When you stop to think about it, the garage is one of the most important spaces in your home. It houses expensive and essential items, like cars and tools. It’s often a creative or constructive place, the site of anything from art projects to furniture or machine repairs. Many people use the garage as their primary entry and exit point to the main part of the home, rather than the front door. Garages also often play an important role during garden parties or outdoor barbecues, as shelter from the sun or a place to serve food.
Despite the importance of the residential garage, it’s often overlooked when it comes to home renovations. But renovating your garage can be both fun and practical. If you’re not sure what you can do to improve your garage, take a look at some garage trends that may provide inspiration.
Paint Your Garage Door
Your garage door isn’t just an entry point to the house, it’s also a very visible feature of your house. If your garage door is old and weathered, a paint job can liven it up and give the front of your home a whole new look. This can increase your home’s curb appeal and improve your property value.
There are many color options for garage doors, but a current popular trend is to paint the garage door black. This is a bold choice, but it has a number of advantages. The color hides dirt and blemishes easily, so your garage door continues to look good long after the paint dries. Black tends to work with a wide variety of different color schemes, and it gives your home an attractive dramatic flourish.
Another great way to invest in your garage is to invest in smart garage technology. If your garage is the primary entry and exit point for your home, why not make your life easier with a smart garage door? You can check remotely to be sure that you’ve closed it if you’re afraid you forgot or even set a timer so that you know that it’s closed when it’s supposed to be.
You can also open your garage door remotely from an app on your cell phone, which is handy when your teenager forgets their key or your postman is delivering a package on a rainy day.
It’s not just the garage door that can be improved with smart technology. You can add security cameras, automatic lights, a thermostat to regulate the temperature in your garage, and more. While you’re at it, consider installing charging stations in your garage so that you never have to worry about finding a plug for a tool or device that you’re using in the garage.
Increase Your Storage Space
Your garage may be the largest space you have for storage in your house, but it’s easy for a garage to become cluttered and messy if you don’t have a method for organizing the things that you’re storing. Investing in storage solutions can go a long way toward giving you a garage that’s neat and functional.
There are many different things you can do to increase your storage space and organizational capability in the garage. Heavy duty garage cabinets with strong shelves can store heavy boxes or tools. Pegboard or Slatwall wall additions can allow you to hang hand tools, cleaning supplies, and other items that you want to keep close at hand. With Slatwall, you can also add hooks, baskets, or shelves for even more wall storage. Rolling storage carts give you space to store important supplies, and you can roll them into a corner when you’re not using them to make more space in your car. If you still need more floor space, you can add overhead storage by installing tracks in your garage ceiling made to accommodate heavy plastic totes.
If your garage is an important space in your home, it only makes sense to include it in your home upgrade plans. For more great garage renovation ideas, schedule your free design consultation.