View Full Version : Your Dream Garage

01-27-03, 08:44 PM
Ok, let's say you were going to build your dream garage, what, of the following, would you have.........
I set up this poll for multiple picks so pick all those you consider to be important to you and then, if you want to, tell us what else you'd have in your dream garage at your house.

GS Diva
01-27-03, 09:24 PM
I didn't vote for complete tools and toolbox as I wouldn't know what to do with that stuff!:D :D


01-27-03, 09:24 PM
easy...beer fridge...!!

01-27-03, 09:34 PM
Well a good radio playin "Oldies" then good heat or a/c. Air to make work easier and most important being left alone by the old lady.

01-27-03, 10:22 PM
I've pretty much already got mine. Here it is.
You can't have too many tools.
Got the lift, ac and heat, tools, compressor, vette. Next step, Floor. http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=168598


01-28-03, 05:37 AM
threestar----NICE garage.

I like the way you maximized that floor space with the lift.

I made a quick edit on that image and changed the size to 500x375 and bounced it off another section of the forum so it would set up and load faster.....I hope you don't mind.

Those of you here that have been to my house obviously have seen my set up. It is kind of hard to describe. I recently found a stack of 35mm photos I need to scan and upload that show the construction of our workshop.

We decided it had to have several features.

1. at least two car capacity
2. insulated
3. a/c -- we use a "space" type heater to warm it up
4. full plumbing / toilet, sink - no shower
5. phone
6. cable television
7. 110 and 220 outlets
8. ceiling lift
9. attic storage
10. just enough glass for a fair amount of natural light
11. attached parking pad to roll things in and out.
12. It all had to fit in my back yard behind my privacy gate out of the eyes of would be sticky fingered kids........

We pretty much hit the mark after busting our knuckles for about 7 months.

The coolest thing is having the extra garage allows my house garage to stay neat, clean, and only basically have two cars and some very basic items in there (car wash stuff, a broom, and some folding chairs, etc).

My neighbors all have packed their house garages so full of boxes and junk they can't even park in them. Some don't realize I have the workshop out back. They freak out when they come over and the house garage door is up....and there is really nothing in there. They are always asking how in the heck do I store, tinker with, etc. all these project cars in that garage.

I only wish I had done like threestar and found a way to put a higher ceiling in so that a lift would be a practical additional choice.

01-28-03, 06:55 AM
You left some pretty vital stuff out though, at least for my dream garage setup:

General shop achinery:
Tig and Mig welders
Plasma cutter
20 ton press
Bridgeport mill
Large sand blasting cabinets
Powder painting room w/big oven
Main paint booth w/heat lamps and controls

Auto specific machines:
Tire mounting and balancing machine
Two lifts: one 4 poster/ alignment rack and one two poster, allowing the suspension to drop.
Add a pit in the 3rd bay w/lube setup.

Dreaming Reeeally big now:
Serdi CNC head shop
Serdi CNC block shop
VArious other boring, broaching and surfacing machines, Serdi all the way baby :)
Rod station (heater etc.)
Balancing machine for rotating assemblies
Superflow flowbench
Engine dyno, cell either Superflow or maybe LandSea
Mustang or Dynojet in ground dyno in bay #4, the De-lux version of course

Engine assembly room, gotta have one of those too.

All the various tooling and specialty tools necessary to care and feed for all the above of course.

Lot's and lot's of shelving and work benches, all with AC and air. Tons of good lighting.

A lunch area, an office and a full bathroom w/a shower. Shop washer and dryer too.

And most importantly the money to pay for it all :)

Dreaming LARGE in Vegas

warren s
01-28-03, 08:01 AM
All I need is -

Extensive array of tools
Knowlage of how to use them
GM service manuals on CD on my spare laptop
Heat in the winter
Enough room to work on all sides of the car
Fire extinguisher

01-28-03, 08:08 AM
Thanks for resizing the pic, I wish I could do it right. :(

I definitely need a sink and fridge but I do have a MIG setup.

Rick =)

01-29-03, 10:32 AM
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01-29-03, 12:14 PM

01-29-03, 12:29 PM

Double wow!!:beer :beer

BUT, does the pond have any bass in it??


01-29-03, 12:34 PM

To see the progress and development of ultgar's garage, check out the link I have in the other thread I started:


01-29-03, 02:40 PM
ah, big deal. I have a better one than that.

I'll pull out my MatchBox garage and show you.. hehehe


Okay, when I win Lotto I'm getting me one of those.:gap

01-29-03, 07:43 PM
Ultgar - simply fantastic!

