Garages are usually not thought of as conventional living spaces, however with some renovating and organization of storage, they can become quite homey and inviting. Since most of the requirement for a functional living space are already present (like lighting, wiring, basic roof and walls) all that’s left to do is focus on the decorative renovation and simple organization. At Potomac Garage Solutions we have not only help people turn their garages into functional spaces for storage but we have also given garage makeovers to create a comfortable living space for the whole family.
Naturally working around features unique to a garage provoke certain questions, but we’re here to provide some ideas and solutions for a garage makeover.
The inside of a garage door is not the most attractive feature, hence why we tend to ignore it. But here’s a secret: it doesn’t have to be permanent. It can actually be removed and a fourth wall with doors and attractive windows can replace it.
Another thing you have to consider is that garages usually lack insulation or heat source and a means to cool itself for the summer. One solution could be to see if it’s possible to extend the heating system set up in the rest of you home to your garage. This isn’t always possible but there are still more solutions! You can rent or buy a space heater to run in the winter months and it can be electric or run on propane. It’s even possible to get an electric or gas burning fireplace to add a homier touch to the garage. As for cooling if there is some sort of window a conventional AC unit may be installed or you may want to opt for a portable unit.
Recreating the floor
The construction of a garage is done without consideration of how it may be used to live in. It’s just assumed to be a basic floor, which is usually a smooth square of concrete. Concrete is practical, sure, but not what can consider safe for kids if they happen to fall while playing. Some viable options include carpet, and soft rubber mats. The former has the advantage of being familiar and warm but the disadvantage of requiring regular intensive cleaning. Rubber tiles or mats on the other hand are easy to clean.
One thing that usually stops people from creating their garages in to living spaces is that all their things crammed in there impair creative vision. Because we at Potomac understand garages, meaning we see past all your stored belongings and can help you realize the true potential of your garage for its makeover. After some cleaning and sorting our storage options at Potomac can help you put away rest so you can optimize your space.