Garage Re-do

by Jane VanOsdol on January 31, 2011

Would you like to make your garage a more functional space for your family? Perhaps you have a son who likes to work on cars, or maybe you‘d like to be able to use that space as a workshop. If you live in an area that is warm year-round, you have an advantage over your more northern neighbors. However, If you happen to live in an area with cold winters, then it’s a fairly simple home improvement to do a rough finish of your garage that will make it a more comfortable space to work in and play in throughout the year.

The object of this remodel is not to make the space a designer’s showcase, but to make it functional. You won’t need to worry about installing a floor or deciding on a color scheme. It’s much more basic than that.

Depending upon the size of your garage, a handyman service could probably complete the work in about one or two weeks. First of all, you will need to clear out the space. Since garages seem to accumulate lots of junk, this is a good time to give away what you don’t need and throw out any junk. That alone will make the space easier to work in because you won’t be tripping over so much clutter.

Once this is done, the remodel of the space can start.

First of all, decide what type of electric work needs to be done. Do you need more lighting in the garage? Are the outlets and electrical wiring adequate for the work you will be doing, and are they up to code?  Make sure your handyman understands exactly what you’ll need installed, repaired or updated for the space.

You’ll also want to add insulation to the garage. It will still be a drafty place, but it’ll be much more comfortable for work in the winter if you have adequate insulation in the walls and ceiling.

Decide how you want to finish off the walls. You could drywall. That will give you a more finished look, but if you just want the space for working, then adding OSB boards to finish the walls may be all you need. It’s a cheap fix, but still allows you mount tools and shelving on the walls.

Choose a heater to mount in the garage to supply warmth while you are working. Often the best choice is an electric garage heater that you can mount from the wall or ceiling. These heaters work well for the space, and are controlled by a thermostat on the unit, which lets you cycle the heat on and off according to your comfort level. You can turn it completely off when you’re not working or keep the garage heated if you have pets or just don’t want the room to freeze.

After this step, the garage is ready for you to work in. Of course, you can add things like shelves and cabinets to customize the storage to your specification. You could also purchase a fold up ping-pong table, which will make your space even more useful.

Either way, a simple garage finish will make this space more functional for your family’s needs year-round.

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