When thinking of your dream home, do you give any thought to the garage? If you’re like most people, probably not. Other than knowing you want one and what size you want it to be, a “dream garage” probably doesn’t exist in most people’s minds.
However, when you really think about it, garages are so much more than a place to park your car. Your garage can be a workshop, storage, or even a workout area. If you want to know more about designing the perfect garage, read on. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to improve your garage space, we can help.
Maximize Space and Storage
Depending on where you live, your garage may be your main storage area if you don’t have a basement. From yard tools to lawnmowers to sports equipment, you might have to keep it in your garage. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to make sure to maximize the space that you have and use smart storage solutions.
Built-in wall shelves, overhead storage, and storage solutions for specific purposes (such as hooks to hang bikes or a special holder for golf bags) will help you use every inch of space in your garage wisely.
Plan for the Elements
If you live in a warm climate, you may want to install fans or even extend your HVAC system into the garage to cool it down in the summertime, especially if you use it as a workshop. If you are in a winter state, you might want to splurge on heated floors or a heat source to keep things toasty while you’re in the garage working.
While it might seem like a luxury to have AC in the garage, it can help reduce humidity and moisture, which helps keep your tools rust-free and working properly.
Include a Back Door
If you can make your garage a drive-through, with another door at the back, you’ll be shocked at how much you appreciate it. Having a second garage door at the back (even if it’s a smaller one) makes it easier to get things like a tractor lawnmower out, provides cross-ventilation and air-flow, and can allow you to park things out of sight easily, such as boats or recreational vehicles.
Include a Hose Spigot and Plenty of Outlets
If you’re building your home, make sure you plan for a hose spigot in your garage. It’s handy for washing cars, watering plants and flowers, and rinsing down your floors if necessary.
Plenty of outlets make it easy to use your garage as a workshop, plug in Christmas lights, and charge battery-operated tools and lawn equipment.
Don’t Forget About the Floors
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about your floors. While most garage floors are nothing to write home about, why not take the time to get yours finished with a polyurea coating? Polyurea resists damage from UV light, protects the concrete from moisture, and is stain-resistant.
Polyurea not only looks great, but it’s also resistant to scratches and scrapes, extreme temperatures, and chemical corrosion.
Make Yours the Perfect Garage
While some of these ideas are more feasible if you are building your home and can design your perfect garage, others are still possible with your existing garage. It’s never too late to revamp your storage, upgrade your floors, and add heating or cooling.
If you’re ready to take the plunge for a flooring upgrade, give us a call. We serve the Dayton area and would love to give you a quote on the garage floor of your dreams.