3 Ways to Set up Your Garage in a Luxury Home
About 63 percent of all housing units in the United States have some sort of garage as part of their home. While the main purpose of a garage is obviously a space to park your car, most homeowners don’t take full advantage of what this extra space offers. Both attached and detached garage spaces offer a number of unique opportunities for homeowners to increase the square footage of their home, enlarge the amount of storage space, and even incorporate an extra room that can be utilized as a guest bedroom or even an accessory dwelling unit that could potentially be rented out for extra household income. Taking the time to think about garage setup ideas can allow you to capitalize on the functions that a garage can offer while making your garage an attractive and eye-catching part of your home. The following Garage solutions shared below will help you find an aesthetically pleasing and functional way to park your car in your luxury home.
A Garage for the Car Lover
Before we begin to consider garage setup ideas that offer other functions, there are certainly ways to make the most of a garage even if its main function is a parking space for your car. For car lovers, a luxury garage is a great way to show off your collection of classic or specialty vehicles. When considering ideas for a luxury garage, consider adding floor-to-ceiling windows along one or two of the walls and raising the roof for extra lighting. In this sense, your garage is more of a showroom for your cars rather than simply a place to keep them parked.
Get rid of the cement flooring and invest in attractive ceramic that will offer a bit of shine to mimic the glass-like finish on your car. Car risers can create more space for homeowners with several vehicles while also adding a vertical element to the overall design. Mood lighting, high-end speaker systems, and attractive shelving for collections are great ways to complete this garage design.
The Detached Garage with a Bridge
A detached 2 to 4 car garage can take up a lot of space on property while not offering a lot of function. For luxury homeowners looking to increase the square footage of their homes, adding a second story to a large, detached garage is a simple solution to adding more space. Accessibility to this extra room, however, can be a problem, so attaching the second story of a garage to your main home through a connected bridge or walkway will create an attractive and useful entranceway. Whether that extra space is used as a children's playroom, a guest bedroom, or even a large storage space, the bridge access will also create a unique, shaded area between your home and garage that can be made into an attractive outdoor living area.
The Garage for the Sustainable Home
One of the best ways to reduce your household energy bills while simultaneously reducing the carbon emissions from your home is to invest in a residential solar panel system. Unfortunately, not all homes are properly oriented in order to take full advantage of a rooftop solar PV setup. In fact, solar systems that face directly east or west will produce about 20 percent less electricity than if they were facing south. Reorienting the roof of your home is not an easy renovation project, and facing your home south may cause you to lose out on some great views that you wanted to take advantage of.
A garage, on the other hand, can be flexibly built on different parts of the property in order to take full advantage of the sun ́s rays. If you are looking to invest in renewable energy solutions, your garage can be built in the optimum spot on your property for maximum solar gain and outfitted with a full array of solar PV panels to power your home from the energy from the sun.
There are dozens of ways to maximize the usefulness of your garage. These simple garage setup ideas can help luxury homeowners make their garage space that defines the character of their home. If you’re looking to maximize garage space on your new home contact Natale Builders for a variety of customizable options!