Garage Makeover Checklist: 10 Essentials

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Along with storing vehicles, the garage is mainly used as a storage space for all your extra household items that you don’t want in your home.

Because it’s used for storage, items tend to build up over time, causing the garage to become overcrowded and very cluttered. Many people have so much junk in their garage, they can’t even use it for its core purpose: storing vehicles.

10 Essentials for a Garage Remodel

According to a Wall Street Journal survey, only 11% of homeowners are satisfied with their garage and don’t feel the need to improve it.

Here are 10 things to consider adding when remodeling your garage that will leave you wondering why you didn’t make these changes sooner.

1. Slatwall Panels

Slatwall panels allow you to make the most of your garage’s underused vertical space. Hang items on the wall - from tools to bikes. This will help reduce clutter, which means your garage gets less dirty, and is easier to clean when needed.

2. Overhead Storage Racks

With overhead storage racks, you can store bulky items that are only used occasionally or seasonally, such as winter clothing, patio furniture, or decorations. You can also use bins to maximize organization and space. Utilizing overhead storage increases floor space, and protects your items from any potential water damage. 

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3. Cabinets

Garage cabinetry provides a great solution to garage clutter, by keeping storage hidden and organized. Cabinets help your garage look clean and put-together all the time, and everything inside is easily accessible.

Garage cabinets also bring great aesthetics to your space, and you have the option to choose between custom-fitted, modular, and free standing designs.

4. Upgraded Flooring

Updating your garage flooring is about more than a coat of paint, which is no solution to an ugly floor. Instead, consider a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex floor coating. These coatings are durable and easy to clean, and have better abrasion and chemical resistance than epoxy.

You can also use a moisture-blocking primer to help prevent damage to your floors and save you from costly repairs.

5. Car Lifts

Your car deserves a spot in the garage, and instead of going to the trouble and expense of expanding your garage, consider having a car lift installed. Car lifts instantly double your parking space by elevating one car above another using a hydraulic system. If you struggle with finding enough parking space in your garage, a car lift could be the solution for you.

6. Upgraded Garage Door

The garage door is the face of your garage, and is one of the first things someone sees when they look at your house. Because of this, it’s important to focus not only on the interior aesthetic of your garage, but the exterior aesthetic as well.

Having a gorgeous new garage door increases the exterior appeal of your home, and will increase the resale value of your home as a result.

7. New Garage Door Opener

Once you have a new garage door, you may also need a new garage opener. Newer garage openers are more secure and reliable, and will also be smoother and quieter. Some openers, such as MyQ technology, allows you to control your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone.

8. Insulation

Most garages lack adequate insulation, if they even have any installed at all. Without proper insulation, your garage can end up causing your home’s HVAC systems to work much harder, resulting in a large utility bill.

Insulation also protects your vehicles and storage from harsh weather conditions. Consider insulating your garage’s walls, ceiling, and garage doors for comfort from unpleasant temperatures.

9. Better Lighting

Improving the lighting in your garage is a simple yet cost-effective way to take your garage’s look to the next level. With LED light fixtures or pot lights, you will never have to stumble around in a dark garage again.

10. Hire a Garage Renovation Pro

Attempting to DIY a full garage remodel can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Garage Living is an industry-leader in garage renovations, and can accomplish all the installations listed above.

With your new and improved space, you’ll be able to use your garage for so much more than just storing household items. We want to help you create the garage of your dreams. We want your garage to be an extension of your home, a place you enjoy spending time in. 

Have questions about a garage remodel? Get a free consultation to speak to one of our Design Consultants. 

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