Mine has everything in the poll list except the R-O water system and the wash enclosure (local codes prohibit floor drains in garages, or I'd have the wash area), but you forgot an office! Gotta have a place to relax and be organized (fridge, sink, cabinets, phone, cable, TV/VCR, computer, files, tech library, display your models, etc.):


01-29-03, 07:58 PM
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01-30-03, 05:19 PM
UltGar..... Please check your private messages.

01-30-03, 05:28 PM
Better email me directly at ultgar@earthlink.net . I can't seem to find in PM's . SD

01-30-03, 09:20 PM
Originally posted by ultgar
John.....I see the Ferrari logo's in your garage. Here's an interesting collection.

Is that Peter's collection in Switzerland? I've seen that Lancia Stratos before. I've had seven Ferraris since 1972, but not all at once - that's an awe-inspiring sight :Steer

P.S. - I couldn't find the private message thing either when I first joined the forum - just click on "User CP" at the far right end of the light blue toolbar across the top of the page.

02-06-03, 10:29 PM
For info on garage cabinets, storage systems, etc check out Gladiator Garage. I've seen their display at the NCM, and it is awesome! They feature diamond plate face on their cabinets and boxes!


Zippy :v :v

03-09-03, 09:41 PM
Got the lift, . http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=168598

www.ucoatit.com [/B] What kind of lift, if I may ask? Check for my post, somewhere in the stables forum. Andrew

03-09-03, 11:42 PM
Lift is a Worth.

Works great...works on 110 too!!!

Rick =)

04-16-03, 06:44 AM
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04-16-03, 06:55 AM

Awesome job! I can only hope to have a garage as beautiful as that someday.

04-16-03, 08:30 AM
Ultgar, How did you get the great overhead view shot?

04-16-03, 08:34 AM
Our house is an old 3 story Victorian....just took the picture out of the 3rd floor office window. Steve

Dave L.
04-21-03, 08:54 PM
I am speechless!!! Absolutely over the top!!


04-22-03, 05:56 AM
WOW and WOW backwards :_rock.


05-04-03, 01:46 PM
my i ask what kind of job you have or how many lottery tickets you have bought and won...can you pay for one of those for me...PLEASE. I think we need some finished pictures.

BTW page 14 on you web site doesn't work

whats the price range for one of those gaurages (email or Pm me if you dont want to say on the forum)

05-04-03, 02:59 PM
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05-06-03, 10:11 PM
WOW, I am so out of place here, I think I just steped into the twilite zone, I can't even get the sheet rock hung in my garage,
Very nice work ! Really great garages on this forum, Good Job Everyone !!!!

05-07-03, 02:37 PM
yeah ultgar seems to have all of our dream gaurages in his backyard.

Our gaurage is a usless 2 stall that can just slide the vette in(about 4 inches to spare TOTAL 2 per side) and the >90 degree bend adds more challenge to getting it in there.

05-07-03, 06:23 PM
When the garage is done, I'll invite some of the Corvette Stables guys over for a tech session on how to set up a home garage workshop. We might even be able to get a few dyno runs in.

Still a lot to do.......another 3 months work...tile, lighting, systems integration, etc. The garage doors were installed today. Had to compromise a bit here, opting for R-value (the 2" thick doors have an R17.5 rating) over those really great architectural wood doors which only have an R4-R5 rating. Just came off a really rough winter here in Northeast (as many of you know) plus the noise levels of cars running under full load at high rpm would tend to bother my neighbors without the extra acoustic insulation.

I'm getting too old for projects like this.....need to take a vacation when this is all done. Steve

05-07-03, 07:50 PM
you could hire me at a ripe 16 I could work for you during the summer...I wish(parents would be too paranoyed for me to go)

does the dyno work now? lift?

BTw where is emmerson NJ (i'm in doylestown/bucks county)

05-08-03, 05:39 AM
I will be hiring someone later in the year for dyno sales and operations (sorry, 16" is a bit young for this). BTW....Emerson is in Northern NJ, about 5 miles from what used to be Malcolm Conner Corvette (largest Corvette dealer in the US....I think Kerback or someone else now has that title). SD

05-18-03, 01:36 PM

05-18-03, 01:42 PM

lets see you have a: supra, 5 vettes, and another car

can I stay over for a while???

05-18-03, 05:05 PM

What are the dimensions of your garage if you don't mind me asking? That looks like a perfect size.

