Turn that drab old garage into more beautiful extra space by organizing it properly. According to the US National Association of Home Builders, nearly 80 percent of American homeowners to own at least one vehicle, whether it be a truck SUV, motorcycle, or minivan, and a large majority of those folks have an automobile or trailer to go with it.
Still, despite its popularity as a means of housing vehicles, the average home owner has no idea about the best way to organize their garage’s design and functionality. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, eighty percent of American homeowners have either a vehicle-shielding garage or an open space to keep their car or truck out of the elements. However, even though the popularity of these car-shielding garages is widespread, these supposedly bonus spaces can often be the bane of an average homeowner’s life. What’s worse is that they can easily become cluttered, not to mention unsanitary and dangerous for our precious cargo.
Before you spend any time worrying about your garage and your personal security, it would be wise to start by figuring out what your garage actually is. When it comes to defining the “garage,” most people think of the structure that a car sits in, although some people also refer to this particular area of the house as the “garage shed” or the “towel box.” Whatever term you choose, remember that your garage is your personal, private space where you can store all of your vehicles, equipment, and personal belongings.
To begin organizing your garage, you’ll first need to determine its size, shape, and dimensions. Determine the type of garage that would best suit your home. Is it a traditional rectangular garage that contains a small lot of open space on the outside? Or, are you planning to purchase an enclosed unit that can be attached to your existing home’s building envelope? You also need to consider if you have enough floor space inside your garage to comfortably accommodate your car and all of your equipment. You’ll find that most standard garages will only provide enough space for a small sedan or pickup, although others are larger and may accommodate SUVs, vans, or motorcycles. If you are considering purchasing an enclosed carport, make sure that you choose a unit that is designed with ample storage space to house your car.
Now that you know the exact dimensions and shape of your garage, it’s time to figure out what your budget is for organizing your garage. A typical home improvement project typically includes several components that are more expensive than just adding a new garage. These components include flooring, floor coverings, cabinets, and fixtures. As a general rule, garage flooring should be a high-grade concrete and tile that’s resistant to moisture and stains. If you don’t want to have to worry about moisture and stain, choose a material that’s stain resistant and has an impervious finish.
Other elements you’ll want to invest in include a garage door, a door lock, and window coverings. Some people will also want to install additional lighting to help protect their vehicles from the sun and to give the appearance of an extra layer of security. The choice is yours but you’re sure to find a variety of accessories that will fit your garage’s needs and personal preferences. With a little creativity and hard work, you can make your garage as attractive as possible to visitors and neighbors alike.