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    So I have my garage been built right now, and am pretty amped haha. Having years or keeping toys in peoples sheds, garages, back yards, and having to really plan maintenance sessions, now I can keep them all close to me haha.

    So what improvements have you made to your garage that you couldn't live without now? Could be big or small, cheap or expensive.

    Just looking for ideas to maximize my new garage.

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    Think about your cabinets/shelves. Draw it out, measure twice.

    I've redone my shelves 3 times because I was stupid and rushed it.

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    Overhead storage, hanging bikes, hanging ladder, tire rack, LED lighting, retractable extension cord

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    I am working on my garage currently. Just about finished priming, then time for paint. Then I have 8'x8' of proslat to go on the wall along with tire racks. Then I will build a new low cabinet for tools and whatnot with a work surface then a tall cabinet for all of my detailing stuff. Probably won't do my floor this year but might redo the POS stairs.

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    We just bought our house and we are moving in May 31st.

    I am planning on ordering these in a blue/black pattern with lighting strips and doing my entire garage floor in them.

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    Might be too late but 9' ceiling and open web trusses! gives you attic access/ storage and the extra foot of clearance is great because you can put up a row of shelving along the wall and still be able to walk/ park under it.

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    I would get the highest walls possible. Increased roof height makes all of the difference / makes the garage seem that much larger (also allows more options, you never know when you'll need the height.)

    Window location and direction the garage door faces / man door access should be in a place for a reason, not just "two window there, and my door here"... have rhyme to the reason.

    Floor thickness, how much weight are you going to have in there?

    Lots of receptacles, you can never have too many

    Think of panel and electrical requirements... I went 200Amp into my shop, then "drip feed" the house as opposed to 100A into the house, then ~70A to the garage. It's still one trench, you also hold the house power hostage if need be lol.

    Run your gas line for heat, CAT5 for internet, phone line, etc all at once.

    Leave a gasline provision outside so you can hook a natural gas BBQ, heater, etc... outside

    Exterior lights and plugs should be thought out / can be extremely useful in the right locations.

    I just built a shop last year, if you want to pop down and take a look, it could give you some ideas / things to look out for...
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    Shelving space is key! if you have as many toys as probably everyone on here, no matter how much shelving space you make, you're going to use it all. We just build a new rack on the back on my garage wall this weekend and it's going to clear up a lot of the clutter we had.

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    Not that is was cold enough to need it this year, but garage heater.
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    I wish my garage did not have windows. I would rather have had more wall space for storage and increased security of no windows.

    Don't get too hung up on placing a lot of electrical receptacles. This contradicts a lot of people's theories, but I have found that the majority of my corded tools (drills, grinders, etc.) have cords that are too short and require an extension cord to get to where I'm working. Exception to that rule: workbench. Have receptacles both on the wall and the front of the workbench if possible, so you can keep the cord out of your way as much as possible.

    Power some lights on their own, dedicated circuit. If you trip a breaker because of a tool plugged into a receptacle, you won't be left in the dark.

    Keep receptacles and light switches more than 48" off the floor. This way, you can lean a 4'x8' sheet of plywood or other material against the wall without pinching electrical cords that happen to be plugged in.

    Decide where you would like to put your air compressor so that the proper electrical circuit can be run. Same thing for welders, plasma cutters, mills, and any other "work station" type requirements.

    If you have space around or behind the garage for a travel trailer, think about having a 30 amp or 50 amp RV receptacle installed where applicable for RV use.

    Some guys like to "man cave" up their garage, which includes neon lights/signs. If that sounds like you, get some outlets installed high on the wall where the signs will hang, and incorporate a switch for them in a convenient location.

    Put a large, long piece of flat steel or angle iron on the striker side of the man door such that it strengthens the door frame against door kick-in by thieves. Search "jamb shield" for some ideas on this.

    Jackshaft style garage door openers require an electrical receptacle mounted beside the large door.

    Working on old cars, race cars, and project cars, you sometimes have to move them around without help from their own engines. Flush mount floor anchor points allow you to use a cable come-along or 12 volt winch to pull vehicles into the garage or sideways (on dollies) from one part of the garage to another.

    If future plans involve a 2-post or 4-post lift, either decide on a specific location for it now, or just have the entire pad poured thicker and/or higher MPa concrete.

    Big, and a couple, fire extinguishers.
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    If you haven't poured the pad yet, put pex down for underfloor heating.

    Really, having it heated is the biggest thing. Everything else can be worked around IMO and everything has been listed in the other posts.

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    Having 240v to the garage is nice for both welding or electric heating

    Ensure you have at least 40 amp service to your receptacles for power tools and compressors.

    Ample lighting... go with florescent tubes, one double tube housing per parking spot in the garage has always worked nicely for me. I like to do some additional lighting over work areas as well.

    Proper insulation will make your life a lot easier... invest in an insulated door, and I am a big fan of spray foam over the standard batting for the garage, it seals up the garage from drafts and makes it toasty warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
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    I bought some slats when they were on sale at Costco.
    http://www.costco.ca/Proslat-Wall-Pa...100284931.html

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    Originally posted by phreezee
    I bought some slats when they were on sale at Costco.
    http://www.costco.ca/Proslat-Wall-Pa...100284931.html
    That stuff is the best. I put it up instead of drywall on all my walls. No regrets.

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    Originally posted by phreezee
    I bought some slats when they were on sale at Costco.
    http://www.costco.ca/Proslat-Wall-Pa...100284931.html
    2nd, but Costco only has white and won't give me Charcol or Light Gray.

    So I have to source it from either Rona or Home Depot. They are normally $140 per 8x4'. I have seen as low as $120.

    Once Garage Granite guy is out to do the floor, will do proslats next.

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    Originally posted by mix123


    That stuff is the best. I put it up instead of drywall on all my walls. No regrets.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys.

    Its going to be 24x24x8 with a 12 inch curb wall. 18 x 8 door. 40 amp service, Have a furnace ready to be installed. Was just going to insulate myself. Whats the best way to insulate the roof but keep the rafters open (for storage?)

    Pretty pumped on it. Will be nice to load up the dirt bikes the night before and keep it parked in the garage.

    Does anyone have the side mounted garage door opener? They are a bit more money, but look pretty trick.

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    ^^That makes my 8'x8' seem so pitiful

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    Originally posted by G
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    Whats with the handrail in front of the door?

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    Originally posted by raceman6135
    I wish my garage did not have windows. I would rather have had more wall space for storage and increased security of no windows.
    You'll think that until you go back into your garage to get something out of your car shortly after coming home, using the door light which stats on for some 5-10 minutes, only to find yourself stuck in total darkness once it turns off because you forgot to turn on main overhead lights.

    1st world problems.

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