A Guide To The Different Types Of Garage Designs
When beautifying your house and property, don’t forget about your garage. Design a garage that’s organized, attractive and adds to the curb appeal of your home. Car garage design is just as important whether the garage is attached to the house or not. It should look congruent and not like an after thought.
The door is one of the most noticeable features of your garage, and helps form a strong positive or negative impression on first glance. And check out this article on the different types of garage doors for even more inspiration.
If yours needs updating, you’ve got a number of basic style options:
- Carriage: These doors have the look of old carriage houses. They often swing open, however, models are available that retain the carriage look and rise open like raised-panel doors. Carriage style doors look great on older, traditional homes as well as some contemporary houses.
- Raised-panel: This is the standard, popular door that rises up to open. Raised-panel doors come in colors and styles to fit with almost any type of house.
- Contemporary: The crisp, clean lines and modern materials of contemporary doors are perfect for dramatic contemporary style homes.
- Traditional: Classic traditional doors open at the center and work well with architectural styles including Cape Cod, Ranch, Victorian, Colonial, Spanish, Tudor and French Country homes.
Once you’ve chosen a style, consider your options for garage door materials:
- Wood: Natural wood brings old world charm to any home but needs regular painting and refinishing.
- Steel: Inexpensive, durable steel only needs scratches touched up to avoid rust. If you choose a model with a fiberglass overlay, you won’t even have to worry about rust. You will, however, have to repaint or re-stain occasionally when color fades.
- Aluminum: This rustproof, sturdy material is a great low-maintenance choice.
- Glass panel: Clear, frosted or tinted glass panels in aluminum frames are popular choices for contemporary doors.
Flooring Options for Your Garage
A garage floor in good condition protects your garage and helps it look its best.
Here are a few great choices for updating your garage floor:
- Paint and epoxy: If you’re looking for an affordable way to change the look of your garage, consider paint or epoxy flooring. Both come in lots of colors and will protect you at least minimally against slips and chemical spills. You can only use paint or epoxy if your garage floor hasn’t been previously sealed, and both methods require periodic recoating.
- Floor mats and rollout flooring: One of the easiest ways to change your garage floor is with flooring that just rolls into place. Mats are perfect if you’re only looking to cover a small area, while you trim rollout flooring for custom coverage of your entire floor. This type of flooring is soft underfoot, and a good choice if you have to stand for long periods of time.
- Rigid perforated edge tiles: These tiles have edges that direct chemical spills away from the floor surface beneath the tiles so that your garage walking surface remains safe and dry. The disadvantage with this system is that cleaning spills from beneath the tiles may be difficult or impossible, especially with out a great wet dry vacuum.
- Solid rigid tiles: Solid tiles keep more liquid on the surface, however some spills can still seep under the tiles.
- Peel-and-stick tiles: Easy to apply peel and stick tiles are durable and protect concrete floors underneath from damage.
Driveway Surfaces: The Pathway to Your Garage
Even though it isn’t technically part of your garage, the appearance of your driveway affects your garage’s appearance.
If yours is in disrepair, you may want to resurface it with:
- Paving stone.
Detached Garage Exteriors
For those with attached garages, the only exterior option is really your door.
A detached garage, however, is a separate structure with all the design options of your home itself such as siding, roofing, windows and trim.
You can have a detached garage built with features such as an apartment above it or a covered patio alongside.
Architectural variations for detached garages are almost endless and they can be built to match any style home including:
- Carriage style
Interior Garage Design
Garage interiors often become a dumping ground for everything that doesn’t have a place in the house or the yard. Keep your garage clean and organized with these tips.
To keep mess to a minimum, try some of these attractive ideas for storage and organization:
- Rubber totes: These garage essentials are easily labeled and stacked. Use them to store just about anything including holiday decorations, out of season items and small nails or screws.
- Shelving: Wood or metal shelves are a great place for just about anything, including rubber totes.
- Pegboards: Keep frequently used tools and safety goggles handy.
- Hooks and racks: Get bicycles, ladders, baby carriages and other large items up off the floor.
- Cabinets: Keep unsightly items hidden, or use a lock to keep hazardous items away from children and pets.
- Professional storage systems: Shelving and cabinets can be tailored to your specific needs.
Creating a Garage Workspace
Garages aren’t just for storage. Increasingly, homeowners use extra garage space as a work area.
Here are some ways to create a safe and efficient garage workspace:
- Be sure to install good, strong task lighting.
- A garage window or fans provide healthy ventilation.
- A space heater can keep a garage warm in winter months.
- Have some extra outlets put in for sufficient access to electricity.
- Choose attractive but comfortable and durable workshop furniture.
- Give your garage walls a new coat of paint for a clean, colorful new look.
- Throw in a few bright, decorative touches to make the space inviting.
Including your garage in your home upgrade efforts will add to its beauty and convenience.