9 Custom Garage Ideas: The Most Popular Garage Additions

HWS has been building custom garages since 1992. During that time, we’ve designed and built over 1,000 different garages and have earned an A+ rating with the BBB. With a focus on always delivering the highest level of customer service, personal attention, and craftsmanship possible, we make sure our clients throughout Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, and the surrounding areas are always completely satisfied with the work we do.

common custom garage ideas

Common Custom Garage Ideas

When it comes to customizing a unique garage space of your own, the possibilities are endless. In the nearly 30 years we’ve been in business, we have seen a plethora of ways in which a garage can be used. Some of the most common garage additions that we’ve seen include:

Man Cave

Every guy needs a space where he can retreat to after a long day of work. A man cave is a perfect spot for a man and his friends to unwind in. Regardless of whether you utilize your man cave as tailgate central on college game day or as the go-to location of your next poker tournament, the customization possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.


The female counterpart to the man cave is the she-shed. A she-shed is a great way to create an intimate space for a woman that allows her to recharge her batteries and escape from the world to the comfort of her own devices. No matter what you intend to use your she-shed for, it can be outfitted to suit your needs and becomes a private, custom space where you can work, relax, or spend time with friends.

Entertainment Center/Home Theater

Are you a bit of a movie/tv buff? Does your family gather around the TV often to catch up on the latest flicks and films? Then you may consider turning your garage into a home theater or entertainment center. Garage additions like electricity hookups, raised ceilings, and insulated garage doors can really make you feel like you’re visiting a high-quality cinema, especially when paired with a good sound system and a projector or wall-mounted TV.


If you’re an automobile enthusiast, artist, or hobbyist then a garage workshop or studio might be just the thing you need to continue to hone your craft and start on those projects you’ve always dreamed of working on but never had the space to do so.

Guest Room/Guest House

A detached or attached garage can also double as a guest house or guest room of its own. This is especially handy if you have friends or family that like to visit often and need a place to rest their heads. A 2-story garage is also a great option for homeowners who want to build a guest bedroom without sacrificing their garage space.

Home Gym

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars each month on an expensive gym membership, why not create a unique workout space in the comfort of your own custom garage? In addition to the extra privacy you get from a home gym, you can also set up your space to be more accommodating to the type of exercise you enjoy most. Never use the treadmills at the gym? Then fill your home gym with free weights and barbells. Strength training not your thing? Then add cardio equipment until your heart’s content.

Home Office

If you frequently work from home or own your business, the value of having your own home office is almost immeasurable. On those days where you can’t (or simply don’t want to) make it to the office, working remotely is much easier when you have a workspace within your own home.

Children’s Playroom

Do your little tikes need their own space to safely tumble, roll around, and make messes in? A garage that has been turned into a child’s playroom is a perfect way to set up space for your kids to do all the things that kids do.

Extra Storage Space

You can never go wrong by having extra storage. With garage upgrades like framable interior walls and extra concrete work, turning your garage into additional space to store your belongings is easy and convenient with HWS.

Custom Garage Additions & Upgrades

We offer a variety of garage upgrades and customizations, including:

  • Brick & Block Foundations

  • Additional Concrete Work

  • Raised Ceilings

  • Window & Roof Dormers

  • Garage Windows

  • Half Moon Windows

  • Framed Interior Walls

  • Open & Closed Breezeways

  • Electric & Utility Hookups

  • Light Fixtures

  • Garage Door Openers

  • Insulated Garage Doors

  • Garage Doors with Glass Windows

  • Exterior Paint

  • Shingles & Siding to Match Your Home

  • And So Much More!

Free On-Site Consultations from HWS Garages

Are you looking for a trusted garage builder in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact HWS Garages today to get in touch with one of our team members and discuss setting up a time for a free consultation. No matter how you plan to use your garage, HWS is here to help you design and build the custom garage you’ve always wanted.