If the home is our castle, what does that make the garage? To some people, it’s just an extra storage space for our cars or all of our unwanted junk. However, with a little planning, some elbow grease and a touch of inspiration, the garage can be so much more than that. 63% of all homes in the US have a garage according to recent stats, so they’re certainly popular.
The typical garage should be many things. It should be a safe place to keep the family or company car sheltered in bad weather. It should add value to any home or office. Aside from that, it should also provide extra space for storing things like paint, spare tires and motor oil.
Bearing all of that in mind, creating the ideal garage may seem difficult, but that is not the case! Homeowners only need to follow a few simple tips and get inspired by some garage design ideas before they can get to work, starting with deciding on the dimensions.
One car or two?
Think about how much space your garage needs. If you have just one vehicle, that’s your decision made right there. If you have two, are you comfortable with keeping one car on the driveway? A larger one is needed if you are concerned for the safety of all your vehicles. Consider room for bikes and any other possessions like lawnmowers too.
You should check that your home can support a larger garage if you need one. Check the home’s dimensions and make sure that you do not risk building on your neighbor’s property!
Setting a budget
The next step is to know how much money you have to spend on a new or existing garage. Calculate the cost of remodeling a garage and see if you have the cash to make it happen. It will be cheaper to remodel one as there is less work to do; this is the perfect option if you are thrifty or have limited space to work with.
Your budget should cover more than just the garage’s components – doors, windows, and roof. It should also account for any paint, varnish or gadgets such as automatic door openers as well. Shop around to find out how much you need to spend.
Your garage should be built to last. A sturdy, reliable structure will last for years, adding value to your home and saving money on maintenance costs. Steel is great for the door, whilst bricks and mortar may seem basic, but they form a solid foundation for the garage’s walls.
To give the garage a personal touch, look at the exterior. If brick or concrete walls look a little boring, a lick of waterproof paint or even some wooden cladding would brighten it up. It should, however, fit in with the overall look of your home. If using wood, make sure it has been treated.
Garages need a few accessories to fulfill their purpose. Ideally, these accessories should be there to use if the car is not working; that’s what garages are for, right? Try to find some garage equipment that will help you to fix the car as and when needed. Tools such as wrenches and car jacks will make any garage feel complete.
If you want to use your garage for events like cookouts, you may need some furniture. For big crowds, stackable chairs and collapsible tables will save space and come in handy for parties, birthdays and big games.
Speaking of storage, shelving units will help to keep all of your accessories safe, secure and organized. They should be heavy duty, as what you are likely to place on the shelves may be a little dirty or dusty. They can look good, but as long as they work, it helps to keep your garage free from clutter getting in the way of your vehicles.