Making the decision to become a car collector isn’t an easy one. Yes, you may have an undeniable passion for classic, luxury, or JDM motor vehicles, but do you have the space to incorporate your new found hobby?
Do you know where and how you are going to store your collection? If you do not have the space to do so, do you have the funding to build one?
The good news is, if you happen to own an Aston Martin and have plenty of cash to splash, the British sports car company has decided to launch a new service to help owners create their dream garage or storage facility.
From an ominous underground lair that Lex Luther might own to an underground cave surrounded by a circular fish tank like something out of a Bond movie, the garage will now be an integrated entertainment space that takes Aston Martin ownership to another level.
The bad news is, if you don’t own an Aston Martin and do not have millions of dollars to splash, you might as well quit while you’re ahead.
In this article, we will explain what key factors you’ll need to consider when it comes to building your dream garage, with a touch of inspiration at the end.
Decide where you’re going to keep your cars
Although it may sound obvious that you would need to figure out where you’re going to keep your cars, it will vary on how many cars you intend to keep in your collection.
Most garages in Perth will allow for two cars to be kept inside, so if you plan on collecting more you will need to consider purchasing a warehouse or specialised facility, and preferably close to where you live or repurpose your shed.
You don’t want to take a long drive just to take one of your cars out for a spin or to do some work on them.
Create space in your garage
If your garage looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic film, it’s time to get cracking. Start with organising your garage, decide what you want to keep, sell and bin, you may want to consider installing storage facilities for each zone; gardening, recreational, DIY, and seasonal.
Now that it’s starting to look more like a garage and less like a self-storage compound, you may want to consider a hydraulic car lift, which allows you to store vehicles vertically.
Consider your garage door design
If you plan on spending a lot of time inside your garage working on your vehicles or simply admiring them, you’ll need sufficient ventilation and natural light. Consider the top 5 garage door design trends for 2019 when designing your custom garage door, this can include Wi-Fi connected doors, glass inserts for natural light, and mesh slats for ventilation.
What type of flooring is best for the garage?
For most homeowners in WA, concrete flooring in the garage is a stock standard option offered by the majority of homebuilders, but is it the best option for a car collector?
Concrete is a porous material, this means it’s highly absorbent to oil spills and stains — not exactly the best option if you plan to have a few cars in your garage as it is. There are, however, a number of protective coatings that can be applied on top of your garage flooring including Polyurethane, Epoxy and Latex paint.
Find some memorabilia to go along with your cars
Because it’s generally not about just a car but about the brand as well, find books, posters, catalogues, logos, branded hats and clothing, any vintage marketing material so your whole garage has a soul and theme.
It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, part of the charm is to get actual vintage items so have a look at flea markets, swap market, gumtree ads and goodwill shops.
If you do not belong to a classic car club in WA yet, consider it. Sharing your passion with others who are also into cars will allow you to get second opinions, advice and inspiration!
At Gryphon Garage Doors, we’re happy to custom build garage doors to fit your vision. Request a free on-site quote to talk to our representative who will be able to advise and guide you through the process.