Steps to a Better Garage
Do you remember the last time you redecorated part of your
house? Chances are you might have redone the living room or
kitchen or bedroom or dining room. Maybe you even did all
of these. Chances are also pretty good that the last place
you considered remodeling was the garage. Let's face it: The
garage just does not have a reputation for being a very glamorous
part of your house. Consequently, it sometimes gets shunned
like the proverbial redheaded stepchild.
shouldn't be this way. In truth if you take the right attitude
and right approach, you can turn your garage into an attractive
asset in your home that, in the future, will even increase
its resale value.
Before you start any major remodeling on your garage, make
sure you have made the necessary preparations. For one ,
this means you should first check with City Hall to find
out about any permits you need. Receiving these permits
might require having a variety of inspections done, such
as for framing, wiring, and of course, a final one when
the project is completed. After getting permits, you need
to develop and write down your plan for what changes you're
going to make and what materials you'll need to buy (i.e.,
lumber, tools, etc.).
before you begin remodeling the garage, ask yourself some
questions. For instance: 1) Are there any pipes or wires
under the ground beneath the garage that may affect your
modifications? It could be dangerous beginning until you've
satisfactorily answered this question. 2) What is the condition
of any plumbing, heating or electrical work that you might
have in the garage? Does it need to be repaired or updated?
Is it work that you can handle yourself, or would it be
better if you hired a professional? 3) What do you or will
you use the garage for? Is it truly a place only for your
car(s), or do you plan to turn it into someone's room or
efficiency apartment? Or perhaps it's mostly used as a workshop
for yourself. You need to know how it will be used before
you begin the remodeling. 4) How many feet of the garage
to you plan to have finished? 5) Where will you put the
door and window(s)?
you have answers to all of these essential questions, you
need to have a good set of blueprints for the project. The
ideal situation would be to have a professional architect
draw them up, however this can be somewhat expensive. If
you can't afford a professional, you can draw your own plans
(If you feel capable). Another option is to use the Internet.
Several web sites sell blueprints for various rooms, including
garages, on the Internet.
after you have your blueprints, set aside some time to brainstorm
all of the materials you'll need for the project. One trip
to Home Depot should get you all your supplies (And in fact,
a clerk there might even be able to help make sure your
list of needed supplies is complete. . . so feel free to
run it by him). So buy everything you need, and rest for
the rest of the day. You'll want to start out fresh the
next morning. Once you start, you'll want to begin with
the framing and footings. After you've completed this portion
of the project, don't rush to the next phase. Instead, it's
important you get this early stage inspected to make sure
no changes are needed. It would be a tragedy to get nearly
completed with the project only to find after a later inspection
that you need to make drastic changes.