For many homes, especially in Utah, having a garage is a necessity. Protecting vehicles from harsh weather, along with having extra storage space, makes them an integral part of most homes. Yet, a garage doesn’t have to be less than stellar in its appearance. Instead, today’s homeowners put almost as much time into designing their garages as they do their homes.

To make sure your custom garage compliments your home’s style, here are a few pointers:

Garage Entry

When designing a garage, the first order of business is determining the type of entry. Some homes are best suited for a straight-on front entry garage, while others work best with a side entry garage or one that’s known as a courtyard, where the house and garage make an “L” shape. For homes with driveways that wind around the side of the house, side entry garages are seen as the best choice because they tend to keep the garage doors from being a focal point.

Some homeowners choose to build detached garages, allowing them to be bigger and even add an apartment above if they choose.  A licensed contractor can help you decide what type of garage will best fit your lot and meet your needs.

Garage Materials

Today’s garages can be made from virtually any material, so it’s much easier to match the exterior of the garage to that of the house. More people today are choosing to use brick or stone to build their garages, since more and more homes themselves are being constructed from brick.

By using similar materials, garage additions can blend in much more easily and be made to look like extra rooms than storage space for vehicles.

Interior Finishes and Features

How a garage looks is not limited to its exterior. Many people today are just as concerned about the finishes and features inside, which can help make the garage versatile as storage, a man cave, or other livable space.  Hardwood floors, tile, stone walls and more are commonly used in garages, enabling their interiors to blend in easily with the rest of the home.

By taking some time and thinking about the construction, your garage will not only compliment your home’s style, but be the envy of the neighborhood as well.