Garage Ideas: The Ultimate Garage Makeover Guide
The Ultimate Garage Makeover Guide
Your garage is an important (and oft-overlooked) part of your living space. While many homes across the country are lucky enough to have garage space, there are many that fall short of realizing their garageâ€™s potential. Your garage is so much more than a place where you store your car. It can be a place of peace and solitude where youâ€™re free to tinker under the bonnet, give your vehicle a leisurely inspection or simply enjoy some alone time.
All-too often, however, our garages can become dumping grounds. Over time they can start to absorb garbage and clutter as if by osmosis. The garage can stop being a pleasure to spend time in and instead become a chore. We all know that clutter and mess have a highly detrimental effect to our enjoyment of a space and even impact significantly on our mental health.
If you start to feel a wave of dread every time you open your garage door, one thingâ€™s for certainâ€¦ itâ€™s time for a change.
Take back your garage space!
When you first bought your home, your ample garage space was one of the major selling points for you. It was supposed to be a place of solitude and quiet contemplation. A place where you could spend some quality time with your vehicle and pursue your passion. But over time, your garage also became a storage unit for toys the kids had outgrown, exercise bikes that have long since succumbed to rust, rolls of carpet that (letâ€™s be honest) will never see use again and a sofa bed that no longer functions as either a sofa or a bed.
Your garage deserves some TLC. While a renovation, even a modest renovation, will obviously involve some financial outlay it brings a wealth of benefits for you and the whole family.
You may want to makeover your garage space for various reasons, whether it be due to clutter, or you simply want something new. The process of upgrading your garage can make for a more organized space that wonâ€™t stress you when you enter it. You will have more space to put cars when you organize, a new space to work out or a cool place to hang.
Itâ€™s easy to neglect your garage as you continue to use it as your overall storage. Many people usually donâ€™t want to organize their garage space and donâ€™t think about the possible ways to make space for other things. When you have an organized garage, it can serve many purposes. From storage to a workshop to sanctuary space. You must determine what kind of garage you want and what functions you want it to serve. Toss unnecessary items to improve practical space, even when doing a garage makeover, you want to remove unwanted items, junk, and anything you donâ€™t use or need.
It will take some time to complete your entire garage makeover, but it will be well worth it in the end as you will feel like you have a newer home. Here are some upgrade and makeover ideas to help you create a clean and well-functioning garage.
Why your whole family benefits from a garage renovation?
First, a garage renovation finally gives you an excuse to purge your garage space of the deposits that have accumulated over the years. Throw a yard sale or start looking round for stuff that you can sell on eBay. One manâ€™s trash is, after all, another manâ€™s treasure. You can raise a little money to take the whole family out for a nice dinner or even fund part of the renovation itself.
A newly renovated garage is a much cleaner, neater and safer space with fewer trip and fall hazards for small kids once the clutter has been removed. Itâ€™s also a much calmer and more attractive space in which to work and spend leisure time and thus more conducive to physical and mental health.
Whatâ€™s more, it can add to the resale value of your home if you should one day decide to move on to pastures new.
Make your garage yours again
Moreover, a garage renovation gives you the opportunity to make your garage your own. You can decorate it how you like incorporating your own theme. You can install anything from a coffee maker to a pinball machine to make your time spent in the garage more enjoyable. You can bring order to the chaos and map out your space in a way thatâ€™s efficient for you and will help keep you productive when tinkering with your vehicle.
Whatâ€™s more, you may well be astonished by how much usable space a renovation provides without the need to extend.
What you need to consider when planning a garage renovation
Itâ€™s never too early to start planning your garage renovation. More planning now means fewer unpleasant surprises and logistical headaches later.
Key considerations include;
- Are you simply looking to install more efficient storage or reinvent your garage (literally) from the floor up?
- Will you want to install new plumbing, electrics or underfloor heating?
- Will you want to make room for one car or two? Two cars will require the installation of a car lift.
- Will your flooring need to be leveled or waterproofed to better cope with the additional usage?
- Will you want to take this opportunity to insulate the walls or roof?
- Will your new design have any implications for building code compliance? The last thing you want is to find out that your garage makeover is unintentionally in violation of local building codes.
How much does a garage renovation cost?
