The Garage Isn’t Just For Parking Cars (Anymore)
The garage is often a forgotten space when homeowners are planning their new home. But your garage doesn’t have to be dull! We’ve worked with plenty of clients to add fun features and extra functionality that transform their garage space into something special. Take a look at some of our favorite garage customizations through the years to spark ideas of how Demlang can make your garage work for you and your family.
Functional Garage Upgrades For New Homes
Although garages are typically stark concrete and drywall constructions, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of options to enhance the space with upgraded finishes or features that transform your garage by adding extra functionality that suits your needs. One of the most common requests from our homeowners is additional storage space like cabinets for lawn chemicals, gardening tools, sports equipment, toys, and all of the other things that you might want to store out of sight. Heated interiors and insulation are perfect for chilly Wisconsin winters, especially if you spend extended time in your garage working on home projects or car maintenance. That way, you can use the space comfortably year-round! For those that use their garage as a workshop, extra electrical outlets of the correct voltage to match their equipment is a must-have. Another smart upgrade is choosing epoxy floors, which look fantastic and are easy to keep clean, even from motor oil.
Customizing Garages for Special Vehicle Storage and Maintenance
When it comes down to it, most garages are used to house cars and other vehicles. If you have a different type of vehicle or it requires special care, consider upgrading your garage to accommodate. As more drivers buy electric or hybrid vehicles, it’s becoming increasingly common to add an EV charging station. Recreational vehicles (RVs) surged in popularity in 2020, and with that surge came an increase in home RV hookups. Gearheads and weekend warriors might enjoy special features that make it simpler to do tinkering and maintenance right at home. Adding a car lift and raising the height of the garage ceiling allows easier access. Whether you’re a dedicated hobbyist or you just like to change your own oil, you’ll be glad to have sealed epoxy floors, floor drains, and hose bibs in your garage when it’s time for cleanup. Drains and hose hookups are great for yard work, too!
Alternative Garage Size and Placement
Beyond the little touches like finishes and features, some Demlang homeowners choose to rethink the garage entirely. If your lot size and shape allow for it, a canted garage that angles away from the main house footprint lends an upscale vibe, similar to having a private courtyard. Otherwise, consider garage door placement. Entering from the side instead of the front (or vice versa) could work better for your lot or driveway setup.
Fun Garage Customizations
Who says a garage can’t be fun? Our 2018 Parade of Homes model, The Genevieve, has one of the most memorable garages you’ll ever see. This model was tricked out with a garage bar, which we nicknamed the “Social Shanty”–perfect for casual parties, cookouts, poker games, family gatherings, and more. We’ve also installed pet baths into garages for animal-loving homeowners. When four-legged friends take a roll in the mud, nothing can replace a good pet washing station. Putting this feature in the garage has a distinct advantage: the mess never makes it inside!
Customize Your Garage
As you can see, the possibilities to make your garage a fun, functional space are nearly limitless. Have any of these customizations inspired you? Meet with a New Construction Specialist to build your custom garage today!