Is Your Family Getting The Most Out of Its Garage?

The garage. It’s one of the most underrated and underrepresented spaces in your home. But also one of the most useful. It’s the place where our hobbies happen. And, for many of us, it’s where we keep a lot of junk we don’t want in the house proper. But all too often that means that our garages get overrun with mess and clutter from the kids. And we end up not making the best use of the space. So how do we make the most out of our garages?


Make It Into A Proper Room


We tend to think of our garages as outdoor-indoor spaces. But there’s no reason why they can’t be just as comfortable as the rest of our homes, albeit with concrete floors. And because they’re not all that comfortable, we avoid them. In the summer they’re too hot. In the winter they’re too cold. There’s never a time when they’re just right. If we want to adapt our garages to family life, what should we do?

First of all, you can use running duct work to reroute your existing HVAC system to heat and cool the garage. It’s the cheapest route for making the garage just as cosy as the rest of your home. If you don’t have an HVAC in your home, the next option is to have one installed in the garage itself. If you live in a cold area, you’ll need a unit that can put out 45,000 BTU. That’s quite a considerable amount of energy and a more costly option.


Automatic Garage Doors


If you really want your garage to be family friendly, one of the smartest things you can do is invest in automatic garage doors. Automatic doors make a big difference, both regarding convenience and keeping the family safe. For starters, automatic doors make your garage more accessible to physically challenged family members. They’re also perfect for children who don’t have to risk using cumbersome and dangerous mechanical doors. What’s more, they’re a bonus to security. Automatic doors shut automatically. And that means that you aren’t at risk of accidentally leaving them open.


Finally, automatic doors have been estimated to increase the value of your home. According to an article by the Telegraph, they can increase its value by more than 5 percent.


Create A Dedicated Space For Projects


Your garage should be a space that’s all about exploring your creative side. It’s here that you want to be able to do your DIY. And it’s here that you want to have the space to focus on your hobbies. But, alas, there never seems to be enough room. So what’s the solution?


One neat idea is to use decorator’s tape to mark off sections of your garage’s floor. Mark out a set of spaces using this tape. And don’t allow spaces to encroach on one another. Start off with a space for your car. And then tape off where the kids’ bikes should be kept and the point to which your hobby-craft area extends.


The things you use your garage for will likely change over time as your kids grow up. So it’s good to have a work area on wheels. Sites like direct2u sell garage benches that come with shelving for tools and storing craft items. So it’s helpful if you’re able to move your workstation around and bring your tools with you. There’s nothing worse than nailing a tool shelf to the wall and then having to move the whole thing at a later date.


Move The Car Onto The Driveway


In many ways, garages are a relic of the early automobile era. Decades ago, cars had to be kept indoors to stop them from becoming rust buckets. Car manufacturers just weren’t as good at making cars resist the elements as they are today. Today, however, cars are designed to withstand living outside in all weathers. And for that reason, the garage is no longer their natural habitat.


The good news for families is that that potentially opens up a whole new space. Garages have been converted into all sorts of spaces to suit the family. Some parents have transformed their garages into living kitchens. Others have made space for playrooms for the kids. Still, others have made the garage space into a dining room. Here is a place you could happily entertain guests if you currently do so in another cramped space.
Remember, your garage is probably long and narrow to fit a car. So often it’s a good idea to break up the space into two, square rooms. One could be a bathroom, the other a home office. The possibilities are endless.


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