156 Garage Design Photos And Ideas

The modern garage can be more than a mere storage space or a place to house your car—it can just as likely accomodate family activities or serve as an exterior design element. Whether attached or stand-alone, used as a workshop or converted into a studio, there is no single way to define its use. The inspired examples below are a testament to the range and diversity of the modern garage.

The pitched-roof garage features a four-car stacker, which makes clever use of an existing cellar under the old garage. The arched doorway leads from the garage into the hallway on the first floor.
The garage is an integral part of the architecture with its exposed wooden beams and large picture window. Natural light fills the interior, where a Genesis GV80 is parked. 

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Dwell’s executive editor, Jenny Xie, steps out of the Genesis GV80 into Richard Neutra’s Lew House.

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Tanner Foust delights in the surprised expressions on visitors’ faces when they first look into the garage trophy room. The Genesis GV80 can be seen through the glass.

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A Genesis GV80 sits on a BendPak High Bay Lift on the ground floor of the garage.

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In a conservation district in London, this historic home got a modern interior behind its original facade. The renovation included a new paneled garage door that follows the style and proportion of the main door, with four glazed panels above four lower recessed panels.
At a home designed by Escher GuneWardena Architecture in Los Angeles, California, the two-door garage has minimally-detailed doors in a darker color that slide horizontally, instead of rolling up or hinging inward.
The apartment above the garage received a dormer to enlarge the interior footprint.
Erin and Clementine get some sun in front of the workshop, which she often updates with different messages. "On sunny days, I open the huge roll-up garage door and let the light flood into the studio," she says.
A Tesla battery ensures the home performs well—and allows it to pump excess green energy back into the grid.
Sited on a four-acre property atop a beautiful, secluded cove in Austin, this dream garage is show-worthy inside and out.
A balcony wraps around the upper level, providing a look down onto the main parking area below. The two floors were designed to hold up to 17 cars total.
The exclusive use of wood, concrete, and steel provides material continuity throughout each level. Wood panelling adds an elegant canvas for memorabilia and contrasts with concrete block walls.
A 65-foot sliding glass door spans the front facade, opening the main level to the outdoors. Hanging along the back wall, a custom neon sign created by Ion Art displays one of the homeowner's favorite quotes: "Live for the journey, not the destination."
A Le Corbusier sofa and lounge chairs (wrapped in Porsche red leather) complete a seating area on the upper level. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps around the space, providing views out over the treetops.
The subterranean level also speaks to the spirit of the design aesthetic, with handsome wood tones and industrial finishes to complement the homeowner's showcase collection of vintage cars. Here, a small study sits alongside a neon-lit Porsche roadster.
Perhaps the structure’s most impressive feature is a wall-mounted BMW M1 hanging in the basement—a carefully completed job that securely bolted the engineless sports car to the wall. A custom lift carries vehicles between the structure's three levels.
At the garage, “the material is the same cladding as the addition and the back of the house— Hardie Boards were applied in a totally random pattern, with the intent to paint the surface,” says Radutny. “When it was done, I was pleasantly surprised with the accidental outcome and suggested for it to be left as is. The result was rather beautiful, echoing a sense of movement as the foreground to the Elevated Train above. So, they left it, as another art wall.”
What Carstensen saved on labor costs he was able to put into furnishings. The interior of the screened-in porch is outfitted with a mix of furnishings, both vintage and new. He purchased the vintage Malm fireplace in Los Angeles on a work trip and had it shipped to Portland. The rug, shelf unit, and loveseat are all from the locally-based Schoolhouse Electric, as are the ceiling lights: Factory Light No. 7 in Green.
The bronze polycarbonate cladding at the rear of the garage of Cove Site Works carries around at the clerestory level.
The garage—a clean and well-lit space with an epoxy floor—takes inspiration from Formula One pits. It can accommodate 10 cars—eight on four two-car stackers, plus spaces for the family car and a racing car.
The pergola on the "promenade" entrance to the upper level residence frames views of the city and hints at the expansive balcony through which the home is entered.
The garage at CMV House makes use of a wide range of materials: wood, metal, concrete, and stone.
A new garage is topped with a master suite and clad in James Hardie Scyon Linea boards painted a dark color, Dulux Monument.
The car port shares part of the lower level, providing easy, direct access to the bedrooms.
The entry leads into the garage, which separates the microclimate from the animal quarters. The farm has chickens, cows, pigs, ducks, and dogs to protect the premises from foxes and snakes.
In addition to the 4,000-square-foot home, there is also a new guest house and garage with a shared porch that continues the material palette and design language established at the main house.
The recycled Quonset hut elements can be seen in the carport’s curved roof, which hangs from steel beams.
"The irreverent meets the sublime in this animated short film that follows an all-star automotive cast from around the world," Labrooy says of his newest work, The Future Ain't the Same as it Used to Be. "Elegant British classics mix with inflatable German autos and chopped up American metal."
The wood-paneled garage is currently set up as a home gym and a play area.
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The adjoining garage also doubles as a recreational room, with a vintage roadster and nearby pool table lending some fun.
Claude shares: "We loved this studio conversion. We added a black grid garage door so the owner could use it as a garage if they wanted, but also added a brand new HVAC system and polished concrete floors so it could be used as a studio space if needed."
Christopher, known professionally as Flore,  surveys a painting in his garage turned studio.
A cedar clad garage door.
Interior of attached garage with car charging stations built in.
While the idea of a motorcycle shed might not initially scream "elegant she shed," there's a lot to love in this shed by Drop Structures. The exterior lighting gives the building a presence at night, and the mixing of natural wood, a white door, and darker cladding make for simple but modern exterior.
In a nod to the local vernacular, the palapa-style roof is covered in dried palm leaves. The thatched roof cover also helps deflect solar heat gain and aid in thermal insulation.
A wood-wrapped carport completes the property. The cottage is located near two additional homes Breuer completed for Stillman, which can be accessed by trails.
The home’s multifunctional layout gives Marica dedicated space for woodworking in her workshop, and Brock for tinkering with antique cars in the garage.
A carport enables more outdoor deck space.
The clean lines of the house’s minimalist façade is accented by standing-seam metal cladding.
23' x 13' Detached Garage
Carstensen painted the body and exterior trim on the garage the same color, in order to "make the house look slightly more modern, without losing character," he said. The color is a discontinued shade, called Evening Canyon, from Behr, that he had mixed at Home Depot.  "I tried so many before landing on this one," he said. "This one ended up being my favorite, because it maintains a nice warm tone all throughout the day. Others would end up either looking too cool (almost navy blue) in direct sunlight, or just look brown."
The new dividing wall was sheathed in sanded pine plywood and includes a door for easy access to the other side of the garage.
Sliding barn doors connect the garage to a shaded outdoor sculptural studio that doubles as a stage for summer concerts.
This stone volume emerges from the topography like an ancestral cave, with its mouth serving as the entrance to the house.
The property has a discreet, wooden door garage.
2 car garage
Due to the lot’s small size, Cloud9 placed the garage beneath the house.
In the original design, steel structural elements were meant to support a distinctive fabric roof but the material was not weather-resistant.
The darker gray garage door offers a chromatic and textural contrast to the concrete shell.
When not in use during winter, the tub is hidden from the home’s view. The entrance has a sheltered overhang for car parking.
To allude to the nearby ocean, the architects designed a seaweed patterned for the interior of the garage door (seen here raised). It successfully reads like a leather padded wall and makes “the cube” feel that much more customized.