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Efficient Garage Floor Plans

Jan 29, 2008
Are you designing your new dream home with an architect or a builder? If so, don't forget to lay out the garage floor plans too. We tend to overlook garages, but they can be so much more than just a place for your vehicles.

To begin with, have a look at some floor plans. You can get them from a house plans website or your architect. By looking at this plans, you'll get a good feel for what the trends are in garage planning.

For instance, if you're building a two-car garage, try making it a few extra feet wide. This will allow extra room for shelving and cabinetry, while leaving enough room for you to get out of your car without doing contortions or scraping up your back.

Some garage floor plans make the garage longer than usual, which is useful because that gives you more space to store things like bicycles, a workbench, or maybe a lawnmower and other gardening equipment.

Yet another way to make your garage even more useful is to create a little space that you could use as a child's play area, a workbench area, or just extra storage. These kinds of spaces will most often be located in a corner in the back of the garage.

You will get a lot of extra room just by extending the garage space out or even connecting it to the house.

Try raising the ceiling if you plant to use your garage for storage. By raising the ceiling by ten or eleven feet, you'll give yourself a ton of wall space for hanging up shelves. You'll be able to store lots of seasonable items this way.

Another thing to consider is access to the yard and the house. It's traditional for most garages to have a door to the house, and of course the main door for car access.

Consider the convenience of adding an extra door to the side or the yard. That will make it so much easier for you to get out your lawn tools, and your kids will have easy access to their favorite lawn toys.

If your laundry room is situated near the garage, putting a door to it in your garage floor plans gives you an instant mud room.

Good luck building your dream home! With a few extra tweaks, you can have your dream garage, too.
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