If someone asked you how much you love your garage on a scale of 1-10, would your answer be on the low side? More often than not, garages tend to be a place where people stash their junk while the car sits outside. When you bought your home, you loved the idea of having a garage, so what happened? If you’re spending more time home now, this is the perfect time to figure out a better use for that space. Here are four ways to rediscover your garage and get your love rating back to a ten.
Install a Garage Door Opener
Some homes still use an old-fashioned garage door that you manually pull up and down every day. These doors can get rickety over time and stick in the humidity. Replacing your old clunker and installing an electric door opener will make your life easier and keep your belongings secure. If you’re concerned with opening your garage without power, know that you can manually override the system in the rare chance of a long-term power outage. This has never stopped anyone from enjoying their garage door opener, so there’s no reason to put it off.
Lay an Epoxy Floor
Another upgrade you can make that will completely change the look and feel of your garage is an epoxy floor. Epoxy floors are smooth, shiny surfaces that are built over your existing concrete and can be easily swept or mopped clean. This type of floor means no more concrete dust flying around and any fluid that leaks from your car can be easily wiped up. These showroom-worthy floors are also water-tight and a great base for setting up cabinets.
Build a Loft
Maximize the space in your garage by building a loft for storage. Lofts can be easily constructed atop the beams overhead and is like adding an entirely new room. This eliminates covering your walls with those hooks and pegboards that you’re tired of bumping into. Lofts are great for storing seasonal items like snow shovels, rakes, pool supplies, fold-up awnings and sleds. Any large, or awkwardly-shaped items, will slide easily onto the floor of your loft.
Add High-Tech Entertainment
Most people wouldn’t consider their garage to be the entertainment hub of the house, but there’s no reason it can’t be! Your garage can be a surprisingly good spot to put in a sound system or a wall-mounted TV. Bluetooth speakers will provide a wonderful distraction while you’re busy at your workbench. Having a TV out in the garage is a lot of fun when you feel like cheering on a game with friends and neighbors. High-tech can change your garage into the man (or woman) cave you’ve always wanted.
Rekindle Your Relationship
If your garage has become nothing more than a glorified storage area, it’s time to invest some effort in making it usable and enjoyable. Installing an electric door opener, a new floor or a spacious loft, will give it the overhaul it deserves. In fact, these improvements may be just what you need to rekindle your relationship with your garage.