I have been an admirer of this garage for years, so I was pumped when the owner agreed to having it featured on my humble blog. This is a true car lover's dream garage that I really hope to one day see in the flesh. Everything you see here was created by the owner with the help of his family. I have followed each evolutionary change that he has made and the level of execution is simply amazing. You can learn a lot more about the history of this garage by checking out the build thread on garagejournal.com or his photo album on Photobucket. It's amazing to see how Chad and his family transformed this regular garage into something truly special and unique.
Location: Nashville, TN
What inspired you to create the garage you created?
I have always loved fixing ugly things up and that applied to garages too. I have enjoyed taking several houses that had the nastiest and ugliest regular old garages and trying to turn them into something that wows you when you open the door. With this house, we usually come in through the garage and my wife and I wanted to make it a beautiful and inspiring path to come into the house. She is a car fanatic too!
What do you love about your garage?
I love the high ceilings and also the fact that it is a 3 car garage. Other homes only had a 2 car so the extra bay along with height has allowed me to add the lift and get 4 cars in my garage.
What future plans/dreams do you have for it?
I would like to eventually add two more 4 post lifts to be able to store another couple cars. I’d really love to add a 57 Chevy Bel-Air and a 1997 Dodge Viper (blue with white stripes) to the garage. Other dream car would be a Ferrari someday but out of room! Adding some Heat/AC would be another nice feature to have.
What advice do you have for anyone wishing to create a space similar to yours?
Definitely think about the use of it. As much as I love the look of my RaceDeck, using a jack on it is not as easy as working on bare concrete. I end up jacking things up out in the driveway which kind of defeats the purpose ha ha. It took my doing a garage makeover three times to really hone in on the look and use I wanted. The good news is that just like the inside of your house, you can always try something new and rearrange. I like to do small adjustments and try things in different spots which keeps it fresh and fun. I’m probably one to choose form over function and that is ok with me. Being able to walk in a clean organized space to admire the lines on these cars is a real pleasure for me. Sharing the time out there working with my boys is the greatest.
What is the backstory behind your passion for cars?
I have always been a gear head or “car guy” since I was very little. My dad was a mechanic and owned a few 69 Camaros when I was little so he definitely taught me a lot about how engines work and how to be a good mechanic. I have an office job so having a passion for cars is a therapeutic outlet for me on the weekends. Cars combine my passion for working with my hands, creating something, and making it better along with my love for the sound and adrenaline rush of a high powered machine. The more a car scares me the better!
As you can see, this garage is next level stuff. Chad has created something very special and it is my pleasure to share his creation with my readers. From his cars to his flawless design and execution, everything about this garage is outstanding.
If you would like to see your garage featured on my blog, feel free to contact me.
Who is Rick?
I'm just a suburban dad who loves garages, Audis, and detailing so much he blogs about them.
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In addition to showcasing my own garage, I enjoy sharing other amazing garages. Here are some spaces that I have featured on my blog:
Tyson's Acura Museum
Larry's Charlotte Showroom
Chad's "Next" Makeover
Gully's Dream Garage
Orland Park Audi Oasis
Cory's Industrial Arts Studio
Brynjar's Icelandic Garage
Pat's Controlled Chaos
Greg & Nancy's Place
Brandon Burrell's Toy House