This is a difficult question to answer as the term â€œgarage renovationâ€ covers a multitude of projects. Some will be straightforward while others will be very elaborate and even involve a partial or complete repurposing of garage space. As such, itâ€™s estimated that you can expect to spend anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000 on renovating your garage.
How long does a garage renovation take?
Typically, a renovation for a single-car garage can take between a week and a month. It all depends on how elaborate the renovation. For example, will you need new plumbing or electrics to power your car storage lift or provide your garage with a dedicated shower or boot room. Youâ€™ll also need to consider how much of it youâ€™ll do yourself and how much youâ€™ll be relying on a contractor. Which brings us to…
DIY Garage renovations- What you can start doing right now
One thing you should certainly do straight away is start moving all the clutter out of your garage to see how much usable space you must work with. You can start planning for your chosen design aesthetic and start making cosmetic changes straight away. You can, for example, start painting walls and making changes to the flooring as soon as you have the time and space to do so. When it comes to your flooring, you may want to start laying down a damp-proof membrane which will not only protect your foundations from damp but also improve the spaceâ€™s thermal performance. This can be topped off with a self-levelling liquid screed which will ensure that you have a nice, level surface.
From here you can start adding storage solutions as well as flooring, lighting and decor in line with your design concept.
When is it time to call in the pros?
Broadly speaking, even experienced DIYers should defer to the pros when it comes to anything to do with electrics or plumbing. As such, if you are thinking of installing a toilet, handwashing station or shower youâ€™re going to want to call in a plumber. Thereâ€™s simply too much that can go wrong. A leak can go unnoticed by the untrained eye for weeks or even months and wreak serious damage on your home.
Likewise, when renovating your garage, if the changes made are anything more than cosmetic, youâ€™ll more than likely need new electrical circuits as well as heating loops to keep the space warm. This is potentially dangerous and should only be carried out by a licensed electrician.
Sure, itâ€™ll add to the cost of your renovation, but the cost of something goes awry because of your DIY work will be far higher. Of course, you know your own experience and capabilities, but itâ€™s important to be realistic with yourself and understand when doing a job thatâ€™s best left to a pro will become counterproductive. For example a garage door upgrade might be outside of your comfort zone.
Garage door upgrade
Garage doors are what people see first. If your door is bent or dirty it can look unattractive and become an eyesore every time you come home. You may want to replace it for other reason like it not working properly or itâ€™s just simply not appealing. While you can make it simple and hire someone to install a new garage door but that can be extremely expensive. There are tips you should know when you want to go this route. Decide what kind of door you want and understand prices. Aluminum and wooden doors are the most expensive but give the best look. Some like carriage doors that swing open and if you donâ€™t have the capacity to install these kinds of doors, there are options for look-a-likes that maneuver like regular garage doors.
Before upgrading and getting a new garage door installed consider the weather circumstances of your area. For example, garage doors are susceptible to wind damage and if you live in an area with hurricanes and strong winds, you may want to include extra bracing and heavy gauges to keep it intact. Youâ€™re paying a lot of money for it and you want it to last so you must think about all kinds of affecting circumstances.
If youâ€™re paying someone to do this job for you, make sure to get a quote in person. This is to ensure you have no problems that may happen if you ordered one online, for instance. It takes a lot of labor to complete this task on your own, but if youâ€™re willing to take it on make sure to set out at least a full day to complete it. Youâ€™ll need certain tools and materials to get the job done correctly. From cedar boards and rails to caulk, you will have to deal with special types of materials. Your equipment will include your hands and ladders to mechanical nailers and a power miter saw. You will use your power saw to ensure you have the correct shape and accurate cuts of the garage door type you ordered.
Read up on structural and safety factors to ensure youâ€™re knowledgeable on how to properly install your new door. Understand that when you modify or upgrade a door in your home, warranties go out the door and you must take initiative to ensure it is weather tight sealed. Hanging your own door can be dangerous so, try to work with a partner to get it done safely.
Storage Ideas- Organizing your new garage
The right storage solutions will help you to bring order to a garage that was once chaotic. With the right cabinets, shelves and overhead storage solutions, youâ€™ll be able to ensure that thereâ€™s a place for everything and that everything is in its place. This will make your working practices more efficient and your garage a cleaner, neater, safer and more relaxing place to spend time. And with so many products readily (and affordably) available online, itâ€™s quick and easy to find the right ones for you.
