• Garage Makeover Tips

    January 30, 2018 | Blog
  • In many homes, the garage is a no man’s land — a place where tools, sports equipment, and holiday decorations take over and cars no longer fit. There is a good reason they become the dumping ground since they are usually a dirty place where lots of dust and remnants of the season have passed.

    Around 30% of homeowners with a two-car garage have room for only one car and of the top 10 things people store in their garage, the car doesn’t even appear on the list.

    Do you need to transform your garage into a usable space your car will be able to call home again? Here are some tips.

  • 1. Figure out Your Needs:

    • Determine how you would like to use your garage. As garages increasingly become extensions of the house, they need to be more functional and, especially, well organized and tidy.
    • Determine how you would like to use your garage. As garages increasingly become extensions of the house, they need to be more functional and, especially, well organized and tidy.
    • If you intend to park your car there in cold weather, that’s very different from turning the garage into a workshop, a home gym or a play area for the kids.
    • A good place to start is by taking an accurate inventory of what you have. Figure out what items you use regularly, what deserves to be recycled or given to charity, and what should just be thrown away.
  • 2. Determine what your budget is:

    It helps to make a list of the work that you want to be done and then get quotes:

    • Insulate the garage and close the walls. Check the insulation standards required by the energy-efficiency organizations in your province or state.
    • Repaint the concrete floor. Repaint the walls and ceiling.
    • Don’t overlook any plumbing (sink) and electricity (heating, extra electrical outlets).
    • Set aside an additional cushion of 10% for those unforeseen expenses and little extras.
  • 3. Make a plan:

    • Use a sheet of graph paper or a free online design program to record the actual dimensions of the garage. Be sure to note which objects will stay in place (e.g. refrigerator), and if there is a staircase to the basement.
    • Don’t forget about the third dimension – height. Be aware that you can store containers or objects that you use only once a year above the garage door.
  • 4. Consider using quality products:

    • Use wear-resistant paints.
    • The same goes for the quality of the floor paint. Hire a professional in this field, or carefully follow the instructions from your paint consultant. Other options include commercial-grade floor coating called Polyaspartic Polyurea.
    • When it comes to storage systems and cabinets, once again, at the store where it will be purchased, explain how you plan on using your garage, including its level of humidity.
  • 5. Consider the garage door:

    Depending on what you will do with your garage, especially if it includes using it for various family activities, you’ll definitely want to maintain a comfortable room temperature inside.

    • Only consider garage door systems that provide unmatched weather seals to protect against heat loss.
    • Choose a garage door that provides R-16 thermal resistance.
  • 6. During Renovations use a Storage Unit:

    • Use a self-storage facility in your area to store your sports, gardening or seasonal equipment, as well as large gas-powered items, such as your snow blower, and lawnmower 
    • It's smart to use this type of storage if you hire subcontractors. They prefer to have adequate room to do their work without having to constantly move your belongings around in and out of your garage.
    • Storage facilities not only protect your things from bad weather but more importantly, they keep everything out of sight from potential thieves who don’t take long to swipe up your vulnerable personal property during the renovation work.

    Budget Storage Calgary offers some of the lowest storage rates in Calgary with heat controlled facilities, that are dry, clean and offer 24/7 security. 

  • 7. Plan out your Storage

    When finished renovating figure out where you want to store your various items:

    1. Use the walls: A garage has more wall space than floor space. To maximize it, Millette recommends a slat wall — a plastic panel that bolts to the wall and contains slats on which you can attach baskets or hooks — to get shovels, rakes, hoses and even bicycles up off the ground.

      Baskets attached to the wall can store basketballs or bike helmets, while hooks can store gardening tools.

      Or get yourself some Monkey Bars, a versatile shelf and rack wall-hanging storage system with different hooks, including buckets, bike rack and drop down shelving that easily clicks into brackets on the shelf-rack and can be moved into any position.

      In addition to Monkey Bars’ versatility, their strength makes them a popular choice for garages; every four-foot section can support 450 kilograms. Monkey Bars can cost as little as $60 a linear foot.

    2. Use your ceiling: The ceiling can be transformed into an effective storage space for light goods such as seasonal decor that is put away for most of the year.

      Don't use your garage for everyday items you don't want to have to climb up everytime you want to use it.

    3. Create custom storage: Custom cabinetry may be the solution to store large items, as well as for tucking hazardous chemicals out of the reach of young children.

      To get an idea of the amount of storage space you’ll need start by sorting your stuff into small items you want to be visible and at your disposal, and larger items that can be out of sight.

      A simple system containing six feet of cabinetry can start at $3,000, of course, you can go for a more elaborate system with a built-in beer fridge, TVs, and stereo systems for up to $25,000.

    4. Plan your space: Organize items close to where you are most likely to use them, placing garden tools near your yard access, cleaning or painting supplies near the door entering the house and sports or camping equipment near the car to allow for easy loading and unloading.