As a homeowner, you may wish you had more space to enjoy – an extra bedroom or a game room. Add-ons can be expensive, time-consuming, and (especially if you’re living in the home) completely disruptive to your everyday living. Many contractors try to find a way out of home additions if they can.
You may not have considered this option for enjoying the maximum square footage of your home: a garage remodel. While some improvements can be involved, there are also simple steps to renovating your garage quickly. Here are a few ideas you need to consider.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
Some remodels can be done in steps, but it’s often cheaper and easier to plan and perform more tasks at once. According to experts at The House Shop, agile staging is the best way to balance planning and the plan. If you’re considering installing insulation, for example, determine your electrical needs so you can lay wires at the same time. If you want to change your flooring, or garage door, combine that with a fresh coat of paint, and if you’re about to change the fuse box, look into lighting.
“If you fit your garage with furniture, note that it’s sometimes cheaper to buy sets instead of individual items. Bring out some paper to sketch out your design, and don’t be afraid to hire experts if you need some help along the way”, says Bri Lords is a community manager for Columbus Garage Solutions, “Another great idea is to utilise the supply of second-hand inventory such as old bookshelves, wardrobes or even DIY shelving, hangers, cupboards, and etc. You’ll be surprised how much great furnishing you could find throughout groups, forums and physical second-hand stores. As you’re planning, be sure to keep your budget in mind, as it will determine which new features you can and cannot leverage (fixtures, drywall vs panelling, etc.) based on what you have to spend.” advise the experts.
Aside from budget and desires, there’s one more aspect of planning that you must consider — Will you sell your home in the near or distant future? Do you have to cope with the hefty chore of pleasing a buyer and lay the grounds for solutions now? If so, which upgrades will add the most resale value to your home? If not, which features will provide you and your family with the most value? Unfortunately, budgets always make such decision rather difficult and the need for compromises is always a must.
Thinking long-term is always the wise choice.
Tip #2: Use Other Storage Space
Garages often end up as overfilled storage spaces, and it’s easy for clutter to build up. Before making big plans and decisions on your dreamy garage remodel, try to find alternative storage options before you purchase new inventory. There is always another possibility to consider is designing your garage for more efficient storage. A few floating shelves, for example, can help you save floor space and make better use of your space. Other great ideas are multiple hangers, cupboard sets and racks. Depending on what you use it for, you could look into smart furniture or ready-to-assemble (RTA) units to further maximise the use of space available.
Think about whether you will need a closet and check out ideas online to maximize the storage space within for the items you plan to keep in your new room (will you keep shoes and clothing or arts & craft supplies in your closets and cabinets?). Knowing what you plan to store gives you a good idea which storage features will best suit your needs.
In some cases, storage won’t have anything to do with what you build. Instead, you might want to start shopping for bins, storage ottomans, chests, armoires, etc. Furniture and accessories often provide the best storage solution in certain rooms, especially in small areas — if you’re remodelling a one-car garage, for example.
If you’re already overcluttered the area maybe it’s time to look the other way around. Consider throwing out, giving away of at best, sell what unused or old inventory you have around. You can get rid of old furnishing as easy as you can get it from somebody else in the same exact position as you.
Tip #3: Focus on the Floor
Garage flooring doesn’t have to be bare concrete. Metal garage flooring Columbus homeowners can install is excellent if you enjoy working on vehicles, and various alloys offer virtually unlimited longevity. If you’re interested in using your garage as a workspace, textured floors provide protection against slipping. Polyvinyl garage flooring can upgrade the look of your garage and make it a more welcoming environment.
If you’re interested in using your newly-remodelled garage as more of a living space, you can sometimes lay carpet and padding, tile, or hardwood flooring directly over your existing concrete floor, but you may need to lift the floor. It may help to hire a building consultant to help you make that decision. Raising the floor will cost a bit more than using what’s already there as your base.
Note: If you choose not to lift the floor because of the price, keep in mind that you may need to budget a step or two (entryway stairs) and consider not only the cost of lumber but the intricacies of matching flooring for them.
Tip #4: Consider Modular Components
Even if you plan well, you ideal garage might evolve over time.
Take a look at modular items, which are easy to extend. If you’re interested in using your garage for automobile work or other tasks, a workbench, ladder or compact seating that you can expand can be ideal. If you’re interested in storage, consider picking up shelving and other storage solutions that will be easy to change in the future. Focus on flexibility when considering entertainment items as well. Buying furniture that can handle a bigger television, for example, lets you save on future costs if you upgrade.
Will you hang your television set on the wall, or will it sit on an entertainment stand? What other items will you be able to store in and on the entertainment stand? Can you find other ways to utilise it? To invest into a sturdier wall bracket could be an alternative a solution of a problem you’re yet to have. That’s why thinking in the long-term could save you a lot of problems before they even happen.
You probably need to think of your new room in terms of the activities you will primarily perform in it and what items you will need to comfortably do them. Also, consider what might happen if you decide to turn your new game room into a bedroom later and vice versa. Of course, that will come with other complication such as various insulation but you better plan those in advance.
The cost of adding an extension to a home is high, and garages provide a simpler, less expensive alternative. Fortunately, garage remodels are less expensive than many imagine, and there are plenty of options for transforming your garage into a living or working space. Make sure to plan, but have fun with your redesign, and enjoy your new area once you complete the job. Now, get out there and start planning your new room today!
July 8, 2018