Things To Consider When Building Car Storage Spaces

You have your dream car; now you need to create an ideal place to keep it safe. When you think of storage, you think of the functionality, durability of materials. Depending on your budget and space, you can build a basic car storage shelter, or if you have an RV, you could get super creative and build a large place to showcase it. 

Here are some things to think about when cultivating the ideal home for your sweet ride:

  • Regulations

Some homeowner associations and government entities require you submit your plans before you build to ensure proper aesthetics. So, be sure to research the process and laws in your area, to determine what is and is not allowed ahead of time. Roofing is one of those examples; some homeowner associations allow metal roofing and some don’t. Some even require a specific type of material and color. Additionally, many Governments have mandatory building codes and zoning laws which deal with electrical, gas and water lines. Doing proper research will allow your building process to run smoothly.

  • Plan Your Design

Do you want to hire someone to design the space or do you want to do it yourself? Is the space just for your car or do you need storage for an RV? Whether you’re building an enclosed space or a metal RV carport, you can find some attractive examples online, to either base your design on or gather inspiration. Don’t forget to make considerations regarding the way you’ll use the space. For instance, if you like to tinker around with your car, you may consider incorporating a tool wall or workbench into the design.

  • A Solid Foundation

A solid foundation is crucial to the structure of a garage, much like any building. It sets the durability of the materials you put into the storage space. The size of the structure will determine the type of foundation you install. Permanent concrete foundation should be used in larger car storage buildings, whereas solid concrete blocks could be used in smaller structures. Pressure-treated wood in the foundation will prevent wood rot. 

You’ll also want to pay particular attention to the soil where you pour the concrete. Both too much and too little water can play a huge part in making your foundation solid. These can be tested at the building site or you can take a sample to an environmental engineering company and ask them to run a compaction test. A good foundation will keep your space solid and free from cracking and stressing when rain comes. 

In some climates, you’ll need to put in an irrigation system so your soil can maintain the right moisture and keep the foundation from shifting. You should also add a proper drainage system for the same reasons. Skipping this step could prove to be costly later as foundation repairs can be extremely expensive.

  • Ventilation

When building a garage, ventilation is key. If you’re planning to install electricity, you may want to consider adding a fan and good lighting. If you’re in a colder climate, a heater may be a good choice. Don’t try to attempt any electrical installations yourself; get an experienced electrician.  Depending on your location, you’ll likely need a permit and an inspection to certify compliant installation. If you’re keeping it simple and electricity-free, install a window or two to give you the right amount of light and air. Whatever your decision, make certain you have enough ventilation in your space to prevent hazardous conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning. This is especially important when considering the door to the structure. Some garages have electrical doors with door openers and others have manual systems.

Once you have the foundation in place and the walls up, you’ll need to install a roof. A solid and carefully structured roof is just as important as a good foundation. It’ll need to withstand hail and high winds in the event of a storm, and snow if you live in a colder climate. Metal roofs are the most durable. 

  • Décor Of The Space

Are you wanting your car storage space to match your home? Consider painting the interiors the same color as inside the house, or one that closely compliments it. If you’re using wood siding, make sure you treat it with a clear coat to protect the paint from the elements. Find unique ways to make the space your own by organizing tools and important items. Make it a space where you enjoy spending your time.


The right storage space for your vehicle should be not only functional, but a sturdy, spacious place to protect your investment. By doing so you can rest assured that your car will be protected for years to come!

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.