In many homes, the garage is a neglected space, just a place to park your car and store clutter that you don't want taking up space in your house. If you think of your garage as a messy, disorganized, spider-filled space that you'd rather not spend more time in than you need to, you might really be missing out on a lot of square footage that could be put to use as a dynamic, livable space that you can enjoy hanging out in. A garage remodel can be a big project, especially if you have a lot of junk to clean out of it before you can really get started, but the end result can be a great addition to your home. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how you could turn your garage into a space you can really make use of.
Define Your Spaces
The first thing to do is figure out how much space you have to work with and what you want to do with it. Some people park their cars in the driveway and use their garage entirely for storage, but if you like buying nice new cars, you probably want to keep them sheltered in the garage, so make sure to allocate sufficient space for parking. You can then choose how much of the remaining space to use for storage, a workshop, an entertainment center, a refrigerator, or whatever else you might want to use the garage for.
Upgrade The Flooring
Better flooring can make a huge difference in making your garage feel like a space worth spending time in. A dirty, cracked, stained garage floor can be freshened up with a power cleaning and a new paint job, but you might consider rubber mats or tiles. They're comfortable to walk on, they absorb noise, and they're easy to clean when leaks or spills happen.
One of the biggest problems with making garages into livable spaces is keeping the temperature comfortable. Garages can get hot and stuffy in the summer, then freezing cold in the winter. Addressing this can be as simple as adding a space heater and an air conditioning unit, but if you really want to make the garage feel like a real part of your home, put in some insulation.
You're probably still going to want to use some part of your garage for storage, but you can minimize the space this takes up and prevent it from turning into a forbidding tower of clutter by using sealed plastic bins, clearly organized and labeled.
Finally, Make It Yours
Once you've got your spaces defined and made the garage a more welcoming place, it's up to you to turn the area you have left into the kind of place you'll want to use. Whether it's a workspace for projects, a TV lounge, a space for video or tabletop gaming, a minibar, the only limit is your imagination and the work you're willing to put in to make it real!