Although owning a garage, whether it is an integral one, one attached to your home, or a totally detached affair, is a highly desirable asset, not many people actually keep their vehicles in them. This is because it can be too much of an arduous task to get in and out of the car, opening and closing garage doors either when you are in a rush in the morning or after you have had a long and tiresome day at work. It is, therefore, a lot easier to just keep your prized car on the drive and at the mercy of the elements.
However, there are ways in which you can prevent your garage from becoming just another dumping site if you are not going to commit to keeping your car safe and sound inside.
#1 Convert your garage into part of your living space
Obviously, some of these options will make more sense than others, depending on whether or not your garage is attached to your home. If you have an integral garage or one that is attached to your home, you will be able to make it into an extra living area, such as a dining room or playroom for the kids to enjoy.
If, however, it is a detached garage, there is still the option of creating a games room for the big kids and adults to enjoy or making it more of a social area for you and your friends by installing a bar in the corner.
#2 Convert your garage into your home office
In some locations, you could find that you are restricted as to what you can change on the exterior of your home. In these circumstances, you may find that your garage will need to continue to look like a garage, so you will not be able to complete a full conversion on it. Do not lose heart. It is possible to work within this limitation as well. There are sectional garage doors that will keep the elements outside. With clever sections that can contain thermal insulation and the use of weather seals around the edges, you will find that your garage can be comfortably used all year round as your home office. Combine this is Velux windows in your ceiling area for natural light, and you will have the best home office on your street.
#3 Set it up as a designated storage space or laundry room
Setting your garage up as a designated storage space will mean that there is a space for everything that is housed there and that it will not be satisfactory to just open the door and randomly place items in there. It is important to make sure that you have a plan of where everything is going to go and that you purchase the correct racking, shelves, and other storage facilities wisely.
Indeed, some people marry this option with that of a laundry room, as although you will need ventilation and lighting, you do not necessarily require windows. Separating your garage into two halves with a stud wall could be just the scenario that you need.