Garages were once solely used for automobile storage, but have since evolved into multi-functional nooks for work and play. However, many are in need of TLC, and have become mere dumping sites for accessories, furniture, garden supplies, and equipment. With the Christmas season upon us, you may be thinking of gifting your garage with a make-over, but are not sure where to begin. That being said, if your garage had a Christmas wish list, it would probably look like this.
1. Operation Clean-Up
Decluttering should be first on your clean-up list. Categorize everything you find as either trash, donate, or keep. If you’re not sure which items to keep, use criteria such as whether the items are older than a year, or whether it’s in working order. Always keep tools that cannot be rented.
You could also rent a dumpster for the trashed items and donate the rest. Or sell the items you’re keeping via classified ads or via a garage sale. Be sure to remove oil spills and mold, and clean the garage walls with a sponge mop and dry with a microfiber one. Don’t forget to mop the floors and dry it with a floor fan too.
If your drywall is unpainted or new, apply some PVA drywall primer, as this seals your wall’s surface. Priming is not necessary if your garage walls are already covered with latex paint. If your walls are painted with oil-based paint, you should first sand the walls, then use a bonding primer before painting.
3. Organization for Maximize Storage
Choose our wall storage systems to organize your tools and equipment. We have a waterproof store-wall, comprising customizable modular panels that can be easily attached to concrete, metal, or drywall. Or select our activity organizers which include grids, baskets, and hooks. We also offer rust-proof platform shelving for overhead garage storage.
4. Customized Garage Cabinets
Add an air of sophistication to your garage with our durable, double-stacked cabinets. It’s designed with thermal-fused melamine, which helps counter those nasty stains and spills. It also has butcher block countertops, which makes for sturdy surfaces, and has ample hanging space, shelves, and drawer trays for storage.
5. A Workbench
A workbench is a staple for a garage that doubles up as a workstation. Keep it simple by installing a plain table with an attached machinist vice attached to the top. You could also build it to accommodate several work-holding mechanisms.
6. New Flooring
Applying an easy-to-clean finish to your garage floor can boost your home’s value, plus it adds aesthetic appeal. Our quality epoxy floor coatings, adds character and value, as it’s highly durable and can handle spills. These coatings are also anti-peel and UV-resistant, so they won’t become dull with time. They also come in a vast array of eye-catching tones.
7. Adequate Insulation
Create a warmer space this Christmas to finish your projects with proper insulation. When insulating, remove your drywall first, fill any cracks, install fibreglass insulation, and then cover with drywall. Don’t forget to insulate your garage door and ceiling too.
8. A Garage Door Upgrade
Bolster curb appeal and your garage interior with a simple garage door upgrade. Give your garage door some love with a coat of fresh paint on the inside and outside. You could also simplify your daily activities with a WIFI-enabled door opener, that can be operated via your smartphone. Or add some aesthetically appealing windows to your garage door to let in more natural light.
9. A Car Lift
If you’re always working on your automobiles and getting dirty, installing a car lift will keep you off the floor. It’s also great if you need parking space for another vehicle, motorbike, or speed boat. Lifts are perfect for winter, as you won’t need to remove ice or snow due to outside parking.
10. Adequate Lighting
Installing enough motion-sensitive lights can help brighten your garage and boost your home’s value, as it makes your garage safer. Try installing lights with LED bulbs for each automobile space.