A home is more than just a roof for shelter. It’s the center of family life, the very place the best moments in our life take place. And one of the biggest areas of your home is most likely your garage. If you’re looking for more space, the garage has it in spades. Sadly, most people’s garages just aren’t that usable. They smell funny. They’re packed with tools and junk. You’re lucky enough to fit your vehicles in your garage, much less actually have a comfortable space you can actually enjoy.
Where to begin? Check out these 7 garage renovation ideas for inspiration. Live better, have more space, and enjoy your garage in ways you’ve never dreamed!
New Garage Door
If your garage door has issues, you should probably start by replacing it with a new garage door. It will significantly add to the appearance and value of your home, increase its security and better protect your garage from the elements.
Install New Garage Door Flooring
If you really want to make a garage a comfortable space, it’s time to get rid of the concrete floor. Those oil stains make us cringe and are probably the biggest reason we avoid the garage in the first place. Try sealing the floor with epoxy. This adds a certain flair and comfort to your garage floor, but it’s still easy to clean. Don’t worry. You’ll still be able to park your car on the floor and do car repairs. It will just be much easier to clean and maintain afterward.
Go Smart Door
Install a smart garage door so you can control the door right from your phone. While this doesn’t really improve the comfort of your garage, it does significantly increase its security. You can open and close the door virtually from your phone. If your kids forget to close it on their way to school, no problem. If a neighbor needs something from the garage, you can open and close the door right from your office.
Build Your Own Bar
Now we’re talking. Let the man caving begin! Put in your own bar, complete with stools, beer fridges, glasses and the works. Add in a pimping sound system, some bar lights, and comfortable flooring and happy hour’s whenever you’ve got the time. Installing a bar is a great way to make your garage a comfortable living space and will encourage you to use it more often.
Install Ceiling Storage
Some of the biggest storage space in a garage is wasted just above your head. Overhead storage is a great way to place your storage out of the way so you can still store what you need and use the floor of your garage for vehicles, maintenance or living space. Bins can be installed overhead. Ladders and tools can be placed on brackets. You’ll be amazed at how much space you’ll find.
If you do use your garage for storage, installing some handy storage cabinets is a great way to hide and organize the clutter. If you already have cabinets, consider heavy duty cabinets or storage with extra shelving or drawers. Up your organizational game so you can actually find what you store when you need it.
Put in Your Own Gym
We all say we need to exercise but who has time to make it to the gym? If you install your own exercise equipment in your garage, fitness will be much easier to accomplish. You can do it any time of the year in any weather. Cancel your gym membership and create a great workout space right in your garage.