Custom Garage Features

cgfAt Blue Sky Builders, we believe everyone deserves the garage of their dreams. To help our customers achieve this, we have been building custom garages in the Chicago area for over 30 years, and our team offers a wide variety of custom garage features to fit our clients’ specific needs. When planning your next garage rebuild or remodel, one of the first and most important steps to take is to determine the primary use of your space. Once you know the specifics of what you will be using your garage for, our team can help you decide which custom garage features would benefit your space. Today, we will take a look at three popular custom garage features that come in handy for a variety of reasons; staircases within garages, different garage door sizes, and high lift garage doors.


Staircases can be a wonderful way to provide access to extra space above your garage.  The extra square footage above your garage can be used for a variety of purposes, such as extra storage space, an in-home gym, an office space, a separate bedroom, or an entirely separate living quarters like an apartment. There are different staircase options to choose from depending on how you plan to use the additional space. If the space above your garage is going to be used primarily for storage, a pull down staircase will likely be sufficient. If, however, you plan to use the space as additional living space, you may consider a full staircase that allows easy access from the first floor of your garage to the space above. While a staircase will take up some of the first floor garage space, if you have the room available, a staircase can provide many benefits, including;

  • Easy exit in case of fire or emergency;
  • Easier to move things in and out of the space above your garage;
  • A separate, private entrance for those considering adding a home office or rentable apartment above the garage; and
  • Additional storage can be built underneath the staircase.

Different Garage Door Sizes and High Lift Garage Doors

The number of vehicles you plan to park in your garage, and the size of each vehicle, is another thing to take into consideration when planning your new garage. Fortunately, today’s garage doors come in a variety of different sizes depending on your needs. Standard single garage doors accommodate most vehicles, but those with larger SUVs, trucks, and recreational vehicles like RVs and campers, may need larger sizes. If you need room for larger vehicles, or would like to fit multiple vehicles within the space, consider a double garage door model, which are available in larger sizes such as 14 x 7 feet and 16 x 7 feet. Those with recreational vehicles may need to go even bigger. Our team can help you design a custom garage and choose the right door to fit your specific vehicle needs.

Another option to consider is installing a high lift garage door or a overhead door pitchback. Both options allow for the garage door to be lifted much higher off the ground, freeing up ceiling space within your garage. This is especially beneficial for those hoping to install a car lift, a device that allows one car to be raised off the ground and another parked underneath it. For those with only enough space for a single door garage, a lift can be a great way to fit two cars in a limited space. Check out our custom garage gallery for examples of high lift garage doors and pitchbacks we have installed.

Ready to Get Started?

Are you ready to have the perfect garage? If so, contact the team at Blue Sky Builders to get started today. Our team is here to help with every step of your next garage project, from demolition to rebuilding to installing custom features to fit your needs. Call 630-852-8485 or visit Blue Sky Builders online now.

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