Car guys know exactly what kind of "man cave" dream garage they want. If you are passionate about building or working on cars at home, a 4-car garage like this one may be the inspiration you’ve been looking for.
We get it.
True car lovers want a custom garage that provides the greatest comfort and latest technology where they can pursue working on their cars in the perfect environment.
We’d like to share some of our favorite dream garage ideas from one of our latest custom homes in Lexington, SC.
1. Include a Home Garage Car Lift
Car enthusiasts who love to work on cars or build cars at home need the best tools available, including a great vehicle lift.
A car lift gives you total access to the undercarriage of your car and helps you avoid being in an uncomfortable, or even dangerous, position on the floor. If you will be working on cars often, the right lift is a life-saver.
Remember that it’s critical to carefully plan the lifting height in relation to the ceiling and garage door.
2. Invest in a Reinforced Garage Floor
Cool garage designs need to do more than look good. They need to be sturdy and functional, too. If you have a home car lift the garage design must include a reinforced concrete floor under the lift that won’t buckle under the extra weight.
Check with your auto-lift maker or custom home builder, but it may be best to have at least 4 inches, if not 6 inches, of reinforced concrete to support your lift in your car garage.
3. Choose Insulated Garage Doors and Insulate the Entire Space
When you begin thinking about dream garage ideas, it’s important to think through all the practical details and the fun ones. The garage door on this side had to be specially designed to open above the vehicle lift.
This luxury garage also needs to be insulated for year-round comfort in the cold of winter and to keep out the oppressive south Carolina summer heat. Because there is a heat/air unit inside, we want to keep all the outside air out and the inside air in for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.
4. Opt for a Vaulted Garage Ceiling
This 4-car garage design idea includes a high-quality vehicle lift for easy access under the car. But most automotive lifts are going to require some extra ceiling height to accommodate the lift plus the height of the car on the lift.
We recommend a vaulted ceiling like this one over the side of the garage that houses the car lift.
Another great advantage of having a vaulted ceiling in your dream garage is that there is more room for overhead storage or a handy ceiling-mounted heater, as pictured above.
5. Don't Forget a Garage Heater and AC
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to garage heaters and air conditioning options. A lot of guys go for space heaters that sit on the floor because they are inexpensive. However, it’s tough to heat a 4-car garage with a space heater.
We like ceiling-mounted heaters because they stay out of the way and don’t sit next to anything flammable. And they can be a lot more powerful to adequately heat a large space.
If you want to find out the details about how to choose the best garage heater in 2021 for your particular situation, check out this guide. Amazon has some ceiling mounted heaters that are perfect for garages here.
6. Splurge on a Beautiful Garage Floor Epoxy
As you are thinking through garage design ideas, don’t forget the floors! We recommend a long-lasting garage floor epoxy like this one.
There are several garage floor options available for your dream garage.
- A bare, sealed, stained, or painted concrete floor
- An epoxy coating
- Garage floor tiles
- Interlocking garage tiles made of rubber or vinyl
- Roll-out vinyl flooring
Why an epoxy garage floor coating?
Epoxy is not paint. It is a thermosetting resin coating that hardens as it dries and is much thicker than paint.
We recommend an epoxy garage floor coating because it is professional-looking, strong, long-lasting, and has a great clear coat which makes cleanups easy. There are plenty of colors to choose from. And this garage finish is one of the toughest and best garage floor ideas you can find.
7. Explore the Best Garage Storage Ideas
Garage storage is an important part of designing your dream garage. With the right wall-mounted hooks, custom-built storage system, and free-standing garage organizations shelves, your garage can look neat, clean, and ready for work.
We recommend sturdy custom built-in desks, workbenches, and cabinets that can perfectly suit your needs. You may also want to include some rolling storage and reinforced metal shelving, as well, depending on your particular workshop aspirations.
Err on the side of heavy-duty so your tools have the support they need and your shelves don’t end up bending or collapsing.
8. Design a Garage Office
What’s a luxury car garage if it doesn’t have a computer command center ready for all the diagnostic checks your cars will need?
If you are serious about doing car shop work in your home garage, be sure to include a separate office space or office nook along the garage wall in your garage interior designs.
9. Go Big on Electrical Outlets and Options
Another important component of this luxury garage is that there are multiple electric drops for compressors and high-powered tools. Never skimp on your electrical capacity if you are planning to use your garage as a car shop or workshop with tools.
This garage is fitted with plenty of electrical outlets around the walls, as well.
Ready to build your dream garage (and house) with an award-winning custom home builder in Lexington, SC?
At Blythe Building Company, we build luxury homes in Lexington, SC. and around the Greater Columbia, SC area. If you have your heart set on building a dream home in Lexington, SC with a custom garage design, we can help.
Please contact us today.
We build in areas like Lake Murray, Ballentine, Chapin, Lake Carolina, downtown Columbia, Pine Ridge, West Columbia, Lexington, and more.
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