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    New Home - Garage Design Thoughts

    Later this month, my wife and I will move to our new home in Georgia. The home does not have a garage, and I am interested in having a detached garage constructed. The garage doesn't need to be complete by the move in date, but completion may possibly happen. The builder's initial thought is an area of 24 square feet, truly a square of 24' x 24', but other thoughts are welcome.

    My question is what to include in the design, more specifically features that would be expensive alterations if done afterward. For example, do you recommend one large garage door or two smaller garage doors, and why? Electricity will be included, but with the garage a 15 second walk to the house, I am leaning against plumbing.

    I will greatly appreciate your thoughts, ideas and explanations.
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    A fellow riding buddy in Australia has a few of these:
    with the bikes stashed in custom made 'Bike Wardrobes' in his garage.
    Huge open area when stored, and easy to get them in and out for rides.
    Something different :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerfbatt View Post
    A fellow riding buddy in Australia has a few of these:
    with the bikes stashed in custom made 'Bike Wardrobes' in his garage.
    Huge open area when stored, and easy to get them in and out for rides.
    Something different :-)
    Even better are the Paddock stands, you can remove wheels while using them. I love mine for easily moving the bike around the garage.
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    Someone once told me, you can never have too much garage space. I added a detached garage that's 24x30. I did 30' to fit an 18' boat, outboard and trailer which ends up being 25' long. You may not have a boat now, but that could change. It's not huge, but I'm happy with the 30' depth. Funny, I passed on rain gutters and added them myself the end of the first year. They are a must have. The epoxy floor is a nice feature that I don't have and wish I did. Minimally, have your cement slab sealed and reseal at least every two years. Overhead lighting is huge. I have 8 recessed overhead spot lights with bright white LED bulbs. After dark with them turned on is like bright sunlight. Way better than standard fluorescents. If you do get fluorescent style, go with the LEDs. You can always add them later, but pre-wired on a switch would be ideal. Windows are nice, but with good overhead lighting, you don't need them. Not having windows is more private and secure. One more feature that I don't have but wish I did is a floor drain. If you work under your cars, a walk-in pit in one of the stalls would be a huge luxury.

    To answer your question on doors, one large door is better than two small ones. It's way more flexible with any sized vehicle going in and out. Also, my garage has a side service door, but I never use it. If I did it over, the service door would not be included.
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    So many variables! You have to think about how much time you're going to spend in there. Are you working in there, or just parking stuff? Will you want a bike lift? (REALLY nice to have if you do your own work) But 24' won't give you room for parking two cars if you have a lift. Will you be doing any welding, because wiring for 220v would be ideal. Air conditioning is nice if it's a true workshop (in Georgia!). As mentioned, LED lighting is fantastic. Don't underestimate the value of a hand-washing sink right there in the garage. How much room will you need for storage? (Vertical space can really boost storage capacity for not much more money...) Do you have an HOA to deal with? A million other questions...

    If you haven't already, check out the forum at www.garagejournal.com There are tons of threads there about every garage-related thing you could ever think of...
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    Lighting is very important
    We have one large tilt door (double garage)
    Roller door at back to take trailers, bobcats etc through to the garden.
    Our garage is deep enough to hav e my bike trailer attached to the car, bonus
    Hang stuff up (push bikes etc)
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    Only cars, bikes, tools, surf boards & more tools allowed.

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    Put in plumbing, at least a shop sink, and I would add a urinal, but if the sink is set low enough the urinal is unnecesarry. It's nice to be able to wash the grease and mess off before going to the house or cleaning off parts and tools. Having a place to pee is nice if the neighbors are too close for using outside.
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    as a do it yourselfer I prefer to fix my own crap. I would say make sure your ceiling may be tall enough for a smaller car lift so you can lift to do exhausts and stuff...thats me....but my 3 car garage is built with engineered trusses and not super tall ... look into modifying one bay and it almost eaiser to just tear roof off and built a new one!!

    Just food for thought if your younger and do you own stuff...Ive had to put in some exhausts specifically and boy it would been nice to the damn thing higer off the ground to do it!!!!!

    but again...thats me.

    only other thing but no alot is maybe a seperate little utility room for a compressor. my 160 gallon compressor can be a bit loud and I will it was in a seperate room with good ventalation vs next to my workbench!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Balzak View Post
    Put in plumbing, at least a shop sink, and I would add a urinal, but if the sink is set low enough the urinal is unnecesarry. It's nice to be able to wash the grease and mess off before going to the house or cleaning off parts and tools. Having a place to pee is nice if the neighbors are too close for using outside.
    Good advice Harry.
    My shop has two places!
    After years and years of my wife bitchin about my peeing outside it finally stopped the first time four guys came over to change some tires.
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    Funnily enough, I'm just going through a garage cull in preparation for our move. But we didn't have a choice of garage layout in the current house or the new one. Just a standard 6m x 6m double.
    I can get both cars and the bike in OK. But I'm thinking wall hung cupboards for tools, chemicals, assorted other crap, in the new place to free up floor space.
    If money was no object I'd have a high stud garage with a car hoist and bike lift installed.
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