10 Easy Garage Renovation Tips
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start looking into a garage renovation project, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 10 things you can do to increase the impact of your efforts!
This is the fastest and cheapest way to give your tired garage a facelift. No professionals required and something that you can easily do yourself over the course of a weekend. Depending what type of garage flooring you currently have you could even paint that surface, though its durability will be a future issue. (Don’t worry, more on that later!)
If you have a “true” garage, meaning unfinished walls, you might want to consider putting in drywall to give it a more finished look. There are a ton of online tutorials about installing drywall, however, if your space is relatively small, you might want to consider calling in a pro for this one.
3. Shelving and Storage
Since the garage usually ends up being our go-to storage spot for everything, setting it up to function well is a cheap and fast way to save space and tidy those piles of boxes or sports equipment. There is a small manner of storage systems available these days; everything from the ceiling-mounted rack for large items to easily installed shelving units.
4. Garage floor coating
Depending on how you intend to use the space, replacing or covering your existing garage flooring can make a huge difference. There are DYI interlocking foam tiles, indoor/outdoor carpets, and textured paints or if durability is important, a polyaspartic coating may be worth a few extra dollars for a long-lasting finish.
5. Space dividers
If you have a large garage that needs to serve several different functions, consider splitting up space with room dividers. These come in several different formats from ceiling mount pieces that can slide on tracks to simple foldable frames that can be re-configured on a whim.
6. Let in the light
If you would like to utilize your garage more than you currently are but don’t because it’s a dark and dingy space, think about replacing your garage door. Getting one with windows will let in natural light and brighten up space. They can be easily installed and purchased at almost any home improvement store.
If your garage’s subzero temperatures keep you from using it in the winter, consider some of the many heating options available. Though not necessarily an option, hard-wired baseboards or even a wood burning stove will let you enjoy the space year round.
8. Creative use of square footage
Your garage doesn’t have to just be used for storage or a winter space for your car. Installing a workbench or table can easily turn it into a craft or hobby room or even a home gym!
If your house lacks sufficient square footage and you’ve got active kids you can easily cover your existing garage floor with thick mats for a kid-friendly horse around or gymnastic area.
No matter what you do to your garage, planning is essential. Take the time to really think about how you want and need the space to function and go from there. There is no point in doing a reno if it turns out later that it’s inefficient and doesn’t get used.