Garage spaces are hardly utilized to their full potential. Instead of just parking a car, a garage can become a place where you can work, exercise or pursue hobbies.
However, you cannot just convert a garage into your workspace without making any changes.
You won’t enjoy your time in the garage if it is disorganized and unpleasant, especially during the summer heat!
You can use different hacks and smart technology such as smart air conditioner controllers to keep the environment comfortable in your garage while maximizing its storage capacity.
Here are 5 upgrades to include in your garage renovation project and create a relaxed atmosphere:
Make Your Garage Smart
You can choose a mini-split or a window AC for your garage.
However, if your garage does not have any windows; you may have to opt for a through-the-wall air-conditioner.
To maximize your comfort level while working in your garage, you can opt for smart air conditioning options such as smart AC controllers.
These nifty devices work with portable ACs, mini-split, window ACs, and through-the-wall-ACs (as long as they come with an IR remote control).
Smart air conditioning controls give you complete control over your air conditioning unit, and you can do a lot more than changing temperature.
They allow you to set weekly schedules, maintain ideal humidity levels and change the AC modes and setting to suit your comfort level –right from your phone!
If you want your air conditioner to turn on and cool the space before your arrival, you can do that automatically with the geofencing feature.
You will not have to wait for the garage to cool down for you to start working.
Cielo smart AC controllers also help you track your usage statistics and make necessary changes to reduce energy bills. They allow you to save up to 25% on energy bills.
Remove the Junk
Removing junk is an essential part of garage renovation. You might have accumulated a lot of stuff in your garage over the years.
If you no longer find that stuff helpful, consider tossing it out.
Removing junk helps in cooling your space as big boxes and bulky items obstruct the airflow in your garage.
The practical method of decluttering is to move all the junk pieces to an open space like your yard.
This will help you get a clear view of what you want to donate, sell, and trash.
This also enables you to see how much space you have in your garage and how you can use it efficiently during garage renovation.
When you have a clear view of all the items, start categorizing them. Categorize the items you need to keep, donate, sell, and get rid of.
If you haven’t used an item in more than a year, there is no use in keeping it.
If you have items such as old furniture or never used gardening tools, you have the option of selling them.
You can go for a yard sale, or you can use online sites such as eBay.
If you want to donate the junk, then junk removal services can handle that for you. You should also try removing visual clutter as well.
This can include stains on the walls and floor or dirty storage shelves.
Insulate Your Garage
If your garage lacks adequate insulation, you will have a hard time keeping it cool. If you plan on using air conditioning, then insulation is necessary.
Insulation will reduce the heat transfer from outside and prevent cool air from leaving the space.
If not already done, consider adding insulation to your garage renovation project.
Insulation should be applied to your garage’s walls, doors, and ceiling. Insulate the door and windows by adding weather stripping on the bottom and sides to reduce drafts.
You will also require under concrete insulation for the floor as it will further increase thermal performance.
Even if you have previously installed weather-stripping, it’s always a good idea to renew it.
New weather-stripping will prevent hot air from slipping through cracks around the door or windows.
Maximize the Available Space
No matter how big your garage is, the key is to maximize the space you have.
A great way to maximize space during garage renovation is to use shelves or ceiling storage.
By doing this, you create space for things like sports equipment, gardening tools, and of course, your car.
Make use of vertical storage. Install shelves to put on things that you use frequently.
They should be at your eye level so you can access them easily. For vertical storage, you can choose wall organizers.
They come in various sizes and designs to fit all your requirements.
In addition to wall organizers, you can install cabinets on the wall for things that you don’t use regularly.
If you want an open area for your workspace, ceiling storage can be a perfect addition to your garage.
The overhead storage prevents clutter from accumulating on your garage floor.
If you don’t want a major installation project, you can use ceiling-mounted shelves that require just drilling screws.
One thing you should keep in mind – you cannot access the ceiling storage easily, so make sure not to put stuff that you use frequently.
Upgrade & Protect Your Garage Floor
When renovating your garage, improving its flooring is of utmost importance.
There are many options to upgrade your garage floor, and it can get a little confusing.
You can start by refreshing the coating and covering of your garage floor.
You can use paint and epoxy to coat your garage floor and tile and mats to cover the floor.
Floor coating is applied directly to the concrete slab. It does not even require professional assistance. You can easily coat the floor roller brush.
The epoxy coating creates a durable, long-lasting finish. If you want to get rid of stains from oil and grease, concrete paint can give it a new life.
To cover your garage floor completely, you can choose tiles.
Regular home tiles can be used, but there are also separate ones specially made for the garage.
They are made from rigid plastic, rubber, or wood tiles, and they have the strength to support heavy vehicles.
Adding these smart upgrades to your garage will reduce clutter, create more space, and above all, provide you a place where you can work comfortably.