Ideas and inspirations for a garage
get up early in the morning to drive your kids to school. On the way
back you rush to the local market and buy whatever you need for the
day. You drive back home. Then there are precious chores that you
complete, take your breakfast, possibly glance over the headlines of
the morning newspaper before quickly getting ready and rushing off to
the office. Except for a few minor deviations, your spouse follows
pretty much the same routine as yours.
workplaces are in a different part of the city and reaching there
through traffic at peak hours takes up to one hour. You cannot do
without your car, because you can save some time by driving yourself
and it is a convenience that you can hardly let you by.
goes without saying that your car too requires considerable pampering
which is not limited to periodic servicing and maintenance. It
requires a shelter of its own to save it from the elements of nature.
In other words, your residential premises needs as stylish and a
secure an abode for your car as its owners. Can you imagine leaving
your pricey car by the roadside overnight? If not, then it is time
for you to build a fashionable garage or giving your existing one a
you think of building a shabbily designed garage space for a trendy
modern house? Of course not! But before you proceed further on your
planning and decoration, do take time out to check our rich list of
garages and sheds.
to build a car shed?
you are designing a home from the scratch and your plot is not
exactly generous in size, consider using your basement or a portion
of the ground floor to build a garage. This is the commonest type you
will get to see in modern houses. It saves space, creates a compact
structure and is generally more secured.
when you have bought an existing building without a carport, you need
to plan the same for yourself and your vehicle. In such a case you
can make use of your backyard or garden which has proper access to
the main road. You can also utilise this area when in need for extra
sheds to accommodate your spouse’s or kids’ cars. In some
fashionable homes and mountain structures, carports also occupy the
upper floor level. But these are exceptions and generally require
very specific designs suitable for such kind of architecture.
to plan a car shed?
on how many cars you want to park here. Keep room for future
expansions. Do not disregard your two wheelers or possibilities of
buying one in the future if you do not currently own it now. See what
else can you do or need to do in a space like this. This step is very
important for an optimal use of the space.
you want to set up a garden shed, workshop or studio alongside your
car parking zone. May be you want to build, a fully furnished
apartment or staff quarter on top of your newly built car shed.
Explore various possibilities and include them in your planning. You
may not need to build them all at once, but having a plan chalked out
and approved, goes a long way in assuring possibilities of future
expansions. Before attempting to build the carport, you will have to
get your draft design approved by concerned authorities.
you build a garage in the basement, convert an existing barn for the
purpose or open up a portion of your ground floor to accommodate the
same, you will have to take due precautions to thoroughly refurbish
the structure. Make sure you have a strong and durable structure and
properly reinforced flooring suitable for the purpose.
for plumbing, electrical wiring and lighting fixtures. You can use
solar photovoltaic panels to offset the requirements of this space.
Your driveway should be properly illuminated as well.
other areas of your building, make sufficient storage arrangements.
Build wall mounted shelves and neatly arrange everything on them. You
will need versatile storage units, if you are using this space for
various purposes except parking cars.
for this part of your home has some special requirements. It should
be extremely hardy, easy to maintain, affordable yet stylish in look.
It needs to be oil and moisture repellent. If you use this space for
various purposes than parking your vehicles, then the flooring also
needs to be suitable for the same.
flooring is the commonest type in this space. It is widely used
primarily due to its durability and inexpensive nature. Concrete
flooring does not need to be drab looking any longer. They are now
available in dazzling colours and finishes any of which is capable of
creating a spectacular impact.
of the most popular flooring solutions widely used in professional
garages include epoxy coating. This is done on top of the concrete
flooring. It gives your garage a trendy look. But, more importantly,
it makes your floor repulsive to moisture, oil and other types of
chemical spills. It also makes your floor tougher than normal.
stain can be used to give your flooring a decorative feel. Concrete
sealers are one of the least expensive coating options. Though not as
tough as epoxy, sealers can make your floor hard enough to withstand
the onslaught of chemicals and moisture.
rollout mats are also used to give a stylish makeover to this space.
They too are available in a multitude of colours and designs. But
they require periodic changing as with time they can develop
permanent damages caused by chemical spills and tyre marks.
garage floor tiles are easy to install, resistant to stain and are
available in a range of brilliant colours. Do not exclude the option
of installing porcelain tiles in this space. You may be surprised to
know that porcelain is one of the toughest materials and you would
find it just appropriate for your car parking space.
options for wooden garages
you have plans to build a car shed similar to country style wooden
garages? These wooden carports also use wood flooring. Natural wood
like maple, cherry wood, oak and teak can be used to build beautiful
flooring for this space. Bamboo is also suitable for this purpose.
But be prepared to periodically tend your wood flooring so that it
does show signs of aging.
will have to apply a protective coat on it to save it from abrasive
chemicals. Engineered wood, custom built for this purpose, can be
used too. But choose premium quality engineered wood variety to
maintain the durability of the structure.
a beautiful door is not only essential for building a secured
carport, but also to augment the charm of the façade of your
building. Depending on the door opening mechanism, you can invest in
a swing up, swing down, roll up, hinged or sliding door. Roll ups are
most widely used because of the fact that they take up little space
and are convenient to use.
quality steel doors, laminated and insulated for the purpose, is the
most secured option. They are very easy to maintain as well.
Aluminium doors with laminated finishes are also sturdy and rust
garages could be secured with mahogany, cedar, redwood and teak
doors. The same can be used for a carport with a garden shed. When
building a multipurpose carport it would be better not to ignore the
window designs. You can also build stylish picture windows on top of
your hinged door.
car parking complex
have already spoken of a multifunctional space a few times. Let’s
explore the various possibilities of a car parking complex beyond its
very obvious function. You can use the upper floors to build a chic
modern apartment, guest suite or set up a staff quarter in this
space. This enhances its utility and reduces some of the burden on
the main building.
space can be used to build a home office, hobby room or library. To
maintain the peace of the ambience, use materials like wood, cork,
carpet etc that have natural sound absorption qualities. On a very
different note, you can also build a porch with elaborate
entertainment facilities in the area as well.
shed with a loft
you have a small shed with high ceiling, build a loft to maximise its
utilisation. You can convert this additional space into a study,
workshop or studio. Alternatively, you can build extensive storage
you car parking zone occupies a portion of your garden, it is better
to double it up as a garden shed. You can keep your gardening tools,
spare earthen or ceramic pots that you use for planting saplings and
other items frequently needed for gardening. It would be better to
partition off this area completely or build a separate storage for
diverse set of styles is available for you to choose from, but it
would be better to stick close to the design of your residence. This
would prevent building a mismatching and unsightly home for your
cars. In homify you will find garages with a classic, contemporary,
rustic, Asian and Scandinavian flavours and more.