Detached garages serve many purposes. Extremely multifunctional, this structure can do more than simply store your cars, it can house your hobbies, become your workshop, and provide much needed storage.

How you use this space typically determines how you will go about selecting those finishing touches, both on the interior and exterior of the structure.

To be considered a “finished garage,” the garage needs to have drywall covering both walls and beams and while electricity is not necessary, it would be advised to have those discussions with your builder prior to the walls going up.

Almost all construction projects require permits, making these decisions to finish your new garage during the designing and construction process would be more cost efficient as permits come with a fee.

Completing your detached garage with drywall will increase the resale value of the home as that clean, finish is attractive to prospective homebuyers.

Why Drywall?

While there are always going to be options to choose from in finishing the walls, drywall is often the more appropriate choice.

Drywall is made up of a nontoxic, natural material, named gypsum. Once ground down, and mixed with water, it is wrapped in layers and aerated gypsum is added before adding more paper to the exterior.

It is important to take into consideration that drywall is fire-resistant, as most garages are used to house tools, lawnmowers, cars, and spare gasoline.

When properly insulated, the drywall helps to reduce sound from inside of the structure and retain heat. This can be especially helpful when the structure is used for additional living space, hobbies, or a workshop.

While finishing the interior of your structure is not necessary, it is aesthetically pleasing and relatively inexpensive to achieve.

If you are considering a new detached garage and would like a FREE consultation and estimate, contact Heartland Garage Builders at or 224-326-2698.