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So I’m in the midst of designing my dream garage and was hoping to get some feed back/advice from others that have done the same. I initially have 2 questions, down below.

But I figured this might be a nice thread and knowledge repository of do’s and don’t for others over time.

If this thread grows I’ll turn it into an FAQ for suggestions that folks seem to agree on regarding a good garage design on things like:

  1. Garage door/opener systems
  2. Best flooring types
  3. Lifts
  4. Shelving/storage systems
  5. Tools
  6. Work benches/stations
  7. Layout
  8. Electrical facilities
  9. Electronics
  10. Temperature/environmental/HVAC/Filtration systems
  11. Water facilities/systems (eg indoor car wash/detailing?)
  12. etc.

Also, I’d love it if people used this to show off their garages, ideas, and examples of dream garages

Here are some links to other threads that have interesting examples or info:


Anyway, I’ll likely document my own journey here over some time, if there is an interest.

For my particular setup we plan on having 3 regularly used cars. His, hers, and a truck. I think our garage will have 6 car “slots”. 3 cars wide, 2 cars deep. That way the main cars can always get in and out with little hassle. I also figure we may have some specialty vehicles, off road vehicles, maybe a track car, bikes, over time. Add into the mix, I know I will get at least one lift so I can work on a car (simple service stuff like oil/filter—and maybe build my own kit car as a fun hobby like the SCG 008). But maybe it makes sense to get 6 lifts and boost storage up to 12 cars?

Questions
1) My first question is, if you were building your dream garage, how many car slots would you build, and how much room would you allocate beyond that for tools, shelving, storage, maybe even a bit of office space?| Also what is a good “size” for a car slot (ie how many feet length by depth per slot makes sense to be comfortable but not wasteful)?

I’m thinking whatever the size I need for the 3x2 car slots, maybe size the garage with another 25% more space for shelves, equipment, etc? Curious if some of you allocated too much or too little space to your garage for things other than cars and if there is a good rule of thumb here.

2) What lift systems do you guys like the most?

If I recall, McMedics prefer 2 post vs 4 post lifts to do work on, but was wondering if there is a consensus on the best kinds of lifts, or particular brand/model that people really like. I may have a large Raptor or CyberTruck and not sure if there are lifts that could accommodate them below, much less on top.

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions.
 

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As far as flooring goes, do yourself a favor and SKIP RaceDeck or any other similar type flooring. It's trash.
Yea it seems the consensus is between epoxy (which has some peeling issues years on) and I think some kind of sealed polished cement that I’m not familiar with. At least from my skimming some threads.
 

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Most folks seem to agree the 2 best options are between epoxy (which has a downside if your contractor isn’t great that it might peel in 3-5 years) and polished sealed cement (downside of which I hear is if it gets wet it is super slippery).

I haven’t heard of the porcelain tile option (I would worry about grout with tile but maybe it’s grout less tile)? I wonder if it’s slippery when wet. Thanks for the idea!
 

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So I’m in the midst of designing my dream garage and was hoping to get some feed back/advice from others that have done the same. I initially have 2 questions, down below.

But I figured this might be a nice thread and knowledge repository of do’s and don’t for others over time.

If this thread grows I’ll turn it into an FAQ for suggestions that folks seem to agree on regarding a good garage design on things like:

  1. Garage door/opener systems
  2. Best flooring types
  3. Lifts
  4. Shelving/storage systems
  5. Tools
  6. Work benches/stations
  7. Layout
  8. Electrical facilities
  9. Electronics
  10. Temperature/environmental/HVAC/Filtration systems
  11. Water facilities/systems (eg indoor car wash/detailing?)
  12. etc.
I’m in the process of building a new house and the main purpose for this house is to have a show garage. I’ll try to answer your questions but realize I’m not building the garage for utility and a workshop but more as a showcase.

In light of that the house will have 2 garages. This first will be a regular 2 car garage for my wife and I for daily use. The second will be a show garage with a loft above that will serve as my office. I can comfortably put 6 cars in. Can probably squeeze in 8. We are not doing any lifts or work benches or tools as I want the space clean. There is a storage room where I can store all sorts of crap.

The 2 car garage will have a regular garage door but for the show garage we will be doing one of those glass sliders that you have in living rooms. We are going to motorize it so I can open it with a remote.

The entire space is going to be climate controlled so the cars will be in ac as my office is above. Now I have a glass wall between the garage and living area so when I’m sitting on my couch I can stare at my cars. And yes this is all wide approved. Because it’s somewhat connected, the flooring will be the same as the rest of the house- tile. So it’s a seamless floor from living area to garage to the back patio. No lifts as 8-10 cars total is more than enough but more I don’t want a cluttered look. Just outside the space I have a dedicated wash bay. Tried to make it part of garage but we didn’t have enough room as it’s on a hillside and we were encroaching our build envelope. Hope this helps and I can clarify anything if you need. Good luck designing the space.
 

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I have a few thoughts, as I’m in the middle of a detached lower garage project. I was limited to 1000 sq. ft. and various set-back requirements. Hell, it took 6 mos. and $15K before a shovel was even put in ground.

