10 Ways to Upgrade Your Garage

Whether you need to clear a cluttered corner or revamp the entire space, consider these tips to makeover your garage and improve its functionality.

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    Clever Renovation

    If you have a detached garage that doesn't see much use, consider transforming it into an entertaining pavilion. Swing-out doors on one side of this once dilapidated structure give the building the look of a classic carriage house. A large dining table in the center of the space offers plenty of room for entertaining friends and family.

     

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    Create Storage Space

    If you need room to organize belongings, the garage is a great place to start. A variety of storage systems exist to get stuff off the floor and give virtually anything a place of its own. Choose from movable shelf systems, cabinet components, hook-and-hanger combinations, platforms that lower from the ceiling via pulleys, and more. Start the search at your local home improvement store. When you're done, you should have enough room for all of your stuff and your car.

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    Create Storage Space

    If you need room to organize belongings, the garage is a great place to start. A variety of storage systems exist to get stuff off the floor and give virtually anything a place of its own. Choose from movable shelf systems, cabinet components, hook-and-hanger combinations, platforms that lower from the ceiling via pulleys, and more. Start the search at your local home improvement store. When you're done, you should have enough room for all of your stuff and your car.

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    Work from Home

    Own your own business (or want to)? Turn your car stall into a home office. If you need more room, add a level or extend the garage back or to the side. Consider installing an exterior entry door so customers don't have to walk through your home.

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    Feel the Burn

    Save money on gas and gym membership dues by creating your own exercise room. Set up a treadmill, weight-lifting station, stationary bike, free-weights rack, or yoga mat in your garage -- and don't forget the wall-mount TV!

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    Sound Off

    Add soundproofing material to the walls, ceiling, and doors, and your garage becomes a music studio for your budding Mozart or rock star. If space allows, include some seating for longer jam sessions.

    Tip: Make sure to double-check your electrical capacity; an upgrade might be required.

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    Gardener's Dream

    Fuel your green thumb with a convenient potting bench built right in the garage. Corralling gardening supplies in one easy-to-access place will ensure you can make the most of your time out in the garden. Make sure you install sturdy shelves that can stand up to the weight of pots, bags of soil, and other essentials. Stow away shovels and rakes using wall-mount hangers.

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    Build Up

    If space is an issue, and moving to a new, bigger house is off the table, now may be a good time to adding living quarters above your garage, whether it's as a rental unit for supplemental income, a home for an aging parent or older child, or guest quarters.

    Tip: Make the addition fit in with the style and scale of the rest of your home. Take your architectural cues from the main house, and don't let the addition overshadow it. Consider scaling down the upper level to keep it in proportion with your home's massing, and choose a similar roofline.

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    Focus on Fun

    If you're not using your garage to park cars, consider transforming a bay or two into recreational space. Billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball are popular choices that need a little more elbow room than an extra bedroom might provide.

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    Create a Hobby Haven

    Outfit your garage with desks, countertops, and storage, and designate work spaces for each member of the family. Then turn them loose at their varied interests, such as scrapbooking or painting.

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    Raise Your Glass

    Turn a garage stall into your personal watering hole -- a surefire hit with neighbors and friends. Roll up the door and reveal a bar complete with a refrigerator made to handle a garage's temperature fluctuations, a dartboard, and a home for all those beverage signs.

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