Garages are some of the best rooms to build and use in a house, as they are somewhere between a room in the actual house and a throw-away storage area you can do anything you want in. If you spill paint on the floor of your home, it's a big deal; if you spill paint on the floor of your garage, it doesn't really matter. So pre-planning unique designs for your garage--storage space, room for cars or games or maybe a workout area--can be a rewarding experience, as a garage can be anything you want it to be.
If you plan on spending a lot of time in your garage, it might be a good idea to plan on insulating it from both hot and cold conditions. Once you have your floor plan set, see how much more it will cost to insulate the walls and the roof of the garage. Also look into heating and cooling appliances for the garage itself. It doesn't have to be anything extensive, but if you're planning on making your garage a main work space or somewhere you'll spend a significant amount of time, it's important you're comfortable while you're there.
For some reason, there is very little lighting in most garages, and the space ultimately suffers for this because we naturally don't like to go digging around in dark spaces. Sure, a garage is supposed to be your low-maintenance anything-goes room, but what's the point if you can't see anything? Simple hanging bulbs in a couple of places or screw-in light bulb outlets hanging from the rafters equally spaced around the garage should provide ample light, depending on the size and dimensions of your space.
Storage Area Space
Plan for storage space in your garage. Consider adding a second story consisting of little more than support beams and a wooden floor that can hold enough weight to support you and everything you need to store away (so maybe a lot). Or cordon off an area of the garage floor space for storage. Build shelves and cubbies, places where everything can be efficiently stored and organized so that the garage doesn't become a black hole of things you might need someday.
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