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My house is in the process of being built/remodeled, basically I stripped the entire house down to 2x4's and its in the slow and long process of being put back together. It's going to be great when it's all finished up, but waiting for permits and inspections is really just no fun, luckily it's starting to move along faster now.

This is my first house, and for the first time I will have a garage. The house originally had single car garage, which I have had expanded to a 1.5 car garage just to give me a little more room (no room for a 2 car :( ).

Seeing as this is my first house with a garage I wanted to get some insight as to what I should have the builder include; as right now changing something would not be a huge deal. I have him putting in a small closet for a air compressor and wall mounted shop vac, and the back wall of the garage I'm going to use for some storage and tool cabinets. I'm going to run hot water into the garage so that I can wash the car during the winter/cold months a little easier. As far as the floor of the garage goes I'm still undecided on an epoxy coat or the black/white tiles I see in some really nice garage pics online.

Any insight would be great as I have never had a garage before and would like to get some ideas.

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so you got this garage only for the gtr?

if you're doing all that work you should've made it with 2 garages, imo
Not everything in life is that easy,sounds like you have a good start on some cool stuff.I personaly would epoxy the floor.A lift would be cool,don't know if you work on your car or not,and lots of light is always useful.I have 10 fluorescents lights in my 2 car garage
 

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Make your garage look like this:



That was a garage at a hotel in Austria that I was in a couple weeks ago.
 

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Put a lift in or at least enough vertical height for one later? No matter how much space you have in the garage you'll always want more.
 

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That's actually a really good idea thanks! I have a extra set of tires that I will hopefully find a set of wheels for soon, and I need a place to store my OEM wheels. I just looked at some pics of them on google and it seems much better than just stacking them on the ground.
 

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I over heard a conversation at a meet.
Guy was having his house appraised and appraiser saw a lift in the garage and said WOW. Now we can list this as an additional garage so went from a 3 car to a 4 car. Increase in value.
 

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How deep can you make the garage? Make it 2 cars deep? Not the best solution but technically a 2 car garage.

Like others have said tire and wheel Rack, area for a compressor is good like you mentioned. Think also if your gonna use it for projects, the lighting, most garages only have a bulb or 2. Put some cans that you can direct or something to get nice bright even lighting when looking at the engine etc.

Also go with the Epoxy coat for the floor
 

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My house is in the process of being built/remodeled, basically I stripped the entire house down to 2x4's and its in the slow and long process of being put back together. It's going to be great when it's all finished up, but waiting for permits and inspections is really just no fun, luckily it's starting to move along faster now.

This is my first house, and for the first time I will have a garage. The house originally had single car garage, which I have had expanded to a 1.5 car garage just to give me a little more room (no room for a 2 car :( ).

Seeing as this is my first house with a garage I wanted to get some insight as to what I should have the builder include; as right now changing something would not be a huge deal. I have him putting in a small closet for a air compressor and wall mounted shop vac, and the back wall of the garage I'm going to use for some storage and tool cabinets. I'm going to run hot water into the garage so that I can wash the car during the winter/cold months a little easier. As far as the floor of the garage goes I'm still undecided on an epoxy coat or the black/white tiles I see in some really nice garage pics online.

Any insight would be great as I have never had a garage before and would like to get some ideas.

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Epoxy coating + water = fall on your ass.

Ive done it many times. Mine even has flakes and granules for traction. Once water is on there, you are done for.

Sounds like a nice setup. I have a small 32 inch LCD I put up in the corner of the garage and has basic cable so I can watch TV or have a race on if Im working on some project. I think it only cost me $300. Well worth it.

Also had whole house stereo put in so I have a sound system and ipod control in the garage. Guess my recommendations arent exactly garage related seeing as I dont ever wrench on the GT-R lol.

My best recommendation is plenty of light. I have a bunch of large florescent lights and additional track lighting with can lights so you can really see well. My pet peeve.
 

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Too bad about not havng enough height for a lift. A 2-post lift for $1500 from Pace for example is the absolute best thing you can put in a garage. I designed a new 2 car garage and the primary goal was to fit a 2 post lift. I love it. Best $1500 you could ever spend related to cars.

http://www.pacetools...Products/VTP-9F


Column is only 111" high or 9'-3". Even if you can't get the car high enough to walk under, it still makes servicing and maintanance a breeze. Plus to service anything on a GT-R including oil changes, it is almost indispensible as you have to take off so many underpanels. I did that once without my lift for the GT-R. Lift got installed really quick after that.

Change your design, make one fit. You will be happy forever! (in the garage at least)

I had to go to 3 different truss manufacturers to find a compnay that could make the lowest roof possible outside while providing clearance inside. Went with a cathedral style roof, insulated and whole garage with its own furnace. Used snap lock plastic tiles from Costco.com for the floor. No slip, easy on knees and tools.

http://www.costco.co...Prodid=11038308

 

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NO EPOXY. You will bust your ass unless you put a ton of rocks/sand in it. In lieu of a lift- you can dig an access pit to get to the underside of the cars. It's whats done in most places that don't have a lift. You just have to be careful driving in
 

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^^^ that was my thought as well - just have a pit that you can cover up when not in use. Good for oil changes, dicking around under. I've seen a combo at another house - dude had a pit with in-ground lift on the sides - essentially acting like a car lift but only lifts it up by about 3 ft or so, giving enough room to work under the car, swap tires, etc. Very cool. Must have been expensive as balls but he's a car nut/gearhead that works on cars as a hobby. His tool collection alone was north of $30K. He said he stopped counting after spending 20K. Had a cherry picker too.... :) The only thing he said he couldn't do there was an alignment.
 

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NO EPOXY. You will bust your ass unless you put a ton of rocks/sand in it. In lieu of a lift- you can dig an access pit to get to the underside of the cars. It's whats done in most places that don't have a lift. You just have to be careful driving in
No Epoxy, I did it to my old house, and my new house has it. Not only does it get picked up with hot tires, I have busted my ass numerous times when its wet, its SUPER slippery.
 
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