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Garage Remodeling

Most residents think about their garage twice a day: when they’re getting into and getting out of their cars.  But the garage is an untapped resource in many homes — one that can be re-organized, re-adjusted or just plain re-worked into something fun, practical or even good for your health. Here are some tips for garage remodeling.

One of the easier outcomes for your garage is to turn it into a home gym.  This process will create a more convenient situation to exercise, as there will no longer be a need to drive to the gym.  It can also save you loads of money in the long run when you no longer have to pay the monthly gym fees. Some ideas to make your garage more appealing for this are to put down a carpet, put up a television or install a radio system, or install shelves and hooks to store less heavy equipment.

 

Some people might find it a more useful and pragmatic approach to turn their garage into a home office.  For people living in warmer climates around the country, putting an office in the garage is a great way to spend a day because garages tend to be naturally cooler than the main portion of the house.  Additionally, one can always put an air conditioner in one of the garage windows or a heater for those cooler winter months.

The most obvious choice for any garage is to create a workshop.  As the garage is a place where many people already store their tools, one needs simply to organize their supply and create a few additional tables, hangers and storage units.  The first thing to do is create a list of all of your tools and equipment.  Maybe write down some categories on a piece of paper in a way that makes sense to you.  Then, you can use that list to organize your tools accordingly. If you need cabinets, shelves, hooks or racks, plan for them first and the process will be easier in the end.

Once you’ve created your plan, it’s important to clean out the entire garage to get it ready.  When that’s completed, it’s time to work on the main ingredient for any workshop: the bench.  As you can imagine, a work bench can expect to hold a great deal of weight, so this step is not as simple as throwing some plywood over a couple of hobby horses.  You must create a framework with a bracing system designed to hold whatever weight you think will suffice.

Remember, garages today no longer need to be four walls and a roof where you keep your car and other random items.  The garage can easily become a second home for your health, your office, or your favorite hobby.  All it takes is a little time, a little energy and a little commitment and your garage remodeling job can be a success!

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