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How to design a multi-purpose garage

Three design tips for helping your garage do more.

grey and blue garage or maker space with two skylights

In this new era of the Swiss-army-knife home, it’s time to rethink the garage as solely a space where our cars live. Whether it’s a small garage or more expansive space designed to hold two or three cars, designing it as a flex space can add functionality to your home.

Read on for garage design ideas that reimagine what a garage can be.

Garage as banquet space

Finding enough room inside the home for hosting family holiday celebrations has always been a challenge, but in today’s world we must take special precautions to ensure abundant fresh air ventilation and spacing.

Design your garage to be a flex space that enables you to transform it from an auto haven into a banquet space. Add skylights with shades for sustainable, bright natural light for DIY and gardening projects. When it comes time for family feasts, open them, along with the garage door, for maximum air flow.

Garage banquet space skylights

Three VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylights in The HGTV® Dream Home 2021 garage, not only brighten the space, but they also open to generate fresh air circulation. Never one to accept a drab, utilitarian room, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn envisions a multipurpose space, adding a mural inspired by Newport’s sailing heritage on the garage’s back wall with sectional seating at its base. Candy colored decorative pillows mirror the mural’s color palette against white seat cushions. The color accents extend to the Raspberry-colored skylight shades. A U-shaped table, positioned to maximize the view from the open garage door, has plenty of space for meal seating.

Garage as maker’s space

This single car garage doubles as a maker’s space with the back wall equipped with a workbench and tool storage. Two fresh-air skylights with shades fill the narrow space with natural light and open to release fumes from painting or welding. An epoxy floor eliminates dust and makes for easy cleanup. The two-tone grey color scheme is a calming backdrop for creativity.

Garage maker space one skylight

Garage as workshop or artist’s studio

This home boasts an extra bay added to an existing garage. By bumping out from the roofline, the homeowner was able to vault the ceiling in this area and two skylights with shades amplify the added height. While there’s still room on the walls for yard work tools, the bright, open space calls to any creative soul. With ample natural light from the skylights and translucent garage doors, it could be a painting studio, clay pottery throwing room or furniture building workshop. The possibilities are endless with an intentionally designed garage.

Garage two skylights translucent door

Are you rethinking how you use your garage? Schedule a virtual consultation with a VELUX daylight designer to learn how natural light from above can help transform your garage from dull storage room to hardworking creative space.

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