Everybody wants a clean, neat and organized garage but most of us feel anxious when thinking about starting this kind of intense renovation. Where to start, what should I keep, what should I get rid of, will I be able to finish it once I begin--these are just some of the questions that clutter the minds of most people who desperately want to clean up the clutter in their garage.
Inspiration is a necessary aspect of getting motivated enough to feel compelled to clean the garage. Having a goal in regards to the end result of the renovation helps, such as whether you simply want to retain the garage as a storage area for cars, tools and outdoor equipment or whether you want to transform it into an entirely different kind of space.
For example, maybe the man of the house (and the ladies) would love to have his own "man-cave", a place where he can indulge in hobbies or hang out with his buddies. Depending on how he is going to use his man-cave will influence the type of flooring materials needed, storage designs and environmental concerns. For guys who like to tinker with and restore old cars, a garage makeover should include rubber mats or tiles for flooring, sturdy metal cabinets to hold assorted tools and adequate lighting and ventilation.
Homeowners who like to entertain frequently may like the idea of turning their garage into a colorful, fun and charming 1950s-style diner complete with jukebox, dance floor and two or three red vinyl booths. Add a checkered floor, some 50s wall decor and a gas grill and you've got the perfect setting for a memorable neighborhood bash.
On a more sober note, converting your garage into an efficient and professional-looking office is the perfect inspiration for someone who works out of his or her home. Instead of using a cramped extra bedroom for an office, why not renovate that garage by implementing indoor/outdoor carpeting, replacing old, dirty cupboards with metallic black or dark blue recessed shelving to allow for additional space and decorating the walls with professional office decor.
Consider remodeling the garage to accommodate the graphic artist in your family by promoting creativity and inspiration with organization appliances especially meant for garage use. Pegboards are a great way for artists to harmonize their tools, brushes and writing instruments for quick reference when needed. In addition, applying a new coat of easy to clean epoxy and sealer makes keeping the garage floor a safer environment in which the artist can create his or her masterpieces.
When renovating, don't forget about all that room you have in the garage that lies above rather than below you--the ceiling. Taking advantage of garage ceiling storage bins are frequently overlooked by homeowners when they are attempting to create as much room as possible in the garage. The majority of items laying on the floor and against walls in garages are seasonal items that can be safely stored when not in use in automated ceiling shelves that can be quickly accessed using remote control devices.