05-18-03, 08:53 PM
The building is 50' deep by 60' wide. The actual garage area is 50' deep by 40' feet wide. The gameroom, bar, utility room, shower and bathroom area take up the rest. I have a 5 ton unit to cool or heat the garage, and a 3 ton unit for the rest. The wall that divides the gameroom from the garage has three large windows overlooking the the toys parked inside. One half of the garage is for parking the toys the other half is for working on them, I also have a 4 post car lift, that comes in handy for those underneath jobs, that fits in nicely. The ceilings are 12' tall throughout.

05-18-03, 09:00 PM
Wow, that sounds awesome. If you get a chance, could you post more pics of it?

05-18-03, 09:09 PM
I'll need to take more current pictures and post them. This project took over a year to complete. But thank God, it was worth it.

05-21-03, 11:16 PM
More current pictures

05-22-03, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by 8388
More current pictures
http://home.attbi.com/~corvette.collector/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html That garage is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

05-22-03, 04:58 AM
:BOW :m WOW, What a place, Granate counter tops,
Well done, Thanks for the picts,
Life is tough - But someone has to do it....

Dave L.
05-22-03, 06:13 AM
8388 - I am speechless! Outstanding! Who needs a house.


05-22-03, 08:16 PM
Thanks for the compliments:beer
The project took over a year, and continues. I'm now looking for stainless steel counters to make my work bench.

05-23-03, 01:38 AM
8388, If you was in Nashville I could hook you up on the stainless,
But....check with restaurant supply business.
We use a lot of stainless in the elevator cabs I build. I cover plywood with stainless steel and it makes a nice work bench.
even old elevator doors are covered in stainless sometimes, and their thrown away, Makes a heck of a HEAVY work bench....
just a thought..

05-23-03, 09:20 AM
Thanks ! There's a place not too far from work that resales used restaurant fixtures, I'll check them out.

07-04-03, 03:01 AM
Oh man! Ultgar & 8388, you have some awesome garages! :BOW
Can't find the words...

Saw your homepage as well Ultgar, thanx for sharing the pictures of the development...


Scott Winebarger
08-16-03, 05:29 PM
i lease Junior Johnsons race shop , so i guess i kinda have my garage , but to have a dream garage , i would just like to own the one i am in now..

Dave L.
08-16-03, 07:53 PM
cj5nutz - I'd love to see some pictures of your garage. I visited Bill Elliots old shop in Dawsonville,GA about 7 years ago,very interesting.

thanks, Dave

10-04-03, 12:58 AM
Well considering I am 17 and don't have a garage of my own. 1. I would like that. 2. I think cars is the best thing for a garage.... especialy a 67' 427 L88... man what a beast... but hey when It's gunna cost 600,00+ well all know that won't happen

10-05-03, 03:11 PM
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10-06-03, 12:03 AM
It appears we have a guy here with not only an awesome garage but killer taste in cars as well...beautiful F40. Can't wait to see the pics of the finished product.:cool

10-21-03, 08:11 AM
ok, its not much, but it's mine:






10-21-03, 10:08 AM
That would be two double garages?

11-09-03, 04:22 PM
Originally posted by c5d
My dream....

Three car garage. Right bay is a hydraulic lift ...
...Since I never want to leave, add the surroundsound stereo, plasma t.v., murphy bed, wetbar, & pooltable. Throw in the jaccuzzi & sauna. Is the pizza & beer here yet???

Anyone have it yet????


Hahahahhahaha.. too funny..



Your pics aren't showing up. Wouldn't mind seeing some of the more "normal people" garages so I can get a few more ideas for my next one.
You know you're out of your league when you don't even know what the cars ARE in some of those pic's


02-14-04, 09:10 PM
This thread has left me utterly depressed! With my townhome, I am lucky to have a one-car, detached garage with a power outlet and overhead light.

Ultgar and 8388- Absolutely incredible!


02-15-04, 01:44 PM
OK, this is very timely. Last month was National Assoc. of Home Builders show in Las Vegas. One of the booths that caught my attention was the Whirlpool Booth. They had a whole garage set up with the man in mind. Traditionally, the garage is about the only area of the home that we have much control over (Except the Dog House). They haveset up a "Mans Garage" which is to die for. Everything is on rollers, Fridges included. A lot of diamond plate. Very masculine.
You can check it out for yourself. Let me know what you think. I love the concept. If money were no obeject........................................


04-24-04, 07:11 AM
I'm in the great position right now of being able to create the garage of all garages. Just bought a house with a huge garage. Room available for cars and a shop is "galore". It's fully insulated, heated and cooled, electric doors and a regular entry door.

First thing I gotta do is paint the walls a light color so lighting will reflect better. Then, I'll put in some good lighting fixtures. Next, strip the old paint off the floor and put on some good, new paint (not into checkered floors). Next, fix up the work bench my way and store my tools in a logical manner.

