Garage space can be endlessly useful. It can be a completely vehicular zone with cars, bicycles, and kayaks. But garages can also deliver above and beyond as a functional work and storage space for your power tools, assorted lumber, automotive maintenance equipment and seasonal decor.
How you use your garage probably has a lot to do with your geography and house style as well; if you lack a basement, your entire workbench might live in your garage while the cars live in the driveway. If it’s a finished garage, you might favor it as a craft room and bonus entertaining space. If you’re in a climate defined by tough weather conditions, your snowblower or plow attachments might demand their own 10-25 square feet of floor space. Snow removal equipment is demanding like that. Best case scenario? My garage would look like this:
My family utilizes the garage as an all-purpose space, and like what you see above, it’s a totally utilitarian playground that serves hobbies ranging from car maintenance to landscaping. However, it’s by no means spiderweb free and tidy, and once in awhile I even have to scare the furry pants off a squirrel to teach the interloper boundaries. Maybe someday we’ll splurge on features like enclosed cabinetry to “hide” the tools of our trade, but for now it’s all functionality, all the time. And if I do say so myself, the “shelving” I installed between exposed wall studs is among the easiest, most low-profile open shelving systems you can configure in a garage.