Remodeling Your Garage
If you are lucky enough to have a large garage, why not fix it up and make good use of it? You may want to use it for a workshop or for storage, or even as an overflow room for large parties or gatherings. There are a few things you can do to make it usable for many purposes is you just use your imagination.
Instead of leaving the studs in your garage walls exposed, why not install insulation and sheetrock? Adding insulation will keep the garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and make the garage more usable. Mud, tape and sand the sheetrock, or even have it textured. Polish it off with a coat of exterior paint in a satin or semi-gloss, so it can remain more washable. Add proper outlet covers and switch plates for a nice finish. A completed garage is much easier to take care of, as well.
Grinding and polishing the concrete is one solution to finishing the garage floor, as is painting. Both would be easier to clean than plain cement, however for a superior floor try an attractive and easy-to-clean epoxy finish. An epoxy floor coating is a great solution for keeping your garage floor looking great year after year and allows stains and other spills to clean more easily. Be sure to get some non-skid, and possibly padded rugs to stand on for doing tasks and to protect the floor.
Make sure to include storage of some kind in the garage. An open metal shelving system is easy to organize and find things in. If you live in a particularly dusty climate, you may prefer a closed shelving system with doors to keep items clean and things neatly out of sight. A workbench adds a lot of functionality as well and can incorporate more storage.
Don’t forget about the lighting in your new space. Work or task lighting is important over a workbench, and a fluorescent fixture with an attractive cover can dress up a garage, or add some accent lighting around the edges of the room. You may also like to add an exhaust fan to rid the area from fumes.
You can also pipe the furnace into the garage or add baseboard heat. Air conditioning or fans can keep it more pleasant year-round. Your garage doesn’t just house your vehicles, but can also be an extension of the home inside.