Custom Home Garage Ideas

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One of the most exciting things about building a custom home is that it is truly yours. You and your builder can go above and beyond traditional home design to create something unique, even in spaces that are usually afterthoughts.

A garage is a great example of this. Your custom home garage can be as utilitarian or ornate as you want, catering to the lifestyle you and your family want. There are lots of different things to consider when designing a garage for your custom home. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Detached vs. Attached

Most home garages are directly attached to the home. This carries some obvious advantages: easy access for bringing stuff inside and aesthetics chief among them.

But a detached garage can be a unique architectural addition to a home. It separates the utilitarian garage space from the more cushy, people-focused house space, great if you anticipate working a lot in there. It can also function similar to a guest house, especially if you have a…

Second Story

Putting a second story over a garage can act as a guest house, an in-law suite, or an office. It’s also a really cool space for a teenager or young adult still living at home who wants a little extra privacy. Finishing such a space will obviously incur some additional cost and time. That also means you’ll want to install…


Putting heating and air conditioning in your garage might seem a bit weird, but it can really help transform the space. This is especially true if you expect the area to be actively occupied by people, not just cars. For instance, a workshop where you toil for hours on projects is much more comfortable if you can cool off. If you have a long commute, getting in a warm car every morning in the winter can make things much more pleasant.

Installing garage HVAC does come with certain considerations. You’ll have to insulate the garage, which isn’t cheap, and you may need a second dedicated unit for anything more than a one-car garage.

Are you interested in a luxurious, well-crafted custom home in the Triangle or a Triangle suburb? Let Tingen Construction help! We’ve been building homes for over thirty years and know the area like few other builders. Contact us today to get started!