Your garage is the last thing you think about when it comes to doing makeovers. You think of it as nothing but an extra space for your car and other stuff. However, having a good-looking garage can substantially improve your home’s value. It is a great project that does not necessarilly require you to spend a lot of money on.
If you want to do simple garage makeover, read our tips below.
In the article “Four Things to Consider for Every Garage Makeover” from HomeSweetHomeFund.com, there’s a bunch of general tips on how to go about this kind of home improvement project. See them below:
HAVE A PLAN
Every project needs a plan. Before you start to work on your garage makeover, be sure that you know what your garage needs to do. Start by making a list of everything that you want to have in your garage, and then rank that list by importance. After you have the list, figure out how much space you will need in your garage for each item on it. After the list is done, map out the garage makeover and decide where you are going to put each item before you start the work. If you don’t have space for everything, then add them in the order that you put them on your prioritized list. Take your time at this stage. A good layout can save a lot of space and make your garage much easier to use.
STEEL KIT HOMES
A steel kit is a great way to get the project done quickly and easily. They offer a professional design and the assurance of quality manufacturing at a lower cost than hiring contractors. Working for a kit is also significantly faster and requires less experience than building a garage from raw materials. Many different designs are available for different purposes, and even people who don’t plan on using a kit can benefit from looking at them to get ideas for their own project.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
Little things can make a big difference, but they can also be easy to overlook. If your garage is going to include windows, make sure that you think about which side of the garage will get the most light before you decide where to put them. When you’re picking out the flooring for your garage, make sure to think about the garage’s purpose and pick the option that will support it. A man cave or any other garage that is getting used for recreation should have tile or carpeting, but it’s best to use bare concrete for one that is going to be used for storage. Building from a kit can save a lot of time at this stage because the kit’s designer will have already considered most of those aspects. If you aren’t using a kit, be sure to take your time at this stage. A little time spent thinking now will bring big rewards down the line.
HAVE SOME HELP
A garage can be a major project, but you don’t need to work on it alone. A helping hand can make the work go much faster, and an extra brain can help notice problems before they turn into disasters. It’s best to have a partner working with you at every stage of the process. When you’re planning the project, your helper can offer a fresh perspective that can help you find ways to save space and make sure your garage has everything that you want. When you’re building, they can make the work go faster. A steel kit will come with plenty of support from the vendor that can make things easier, but you should still feel free to ask your friends for a helping hand.
The key to a successful home improvement project is giving yourself time to think about everything you want to do. In the simplest terms, it is called planning. Without a concrete and definite plan, you’ll see yourself going back and forth and not forward.
Anyway, before we talk more about other things you should be considering in garage makeover, here are some very nice samples, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.
Next up, an article from BobVila.com called “3 Steps to a Successful Garage Makeover” gives a couple of very practical solutions in garage makeovers that will transform the space from a messy area to a useful and attractive one. The article suggests you clear the clutter and pick tailored solutions.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER
Begin with a serious cleaning, if possible hauling everything onto the driveway. Group items you’re eliminating into four piles: toss, recycle, donate or sell. “Be brutal when you are sorting,” advises Erin Gentry, Associate Public Relations and Consumer Engagement Manager at Rubbermaid. “Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year.” If parting with perfectly good items proves paralyzing, find motivation in a moneymaking garage sale or gain satisfaction from helping a favorite charity.
Here are additional sources to get you started:
• 1-800-GOT-JUNK: This national franchise will remove everything from appliances to tires to trash, donating and recycling whatever is possible. (Ask the hauler to obtain a tax receipt if you are donating to a charity.)
• earth911.org: Check here to find local recycling centers where you can safely dispose of paint and chemicals.
• donationtown.org: Use this site to match your items with a local charity and arrange pickup.
CHOOSE TAILORED SOLUTIONS
Now that you have a plan, put it into action with smart organizational products that require minimal effort to use. The good news is there are plenty of options, from inexpensive DIY hooks and chrome racks to customized, professionally installed systems priced in the thousands. Here are key categories worth considering:
Wall systems, such as those from GarageTek, Rubbermaid, Schulte and Gladiator/GarageWorks, wrap any or all sides of your garage with panels that can be outfitted with your choice of accessories, including ball holders, bins, cabinets and hooks. Though some systems can be priced in the thousands, they do offer excellent flexibility and get everything organized and off the floor. Models that use tracks or rails are easiest to install.
Storage cabinets range from freestanding units to modular wall-hung models. Locked cabinets are ideal for storing toxic items, while tall cabinets make great use of vertical space. Look for the versatility of adjustable shelves to ensure you can store everything from camping gear to automotive parts.
Workbenches provide an ideal spot for home improvement projects, repairs, and woodworking. Models may be wood or steel and might include cabinets, lighting, or pegboard backs.
Racks help get all kinds of items off the floor. Specialty racks include space-saving corner models and overhead platforms that attach to the ceiling. The latter is ideal for holding memorabilia or off-season sports equipment.
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By reading those steps above, you now realize that doing garage makeovers does not have to be something that’s very expensive and time consuming. As a matter of fact, it is better that you take it one step at a time. To succeed, you do have to remember these tips from us.