Garage Ideas and Designs

Garages often become the homes for the unloved spillover from the rest of your house. Originally built for a practical purpose, the funny thing about our garages is that when most of us open our garage doors, it’s not our cars we see. Instead what greets us behind the garage door is stuff; lots and lots of stuff. Garages may technically have been designed to protect our cars, but in fact we often rely on this extra space as much-needed storage. Well the decline ends here – it’s time to begin a garage revolution and turn these spaces into practical or even beautiful additions to our homes. From better garage storage to garage conversions, there’s no shortage of options for designing, improving and optimising your garage. Take a look at some of the garage ideas on Houzz to help you start to plan your project.

How do I make the most of my garage?


If your garage needs to double as a storage space as well as a home for your car you should start by getting it organised and then you can look into some clever garage storage ideas. Floor space in a garage is important, so utilise the three big walls on offer by lining with free standing garage shelving units or floating shelves to keep your tools, cans of paint and everything else out of toes’ and tyres’ way. There are also companies that will fit out your garage to spec with built in garage storage solutions that make the most of its space. For bikes you might opt for a compact floor mounted bike rack or get them up and out of the way by mounting a rack on the wall next to your garage shelving. If you are lucky enough to have a garage with a high roof then consider larger garage storage ideas such as installing a mezzanine, which will get all the clutter off the floor for good.

When it comes to your garage exterior you can adapt the style by choosing the type, material and colour of your garage doors. There are a wide selection available, including roller, up and over, sectional and side hinged garage doors in timber, steel, aluminium and composite materials, with panels, windows and all sorts of colours. Think about how the doors will encroach on any inside garage storage space but then the main thing to focus on is how the garage doors will look and operate on the outside. Look at the rest of your house exterior to decide on a style and talk to a professional garage door maker about the advantages of the different door types.

How do I go about a garage conversion?


Sometimes the extra space the garage offers is not just about storage – it also gives us an opportunity to extend our houses. Garage conversions make a great space away from the main house to build a home office, a home gym, or you could even build soundproofing into the walls for the ideal home cinema and entertainment room. The upside of garage conversions is that internally transforming an existing structure circumvents the headache of planning permission. However, making such as basic structure habitable is a big job and still subject to extensive building regulations, so do hire a professional if you’re considering a full garage conversion. For a fully managed build, look for garage conversion specialists who will offer end-to-end service. Considerations for converting your garage include the installation of insulation and waterproof materials, opening windows (these must be at least 1/20th of floor area), a new foundation if necessary to support new walls, the replacement of flat roofs and a new electricity supply for detached garage conversions. Externally, keep materials, decor and style consistent with main house so your conversion doesn’t look too much like an afterthought that’s been stuck onto its side. Taking a look at some other garage conversion ideas is a good way to find inspiration for your garage; you may not have thought about using the space in a particular way until you see garage conversion ideas from existing conversions around the world.

Browse hundreds of garage photos on Houzz to discover garage shelving ideas, garage storage ideas, beautiful garage conversions and unique designs for garage doors and exteriors
Inspiration for a contemporary detached double garage in Other.

Inspiration for a contemporary detached double garage in Other.
This is more the size based on James' and boys' future bikes - webuser_796590345

Design ideas for a classic detached single garage workshop in West Midlands.

Design ideas for a classic detached single garage workshop in West Midlands.
Focus on functionalityOnce the structure and final internal dimensions are determined, it’s time to design your conversion. The first job is to define the functionality of the space. Decide on the layout of the floor plan, including stud walls, raised areas and the positioning of any cabinetry and large furniture. At this stage, consider how the space will be lived in and the probable flow of activities through it. For instance, a self-contained flat will focus on space planning, and split level - beatrizpaz

Inspiration for a medium sized rural detached double carport in Gloucestershire.

Inspiration for a medium sized rural detached double carport in Gloucestershire.
sied gwaelod buarth - webuser_649978043

Contemporary garage in Buckinghamshire.

Garageflex Garageflex completed a garage makeover for a client in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The fitout included a seamless Resin Floor in Grey, Wall Cabinets, Bike Racks, Golf Club Rack, hooks, shelves, workbenches and more.

Design ideas for a large rural detached single garage workshop in Kent.

Garage & Office Mike Waterman
Design ideas for a large rural detached single garage workshop in Kent.

Photo of a medium sized contemporary attached single carport in Other.

Photo of a medium sized contemporary attached single carport in Other.
Not sure i want a garage think car port might be nice not necessary this but the idea i like - webuser_529684362102

This is an example of a traditional single garage in Cornwall.

Front of house.
This is an example of a traditional single garage in Cornwall.
I like the overall design. The upstairs door/window/balcony(in addition). Color, siding , contrasting textures between top and bottom half off exterior walls of home. I think the boys will like this design - courtney_day56

Photo of a medium sized contemporary attached double garage workshop in Cheshire.

Architecture // Annabelle Tugby Architects Photography // Sara Porter
Photo of a medium sized contemporary attached double garage workshop in Cheshire.

This is an example of a classic garage in Hertfordshire.

This is an example of a classic garage in Hertfordshire.

Inspiration for a large rural attached garage workshop in Atlanta with three or more cars.

Amazing front porch of a modern farmhouse built by Steve Powell Homes (www.stevepowellhomes.com). Photo Credit: David Cannon Photography (www.davidcannonphotography.com)

Photo of a contemporary garage in Salt Lake City.

Our Deluxe Sports Storage System will get all your gear organized and off the floor making it easy to get ready for the next journey.
Photo of a contemporary garage in Salt Lake City.
bike storage example - patricia_fields17

Medium sized classic detached double garage 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.
Better scale of dormer into roof line - webuser_603634780

Garage in Grand Rapids.

Family-friendly garage entryway with stylish shoe rack and tall cabinets keeps shoes, hats and coats in order.
Garage in Grand Rapids.
Shoe, bag and coat storage in garage - amber_trbonja

Inspiration for a large classic garage in Other with three or more cars.

The support brackets are a custom designed Lasley Brahaney signature detail.
Inspiration for a large classic garage in Other with three or more cars.
Yellow cobblestones, garage doors - 5tallgirl3

Country detached garage in Richmond with three or more cars.

Country detached garage in Richmond with three or more cars.
classic farmhouse - slapalice

This is an example of a large farmhouse detached double garage in Atlanta.

Photo: Tom Jenkins TomJenkinsksFilms.com
This is an example of a large farmhouse detached double garage in Atlanta.
I like the barnyard design. And color, I may get bored with white or annoyed with a bright color. How will it blend with the curb appeal of the home? How much will this cost? Will it be attached or not? - courtney_day56

Design ideas for a classic garage in Other.

Enoree Ledge Jarrad Lister Photo,graphy
Design ideas for a classic garage in Other.
like the potted vines - carbert120

Design ideas for a modern garage in Minneapolis.

Design ideas for a modern garage in Minneapolis.
Goes with brown windows - graemefountain

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