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1. Size: If you’re going to do two cars per bay, you’ll need to be at least 35 ft deep from entrance. I would add an additional 10 ft. minimum to depth if you’re adding cabinets and lounge area(s).
2. Lifts: Minimum of 12 ft. ceiling height if doing lifts. Yes, 2 posts are much better for working on the car. Wheel, brake work etc. is a PITA w/ a bottle jack and cross member on a 4 post.
3. Flooring: Epoxy will yellow in time with a lot of UV. Polyaspartic with high solid content is the way forward. Polished and/or stained concrete w/a Poly clear is probably what I’m doing for wear characteristics and aesthetics.
4. Garage Doors: If single bays, 10 ft. wide and at least 8 ft. high. Higher if you’re a lifted truck guy, Van Life etc. I use Lift Master Side Openers (jack shafts) with extended tracking to get as close to ceiling as possible.
5. Lighting: LED for working on cars. Recessed for mood. Track to accent cars/bays. Dimmers w/ smart switches always.
6. Wifi: Cat 6 Min. (TV, Sonos,Hub, Lift apps, on and on.
7. Slab: 6” concrete reinforced w/rebar, fiberglass strands, foam insulation or variation if you’re adding HVAC.
8. HVAC: Look at the split systems for efficiency and ease of installation.
9. Electrical: 200 Amp. You can never have too many outlets. A few in the ceiling for retractable extensions, lifts, tenders etc.
10. Windows: Consider frosting, tinting to minimize UV and security/privacy.

I’m sure I’ll have more to add, but this is a start. 🙂
 

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Im wondering if you guys think it’s not a good idea to have lifts/work bench and a “trophy room” type garage with a loft etc? Are they antithetical. In my fuzzy imagination I think of McLaren clean room like factory workspace in that trophy room with lounge etc.

I was thinking of 6 slots , first row of 3 would be our daily cars (Mclaren, SCG, truck) and then behind it, 2 2-post lifts (one for DYI maintenance (oil/filter) and a 2nd for my project car (thinking about buying an SCG 008 and having a fun time to build it, but might be there for year or 2 depending on my time). And then one 4 post lift that could hold maybe a formula 3 track car and maybe some off road car that are less frequently used.
 

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Im wondering if you guys think it’s not a good idea to have lifts/work bench and a “trophy room” type garage with a loft etc? Are they antithetical. In my fuzzy imagination I think of McLaren clean room like factory workspace in that trophy room with lounge etc.

I was thinking of 6 slots , first row of 3 would be our daily cars (Mclaren, SCG, truck) and then behind it, 2 2-post lifts (one for DYI maintenance (oil/filter) and a 2nd for my project car (thinking about buying an SCG 008 and having a fun time to build it, but might be there for year or 2 depending on my time). And then one 4 post lift that could hold maybe a formula 3 track car and maybe some off road car that are less frequently used.
Your garage- design it as you see fit. Some folks love to work on their cars so lifts, tools, benches make sense. For me- I want clean, museum like. No lifts, tools anything. Personal preference.
 

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I’m in the process of building a new house and the main purpose for this house is to have a show garage. I’ll try to answer your questions but realize I’m not building the garage for utility and a workshop but more as a showcase.

In light of that the house will have 2 garages. This first will be a regular 2 car garage for my wife and I for daily use. The second will be a show garage with a loft above that will serve as my office. I can comfortably put 6 cars in. Can probably squeeze in 8. We are not doing any lifts or work benches or tools as I want the space clean. There is a storage room where I can store all sorts of crap.

The 2 car garage will have a regular garage door but for the show garage we will be doing one of those glass sliders that you have in living rooms. We are going to motorize it so I can open it with a remote.

The entire space is going to be climate controlled so the cars will be in ac as my office is above. Now I have a glass wall between the garage and living area so when I’m sitting on my couch I can stare at my cars. And yes this is all wide approved. Because it’s somewhat connected, the flooring will be the same as the rest of the house- tile. So it’s a seamless floor from living area to garage to the back patio. No lifts as 8-10 cars total is more than enough but more I don’t want a cluttered look. Just outside the space I have a dedicated wash bay. Tried to make it part of garage but we didn’t have enough room as it’s on a hillside and we were encroaching our build envelope. Hope this helps and I can clarify anything if you need. Good luck designing the space.
Curious on the size of your office/lounge area there, and connections to your home.

One thing I absolutely require is that out garage, at least the practical one with fail drive cars connects to our pantry/kitchen. so when you bring groceries etc home, it’s right there to put things away. However, this prevents me from having a trophy room glass connection so you can see the cars say through a living room because I don’t want to walk through the living room to get to the kitchen.

Im not sure there is an easy solution to have all the above, other Than yours, which is to have 2 garages. One that practically attached to the kitchen pantry and another somehow tied to a living room? Even that’s tough for me to imagine a layout where all that works. But I see the appeal to peak at the cars as they are art pieces. But may need to content myself with a office/lounge area in the garage itself.
 
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