Your garage is so much more than just a garage door and a place to park your car or store items that dont fit in your house. In order to upgrade your garage, small steps are needed to be taken in order to upgrade it, slowly. Here are 5 things to add to your garage to make it an infinitely better area of your home.
Upgrade Your Garage – with Epoxy Flooring
When trying to improve your garage, the first place to start is at the bottom. Some of us cringe at the current state of our garage floor. More than likely, you have the same concrete floor since you moved in and it has collected a suspicious looking pool of oil and stains. Sure, you might power wash it once in a while, but there’s really nothing all that special about it.
Assuming that you don’t have too much in the way of cracks and malformations in your garage floor, now’s the perfect time to seal it with an epoxy or stain. In the world of car collectors and vintage car restoration nuts, epoxy flooring is pretty standard.
One of the benefits of having an epoxy floor is that future messes are easier to clean up while also adding a certain flair in terms of how it looks. You can pick up these floor epoxies just about anywhere with different aesthetic options, just make sure to carefully follow the instructions regarding the subfloor’s relative humidity (rH).
Install Ceiling Storage
In Arizona our houses dont have a lot in the way of storage. So our garages tend to become our storage closets. If your garage exemplifies your struggles to organize the wealth of stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, looking into alternative storage options will help you retain your sanity. The typical way to organize clutter in a garage is through a wall cabinets, but there are other solutions that wont eat up your valuable floor space. – Their are great ceiling storage systems. Just make sure you hit a stud when installing them.
When your walls have been consumed with as much as you can organize, the natural solution is to look up – literally. For just $75 to $100 and a weekend of work, this DIY project will create an overhead storage method for miscellaneous stuff you can put into a series of plastic bins.
FYI – when installing a garage ceiling storage system, it is a really good idea to have your garage doors open so that you know they will fit.
Use Your Smartphone to Open Your Garage Door
Since the invention of the automatic garage door opener, the technology behind this one-button-remote device has remained relatively simple. But with the inception of the Internet of Things (IoT) came a wave of advances (smart) garage door openers.
Chamberlain, one of the biggest manufacturers of garage door openers has one such device. The technology to remotely open your garage door is also available with LiftMaster and Craftsman as well.
Gone are the days of having to be at home to open… OK close your garage door.
Does your neighbor need to borrow a pair of pliers from your toolbox? This can be achieved with a tap. And for those of us who have left home more than once fearing they forgot to close the garage door, these smart garage doors will give you remote peace of mind.
Heavy Duty Storage Cabinets
When we take stock of things we need, cost is ultimately the biggest limitation when considering where we should invest more money and which things can be cut. If you look hard enough, almost anything imaginable can be made to the highest standards. Storage will upgrade your garage by adding much needed space.
Storage will be an ongoing struggle when trying to optimize our garages. For this reason, a little investment will go a long way in appropriately organizing your garage. So while you may already have cabinets that work as intended, consider picking up some heavy duty cabinets.
They’re built extremely well, and most are now designed to include heavy duty caster wheels so they can be moved with ease. An added bonus would be to get these rolling cabinets equipped with a tabletop to function as another workspace. Diamond plating adds a nice touch as well.
Build a Bar
Ever dreamed of having your own fully-stocked bar in your house but there was never enough space to set it up? When you upgrade your garage to having a bar in it, how much more of a cool man-cave do you have now?!
We tend not to think about the garage as another fully fleshed out part of the house because it’s so often associated as storage space for our stuff and our cars. If you’re already fantasizing about how to make it a better space, you should build something that will motivate you to spend more time there. This is up to you, so go all out and get everything you could want in your own bar.