Uuuuah! Grrrrh! Oooogosh! Yes, that’s on point, please let this ‘Tool Man’ first grunt out. If you have no idea what’s that, I’m sorry. Well, so you’re now thinking ‘it’s time I give my garage that well-deserved upgrade?’ That may prove to be the most wonderful idea ever this year. See, the garage is often a neglected, messy space. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little organization, we can derive much use from our garages and also modernize them by boosting their form, function and thus adding value to our houses. Below are garage upgrade plans that can be knocked out in a week.
· Insulate your Garage Door
This can swing the temperature within your garage to a 3000C cooler in summer and roughly the same in reverse during winter. Nowadays there are myriad of DIY kits that can help apply insulation to most part of your garage door interior. This is extremely vital especially if you have an appliance running out in the garage like a storage freezer. However, considering that this adds extra weight to your garage door, it’s good to ensure that your garage door can accommodate the extra weight.
· Construct a workshop or crafting corner
Turn a spare wall into a temporal garage studio for woodworking projects creations. You may need to commence by building a workbench then equipping the neighboring area with operational and organizational features like storage containers, drawers, and hangars. Other features worth such consideration include a sink, track lighting and power outlets-where possible.
· Resurface and Paint the Concrete Floor
Resurface your outdated garage flooring with fresh epoxy gloss. Flooring made of epoxy is durable and can handle massive traffic. Additionally, they’re water resistant and dust proof, a factor that makes cleaning up the garage flooring very easy and fast.
· Ensure working in the garage is more comfortable
Apparently, there are few quick ways to add some extra comfort while working in your garage. Considering this, adding an anti-fatigue mat in front of your workbench will greatly reduce leg fatigue and heel pain. Installing a wall-mount fan and motion sensor to flip the power on and off the fan when you’re inside will also ensure you stay cool.
· Come up with storage solution for your garage
I’m yet to hear someone say ‘My garage has over-sufficient storage.’ However, there are massive DIY solutions for going nut with garage storage. For instance, you may need to get some hooks and pegboard to hang some of your tools. Look for a freestanding shelving unit that caters all your car wax, cans and paint. Throw away all the odds and ends that lack a place to fit. Hang the bikes on the ceiling space.
· Relocate the mudroom into the garage
This is especially ideal for those with kids. Moving your mudroom to your garage ensures the mess is kept in an area that’s supposed to get dirty. Especially when located near the entrance to the house with hand coats and backpacks for storage of shoes, hats and anything your kids require. This area could also double as storage for sports equipment. To get fancy, you may consider building a bench area for sitting.
· Give the overhead door curb appeal
Add visual interest to the exterior by replacing the old garage door with a more fascinating and innovative option. For instance, use imaginative materials like glass and integrating smart technology to upgrade into larger doors. Adding such creative upgrades increases organization, and reduce the amount of upkeep. Say goodbye to clutter and regular cleaning this year, thank me later.
· Monitor how your garage doors open or close
Failure to close your garage door can be hazardous now that thieves and animals are on the prowl. This way, you can consider building an open garage alert system or monitor your door’s status with your phone and sensor system.
· Organize Your Garage into Zones
Divide your garage’s space into distinct zones so that it becomes easier for you to find things and put them away faster
In place of the standard bare bulbs that lack functional light, you may need to consider the long fluorescent light bulbs for your garage lighting since they illuminate the whole space. Also, ensure you include light switches and lights to every entrance of the garage. Though seemingly simple this upgrade can greatly impact how your garage looks and functions.
· Add Color to Cabinets
You may need to paint a new color onto your cabinets to add a splash of color thus beautifying the place.
Though often neglected, it’s now vivid that the need to upgrade your garage can’t be understated. Of course, having the necessary tools is worth every consideration. Would any of you head to a music festival without a portable charging solution to enhance their iPhone? That’s food for thought, cheers!