in Kansas City
lots if storage and space to work - webuser_340705137

Inspiration for an industrial detached two-car garage remodel in Dallas

The carport is a painted steel frame with a galvalume skin. Side panels allow the breeze to flow through.
Inspiration for an industrial detached two-car garage remodel in Dallas
Properly positioned, would be great carport and energy gathering structure. - webuser_117811439

Garage workshop - mid-sized transitional garage workshop idea in San Francisco

A shop fit for a craftsman, this workbench incorporates functional storage with useful features to provide an ideal place to build. Classic White finish offers a neutral backdrop. • Classic White slab door and drawer fronts offer a seamless look. • Slat wall with accessories provides storage for tools. • Vertical shelving dividers ensure organization. • Adjustable shelving provides flexibility for changing needs. • Integrated workstation creates a designated space for projects. • Cabinetry and drawers provide concealed storage.
Nice garage storage on the back wall!!!! I like the cupboards and the counter space, along with the open shelving. But I don’t need the woodworking bench in front of it. - tmc_esq

Inspiration for a contemporary home design remodel in Other

Country three-car garage photo in New York

Photography by Rob Karosis
Country three-car garage photo in New York
Garage design. But side have pointed pointed way like the house - allison_palmer72

Mid-sized ornate detached two-car garage photo in Boston

Looking at this home today, you would never know that the project began as a poorly maintained duplex. Luckily, the homeowners saw past the worn façade and engaged our team to uncover and update the Victorian gem that lay underneath. Taking special care to preserve the historical integrity of the 100-year-old floor plan, we returned the home back to its original glory as a grand, single family home. The project included many renovations, both small and large, including the addition of a a wraparound porch to bring the façade closer to the street, a gable with custom scrollwork to accent the new front door, and a more substantial balustrade. Windows were added to bring in more light and some interior walls were removed to open up the public spaces to accommodate the family’s lifestyle. You can read more about the transformation of this home in Old House Journal: http://www.cummingsarchitects.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Old-House-Journal-Dec.-2009.pdf Photo Credit: Eric Roth
Maybe do this - including balcony, on pool House? - sandranotl64

Inspiration for a beach style one-car garage remodel in Charlotte

Inspiration for a beach style one-car garage remodel in Charlotte
Roof peek. Idea for rustic garage - mpeterman4

Example of a country garage design in Salt Lake City

Example of a country garage design in Salt Lake City
Inspiration for Garage - cdnelsen

Gorgeous kitchen with wall to wall cabinetry, Giallo Ornamental granite, granite window sill, glass display cabinets, TV cabinet, wainscoting, island, desk area, Viking stove, full height granite backsplash, custom matching appliance panels, matching hood, bar seating area, random plank flooring,

Example of a mid-sized country detached two-car garage design in Austin

The 3,400 SF, 3 – bedroom, 3 ½ bath main house feels larger than it is because we pulled the kids’ bedroom wing and master suite wing out from the public spaces and connected all three with a TV Den. Convenient ranch house features include a porte cochere at the side entrance to the mud room, a utility/sewing room near the kitchen, and covered porches that wrap two sides of the pool terrace. We designed a separate icehouse to showcase the owner’s unique collection of Texas memorabilia. The building includes a guest suite and a comfortable porch overlooking the pool. The main house and icehouse utilize reclaimed wood siding, brick, stone, tie, tin, and timbers alongside appropriate new materials to add a feeling of age.
Color of wood but try and find metal like it - pizzabarn

Garage - mid-sized traditional detached three-car garage idea in Other

Located in a neighborhood of older homes, this stone Tudor Cottage is located on a triangular lot at the point of convergence of two tree lined streets. A new garage and addition to the west of the existing house have been shaped and proportioned to conform to the existing home, with its large chimneys and dormered roof. A new three car garage has been designed with an additional large storage and expansion area above, which may be used for future living/play space. Stained cedar garage doors emulate the feel of an older carriage house.
garage doors. Olympia or cabot stain. Test outdoors - danaecannon

Coastal detached two-car garage photo in Other

Coastal detached two-car garage photo in Other
roof line and wood doors, not so much the dormer - jessicasamp

Garage - beach style garage idea in Los Angeles

Garage - beach style garage idea in Los Angeles
What about some sort of outside coverage? - kevin_simmons7

Example of a country two-car garage design in Atlanta

Lisa Carroll
Example of a country two-car garage design in Atlanta
Look at brackets, may not be able to do lanterns on either side - m1siegel

Large elegant attached one-car porte cochere photo in New York

Large elegant attached one-car porte cochere photo in New York
Connection from house to carport/covered area. Stone and wood - bjdietz

