It is fair to say that the garage is probably one of the most neglected areas of the home. Not only does it end up being a place where junk is stored, but it also does not have much of a purpose in many homes. In the past, a garage might have been the ideal place to put the car when not in use, but it can be a pain for many people now as cars are often needed many times during the day. This makes the driveway more tempting, and the garage simply goes on existing as a clutter-filled room.
But perhaps it is now the right time to change that, and give the garage a use once more. Even if it isn’t going to be used for your car, it could be ideal for a home gym or even an office. However there will be a number of things you will need to do if you want the space to be functional once again. These will depend on the desired use of your room, but you might find these tips helpful during the makeover process:
Clear your clutter
The very first job you should tackle is clearing what is already in your garage. If you are like most people, this will include old furniture, tools, and things you were going to bring to the dump but never got around to it. Think of this as a spring clean for your garage, no matter what time of the year it really is. Create distinct piles of things to keep, donate, dispose of and recycle. That will make the process much easier as you will have a structure to work to.
Use a lick of paint
Once everything is out of your room, you may be able to start on the paintwork. This will most likely be the case if your garage only gets a littleuse each day. However you still might want to do a bit of work under the paint such as plastering for a better finish. You could also consider turning it into a home gym.
Sort out insulation
Another aspect to consider is whether you could insulate your garage better. If you cannot do anything with the walls, perhaps you should look at an energy efficient garage door to replace your existing one. You will be able to have a look at these online if you are interested in taking this step during your garage makeover.
Improve the lighting
Now that everything is looking a lot cleaner and tidier, you could think about making it brighter too. Lighting will always be a challenge in garages with no natural sources of lighting, so get creative on how you can use artificial light instead. Think about spotlights, rope lights… there are many solutions on the market.
Kit it out
Finally, you may need to buy a few new bits of furniture or equipment to give your room its new identity. Whether this is exercise machines or a solid desk, you will have fun looking around the shops to find exactly what you need. Remember to keep your budget in mind so you don’t end up spending more than you can afford to.