Five Ways To Make The Most Of Your Garage
A garage is, or can be, a whole lot more than just a place to store your car. If you make the most of it, your garage can enhance the functionality of your home. It can even add value when you’re ready to move on. With that in mind, here are five ways to make the most of your garage.
Make it look good on the outside
Your garage may be purely functional but it still contributes to your home’s curb appeal. Even if you’re not thinking of selling right now, it’s still worth making sure your home exterior looks good. If nothing else, it can make your life a whole lot easier when you do come to sell.
Maintaining the exterior of your garage can also help improve your overall home security. For example, if you have motion-sensitive lights on your garage, you can pick up on anyone approaching your home.
Maximize the usable space
Use folding doors to eliminate the dead space created by the need to accommodate a swinging door. Then use appropriate organizational solutions to make the most of the whole interior space.
If you’re using your garage for a car, then most of the floor space will probably need to be allocated to that. This means that you need to squeeze every last bit of utility out of the walls (and even the ceiling).
The good news is that the challenge is more in the thought process than the buying process. Garages have become such valuable real estate that there are all kinds of storage and organization solutions for them. What’s more, a lot of them are very affordable. You just need to figure out what works for you.
Think about the floor
In the old days, garages were a place to put cars (and maybe tools and random stuff). This meant that garage floors had to be really strong. To a certain extent, this is still true. Many garages are still, primarily, a place to store cars.
Increasingly, however, they’re being used as multifunctional spaces. It’s also becoming more common for them to be converted into spaces that have nothing whatsoever to do with cars. This means that modern garage floors don’t just have to be strong and safe to walk on. They also have to be attractive.
Put in great lighting
If you’re having a garage installed, you might want to consider including windows. If you put them high up, you’ll limit what people can see while still allowing light to enter. Then boost this with great interior lighting.
If you have a windowless garage then be prepared to invest in the absolute best interior lighting. In particular, think about installing light fixtures with “daylight” bulbs. These give plenty of visibility while still being gentle on the eyes. Yes, task lighting matters. In fact, it can matter a lot. General lighting, however, matters too.
Deal with ventilation issues
If you want your garage to be a multipurpose space then you need to make sure it has effective ventilation. Doors and windows can help a lot here. Ideally, however, your garage should be well-ventilated even when they are closed.