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If you’ve been thinking about all the ways your garage could be improved, this is a good time to make some updates. Taking full advantage of your garage space can benefit the entire house. Whether you’re someone who enjoys tinkering with projects, or you could just use some extra storage space, don’t overlook the potential of your garage. If you’d like to maximize your Des Moines garage’s functionality, here are a few ideas:
Have a Strategy
To begin, think about how the garage is being used currently. Who uses it and for which purposes? Then think about how it can be used ideally. Having a strategy is the key to any successful renovation. Even if you’re just considering small changes, understanding exactly what you want to achieve is important. Maybe you just want better organization, or perhaps your child needs a place for band practice. Knowing what it’s going to be used for in advance improves your chances for success.
Many garages become the de facto catch-all for all the things we don’t use regularly (or at all). When we’re not sure where to put something, it often ends up in the garage. After a few years of this, homeowners may find a garage that’s entirely unusable. If you you’re going for a fresh start, start by taking inventory of everything before making any changes. Decide what you want to keep and what needs to go.
Create Storage Systems
Now you should have a better idea of just how much storage you’ll really need. If the primary function of your garage will be as storage space, you’ll want to invest in some creative systems to make it work for you. If you’re planning to regularly work on projects in the garage, you’ll likely want a bit more space for a workbench and supplies. There are countless options for garage storage, so once you know what you need to store, find the storage system that will best support your needs. From storage bins that hang from the ceiling to a magnetic board to hold your tools, there’s no shortage of options.
Improve the Lighting
If you plan to be in your garage often, there’s a high probability that the lighting could use improvement. Adding some additional lights to the ceiling can help you brighten up the entire space, and a light by your workbench will help you see better while you’re working.
Spruce it Up
Even if your garage is where you work on automobiles or a space for messy home-improvement projects, it’s always helpful to work in a space that looks appealing. You could paint the floor or walls, or implement storage systems that actually look attractive. It’s a garage, so it doesn’t need to be overthought — but creating a space that you enjoy being in will help you make the most of it.
If you have bigger remodeling plans, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to recommend some local handymen or contractors that can help.