by Jason Mueller from A1 Auto Transport
photos by Michelle Haunold Lorenz
For the classic car connoisseur one of the most important investments you can make is to build a large garage to store your collection. The perfect garage gives you a place to stash your vehicles while keeping them protected, and it leaves you with space to work on your projects out of the weather. Below are some considerations to help you design the ideal classic car garage. Once you do that you’ll just have to work with a local contractor to have it built.
1. Decide on the Size
One of the most important considerations to make about your garage before it can be built is how large it needs to be. You will want to consult with a local contractor to get the specifics on how large, or small, the garage should be to hold the number of classics you own, or plan to own. The main point of a classic car garage is to keep all your high-quality cars in out of the weather. That means you need space for your cars. That might mean having a two or three car garage, but consider how many vehicles you want to house currently, and think about vehicles you might want in the future. Try to plan for the next ten years or longer and get a garage size that you’re going to be happy with over the long term.
2. Consider Climate Control
If you really want to extend the life of your vehicles as much as possible, it’s important to go with a climate controlled garage. When you have a garage that maintains a constant temperature and humidity level, you’ll prolong the life of your vehicle and maintain a better car in the end. Make sure that you have a cooling and heating system in place and some way to manage the humidity when the garage is finished.
3. Consider Gravel
While most contractors will push for a concrete floor, which makes a lot of sense in a heated space, gravel is the better option when you’re storing your cars in an unheated space. That’s because gravel helps control moisture levels more effectively in the space, and will leave you with a healthier air quality in the garage than concrete would. Not to mention that gravel is more affordable, and using it could help lower your building costs.
4. Get a Quality Ventilation System
Most people get a garage for more than just storing their vehicles. If you plan to do any painting, cleaning or working on your vehicle and there are going to be toxic fumes, make sure that you have a high-quality ventilation system. Sure, a ventilation system will increase the cost of your garage, but it will make it more useful as well.
5. Consider Drainage
An effective drainage system in the floor of your garage makes it much more convenient to wash your vehicle in the middle of winter. If you’ll be taking your classic cars out for a spin when the weather isn’t great, adding drainage to the floor of your garage allows you to wash away salt before it has a chance to do damage to your vehicle.
It takes time to design and have a high quality classic car garage built for your specific purposes. Make sure that you have all the important features added to your space and that you have enough space for all your current vehicles and any future ones that you may add. Take your time deciding on the specifics of your garage and you’ll be much happier with the finished results in the end.
Editors note: Don't forget to have fun with your space; personalize it with collectibles and other cool memorabilia!
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