7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable

Homeowners want more space. Their needs have grown, yet the spaces they have seem to be getting smaller by the day. Studies show that at least 70 per cent of households in the United States have outdoor living space. Of this 70, a staggering 71 per cent would like to make changes to their outdoors. This includes adding seating space, enhancing the look of their curbs, and adding accessories. People with log houses are also getting in on this trend. You may wonder what the appeal of all these changes is. Well, it all boils down to the need for relaxation. Yes, people want more space in which they can unwind. They lead busy lives and ache for one place where they can put their worries to rest and just be.

The garage has been of particular interest in all these changes. Most people do not use their wooden garages to their full potential. Now and then they park their cars in these spaces, and they add more storage items to this room. But there is more than a garage can do, other than being a parking space. You could use it as a man cave, a fitness space, a playroom for the kids, a sunroom, or a bathroom. And these uses are but the tip of the iceberg. If you open your mind to it, there is little that you cannot do with this space.

Now that you see the potential of this space, what can you do to make it more livable?

Preliminaries

First off, you need to think of how you would go about the changes. What do you want to add? How much will it cost you? Where you plan on having an extensive renovation, you should engage professionals. Activities that would call for specialists include moving walls, electrical wiring, and plumbing fixtures. These would enable you to gauge how long the process is going to take and come up with a budget to match this.

Permission is also necessary to ensure that you do not get into trouble with the law. Whatever applies to the task you have in mind, make sure you get it before you start working on anything. And lastly, note that work on your garage could expose you to prying eyes. Thus, it is a good idea to have a security system in place.

You do not have to put in a lot of work to transform your garage. Here are some simple steps you could undertake to get more out of this space when working with a budget.

Zone Separation

You have likely been using your garage as a storage space. If this is the case, people often put everything in one place, and it can get very messy. Thus, the first step in this transformation is to separate the spaces. Where your car will still be in the space, designate an area for it. It is best to have this area close to the door. In this way, you can have more space for the other uses towards the inside. Then, if you are storing tools and other work items in the space, create a zone for them. It could be towards the front of the car. Thus, you would have an entire side to yourself, which you can use for the purpose in mind.

Smart storage is an easy way to go about this separation. It enables you to stay organized by keeping your items safe and in one place. Plus, it makes space feel less cluttered, and it looks clean.

Where you feel that the separation does not work, you can use partitions. In this way, it will be clear what goes where and there will be less room for confusion. Some people find that clearly outlining zones enables them to get the most out of these spaces.

Turn on the heat

You will spend a lot of time in this room, and it thus needs to be comfortable. The type of heating you use will depend on the size of the space. If it is small, you can make do with a space heater. Where the room is big, you should get something much bigger to ensure that you cover most of the room. Additionally, you should look into cooling systems. Garages can get pretty hot during the summer, and you may require an efficient air conditioner to regulate the temperatures.

Insulation

With log houses, you will find that you can skip this step and enjoy the space throughout the year, owing to the use of wood which is a natural insulator. However, for other structures, you cannot skip this stage. You need to insulate the room such that it remains cool in the summer and stays warm in winter. If you have exposed beams, cover them up. Make changes to the space such that it feels comfy. Plus, you will notice a reduction in utility bills as you will not rely on the heating and cooling system much.

Plumbing

You do not have to call in a specialist if the garage has a water line running through space. You can hone your DIY skills and get to work by slicing a line off the waterline and creating a sink. You can use the water for a lot of things, including making drinks. Or you could skip this step if you do not need running water for the purpose you have in mind.

Flooring

Most wooden garages have standard floors. If the floor is in good shape, you can paint it and move into space. Ensure that you wash it and clean the cracks before applying a coat of paint. Where it is in bad shape, you can use rubber floor tiles as they insulate sound and feel comfortable.

Other Considerations

Consider how you wish to use the space. Suppose you want to use it as a home office, you should make it feel like one. Simple things such as boosting the Wi-Fi and adding furniture will do. Where you want to have a relaxing space, add coffee tables, books, comfy couches, and a TV.

It all depends on what you want to get from the space. Keep this in mind, and everything should turn out as desired. All the best!