The good news is that weâ€™ve made it even quicker and easier to find the equipment that will help to transform your garage. We hope you find our recommendations for garage storage solutions useful in organizing and optimizing your garage space.
Garage Shelving and Cabinets
Shelving and cabinets are a perfect way to maximize the space of your garage. With certain types of shelving, you can make room for other things like more cars, or create a new sanctuary, movie room, workshop, or an all-around lounge area. The way you store the items in your garage determine how much space you have and how clean it looks. Use shelving for the things you need to access easily. You can install garage shelving by buying shelves from hardware stores and building them yourself. There are different types of shelving and you must determine what kind based on how much stuff you have and its weight.
You donâ€™t want to buy plastic shelving if your trying to shelves a lot of heavy items as it can lead to cracks and bending creating an unappealing look. You may want to get steel shelving if you want to store those heavyweight objects. You could also add cabinets to your new garage to create a sleeker and private space. Garage cabinets are ideal for the items you want to lock away or store heavy duty items safely.
Pegboards are good for hanging tools and are perfect for those who want to change their garage into a workshop of some kind. There’s plenty of space for different size tools and equipment that you need to store safely when you decide to incorporate pegboards. Some people decide to store their items within containers on the ceiling. This option is ideal if you have a lot of things to put away and need extra space on the ground. Overhead garage storage is meant for the tools and items that arenâ€™t used often, like seasonal decorations due to the extent you have to go through to get them down. Install them by getting correct measurements to lay out and install ceiling cleats. Whether you want to use wood or metal beams, the storage space you will gain will be tremendous.
Your garage cabinets play a prominent role in ensuring that your workflow is efficient and that the tools you need are always close to hand. They also play a big part in helping to define your garageâ€™s aesthetic.
Here are three of our favorites;
NewAge Products Bold 3.0 Gray / Red 7 Piece Set
This cabinet is available in several different configurations with LED lights and backsplash optional. Cabinets are pre-welded with very little assembly required.
It is built with 24-gauge steel frames and doors, with a powder-coat paint finish in either gray or red. It boasts generous weight capacities.Â The multi-use lockers can hold up to 800 lbs., while the wall cabinets can hold a further 100 lbs. The rolling tool cabinet and base cabinet can each hold a further 600 lbs. of weight. Cabinet doors are fully lockable so that youâ€™ll never need to worry about the kids getting at your tools. They have full-length aluminum handles to allow easy access for you.
- The shelves are completely height adjustable to make it easy to store whatever sized tools or items you need. All the unitâ€™s fixed cabinets are designed to be secured to a wall to that they are completely safe and fully stable.Â
- The optional high-strength steel slat wall backsplash adds to both the aesthetic appeal and functional utility of this cabinet set and the worktops (available in bamboo or stainless steel) are low-maintenance and easy to clean.
- With optional built-in LED lights, you can also enjoy better visibility and illumination even when the sun goes down.
Frontier Garage Storage Cabinet Organization Sets
This cabinet has a no-nonsense aesthetic which will look at home in a wide range of garage design concepts. Available in black and red, with a white option coming to market soon, this popular set is pre-welded and easy to assemble and offers a range of robust functionalities.
It is comprised of 8 separate parts and made from 24-gauge steel that is more than robust enough for day to day use and ensures that tools and equipment are well protected.
The cabinet set contains:
- 3x wall cabinets
- 2x generous side lockers
- 2x bottom cabinets
- Strong rubberwood worktop
The feet of the bottom cabinets and side lockers are fully adjustable, and the cabinet is designed to stand firm and stable on uneven flooring.
Goplus 9-Piece Garage Storage Cabinet Sets
This 9-piece storage cabinet set from GoPlus is a serious set for the serious auto enthusiast. Robust in construction and elegant in design, its sleek lines and neutral black and gray color scheme ensure that whatever your tastes and whatever kind of design concept you have in mind, itâ€™s an aesthetically pleasing, strong and secure way to store your tools and belongings.
