Creating a Garage Shop Space

Reference Number: KB-00776
Last Modified: September 28, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


How can I create a space in my garage that can be used as a shop or work area?


Using the Cabinet tools and library fixtures and furnishings, you can create a space in your garage to meet a variety of needs.  Work areas for vehicle maintenance, storage, gardening or other hobbies can easily be designed using the same tools and basic techniques.

The primary purpose of most garages is for parking vehicles.  Before adding a work space, it's helpful to figure out how much extra room is available.

To plan your space

  1. Open the plan in which you would like to create a garage work area or select File> New Plan  from the menu to open a new, blank plan.


    In this example, a simple 25' x 35' garage with double garage doors is used. 

  2. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu. In the Library Browser:

    In Home Designer 2014 and prior versions, the Library Browser was accessed under the Library menu.

    • Browse to Exteriors> Vehicles.

    • Click on a vehicle that best approximates one kept in your garage.

    • When you move your cursor into the drawing area, it will display the Fixtures icon .

    • Click once in the drawing area to place the selected vehicle at that location.

  3. Click on the vehicle to select it and use the Move edit handle to make any needed adjustments to its position.

  4. If you know the exact measurements of your vehicle, click the Open Object  edit button.

  5. On the General panel of the Fixture Specification dialog:

    • Specify the vehicles Height, Width and Depth (or length).

    • On the Materials panel, you can select materials and colors that resemble your own vehicle.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

      If you are using Home Designer Interiors, you can skip steps 2 through 5 as you will not have the Exteriors Core Catalog.

  6. With vehicles in place, it will be easy to judge how much room you have to add cabinets and other storage furniture.

In many garages, cabinets are built into the wall, rather than resting on the floor.

To place garage cabinets

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  from the menu, then click in the garage to place a base cabinet at that location.

  2. Click on the base cabinet to select it, then click the Open Object  edit button.

  3. On the General panel of the Cabinet Specification dialog: 

    • Specify the Floor to Bottom height as 4" to raise the cabinet above the floor. 

    • In the preview that displays in the right of the dialog, click on the toekick to select it and go to the Front panel, and select the Delete button to remove the toekick.

    • On the Door/Drawer panel, select the Door Style drop-down arrow and select Slab Doors from the list.

      Repeat this for the Slab Drawers as well.

      Remove the handle from both Doors and Drawers by selecting None.

    • On the Materials panel, select a white material for the Cabinet and Doors/Drawers components, such as Brite White, which is already the default for some plan styles.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  4. Create copies of this customized cabinet by selecting it, clicking the Copy/Paste  edit button, and then clicking in the drawing area.

    • Enable Sticky Mode  to make multiple copies of the object instead of just one.

    • When you are finished making copies, click the Select Objects  arrow tool, or press the spacebar on your keyboard, to return to the Select Objects mode.

  5. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Elevation  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow directly at the front of the cabinets you created.

    In Home Designer Interiors, which does not have the Elevation tool, instead create a standard Full Camera view.

  6. In the elevation view, select Build> Cabinet> Wall Cabinet  from the menu, then click to place a wall cabinet at that location.

    As with base cabinets, you can specify a wall cabinet's door style and size in the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog and in a camera view, you can also adjust the cabinet's height using the edit handles.

  7. When your wall cabinet is specified as needed, select it, double-click the Copy/Paste  edit button and make as many copies as you need.

Storage shelves, tool boxes and other accessories can be added to your plan.

To add storage furniture and accessories

  1. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu, then browse to the Tools & Shop bonus category.

    If you have not yet installed this bonus catalog, and if it is available for your version of the software, you can do so from the Tools and Shop catalog on the 3D Library section of the website.

    To model storage bins or canisters, consider using geometric Shapes such as the Closed box and Vertical Cylinder, which can be used to represent a variety of storage items. 

  2. Click on an item to select it, then move your cursor into the drawing area and click to place the object at that location.


  3. To place objects on a storage shelf, begin by placing them on the ground in front of the shelf.

    • Create an Elevation  view of the shelves and adjust the height of the objects so that they are the right height to sit on the shelves.

    • Select File> Close View to return to floor plan view and use the Move edit handle to move the objects into the same space as the shelf.

    • If you bump into other objects, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while you drag to override any movement restrictions.

  4. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Dollhouse View  to see the results.