Did you know that only 15% of people who have garages actually park their cars in them? Garages are used for everything from car parking to general storage. It’s likely that your garage is one of the largest rooms in your house and probably stores some of your most valuable belongings. So why not make some simple improvements to keep them safe? Garage remodeling is where you begin this process.
With garage remodeling you can turn your simple storage room into a workshop, studios, office, game room or play area. You can install shelves and closets, extend it, improve it or convert it to whatever your needs are at this time. Whatever you do for garage storage, good planning can save you time, money and hassles. Browse our garage conversion images for more garage remodeling ideas.
Garage Remodeling Ideas to Consider
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A clean and well organized garage gives a person piece of mind knowing their items are safely stored and easily accessible. A tidy garage is a happy place. For me, there’s nothing worse than spending HOURS trying to find something you KNOW you already own but can’t find. Then in frustration you go out and buy a new one only to have your old one turn up a short time later. All that can be avoided with good garage closets, shelves or storage areas built in.
Basic Organizing Tips:
- Put most used items in the front for easy access.
- Pack boxes so that they are easy to move and handle.
- Write the contents of the boxes on both top and sides of box for easier finding.
- When stacking boxes, put heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter ones on the top.
- Maximize the space of your garage storage by disassembling bulky pieces and stacking items
Adding storage area in the rafters are also a great way to “go up” and gain more space. Proper shelving will ensure you garage doesn’t become a disorganized mess full of junk. A closet in your garage steps up your storage another notch.
Drywall and Insulation
Most San Diego homeowners keep their attics and walls well insulated because they know it saves on energy costs. But since garages are considered undeveloped spaces then builders rarely enclose and insulate them. However, HK Construction takes a different, more practical approach. Most items you might be storing are probably not sensitive to temperature changes. But some things will be highly sensitive.
Items such as:
- photo albums,
- precious family heirlooms,
- electronic equipment,
- anything made of wood
- certain sporting gear,
- musical instruments,
- food, water, seeds
- and even ammunition.
Insulation will help keep these items safe! You have a number of options for insulating your garage walls. And choosing the right one can make a big difference.
If you will be storing sensitive items in your garage, or even spending time in there relaxing or working on projects behind closed doors, then piping in existing air flow is a prudent choice. You can also install independent heat and cooling systems just for the garage. This is a great option if your house is not easily accessible or does not have such systems already in place.
Most garage floors are concrete. And concrete seems like a hard surface. Although it’s actually quite porous because moister from underneath wicks right through to the surface. This moisture causes condensation and could wreak havoc causing damage to your valuables; whether they are sitting on the floor or on a shelf. Some items might also be sensitive to the rise in humidity. There are a variety of flooring options, coverings and coatings to choose from that could help you avoid unnecessary damage.
Garage Doors and Other Access
What good are garage closets and garage storage if you can’t easily get to them? Needless to say you must have easy access. We can make sure your main garage door is in top operating condition. And we can also install new doors as needed. Or if you wish then we’ll construct new passage ways, walk ways and other entrances.
Garage Remodeling Quote
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Company: HK Construction, Inc.
Owner: Marc Gieselmann, Owner
Location: Poway, CA
Service Area: All San Diego County