If you've vowed to make this your very last winter without a garage, congratulations! Adding a spacious new garage – or expanding your old one – is a great project for Minnesota homeowners to consider to add comfort and convenience to their homes while increasing the resale value of their properties. With careful thought and a great design, you can maximize your storage space and even add a room for a growing family or passion project.


Before you embark on your new and improved garage project, consider adding these design features:


Built-In Storage

If you're like most people, your garage holds more than just your car and some extra windshield wiper fluid. Add custom shelves and cabinets to hold all of your gear, whether you've got a collection of mountain bikes or a shed's worth of garden tools. Consider adding lockable drawers to keep dangerous chemicals away from kids and pets, and make room for stowing away seasonal items when you don't need them.


Hobby Areas

If you have the room to bump out your garage by several feet, you can add a place for a workshop or hobby area specially outfitted for messy projects. Consider adding inexpensive kitchen base cabinets and countertops to serve as a workbench with lots of storage, or customize your own potting table or tool rack. When you plan to spend time in your garage, be sure to plan for insulation and HVAC to maintain a comfortable temperature all year long.


Bonus Rooms

Need more space? Just look up! A two-story garage doubles your options and opens up a whole world of possibilities for some extra living space. You could just add a loft for additional storage, but careful planning may allow you to attach additional living space to the second floor of your home. Building upwards on a detached garage is the perfect location for an in-law apartment, teen media room or man cave for entertaining, too. 


Intrigued by the possibilities but not sure where to start? Call the professionals at CT Construction for expert advice on your new garage project. They'll listen to what you want and work out a solid plan to make it happen, with top-notch skill and professionalism. To get started, schedule a consultation at (612) 327-7843 or visit their website for a free estimate on the garage of your dreams.