We use it to build big projects, we load it up with everything from Hot Wheels to Harley Davidson motorbikes, and sometimes we party or just hang out with the guys there.
And for all these purposes, you want more than the basic four walls and a roof.
You want to make your garage a better place to work and play.
So we teamed up with our field editors to show you our favourite garage features.
Whether you’re planning your dream garage or just looking to improve your old one, check them out!
Tall doors prevent great goofs
Every month we receive at least one great goof letter from a reader who strapped something to his roof and wrecked the garage door.
So when our set builder, built this new extra-large double garage, he wanted to be able to drive in with a load on top of the van.
This meant installing an 2.4m tall garage door rather than the more common 2.1m size.
If you decide to install an 2.4m door, you’ll have to build the walls at least 2.7m tall to accommodate it.
But tall walls are better anyway.
They allow you more room to manoeuver 1.2m x 2.4m sheets of plywood and 2.4m-long boards without hitting the ceiling or breaking light bulbs.
Weekend mechanics love warm floors
Tom Kapikian was looking for a DIY-friendly heating system for his new garage.
He was tired of crawling around on a cold concrete floor to work on his car and wanted a system that was quiet and efficient.
He decided to install a PEX radiant in-floor heating system and loves the results.
PEX tubing carries warm water through the slab, where it releases heat, warming the floor and garage.
Since the floor is warm, you can keep the heat set at a lower level and still feel comfortable.
You can use a conventional water heater or an on-demand water heater as a heat source.
To insulate the tubing and prevent heat loss through the slab, you install sheets of rigid insulation board under the tubing and around the edges of the slab.
And of course you’ll want to insulate the garage walls, ceiling and overhead door and pay close attention to sealing air leaks around all the doors and windows too.
Shed dormers add second-floor headroom
US-based reader Tighe Belden knew he wanted space on the second floor for an office, but local building codes restricting the height of the roof were throwing a wrench into his plans.
His solution was to add shed dormers.
By carefully planning the size of the dormers, he was able to meet code requirements and still get plenty of headroom on the second floor.
Incorporating shed dormers in your plan allows you to gain some of the benefits of a second floor – more headroom and extra windows – without the added hassle of a full second floor.
Unfortunately, you can’t just throw up trusses, though.
Consult an architect or structural engineer to help work out the framing details.
You’ll probably end up hand-framing the roof, but don’t worry. It’s not that hard, and you’ll gain a real sense of satisfaction from building it yourself.