The unit is comprised of 2 multi-use lockers, 3 wall cabinets, 1 two-door base cabinet, 2 one-drawer two- door cabinets and an attractive yet robust rubberwood worktop which is quick and easy to wipe clean.Â
All the units contain adjustable steel shelves, so users have a great deal of flexibility for storing all kinds of tools of all shapes and sizes. The slide-out drawers contained in the unit contain ball-bearing rails. This not only makes them easy to push in and pull out, it also helps to prevent tools from moving around too much when the drawers open and close.
The frame and doors are all made with durable steel to ensure strength and longevity, and all cabinets can be securely locked so youâ€™ll never need to worry about your tools going missing. Cabinets can be bolted together or used separately depending on your design concept and preferences and can be used either freestanding or wall- mounted. The unit also has adjustable feet with a range of up to 40mm to keep the cabinets stable on uneven flooring.
Garage shelving ideas
Even with robust garage cabinets, you may still need additional shelf space on which to store your belongings, tools and auto parts. Here are some of our favorite garage shelving options;
Amazon Basics 4-Tier Wire Storage Shelves Rack, Chrome
This versatile unit contains 4 strong wire shelves making it perfect for not only the garage but the kitchen and home office, too.
Each shelf on its own can hold up to 350 lbs. (when evenly distributed) meaning that the unit can store up to 1400 lbs. in weight. Perfect for heavy auto parts. All shelves can also be adjusted in 1-inch increments with no need for tools.
It is available in a choice of either black or chrome with or without casters. The unit measures 36â€ length x 14â€ width x 54â€ inches height.
Sandusky Lee PS361856-4B Plastic
This sturdy unit made from black plastic provides a robust and reassuringly bulky aesthetic. Itâ€™s easy to assemble with no tools required. The shelves and legs are designed to simply slot together. This unit is also very lightweight at just 18lbs so moving and relocating it is not likely to be an issue.
Yet, its sturdy resin shelves are capable of handling heavy weights and are incredibly robust. They are completely water and chemical resistant and their ventilated design ensures that fluids, oil etc. will drip off and the unit can be wiped down easily.
The unit also has an elevated design to prevent mildew, mold and water damage to items stored on the bottom shelf. The unit measures 36â€ length x 18â€ width x 56â€ height
EDSAL URWM184872BK Black Steel Storage Rack
With 5 black steel shelves and an impressive overall weight capacity of 4,000 lbs. this impressive unit is great for the serious auto enthusiast who needs to store a lot of heavy parts and equipment and needs a robust and reliable set of shelves.
The frame is made from black heavy-duty powder coated steel to prevent corrosion, while the shelves are made of particle board supported by double-riveted beams and braces. The shelves offer tool-free adjustment in 1-1/2″ increments to accommodate tools, parts and items of varying sizes. The unit measures 48â€ length x 18â€ width 72â€ height
Overhead garage storage
The reason many garages quickly go to seed is because they simply donâ€™t have enough intelligent storage solutions to make optimal use of the available space. If you feel as though your garage design and storage needs are fighting a losing battle for floor space, overhead garage storage may provide an elegant solution to a common problem. It can also save delicate parts and tools from the risk of water damage.
Here are some of our favorites;
Fleximounts 4×8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack
Protect your tools and parts with these easy to install shelves available in black and white. These robust cold-rolled steel racks have an impressive weight capacity of up to 600 lbs. The integrated grid design allows for even weight distribution and added stability. This rack is also easy to install with step by step instructions. This unit is 96″ Length x 48″ Width with adjustable 22”-40″ Ceiling Dropdown.
HyLoft 00540 45-Inch by 45-Inch Overhead Storage System
This all-steel overhead storage system is available with either white or hammertone powder coat finish for superior rustproofing. It can handle a weight of up to 250lbs if it is evenly distributed. The unit gives you a total of over 30 cubic feet of storage space for your garage with adjustable 17â€-28â€ height adjustment.
Racor – Ceiling Storage Heavy Lift
Perfect for those who need to lift heavy items and have limited floor space. This effort by Racor raises and lowers by crank and comes complete with steel cables allowing for up to 8 feet vertical lift for weights of up to 250 lbs.
Car storage lifts
If you love to tackle DIY automotive repair projects, a quality vehicle lift for your home garage can be a great addition. Some vehicle lifts can also be used to store two cars vertically to double up your space.
