Garage / Storage
The garage needs to have good depth and width to allow for large vehicles. In Texas, we drive big trucks and other vehicles. I try to imagine the parking space at shopping centers only add a little for ease of maneuvering. Sometimes storage along wall is good but might look cluttered. Try to think of all the large vehicles and toys you might park here.
- Think about a large crew cab, long bed truck with ranch bumpers. This is one of the largest vehicles to allow for. If we plan for this vehicle (9’wide x 8’ tall door), all others should fit fine.
- Think about where you want the trash bins to be stored.
- A separate storage room (either air conditioned or not) could go near the garage. A large second safe for guns might go here for easy loading for going hunting. Also, shelves for storage bins should be thought about.
- Electrical outlets placement should make sense for vehicle maintenance and other hobbies like wood working.
- A tool bench and storage might be nice for tinkering or for full wood working projects.
- Allow for water softener and reverse osmosis closet. Maybe the water heater also.
- Attic access might be another storage option. Maybe a staircase so you aren’t doing the pull-down ladder.
- Do you want the garage doors to face front entry (sweep in garage) or do you want a side entry garage.
- Do you want to do a hot and cold water for washing cars or pets?
- Do you want another mop sink for the garage clean up?
- Most garages should be similar floor height as the main house or level floor.
- Put garage doors on the higher side of lot so the motor court doesn’t have to be built up. This can be costly.
- Epoxy finish on floors makes it easier to clean.