FEATURES: A three-bay garage with 10-foot
ceilings in two of the bays and a 12-foot ceiling in what is now his car-lift bay for light
auto maintenance, such as changing oil and
FEATURES: Two professional-grade
lifts, an air compressor hose and
plenty of storage for tools and
car-related memorabilia. It’s heated,
has a flat-screen TV and even sports
a wall-mounted urinal for pit stops.
The garage draws envy from
Foulke’s friends and bemused scorn
from his wife, Patricia. “He loves
that garage more than he loves
me,” she says.—Gary Strauss G A R Y
WHEN IT COMES to upscaling garages, Costco members are a creative
bunch. Here are three members who took regular garages and turned
each one into a car enthusiast’s dream.—T. Foster Jones
Start your engines
COSTCO MEMBERS CREATE
A CAR MECHANIC’S HEAVEN
FEATURES: Concrete floors, 12-foot-high ceilings and wiring for an array of fluorescent
lights. Equipment includes an air compressor,
a cherry picker, a gas welder and MIG welder,
and a four-gas emission analyzer, which diagnoses engine emission problems and offers
diagnostics that lead to boosted performance.
Tools live in an old Snap-on toolbox. On
walls and shelves are trophies and plaques
he’s earned for amateur racing, and other
memorabilia, such as car ads and posters.
“The garage is functional, but it’s also my
happy place,” he says.—Nancy Dunham
Boyer painted the walls, epoxied the
floors, hard-wired a space heater and
installed a 60-inch TV.
Four ceiling speakers attach to the TV
as well as the central home audio system.
“It’s great to watch a car race and have the
garage blaring with the sound,” he says.
— T. Foster Jones
Costco members will find a variety of
garage and mechanic accessories in the
warehouses and on Costco.com.