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- 10 Creative Garage Makeovers October 30, 2014
With real estate markets becoming unpredictable, many homeowners find themselves looking to make the best of their current homes. What if you could build an elaborate addition without expanding your home? Tapping the potential of your home’s garage space might be a great alternative to buying a bigger home. The only limit is your imagination!!
Home Gym in your Garage: No More Excuses!
Save yourself the time and hassle of driving to the gym to get your work out!
Express your own style in a personal hang-out!
Living Room instead of extra Garage?
Maybe your family needs an extra living room?
Private Home Office
This could be the best of both worlds- convenient but separate from the rest of your home.
Get More Living Space from your Garage!
Try this Indoor/Outdoor Garage Conversion
Who’s says it has to be all one or the other? Why not merge the two?
If your idea of an escape involves creative expression, how great would it be to have dedicated space for your passion?
The Ultimate Man Cave
Bonus Home Theater in your Garage
Which one of these ideas do you like best? Have some ideas on how to improve these ideas? Have your own fabulous garage conversion? Share your thoughts with us!
- Garage Conversion: Patio Edition September 26, 2014
For many people, a garage is a place to securely store away your car or truck to protect it from the elements and thieves. For others, it can be part storage building and part catch-all junk room for keeping everything that doesn’t fit elsewhere in the house. But many people are now using garages as a way to add some additional square footage to their actual living space. Converting the garage into a new bedroom or bathroom (or a combination thereof) or a man-cave/den where you can hide from the kids have been popular for years. But one new idea that is catching on is converting your garage into a patio. Here are some ways to do this as well as some design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Before you begin any major project, you need to spend a great deal of time planning and mapping out the renovation. You can sketch out ideas that incorporate what you are looking for. Online resources such as Houzz are a great point of reference because you can see what other homeowners have had done. Some of the things that you need to consider are:
• Flooring—Consider if you want to keep the standard concrete slab of the garage or if you want to step up to something such as pavers, wood deck flooring or painted concrete.
• Ceiling/Walls—Since this is a patio renovation, do you want to remove the ceiling and walls to leave it completely open, or do you want to keep some of these to block off the patio from the surrounding area? Also, do you want to keep the ceiling and just have posts for support, giving the patio an outdoor feel or do you want to replace the ceiling with a trellis for an “outdoorsy” feel?
• Climate Control—Even though this will be a patio, do you want to add any features such as ceiling fans or misters to keep you cool during the warm summer months?
• Plumbing/Gas—If you are planning on having a water feature or sink in this converted patio, do you need to run new plumbing in to hook up this feature? Also, if you plan on doing any grilling, will you need to add gas lines for your grill or will you use gas canisters for your cooking needs?
Before you do any major construction or renovations, you must also check on local laws governing this type of work. You need to find out if it is even legal for your area to do this and, if so, what types of permits you will have to procure for the project. Also, you should check the by-laws of your Homeowners’ Association (HOA) if you have one. Many of these have regulations regarding renovations inside the neighborhood to prevent homes from being too incongruous with the other homes in the area. Be sure what you are doing is even allowed before you start investing more time and money in the project.
The next step on your to do list is to get the garage itself cleaned out. Find a new place for all of the junk in your home. Even better than moving it is to just remove it from the home entirely. Have a garage sale or donate items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If it really is “junk,” then put it at the curb for the garbage collector. The bottom line is that this is the perfect opportunity to streamline your home to make it cleaner and more efficient.
Finally, decide who should do the work. If you are especially handy with tools and construction, you can decide to tackle this alone. If not, it is better to turn it over to a professional. Even though many people think they are good with these types of projects, this is a lot more involved than simply slapping some paint on the wall. You are talking about doing work that will require rewiring part of the home as well as possibly adding new plumbing and gas features. It is best to leave this work to the pros so you don’t wind up with a disaster. However, you should also do major research to find the best contractor for your budget and project so that your garage doesn’t turn into a money pit.
There are some truly stunning examples of garages that have been converted into patios. This change of space for your home can completely revitalize your experiences by turning the house’s largest storage unit into a viable and functional part of the home’s living space that you can enjoy for years to come.
- Choosing a Garage Door Opener – Available Features August 8, 2014
After a person’s car keys and cell phone, one of the handy devices that most people don’t leave home without is the garage door opener. Often keeping them in the car, drivers depend on them to be able to get into their garages without having to get out of the car. But the standard garage door opener with just an “open-and-close” button is becoming a thing of the past. Here are some of the newest features that are becoming more and more common in today’s society that provide safety and convenience for drivers.