Large elegant attached two-car garage photo in New York

Custom wood garage doors, traditional Southampton country garage/guest house
Large elegant attached two-car garage photo in New York
garage with higher roof for more spacious apartment. - dfogarty

Bedroom - modern dark wood floor bedroom idea in Phoenix with white walls

Inspiration for a farmhouse attached two-car garage remodel in New York

Inspiration for a farmhouse attached two-car garage remodel in New York
Whouda thunk plywood and concrete could look so cool! - poniesandpups

Garage - mid-sized farmhouse detached garage idea in New York

Garage - mid-sized farmhouse detached garage idea in New York
Just like the looks. High roof to hide next door. Looks like a little house, not just a garage. - sandranotl64

Example of a large country detached one-car garage design in Santa Barbara

Rustic barn acts as garage for car storage.
Example of a large country detached one-car garage design in Santa Barbara
Dif niveaux d’entrée, atelier au fond du car port - michelle_normandeau

Example of an arts and crafts attached one-car garage design in Charlotte

Example of an arts and crafts attached one-car garage design in Charlotte
Color scheme and garage door style - bethany_noviello

Garage - traditional detached three-car garage idea in Baltimore

Garage - traditional detached three-car garage idea in Baltimore
not the colours in this one but the steel roof look and simplicity of 3 doors and 3 dormers - klooby

Inspiration for a small contemporary detached two-car garage remodel in Seattle

The Mazama Cabin is located at the end of a beautiful meadow in the Methow Valley, on the east slope of the North Cascades Mountains in Washington state. The 1500 SF cabin is a superb place for a weekend get-a-way, with a garage below and compact living space above. The roof is “lifted” by a continuous band of clerestory windows, and the upstairs living space has a large glass wall facing a beautiful view of the mountain face known locally as Goat Wall. The project is characterized by sustainable cedar siding and recycled metal roofing; the walls and roof have 40% higher insulation values than typical construction. The cabin will become a guest house when the main house is completed in late 2012.
Nice modern look, good overhang - webuser_453971910

Large elegant detached three-car garage photo in Baltimore

Jim Naylor
Large elegant detached three-car garage photo in Baltimore
stone column at end of house with entry door with passage way - arktect

2013 NARI CAPITAL COTY, GRAND AWARD WINNER, RESIDENTIAL KTICHEN $80,001 -$120,000 This Old Town Alexandria home was ready for a major kitchen renovation. After 20 years of putting up with the dark, short cabinets and a dysfunctional traffic pattern and layout, the owners were ready to roll up their sleeves and throw this kitchen out the window. Design challenges include a peninsula that was too big for the space, appliance locations that were all over, a stackable washer and dryer in the middle of the kitchen and a lack of storage. The first step toward a remodeling solution was to move the washer and dryer to a new lower level laundry area. That created space for a new built-in refrigerator, microwave/oven cabinet, pantry and angular end cabinets. This move also created more room on the walls of kitchen for added cabinetry and countertops. The cook top was moved to one of the walls with a custom wood hood over it. Having removed the old bulkheads, there was space for taller cabinets and some glass front cabinetry (with inside lights) to display china. Large crown molding, along with big arched valances, legs and corbels made this brushed stoke custom cabinetry really stand out. A big knee wall and a middle post made the breakfast room too closed in and separated from adjacent family room. By installing a couple of structural beams, the space was opened up and dressed up with a large arch opening to replicate the front hall columns. Similarly, the front door separating the front hall to the kitchen was taken off, widened and then had the same panel arch treatment done. Now all the doorways in the home have a very classy, yet sophisticated detailed molding. A previously wasted corner area is now home to a custom hutch cabinet. The middle island, not only improved the traffic flow, but also dressed up this kitchen with its furniture look. The expansion of hardwood flooring, from the front hall into the kitchen and beyond, created a seamless transition to the entire first floor. Use of this highly custom brushed stroke glazed cabinetry in a soft vanilla tone complemented the uniqueness of a slab of granite. The light color tumbled marble backsplash made the glazing of this cabinetry stand out. The transformation of this kitchen was so incredible that no one believes the before photos.

Inspiration for a small timeless garage remodel in Indianapolis

Basement storage solution that gives the necessary amount of organization for any homeowner.
Inspiration for a small timeless garage remodel in Indianapolis
Great shelves with lots of storage. I like that there’s no inside corner post - williamson63

Example of a tuscan attached porte cochere design in Chicago

Morgante Wilson Architects designed a lakeside house inspired by the architecture and countryside of Tuscany which the clients enjoy Michael Robinson Photography
loggia between house and garage? - jaclegg