For most people, a garage is nothing more than a parking space for the family car with some space leftover to store a few rakes or some Christmas décor in. However, you can turn your garage into a more comfortable, functional, and stylish space. With a little creativity, you can easily remodel your garage so that it becomes a cool, useful, tasteful, and well-designed part of your home.
What are some of the simple steps for a garage remodel?
A garage can be designed to include functional zones – parking space, storage, workshop, and even your own personal area.
It is easy to find a garage storage rack which will go well with your general design theme. There are many garage storage and utility shelves available online. If you want a laid-back and visually appealing look, you can use wooden chests and have them painted. If you want to achieve a more sophisticated and upscale look, you can get wooden cabinets and have them stained. If you want your garage to have a cool, industrial feel, you can use metallic tool chests to give it that vibe.
You can use an open-plan concept and still enjoy having different work zones. You simply have to organize the zones well so that they naturally stand distinct from each other.
You can also make use of partitions to formally define each separate space. You can be as creative as you want. You can use several mismatched vintage doors and hinge them together to form a distinctive screen. You can use metallic fences or chain links to engineer an industrial feel.
•Make your garage multi-purpose.
After you have assigned your car space and zoned off storage space, you can build a workshop or a hobby area to do carpentry or simple projects in.
Build a workbench that is big and convenient enough for your purpose. Make sure that you have adequate lighting. Install sufficient outlets for your power tools. A vacuum system that is mounted on the wall is a great system for keeping your tools neat, well-organized, visible, and accessible. It also allows easy clean up when your work is done.
If you want to create a personal space for relaxation, you can make use of one of many theme options. Sci-fi, contemporary minimalism, vintage automotive, and hunting lodge are some themes which work well for personal space in the garage.
There are many things you can put in to make the space feel warm, welcoming, and pleasant. You can put in a couple of comfortable chairs, a leather sofa, and a coffee table for entertaining guests. You can mount a flat-screen television on the wall. You can put on an area rug and some table lamps. You can install a small refrigerator for beer and some snacks, a video game system, or a dart board.
•Take the climate into account.
Make sure that your garage stays at a comfortable temperature the whole year round. It should be cool during summer and warm during the winter. If your garage does not have a heating or cooling system, you will find it uncomfortable to work in your garage.
If you have exposed beams, you can use insulated sheetrocks to keep your garage cool and comfy. Being inexpensive and efficient, sheetrock is popular as a garage insulation material.
If your garage has finished but non-insulated walls, you can hire a contractor to spray or apply insulation behind the garage’s walls.
If your garage is not too big, you can install a simple space heater to keep the garage warmer during the cold season. Using a forced-hot-air gas powered system is another option.
During the warmer months, you can install an air conditioning unit on the wall or use a free-standing cooling unit.
•Make WiFi available.
You will find hanging out in your man cave to be more pleasant if you have WiFi. WiFi enables you to use handheld gadgets, enjoy smart television, and play a wide variety of games online while you spend time in your garage.
If your home has a WiFi with a strong signal, you can access that from the garage. If the signal is not strong enough, you can make use of a signal booster.
•Make sure that you have running water.
Is your current garage floor decent enough? If it is, you can simply paint it to make it more attractive.
Before painting the floor, give it a strong powerful wash with soap and water. If there are any cracks in the floor, use high-quality mortar repair compound to fill them up.
Check if the floor needs to be etched first. You can do this by pouring water on the floor. If the floor easily absorbs the water, you are good to go. If the water beads on the floor’s surface, you have to use an etching product to treat the floor. Apply the product and allow the floor to dry up overnight.
The next day, you can use a primer and follow it up with floor-grade epoxy paint. If necessary, apply a second coating.
If the floor seems to be in a really bad state, a paint job may not work. You may want to think about making use of rubber floor tiles that are popularly used in gyms. These tiles are easy on the feet and provide good sound insulation. They also camouflage stains and make clean-up easy and convenient.
•Install a garage door opener remote.
Make life easy. You can secure your garage and home, and make access simple and convenient by installing a high-quality garage door opener system with remote control.
There are many garage door opener options that are highly sophisticated. They come with a wide range of features and accessories for added convenience. Most of these options require very little power to work. They are cost-effective and easy to use – and provide great convenience, safety and security.