- Lights. When you open up your garage, particularly at night, you are entering a dark alcove that may potentially house a hiding intruder if your home has been broken into. That is why one new safety feature that is becoming increasingly more common is so important to driver safety. This garage door opener will turn on the lights in the garage as soon as the door begins to open. Other models feature motion sensors that will trigger the lights when it detects movement from the door or the entering car. This allows you to be more visibly aware of your surroundings as you enter the garage and also as you exit the vehicle once inside.
- Multiple Garage Openers. Many newer homes might feature two or three car garages with multiple doors. It is not convenient to have to use different openers for each garage door. That is why some of the more recent models feature the ability to open multiple doors with one remote.
- Door Locks. Some of the other features of garage door openers that provide added convenience and security allow security systems to be wired through the door of the house itself. This allows someone to unlock the deadbolt of the house door using the garage door opener, a particularly handy option if you are rushing into the house during a rainstorm or similar situation.
- Vacation Setting. An added safety feature is the vacation setting. It allows the owner of the home to completely disable the garage door from opening while the home is unoccupied during vacation. Often, the garage is considered a prime means of entry for thieves, particularly if the homeowner routinely leaves the door from the garage to the home unlocked. But with this setting, a homeowner can completely disable the opening of the garage door until they return home, making the house even more secure.
- Keypads. These garage door openers are varied. Wireless keypads can be used to require a PIN (personal identification number) to be entered to open the garage door. This makes it even safer as a thief will not be able to enter the home using a stolen garage door opener unless they also have access to the PIN. Other keypads can be mounted to the outside of the door in case the battery in the door opener fails. Finally, some exterior keypads can also include fingerprint identification, adding another level of security and helping to give “latch-key” children access to the garage should they forget the PIN.
- Carbon Monoxide Detector. It is fairly common knowledge that you don’t crank a car with the garage door closed to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide that is poisonous. But some recent garage door openers feature a safety option that automatically opens the garage door if carbon monoxide levels reach a dangerous level.
All of these features are intended to make garage door options on your home safer and more convenient. Regardless of which type you choose, it is important to consult with a garage door company to find the options available to you and what would work best for your lifestyle.
- Choosing a Garage Door Opener – Drive Type June 10, 2014
It isn’t necessarily the part that most people think about first, but choosing the right garage door opener for you is important, and something you should do before progressing any further. Continue reading →
- What’s Wrong With My Garage Door? May 29, 2014
Your garage door is a sophisticated mechanism that needs to be kept in peak condition in order to work properly. As with all mechanical and electric components, over time they can suffer from the effects of wear and tear and you may need to replace certain parts to maintain the safety and smooth running of the system. Continue reading →
- How to Clean a Garage Door May 12, 2014
It is time for spring-cleaning. In addition to all of the other things that need to be cleaned in your home, the garage door must be included. Cleaning the garage door does not seem like a difficult task, and it isn’t, but there are a few things you need to be aware of. So, we will spend the next few paragraphs discussing those things.
- Prevent the Most Common Garage Door Repairs with Regular Maintenance May 7, 2014
Regular maintenance can prevent most of the common garage door repairs. It will also save you money; reduce unexpected, garage door failures; and make your garage door safer to operate. Continue reading →
- Types of Garage Door Openers May 6, 2014
There are several types of garage door openers one can have in their home, but you may not know that they are different just by looking at them. These different types of garage door openers are classified by the type of motor that they have operating them, which is what is actually used to raise and lower the garage door itself. There are four different types and this will help you understand a little bit about each one of them.
- Dangers in Your Garage April 29, 2014
Did you know that large numbers of maiming injuries and deaths of children and pets are happening with alarming frequency due to garage doors? If you have a garage door that was installed before 1993, your garage door could be at risk for causing one of these injuries or deaths. Here are some ways to prevent that from happening.
- Five Things You Can Do to Secure Your Garage Door April 17, 2014
According to the FBI’s most recent crime reports burglary accounts for just under 25% of property crimes committed. Contrary to popular belief, force does not need to have occurred to classify a crime as a burglary and many crooks are accessing homes via an open (or even closed) garage door because they are a well known weakness in a home’s security. Garages provide shelter and a place to hide, as well as being pretty inconspicuous places to enter through.