Planning your custom home? Don’t forget about the garage.

A stunning living room. A serene and elegant master bedroom. A kitchen fit for a chef. You’ve thought of everything for your custom home… or have you? If the garage hasn’t made it into your plan, you could be missing out on everything from additional living space to prime storage.

Today’s garages are much more than places to park cars, so you don’t want to overlook this important space when you’re building a custom home or renovating the home you’re in. Instead, consider the ideas below to make it something special.

Choose the right garage door. It sounds easy enough but given the number of choices you have when it comes to garage doors – from style to function – you’ll probably want to spend some time looking at different doors. You’ll also want to talk to a garage door professional before making your decision.

All Island Garage Door has worked with custom home builders and architects for decades, helping their clients choose the best garage door for their new home. We carry the full line of Clopay garage doors, but we can order and install garage doors by any manufacturer.

Take a look at Clopay’s collections that feature modern, contemporary garage doors and more traditional styles that would look great on a variety of types of homes. You can also design your own garage door, which could be ideal for a custom home.

Make it comfortable. Remember when having a heated garage was a big deal? Now, many garages feature both heating and cooling, as well as adjustable lighting, and custom cabinetry. These features go a long way, especially if you’re someone who enjoys spending time in the garage working on cars or for other projects.

Make it great looking, too. You can easily transform a garage space by painting the walls and adding custom flooring specifically designed for garages, including stone composite luxury vinyl planks. Epoxy paint works great on garage floors, too. We also recommend Behr Premium Concrete & Garage Floor paint that comes in a variety of colors.

Create a multi-functional space. With a little planning, your garage can also be a home gym, a playroom, an art studio, and even a study room. For a home gym you could add shelving for weights and props. For an art studio, start with creating great light in the garage via solar tubes, skylights or LED lighting.

Turn Your Garage Into A Study Room

Add storage. Your garage is prime real estate for storage to free up room within the house. And it’s a perfect place to keep items that you only use occasionally, like holiday decorations, for example.

Consider investing in a custom organization system for the garage for ultimate storage optimization. You could also check out IKEA for inexpensive yet durable cabinets designed for bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens and use them in the garage instead.

Ways To Add Storage To Your Garage

Keep it secure. Where would we be without our smart phones? Today our smart phone can do everything from remind us about an important meeting to track our fitness goals. It’s no wonder that now we can even control our garage doors right from our smart phones, too.

A great looking garage door is one of the quickest and easiest ways to elevate the look of your home. So, it stands to reason that that when you’re building a custom home, you’ll want a garage door that’s just as beautiful as the house itself.

Ready for a new garage door for your home – or one you’re building? Take a look at our gallery, use our Design Your Garage Door feature, and give us a call.

View Our Latest Garage Door Projects

It’s been a busy summer here at All Island Garage Door. Our technicians have been installing gorgeous Clopay garage doors all across Long Island. Take a look at some of our most recent jobs.

Clopay Mahogany Garage Doors 

Our professional installers installed these Clopay Mahogany garage doors with clear, insulated glass  in Sayville.

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Clopay Coachman – Before and After 

We installed a Clopay Coachman garage door at this home in East Hampton, complete with a  Liftmaster model #8365 electric motor.

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Three Coachman Garage Doors

This Hewlett Harbor client received three Clopay Coachman garage doors.  They also added Liftmaster Belt driven electric openers.

Clopay Modern Steel

We installed a set of beautiful Clopay Modern Steel garage doors in the color Walnut at this home in Southampton. The garage door also features frosted glass windows.