Here are three of the best:
APlusLift HW-10KBP 10,000LB Two Post Floor Plate Auto Hoist Car Lift
Capable of lifting to 10,000 lbs., this car lift has a maximum lift height of 6â€™9â€ and can be adapted for use with a truck, too. It is made from super strong Q345 steel and the upgraded floor plate is made from beveled diamond plate steel. Comes with 12 monthsâ€™ parts warranty.
Mayflower Blacksmith Base Plate Two Post Lift
This car lift is powered by two heavy duty hydraulic cylinders and a super strong chain drive with double two-point safety lock release with built-in 18 locking positions. It also comes with a set of 1.5”, 3” and 6” Truck adapters included. It has a maximum lifting height of 75″ or 81″ with the truck adaptor.
BendPak 4-Post Extra-Tall Car Lift
Extra tall and extra secure, this four-post lift is capable of lifting vehicles up to 9,000 lbs. in weight with 82â€ high rise design to allow extra clearance for underneath vehicle storage. It is powered by a single-phase 220V, 2 HP motor that provides full rise in just 45 seconds. There are 15 locking positions in each column to assure user safety.
Finally, what garage is complete without a workbench? Something that allows you plenty of space to work, a strong and easy to clean surface and quick access to your most reliable tools?
Here are some of our favorites;
Seville Classics WEB484 UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench
Elegant and functional, this workbench is made from a steel frame with a tough graphite finish topped with a 1.5″ thick solid-wood top coated in ultra-durable polyurethane. It is available in satin graphite or granite gray and comes with a draw with non-slip drawer liner.
Olympia Tools 82-802 Multi-Purpose Workbench with Light
With a heavy-duty steel construction and durable Enamel finish this bench has an impressive load capacity of 220lbs. It comes with a built-in three-outlet grounded power strip, LED light for seeing inside complex auto parts and two ball-bearing sliding drawers for tool storage as well as a full width MDF peg board.
Goplus 48” Garage Workbench, Bamboo Tabletop Steel Work Bench
A combination of bamboo and iron makes this workbench a real winner. Itâ€™s durable iron frame and thick bamboo top allow for a weight capacity of up to 500lbs and the bench has 4 adjustable feet to ensure that your workbench is completely stable. It has a generously sized drawer with a handle and slide rail as well as a large pegboard equipped with hooks.
Lighting is a hugely important consideration for your garage. Light not only plays a part in ensuring that your garage is safe with good visibility, it also helps to ensure that you can see inside small or complex auto parts for effective diagnosis and reliable fixes.
There are many kinds of garage lighting available for a range of purposes. For a well-lit garage, youâ€™ll want to consider…
LED garage lighting
LEDs provide effective and affordable lighting for your garageâ€™s interior. Here are three of the best;
Bbounder 4 Pack Linkable LED Utility Shop Light
Designed with the needs of garages and workshops in mind, these overhead LED strip lights are quick and easy to install and come with all mounting equipment included. 4â€™ in length they have a beam angle of 240Â° and a Wattage of 36, producing 4000 Lumens at 120 Volts.
Qimedo LED Garage Lights, 3000K Warm White
This 3000K Warm White LED garage ceiling light comes equipped with 144 high power LEDs powered by a high-end management chip at an affordable price. Easy to install with a standard size E26/E27 screw base this energy saving unit comes with a 2-year warranty.
Dansny LED Garage Lights
This light has a deformable design with 3 easy-to-configure LED panels. 252 top quality diodes combine to produce 150 Lumens per watt. Thatâ€™s a total of 9000 Lumens!
Portable garage lighting
Sometimes you need to take your lighting outside. For this consider;
VonHaus Dual Head 4000 Lumen LED Work Light
Powerful and affordable, these tripod-mounted rotating lights are completely waterproof. They are powered by highly energy efficient 40W LED bulbs generating an output of 4000 Lumens with 5000K “bright white” color temperature.
PowerSmith PWL2140TS Dual-Head 40W 4000 Lumen Work light
Powerful, versatile and convenient, this work light sits atop a tripod mounted telescopic pole. It produces 4,000 Lumens and its LEDs have a 50,000-hour rating with no maintenance, ever!
For those that need a little extra luminescence, this entry from Powersmith boasts similar features to that above but can produce up to 6,000 Lumens.