The wall opposite the work area is ALL storage cabinets. I could literally run a car repair operation out of there if I were a little more crazy.

This garage WILL NOT be used as a storage room for Christmas trees and other stuff like that. Have room elsewhere for that.

What other suggestions would some of you experts have for having the best garage in town? I feel like a kid in a candy store!!:D

04-27-04, 09:10 PM
WOW!! That is BEAUTIFUL !!

Vettes n Harleys
05-19-04, 05:54 AM
I had to buy a comercial garage at the sheriffs sale. It is 3700 sq feet and is heaven to me. I have a/c and of course heat. T.V. for sunday afternoons,Snap-Ons big tool box for the motivated days. Frame rack for the bent ones I find. An office with computer and desk. oh hea, I almost forgot the important part 96 collectors edition, 58k 84 that is hands down the slickest red in my town. 1978 Silver aniv, for my son on his 16th B-Day. I like z-28s also. I have a 96 with 33k and a 95 w/55k. I had to have a truck so I found a 90 454SS w/67k. I am painting it right now. My wife hates me! I am setting up a kitchen so if it ever turns into the dog house I wont go hungry.

11-23-04, 01:24 AM
The forgot the Dallas cowboy cheerleaders taking turns dusting and polishing the C6, Shelby Formula, A/C Cobra, F40, and the Ferrari Enzo.

01-24-05, 09:00 PM
I would want this guy's garage (http://temp.corvetteforum.net/c5/richs7/index2.shtml)

01-25-05, 11:18 AM
I want it alllllllllllllll.

You bet.

02-03-05, 09:53 PM
I would want this guy's garage (http://temp.corvetteforum.net/c5/richs7/index2.shtml)I have a four car garage attached to my house but it most certianly doesn't look this good inside.....:ugh I guess it must be clean up time....:cry :( I have to many parts and wood working stuff to make it look this good....:L

02-08-05, 03:52 PM
I have a four car garage attached to my house but it most certianly doesn't look this good inside.....:ugh I guess it must be clean up time....:cry :( I have to many parts and wood working stuff to make it look this good....:L

Well, I will have to admit that it doesn't look that clean all the time! :D My wife helps a lot in that department. ;) All the project parts stored in the barn is another story though...........

Rich Lagasse

Z06 Tom
02-15-05, 12:47 PM
Here's mine:





35' x 50' detached. Heat and A/C. Gotta do the floor this summer.

Dave L.
02-15-05, 09:23 PM
Very nice Tom! What are those 4 green seats? in your garage?

Z06 Tom
02-16-05, 08:15 AM
Very nice Tom! What are those 4 green seats? in your garage?

They're seats from the old "Riverfront Stadium." When they tore it down, I bought four of them. I've watched a bunch of Reds games sitting in those seats!

Don Rich
03-12-05, 08:47 AM
My Corvette is parked near here in Daytona waiting for me to fly down Weds for the Gatornationals

03-12-05, 03:15 PM
That big Pratt brings a whole new meaning to "fuel consumption" ;LOL . Nice T-28 :) .

Dave L.
03-13-05, 07:31 PM
Don- I love that 'garage'.

05-10-05, 07:23 AM

To see the progress and development of ultgar's garage, check out the link I have in the other thread I started:


May we call it the "Awesome Rob Garage"
Mine is no comparison to what you have there but I'm happy to have what I've got.

24 by 48 Garage.
2 16 foot garage doors (easy access to my toys.)
Hot water radiant heat in the floor
Air conditioned.
97 yards of concrete drive.
A 16 by 24 lounge area with a full bath, reclyners, day bed, fridge, cafe table & chairs, computer and a big screen tv.
The other end of the Garage has the full line of tools that is being depleteing.( I'm done work'n on'um)
It has a full bar and back bar fully loaded and seats 14 at the bar to watch one of two TVs at each end of the bar.or a surround sound system to enjoy oldies with
As for the toys, 99 HD Sportster, 02 Screaming Eagle Road King, 02 Monte Carlo SS, 03 50th Anniversary Corvette and a 04 SSR
Oh, and a cooler full of beer:beer Agi

05-10-05, 07:37 AM
Sorry Ultgar, I didnt read the post correctly. The Ultimate



08-21-05, 08:04 AM
Mine is no comparison to what you have there but I'm happy to have what I've got.
Agi, there ain't nouthen wrong with your Garage-ma Hall, Yavette and I found it very Comfy!! :upthumbs junk!!