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Garage Improvement Month: How To Have Your Dream Garage By Summer

How To Have Your Dream Garage By Summer
Photo Courtesy: Garage Living

By: Joshua Finley

Transforming your garage into a dream space might seem daunting, but with careful planning and a systematic approach, you can achieve impressive results by summer. Whether you envision a functional workshop, a stylish car haven, or an organized storage area, this guide will help you navigate the process smoothly.

First, take stock of your current garage situation. Assess what you have, what you use, and what you need to keep. This initial step is crucial for understanding the scope of your project. 

Start by decluttering. Remove everything from your garage and sort items into categories: keep, donate, sell, or discard. This process can be time-consuming but is essential for creating a clean slate. Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at Depaul University who studies clutter, said Americans have over $7,000 worth of unused items in their homes. Items you haven’t used in the past year are good candidates for removal. Once the space is empty, thoroughly clean it. Sweep the floor, wipe down surfaces, and remove cobwebs. A clean garage is the perfect foundation for your dream transformation.

With a clean and empty garage, it’s time to plan the layout. Consider how you want to use the space. Do you need room for cars, a workshop, storage, or a combination? Sketch a rough floor plan, taking measurements to ensure you can fit everything you need. Think vertically as well as horizontally. Vertical space with shelves and hooks can greatly increase your storage capacity without sacrificing floor space.

Next, address the flooring. Garage floors are often overlooked, but upgrading the floor can significantly enhance the overall appearance and functionality of the space. Epoxy flooring is a popular choice due to its durability and sleek finish. It’s resistant to stains, chemicals, and heavy traffic, making it ideal for a garage environment. 

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Photo Courtesy: Garage Living

“If you’re only doing one thing to improve your garage, the garage floor is the one part of the garage that keeps it a dirty space most of the time,” said Aaron Cash of Garage Living. 

“Floortex® polyaspartic floor coatings is a UV stable, chemical resistant material with better adhesion and an element of elasticity that provides a strong bond to the concrete vs. the average epoxy.”

Another option is garage floor tiles, which are easy to install and come in various colors and patterns. Whichever option you choose, ensure the floor is properly prepared and clean before installation.

Now, it’s time to think about storage solutions. Effective storage is key to maintaining an organized garage. Install sturdy shelves to hold bins and boxes. Label each bin clearly so you can easily find what you need. Pegboards are excellent for keeping tools and smaller items accessible and visible. Cabinets can provide a clean look and hide away clutter. Consider adding a workbench if you plan to use your garage as a workshop. Choose a bench with built-in storage for tools and supplies. Overhead storage racks can hold seasonal items or less frequently used equipment, freeing up valuable floor space.

Lighting is another critical aspect of your dream garage. Good lighting can significantly affect functionality and safety. Replace old or insufficient lighting with bright, energy-efficient LED lights. Consider installing task lighting over workbenches or in dark corners. Motion sensor lights can add convenience and security, especially if you often enter your garage with your hands full.

Don’t forget about climate control. Depending on your location, your garage may become uncomfortably hot or cold. Insulating your garage door and walls can help regulate the temperature, making the space more usable year-round. Portable heaters or fans can provide additional comfort as needed. If you spend much time in your garage, consider installing a mini-split HVAC system for precise climate control.

Another important consideration is the entry and exit points. Ensure your garage doors are in good working order. Lubricate the hinges and tracks and check the door’s balance. Replacing your garage door can improve its functionality and curb appeal if it is old or damaged. Consider adding a side door or window if your garage feels too enclosed. Windows can also provide natural light and ventilation.

Personalize your space to make it truly your own. Choose a color scheme that reflects your style and complements the rest of your home. Add decorative touches such as framed pictures, signs, or a comfortable chair if space allows. If you’re using the garage as a workshop, ensure you have all the necessary tools and equipment organized and easily accessible. For car enthusiasts, display your collection of car memorabilia or install a car lift to work on vehicles more comfortably.

Finally, establish a maintenance routine to keep your garage in top condition. Clean and organize the space regularly to prevent clutter from building up again. Check for any needed repairs or updates periodically. Maintaining your garage ensures it remains a functional and enjoyable part of your home.

“Many studies have shown that clutter creates stress and anxiety,” Cash said. “With the garage being America’s front door, what’s in the garage, how well it’s kept, and how well it’s organized sets the stage for the day, whether you’re leaving home in the morning or coming home at night. Taking care of the whole space and making it clean, organized, and bright can improve people’s lives.”

With these steps, you can transform your garage into the dream space you’ve always wanted. In the Chicagoland, visit Garage Living Chicago in Lemont at 12301 New Ave Unit D, Lemont, IL 60439, or call 630-300-0040. They’re the number one home improvement franchise in the U.S., according to

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