Many homeowners design garages to be fully utilized as space within the home. Design the garage to become a well-organized storage space. Add exterior and interior design elements to make the garage complement the home. Reclaim the garage to become a part of the home.
Design for Storage
Many people use the garage as a storage space. Design the garage to contain ample storage space. Increase shelving along walls. Purchase plastic tubs or boxes to keep items organized and the space on the shelves uncluttered. Tubs or boxes will help protect stored items from dirt and dust. Attach bins to the ceiling of the garage if shelving is not an option or are already full. Home improvement or hardware supply stores will be able to recommend the best way to implement overhead storage for a specific garage. Hang lighter boats, such as canoes and other large recreational items like bicycles from the ceiling to save additional space in the garage. Install cabinets or a chest of drawers to organize a tool collection and keep the garage tidy.
Complement the Home
Design the garage to accent and accompany the home. Use carriage doors to add a sophisticated look to the garage. Install windowed French doors to add elegance to the home or to show off a prized automobile. Paint the garage doors to match the color scheme of the home. Use decorative trim or ornate windows to add style and curb appeal to the garage. Extend the style of the home to the interior of the garage as well with new cabinets, paint and windows. Visit a home improvement or painting supply store to find solutions to making a simple concrete floor elegant in the garage. Hang artwork and signs in the garage to add further stylistic features.
Reclaim the Space
Design the garage space to be a workshop or living space. New homeowners may find a garage to be outdated or unattractive. Design a home office, recreational room or music studio to reclaim the garage. Utilize modular cabinets and work shelves to create a space that exactly fits the type of work being done. Install polyurethane insulation and replace the garage door with a wall to prepare the garage to work as an additional living space. Add carpeting or flooring and then design the space to meet the needs of the home. Add an exterior exit to the garage to create an apartment or guest room where the occupant can come and go without having to enter the home.
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