Your garage is more than a space to store and keep your car protected. It is a multifunctional area where you can work, socialize, relax, be artistic and do whatever you want to do. Consider it your own creative world.
Here are some simple tips to renovate a garage and give it the upgrade it may need.
- Use surrounding walls for vertical storage.
Using surrounding walls for vertical storage can help you keep the floors clear from clutter and spacious for your car and walking space.
The best storage for garages are free standing cabinets as they allow you to rearrange or clear them away as needed.
You can also consider installing mounted shelves if you’re short on space. They are easy to install and they make the most basic DIY project you can enjoy. All that you need are L brackets and ¾ inch thick wood. If you’re a little short on budget, recycled wooden palettes would do the job just as well.
2. Adequate Lighting
To properly renovate a garage you should always add adequate lighting. You can’t have a garage that is dimly lit, or else accidents can happen. You can hit clutter when parking or graze the garage door with your car. You may also have sharp tools scattered around that you may trip into if unseen.
To give you an idea, the recommended lumens per square foot in residential garages is 50 lumens and 300 for workshop garages, according to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Your garage doesn’t have to be dark and dungy. With proper lighting, you can increase your productivity in your garage and its functionality. At the same time, a well-lit space can also appear to be larger.
Before installing cabinets or shelves, consider giving your garage some new colors. Preferably, use neutral tones to help distribute light around the closed space.
Beige, tan or grey are your best choices. These colors are easier to maintain because they don’t attract that much dirt.
Painting walls may seem easy, but a very specific process needs to be followed for the best results. You may also want to research what kind of paint you must use for what kind of walls you have. For concrete walls, elastomeric paint must be used for better binding. On the other hand, latex paint should be used for wood walls. Don’t forget about the primer. If you are not sure about how to go on with the paint job, it’s best if you hire a professional.
4. Floor Coating
Before you renovate a garage, consider this final tip. There’s an easy fix to that bland looking concrete slab you have there. Coating your garage floor can instantly make your garage look grand and well cared for. Not only that, applying quality coating on your floor can also make it last longer. Garage floor coatings make concrete resilient to stains and tire marks. It also keeps liquids from seeping through cracks which can cause problematic damage over time.
These heavy-duty epoxy based coatings are also very affordable given the benefits they offer.
Your garage is more valuable than you know…
If you have a garage that faces the open road, most likely, your garage covers 30 percent of your home’s facade, thus greatly affecting the curb appeal of your home. Renovate your garage to boost the value of your home dramatically. In addition, investing in any type of renovation that goes towards the beautification or upgrade of your garage will definitely add value to it. Considering the average size of a garage is 36 sqm, that’s 45 percent of any average home.
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Interested in renovating your garage? Our craftsmen at Handyman Connection have the expertise to assist your home renovation. Call your local Handyman Connection office or fill out our online quote form to learn more about our renovation services.
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