The desire to use the garage for new purposes is trending with homeowners nationwide. During the pandemic 49% of millennial homeowners performed a garage makeover to transform their garage into a gym, home office or additional storage space. Additionally, a recent myQ survey found that 62% of current homeowners would clean out their garage and make better use of the space if they had the time.
A garage makeover doesn’t have to be time consuming. Simple steps can help you transform your garage into a multifunctional powerhouse. Here are three tips for upgrading your garage and helping you design a space ideal for your needs while enhancing your home’s value:
1. Add storage
One of the primary things that separates a stereotypical garage from an enviable one is the organization. Clutter on top of clutter inhibits the multifunctional potential of the garage space. To start, get rid of junk, sort through necessities and transform the space to optimize organization.
That means installing shelving and utilizing vertical space. Enclosed cabinets are ideal for limiting dust and keeping personal items out of sightlines from the road. Use labeled storage boxes as needed to stay organized, especially with seasonal supplies. Toolboxes and pegboards are ideal for keeping tools and hobby supplies conveniently on hand. Creating a system with these elements may take time, but it’s worthwhile because the benefits are lasting.
2.Upgrade your garage door opener
Today’s garage has become an important extension of the home. It is a multifunctional space that can pull double-duty with room for storage, hobbies – or as seen in the 2022 New American Home – even a dog-washing station. To ensure the garage space is functional, inviting and secure, you need a powerful smart home device that not only reliably opens and closes the garage door but adds value to the home and daily life.
Your garage makeover should enhance the security of your home and turn your garage into the envy of the neighborhood. Try a smart garage door opener that works with the myQ app, you’ll never wonder if the garage door was left open or if the kids got home from school again.
The myQ app lets you control, secure and monitor your garage anytime, from anywhere. A smart opener that also has integrated LED lighting and a built-in camera will increase the functionality of your garage. See who is coming and going from your garage, even when you are miles away on vacation.
The powerful myQ app acts as command central, allowing homeowners to easily share and manage home access without interrupting their day. It enables smart access experiences like Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery and Smart Vehicle Access capabilities within select vehicles.
3.Make the garage a multifunctional space that works for you
Multifunction is the key for the ultimate garage makeover, and no matter what your interests, you can customize the space to fit your needs. A workbench is a must-have for many, with ample space to tinker. For gearheads, a car lift might be a worthy investment. For those focused on health, installing workout equipment makes sense. Adding a TV might be a given, whether it’s to stream workouts or to watch the game.
Keep in mind, you should add extras to enhance your comfort so you can get the most out of your time in the garage. Proper lighting is essential. Depending on where you live, adding fans to cool and heating elements to warm help make the garage a year-round retreat. Finally, upgrading flooring turns any garage into an eye-catching hot spot, so research options including epoxy coatings and garage floor tiles.