I had thought of such an access door actually, and perhaps some folks had suggested it. I just don't know the best design/size/functionality of such an access door. Also important is trying to make it look good and fit in with the family room..think wife. : ) I imagine a simple hinged door in the wall could be used.. but what width/height, what kind of hinge (up/down or sideways), how to trim it out so it doesn't stand out too much. And do I just do a pass through or do you build a small shelf in the wall connecting into the garage somehow to hold a couple pieces of wood? If not a simple door, I imagine some kind of bin/chest/box like this could be used? http://kellercustomwoodcrafting.com/images/Firewood Box.JPG Somehow have access from the garage and build a box in the family room (flush and finished to the wall) that holds the wood? Or simply have a bin in the garage and allow a reach through from the family room access door into the garage? Ideas welcome.. Also, insulation was a concern. The garage will be pretty well insulated but it's still an unheated space being exposed to a heated family room. The home is going to be very tight so I don't want to have a big uninsulated area where this access door will be. I imagine I could just keep a piece of thick foam insulation in the opening and fit it in and out each time I load up? I think it would be easier to finalize the design during the framing stage but I definitely want to get some ideas now. Thanks all!