Exterior garage lighting ideas
For easy access, safety, security and to add color and personality to your garage, youâ€™ll also need exterior garage lights. Try…
Globe Electric 44165
tylish and elegant exterior lights with a timeless modern design. Theyâ€™re fully dimmable with a compatible dimmer switch to ensure a range of functional and atmospheric lighting options.
Emliviar Outdoor Wall Mount Lights
With a classic design finished in clear seeded glass, these exterior lights are completely waterproof and easy to install and replace bulbs.
LANFU LED Wall Sconce Waterproof Porch Light
Fully waterproof with a sleek, contemporary design these elegant exterior lights have an output of 1,000 Lumen with 3,000K warm white light.
Garage Floor Ideas
Your garage flooring will play a huge part in the aesthetic, safety, thermal performance and cleanliness of your garage. There are several different hard-wearing options for garages that will allow for easy cleaning and a fantastic look all year round. While people often consider painting the interior walls or even the garage door, your flooring should not be overlooked.Â Places like My Pro Painters in the Woodlands offer free quotes, so it doesn’t cost anything to at least find out what a full garage paint job would cost. Anyway, let’s get back to your garage flooring options.
Garage floor paint
Floor paint is available in a range of colors and is designed for the heavy wear and fluctuations in moisture and temperature that are a necessary part of garage use. Some good examples include;
Floor-Tex Textured Concrete Coating
With a pleasant texture, rugged wearability and a wide range of custom colors, this is a great option for all garages.
Killz Epoxy-Acrylic Floor Paint
The combination of acrylic and epoxy combines durability with a choice of great colors.
Insl-x Garage Guard
Available in desert sand and showroom gray, these hard-wearing semi-gloss paints are a great choice for your garage floor.
Garage floor epoxy
Epoxy coating is thicker than floor paint and this makes it very well suited to garage use. The thick coating does a good job of covering over imperfections like cracks and chips in your concrete. And because epoxy is a topical sealer, it is also anti-dusting.
Some of our favorite types of epoxy include;
- Rust-oleum 238467 Epoxyshield Professional Semi-Gloss Floor Coating Kit, 2 Gallon
- ROKREZ 1 Car Garage Epoxy Floor Kit- Comes in a range of colors
- Epoxyshield 238468 Professional Floor Coating Paint Kit in Tile Red
Garage floor tiles
Finally, interlocking rubber or plastic floor tiles can make for a softer and more yielding garage floor, yet they are also incredibly hard wearing. They can also be used to create appealing and unique designs by using tiles of different colors and styles. Some great ones include;
- GarageTrac Diamond, Durable Interlocking Modular Garage Flooring Tile. Come in a range of colors in packs of 12,24 or 28
- GarageDeck Coin Pattern, Durable Interlocking Modular Garage Flooring Tile
- RaceDeck Diamond Plate Design, Durable Interlocking Modular Garage Flooring Tile
Some may feel as if their garage is unappealing due to something as simple as the flooring. If you want to upgrade your garage, you must think about the small things as well. Adding epoxy over your garage floor has many benefits. Not only will it make your garage look nicer but it is one of the hardest and most durable flooring for garages. Garages are used more often as alternative rooms and spaces rather than just places you park your car so, adding an epoxy coat to your floor will increase the look of your garage.
There are different types of epoxy coats that you can add and they are proficient in creating a good look for residential and commercial garages. From solid colors to custom colors and mixes, you have a variety of options to make your floor unique. Garage floor epoxy is applied as a coat onto your floor and must be added once it is clean and debris free. To apply epoxy you should start by buffering your floor to prep the surface. The buffer loosens old paint and creates scuffs that allow the epoxy coat to actually stick to your floor. Make sure that your floor doesnâ€™t have any oil or grease as the coat will not stick. Once you clean your floor with a de-greaser, make sure to wait until it dries fully to make applying the epoxy coat easier.
Insulation is key in making sure your garage door can handle certain weathers and keep the temperatures of your garage at pleasant levels. It will keep your garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer. To increase the energy efficiency of your home adding insulation to your door helps more than you would think. You can pay a professional to do it for you or you can take time out to install it yourself. You must get the correct materials to ensure it is done correctly. There are insulation kits available for purchase to help you along the process. It takes two kits to insulate a garage door properly. Precise cutting should be done if you want a thicker type of insulation.
