Do you enjoy working on your car, or do you have a project car that you spend weekends puttering on? If so, then a custom built garage may be a great way to create a more enjoyable and useful space for your hobby. The following are just a few ideas to get you started on creating your grease monkey dream garage.

Idea #1: Raise the roof

One problem for many home mechanics is that it's difficult to get to the underside of the car unless you drive up on lifts, but then you may be forced to work in the driveway. This means you can only work on your car when the weather is fair. Consider putting in a higher roof on your new garage so you can lift the car inside and out of the weather. You can even take this a step further and have professional mechanics lifts installed, which will automatically lift your car high enough so you can walk under it as desired. For more usability, choose a door to match the height of the garage. This way, it can also be used to store tall vehicles, like an RV or boat, if your needs later change.

Idea #2: Add built-in storage

As a hobbyist mechanic, you likely know the frustration of having too little space and too many tools and components. This results in a messy workbench, which takes away from your leisure time as well as making it hard to find what you need. When designing your dream garage, consider adding some permanent storage solutions such as peg boards, built-in workbenches, and storage closets. Ensure one closet is equipped with ventilation as well. This way you have a safe place to store more hazardous materials, such as solvents and automotive paints, that doesn't leave them exposed.

Idea #3: Install a ventilation system

One thing many home hobbyist that work out of the garage overlook is ventilation. Fumes from engines or from the materials you are working with can be deadly. Not only do they often have immediate effects when inhaled, such as causing oxygen starvation in the brain, they may also have long term carcinogenic effects or lung damaging effects. A ventilation system sucks these fumes right out of the garage and disperses them harmlessly outside. Even if you plan to have an open door or window at all times, a ventilation system should still be considered—especially for attached garages where fumes could leak into the home.

For more help, contact a garage builder service in your area.