The home garage can sometimes play second fiddle to other spaces, often relegated as just the place for wide-use storage. A garage shelters your vehicle, laundry equipment and various other items inside storage containers.
It’s boring, yet absolutely needed.
But as you and your family spend more time at home, your garage can get a new lease on life with a remodeling project. Here are some ideas that will expand the functionality of your garage with style.
Add new flooring and fresh wall paint
If a total garage transformation is out of the question, start with new flooring and paint for a dramatic update. Most garage floors are made of concrete, which can look a little dull and are prone to cracking. Not to mention, most garage surfaces can soak up liquids and accumulate stains.
Before moving forward, it’s advised to have the floor resurfaced to make way for epoxy treatment. With this type of flooring, you can kiss floor stains goodbye and welcome in a shiny and updated look.
In addition, you can add larger floor matting, strong enough to handle the weight of a car, yet comfortable for various workouts.
Once the flooring is installed, the walls can also be made over with a fresh coat of paint or newly installed sheetrock, if needed.
Loft it out
You can refine your garage’s footprint while retaining all that storage capacity, and maybe adding to it, by installing a loft. Look up and imagine what’s possible with a loft. Your storage needs can be fulfilled overhead, leaving you plenty of room to roam and experiment with the space on the ground floor.
If you feel extra ambitious, the loft area can double as a storage and office space or an extra room. The possibilities are endless.
Put in windows
Get rid of the envelop of darkness inside your garage by bringing in some light, preferably, of the natural variety.
The installation of skylights or windows will bring in some much-needed natural lighting and allow for better airflow. This two-for-one means more visibility and less garage stuffiness.
Boost the insulation
Floor-to-ceiling insulation will help maintain consistent temperatures and save money on your utility bill. If you plan to spend more time inside the garage, this is a win-win.
Remember that the garage door takes up an entire side of the garage. In effect, the door is the garage’s biggest weak spot. That’s why it’s important to also address the door’s insulation. Some steel garage doors come pre-insulated, but other materials aren’t as efficient.
So, don’t let this weak spot go unprotected.
Dim lights for movie night
The garage is an ideal location for watching movies. With long and unobstructed walls, any side of the garage is just asking to have a movie projected upon it.
Given all the space, your entire family and guests will have plenty of leg room to sprawl out and enjoy movie night. Just add some seating, such as an oversized couch and chair, a home theater system and maybe a popcorn maker. That’s all you’ll need to host the next best movie night inside your reinvented garage space.
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