The state of the garage might not be the most pressing issue to your family. However, if you’re a helpless car nut, I’m sure you’ve had all kinds of fantasies about what your dream garage would look like. Although I can’t promise that you’ll be able to double its width or a Lambo will fall into your lap somehow, there are some things you can do to make your garage much more fitting to your tastes. Here are some of the best pointers I can offer for sprucing up your garage and making it a great home for your (other) baby.
Image source: Pexels
We’re going to be starting from the ground up – quite literally! I’m willing to bet that the floor of your garage is currently the dirtiest surface in your entire house. The first step towards your dream garage is going to be sweeping up all the dust and debris that’s lying around, then stepping back and assessing the space you have to work with. The most important thing to take in here is the drainage in your garage. Most of us get little patches of water under the spot where we park our car. However, if there’s one area that always seems to be wet or damp, you may need to consider some kind of drainage solution. This can be as simple as patching up some cracks that have formed in the ceiling, or as complex as breaking the concrete and having a completely fresh drain installed. Once this is out of the way, give the whole surface a fresh coat of paint with a formula made for concrete.
The next things to refresh are going to be the doors and windows. The most important quality you need to look for in a garage door is its ability to protect your car from the elements. These days, you certainly have a lot of choices! If you want something that will look great from the outside, then there are some really gorgeous wood-paneled models around. Even if you’re going for something more conventional and understated, there are some really great steel doors you can buy. Carteck is one brand that comes recommended by a lot of hot-rod enthusiasts. Whatever door you choose, there may be a little more work to be done to make sure it’s doing its job. Typically, the gap between a garage door and its frame is wide enough to let in all kinds of harmful weather. You should consider picking up and applying some good weather stripping, especially if you live in an area which is particularly humid. Most people don’t usually think about the windows of a garage, even if they have them! However, if you’re going to use it to work on cars regularly, they’re an important source of light and ventilation. If you want my recommendation, get some small awning windows, and install them about six feet above the floor. This will save you a lot of space, and allow you opportunities to set up shelving, racks and so forth. This brings me neatly onto my next point.
Image source: Pexels
The available storage is perhaps the most important factor in a true car nut’s garage, so make sure you’re not overlooking it! One popular option is having some customised storage built to your own specifications. However, this isn’t always the most practical or affordable route you can take. Furthermore, after all this other work and planning, the idea of touching the tape measure again might make you sick! If you’re happy with a more industrial look to the place, then you could simply buy the real thing – garage cabinets and storage chests that have enough space for several guy’s toolboxes. Aside from that, there are many wall-storage cabinets which are easy enough to install yourself, along with work benches and standing units. This package from Clarke has pretty much all the storage you’d need included! If you have the money to blow, and you really want to wow your friends, you can have some extra storage installed for the car itself! Four-post lifts will allow you to raise your vehicle for work on the chassis, but also accommodate for another vehicle underneath it! You may also want to consider cold storage; both for the batteries you’ll need to stow away and chilled beers after a long day.
Work through these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to having the garage of your dreams. As you use it for work and run into little slip-ups, you’ll start to realise what needs to go and what you need more of.