There are many different types of insulation like foam, batt, insulating foam sealant, and blown in insulation. Foam boards are the most ideal type of insulation meant for garages. After you have enough insulation squares for your door, you must get vinyl weather stripping to seal your garage door on the top and sides. You can find step by step guides online if you arenâ€™t exactly sure about how it should be done.
You can insulate more than you door, insulation works for garage walls and ceilings. Though insulating the walls can get a little more complex than others due to the possibility of fire hazards. You can skip the wall if you donâ€™t want to have the risk as they are already insulated within.
Garage DÃ©cor Ideas
Finally, we get to the fun stuff. Devising a theme for your garage and decorating accordingly. Whether you want to embrace the masculine stereotypes of garage design, embrace something more subtle or bring a retro / vintage to your garageâ€™s aesthetic, itâ€™s the little things that can make all the difference.
Little things like;
Garage signs can either lend a sense of gravity or humor to your design concept. Here are some to suit a range of tastes;
- Dadâ€™s Garage â€œIf itâ€™s brokeâ€¦ Call Dad!â€
- â€œMy Garage, My Rulesâ€ â€¦ Because it is!
- Chevrolet Genuine Parts- Give your garage an air of timeless professionalism.
Hanging artwork on your garage walls can be a great way to add a splash of culture and character to your workspace. Here are some suggestions that we like…
- VVOVV Wall Decor – 5 Piece Canvas Prints Engine- Celebrate the intricate beauty of the internal combustion engine
- Personalized Automobile Cars MechanicName Art- Make your garage your own with your name in car parts
Vintage garage dÃ©cor
Looking for something to add a vintage feel to your garageâ€™s decor? We have a few suggestions;
- Historic Route 66 light up sign
- Retro garage tin signs including Shell, Champion, Castro etc.
- Vintage Coca Cola embossed sign â€œEnjoy Coca Cola while we check your tiresâ€
Garage door dÃ©cor
Of course, youâ€™ll also want to decorate your garage door with a message of welcomeâ€¦ or of warning! Here are some great options for garage door decor from the classy to the hilarious;
- Genuine Chevrolet Metal Nostalgia Sign
- â€œBeware ofâ€¦ Well Just Beware!â€
- Embossed Classic Cars hanging door sign
There are ways to upgrade your garage that arenâ€™t extremely expensive but if you want to create a drastic change you may have to spend a little money. You may want to take out a personal loan or look into a home equity line of credit. Both are good options to help you fund your new project.
Funding your garage makeover
Of course, although you have a range of other things to consider, youâ€™ll also need to give a lot of thought to how you fund your garage makeover. If you donâ€™t have the ready cash to hand to fund the renovation on your own steam, you still have a range of options. There are ways to upgrade your garage that arenâ€™t extremely expensive but if you want to create a drastic change you may have to spend a little money. You may want to take out a personal loan or look into a home equity line of credit. Both are good options to help you fund your new project.Â
Depending on your credit rating, disposable income, existing outgoings and personal circumstances you might want to consider;
Credit cards with rewards
Credit cards are a great way to fund modest renovations, and some even have low to no interest introductory periods. Other cards will let you accumulate rewards as you spend with everything from air-miles to the chance to save money on gas and groceries when you use your card.
Home equity line of credit
Need a more extensive remodel for your garage? It can be difficult to secure the large sums you need. A home equity line of credit is a loan that leverages the equity you already have in your home as collateral. Depending on how much of your mortgage is paid off you may be surprised at just how generous a loan you can borrow.
Unsecured personal loan
Finally, unsecured personal loans can be an effective way to raise the cash needed for moderate garage makeovers without needing to worry about your home being at risk if youâ€™re unable to keep up payments.
Tips to get a loan for a garage makeover
To get a loan you must have you will need a decent credit score and debt to income ratio. Lenders check your credit to ensure they are making a good decision in letting you borrow money. Your credit score tells a lot about your financial history, so to make sure that you receive a personal loan make sure your credit shows that you are a well-paying citizen. You can uses personal loans for various things, including home improvements.
Browse and research the right options for you and make sure you pay attention to interest rates. Whether it is an online lender or a credit union, your credit is the main determinant in obtaining a personal loan.
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