How-To Design Your Dream Garage

For many of us, the garage is more than just a place to park a car. It's a refuge, a workshop, and often the heart of our home's utility space. When it comes to designing this part of the homes, there are a multitude of details to consider. In this article we will walk through the crucial design aspects that every homeowner should take into consideration when planning a garage space.

Section 1: Garage Size and Layout

The size and layout of your garage are the foundations of its design. The right dimensions can accommodate your current needs while leaving room for future growth.

Begin with the basics of how you plan to use the garage. Are you an auto enthusiast with a collection of classic cars, or are you simply looking for a space to park your car and store lawn equipment? Your garage’s size must align with these needs. Generally, a single-car garage is 14’ by 22’ while a double-car garage is 20’ by 24’.

Before starting though, check out the zoning requirements for your local area, as many have lot coverage, height restrictions, and their may be other things to consider with your lot such as easements.

Optimizing Layout for Functionality

Consider creating zones for different activities. A parking zone, a tool area, a gardening section, a sports equipment zone, and a trash/recycling station are popular choices. Zone layout can help to keep your garage organized and each activity’s tools close at hand.

When creating work or storage zones, the triangle concept can be incredibly beneficial. Imagine a triangle from your workbench to your tool storage and finally to your trash cans. A clear, unobstructed path along these three points will ease movement and maximize efficiency.

Section 2: Choosing the Right Materials

Garage construction materials not only influence the aesthetics of the space but play a significant role in its durability and functionality.

Flooring Options

Concrete: The standard garage flooring material, concrete is durable and resistant to most chemicals - perfect for those unexpected oil spills.

Epoxy Resin: For a more polished look and added resistance to stains and chemicals, consider an epoxy resin coating. It also provides higher levels of moisture protection.

Interlocking Tiles:  These are a great way to add a touch of personal style to your garage floor, and they are easy to install and replace. However, they may be less resistant to heavy impacts than concrete or epoxy.


Wall and Ceiling Materials

Drywall:  An economical choice for the interior of your garage. It's easy to paint and can give your workspace a clean finish.

Plywood: For a more rugged, workshop-like feel, consider plywood. It can withstand more wear and tear than drywall and is an excellent backing for shelving and hanging storage.

Insulation: Insulating your garage can be hugely beneficial if you plan to spend any significant time in it. This is especially important in areas with extreme temperatures, like Canada.

Section 3: Storage Solutions

A well-organized garage can make all the difference in functionality and aesthetics. Storage solutions need to be robust, easy to maintain, and capable of holding various items securely.

Shelving and Cabinetry

Modular Systems:  Modular shelving and cabinetry are adjustable and can be reconfigured as your storage needs change. They are excellent for tools, sporting equipment, and seasonal items.

Built-In Options:  Custom built-ins can maximize space and offer seamless design, but they are less flexible than modular systems. They can be painted or stained to match the garage’s overall design.

Ceiling Racks: Ceiling racks are an effective use of overhead space and are perfect for items you don’t need frequent access to, like holiday decorations.

Hoists: If you're dealing with particularly heavy or bulky items, a hoist can help store them on the ceiling and bring them down safely and easily.

Section 4: Aesthetic Considerations

While functionality should be your primary focus when designing your garage, there’s no reason it can't look great too.

Matching Your Home’s Exterior: Consider materials and colors that complement the exterior of your home to create a unified design. Choices such as your garage door style, color, and landscaping can all contribute to a welcoming and complete look for your home.

Pre-Designed Garage Plans: If you’re looking for some ideas, check out House of Three’s pre-designed garage plans! From garages with workshops and vehicle storage, to garages with covered porches, and garages with roof top patios – we’ve got something for everyone!


By taking the time to consider each of these design elements, you can transform your garage into a space that not only adds value to your home but enhances your daily life. Remember, the best garage is one that's not just designed well but is designed for you. Get started with House of Three today!