Make the Most of your Garage

October 16, 2011

For most homeowners, the garage is the part of the home they usually think of the least.  They figure that guests don’t usually see the garage,  so it’s the last thing they feel they need to organize or improve.  But they fail to realize that the garage can potentially be an extra room that can be useful for the entire family other than a garage or storage space for anything.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your garage, it might be just the perfect time to also get rid of all the junk you probably ended up putting in your garage.  Here are a few tips to help you make the best of your garage.

1)  Assess the total space that you have in your garage – Imagine all of the junk off your garage and just your car.  Even with just a small space left over, it is still possible to maximize the space with a small work area or storage space.  If you really have a large garage, you can transform that extra space into a hobby station or entertainment area.  What do you think will fit in your garage other than your car?  You can put something as big as a ping pong table or as minimal as cabinets or hanging organizers on the walls.  Whatever you decide, it’s still a good idea to revamp your garage and make full use of the extra space.

2)  Plan the layout and materials for the remodel — Depending on how much changes you will be making and its difficulty, you may opt to make it a do-it-yourself project or hire a contractor for the job.  Regardless of your choice, you should study the right materials that can be used and the impact on cost.  Remember that a critical part of a garage is the flooring and it should be durable enough for the purpose the garage will serve.

3) Maximize storage space -  Use the wall and ceiling as much as possible for hanging organizers for tools and stuff.  If you have more space, you can install cabinetry.  Whenever possible, keep the design of your garage in sync with the design of the rest of your interiors.

4)  Do not limit your ideas to what is common -  Concepts for the extra space in your garage should not be limited to hobby stations or tool storage.  If you have the space, you can go so far as to create an entertainment area or a small bar.  The only limit is your imagination.

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