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How to Take Advantage of Your Garage's Ceiling

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Sometimes, when it comes to smart storage solutions, the key is to look up! The ceiling of your garage can be one of the most underutilized yet multi-functional spaces to use to create a clever way of clearing your clutter. Since this is typically not the first garage location that comes to mind when thinking of storage, here is a little more information to help you visualize incorporating your garage ceiling into your storage plans. Read More

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How to Turn Your Garage into a Recording Studio

Posted by Mike Hammond on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 06:25 AM

When it has become commonplace to change your garage into anything your heart and passions desire, why not make it the ideal space for a band practice? Without too much hassle, you can transform your garage from storage space to sound sanctuary! Here are some tips and tricks for making your garage a musical masterpiece.

Sound Inside, Silence Outside

The number one thing to be done to your garage if trying to improve the acoustic environment for your regular band practices is by taking some soundproofing measures. You can start off small by making sure that there is proper sealing around all doors, windows and your garage door itself to keep outside noises out and keep your original music in. Take it up a notch by adding additional layers of drywall to your existing garage walls. Not only will this help provide a sounds buffer, but give you the creative freedom to customize your recording space as your like.

Now that your music is confined to your garage studio, you can start boosting your acoustics. Foam paneling is an easy trick to increase acoustics by your stage and/or recording area with minimal construction or time. Try adding heavy curtains over windows to keep this acoustic effect going and provide the best sounds possible from your practice. You can also add these elements to the ceiling at well-placed angels to increase acoustics. This is particularly handy for recording!

The Tempo of Temperature

Another thing to consider when improving your garage for band practice is the creature comforts of HVAC. You want your focus to be on your music, not on how much you're sweating in your garage. You might want to try out a portable air conditioner for summer jam sessions that provides you the freedom of mobility without sacrificing some cool air. The only thing to consider with running HVAC is for when you are recording versus practicing; the sound of the unit might get picked up when recording but it'll certainly be helpful during intense practice sessions!

Setting the Stage

Creating a raised platform for stationary items, like drums sets or amps, is not only for the visual effect of a stage but to help with acoustics as well. Foam strips with chipboard on top can be used to create a platform just high enough to enhance the sounds while giving you the full performance feel to your band practice and recording sessions.

You can take some decorative and aesthetic measures to creating the perfect garage space for your band. Tricks as simple as changing the lighting can add to the creative process. One study found that dim lighting is beneficial to your creative genius, which is the heart of making music. Plus, it adds to that club/bar feel that so many musicians thrive on.

Feeling inspired to transform your garage? Want to see how far you can take your garage recording studio, or some other great uses for your garage space? Get a free design consultation and estimate today!

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Polished Concrete: Is It Right for Your Garage?

Posted by Mike Hammond on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 06:18 AM

Garages are more and more frequently being using for multiple functions, which in turn leads to the desire to improve upon all aspects of the garage. From fresh coats of paint on the walls to improved lighting, there are several ways to improve upon the use and appeal of your garage. One of the more neglected, yet equally important, components of your garage's overall look is the flooring. It's easy to try to work around this commonly dull concrete slab because it's not an expense or time-consuming activity people want to take on.

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Do You Need Garage Insurance?

Posted by Mike Hammond on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 08:23 AM

We are all familiar with having the standard types of insurance, like health insurance, homeowner's insurance, and car insurance. But what about insurance when it comes to your garage? This might be an overlooked factor with thinking of your homestead as a whole, but if your garage is more than a place for junk that holds no value to you, listen up! Garage insurance might be something to get familiar with to make sure your belongings are just as protected as your home.

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Active Families, Get Organizaed with These 3 Tips

Posted by Mike Hammond on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

If you are a member of an active family, chances are you barely have time to relax most days, let alone set out time for cleaning accumulated mess from all your family's activities. Without setting up some convenient storage solutions, clutter can easily start spreading through your living spaces. Here are a handful of tips on how to keep all of your gear organized and living spaces clean to enjoy your active lifestyle without worry of hefty cleanups.

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3 Garage Trends to Watch in 2017

Posted by Mike Hammond on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As a homeowner, you want to not just maintain your property, but occasionally improve it. Doing so helps keep property values in the neighborhood up and will ensure that your home maintains or improves in value. Besides. the occasional home improvement can make life more convenient or more comfortable for you, too. One part of the home that's often overlooked when it's time for upgrades and renovations is the garage. A garage upgrade could have a big impact on the value of your home and on your day-to-day life. Take a look at the garage trends that are likely to be popular in 2017. One of them may be just what your home needs. Read More

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3 New Year's Resolutions for 2017 for You and Your Garage

Posted by Mike Hammond on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 06:46 AM

If you're looking for a place to focus your new year's resolution this year, your garage might be a good place to start. Garages tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to household improvements. They're the place that ends up storing everything from tools that get regular use to holiday decorations that only get taken out once a year to items that you may never use again but aren't ready to get rid of. And how often does a garage get cleaned? A few times a year, once a year, or maybe even less often? Take a look at some New Year's resolutions that can help you get the most out of your garage. Read More

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Can't Afford Your Dream Garage Right Now? Chip Away at It

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

The garage is often the last place in a home to get some renovation, but it’s an important space that deserves to be remodeled and upgraded. Not only is it the place that safeguards your car – which is likely one of your most expensive possessions – it may also be doubling as a storage space, workspace, or social gathering space, or possibly all three of those things. Even if you don’t have the money to give yourself the garage of your dreams all at once, with some careful planning and budgeting, you can improve your garage in stages over time. Take a look at some tips for renovating your garage in stages.  Read More

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Need a New Home Office? Check Your Garage

Posted by Mike Hammond on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 07:27 AM

When it comes to creating the perfect home office, one common thing that comes to mind is that you want a place that is its own self-contained area; when there is work to be done you can work and not be distracted by everyday home life, and when your work has concluded for the day you can shut off the work mind and settle back into homestead bliss. One way to accomplish this setup is by converting your garage into a home office. It can be difficult to figure out if this is a practical option for you and your family, so here's some information to get you going in your decision-making process!

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6 Clever Garage Organization Ideas

Posted by Mike Hammond on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 07:20 AM

When it comes to a confined space, you want to make sure you are organized in a manner that you are getting most out of each square foot you have. This can always seem the most daunting when it comes to a garage. Think about it: your garage is most likely the one place in your home that has the most random mish-mosh of items. Gardening tools, sports equipment, workshop supplies, old clothes, paint, the list of eclectic items just goes on and on. We at Garage Envy are here to help you get creative with 6 savvy organization ideas that might not be something you've tried before.

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