07Jul/19

Three Garage Renovation Ideas That Are Easier Than You Think

Home renovation can be an incredibly daunting task for any homeowner. Not knowing where to start, what tools will be needed and what the timeline will be are some of the reasons it often takes years to make the decision to renovate, despite the value it could add to your home. Whether you’re thinking of renovating your garage to create more space for vehicles or tools or incorporating it into your home as a bedroom or living space, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you begin.

Three Garage Renovation Ideas That Are Easier Than You Think

Aesthetic Changes

If you’ve been in desperate need of storage for holiday decorations, seasonal clothing items or tools and appliances, you might not need a huge renovation to create space. The addition of shelving or cabinets might be all that is needed to add a ton of storage to your home. If you’re currently using the garage as a workshop or play area, an aesthetic fix such as epoxy floors or a fresh coat of paint might make the space more functional.

Insulation and Windows

If you’re looking to turn your garage into an additional room in your home, you might need to update the insulation, cooling and heating or even windows. Chances are there are no air conditioning vents in your garage at the moment, which could make it unbearable in the summer. Weatherproofing your garage to transform it into a livable addition to your home can add tons of square footage. You’ll likely still need to make the aesthetic changes above to make it flow with the rest of your home, but you’ll increase your home’s value exponentially with this extra space.

Clearing Clutter

Maybe you don’t have enough space to park your vehicles, lawn mower or bicycles. While this will require limited renovation, it will require a lot of willpower, and for you to possibly part with other items. If you’re currently using the garage to store old furniture, children’s clothes, or fitness equipment you never use, renting a storage unit can be an inexpensive way to free up space for these other necessary items. Adding a new coat of paint and flooring can help this space feel clean and refreshed after you clear out the clutter, too.

Increasing the value of your home can be easy with the upkeep and maintenance of spaces that are already existing within your home. Following a few of these guidelines can give you ideas on how to start your next garage makeover.… READ MORE ..

05Jul/19

Building a Back Yard Automotive Shop

Whether you’re a weekend mechanic or just someone who owns a lot of vehicles, you may have dreamed of having a complete automotive shop of your own. If you have a backyard that’s big enough or some rural property, you can set up a shop that allows you to work on cars and trucks for yourself and others. Be sure to check your local zoning to avoid violating any ordinances as to size of the building and offset from your property lines.

Building a Back Yard Automotive Shop

Construct a Building

A shop space can be constructed of steel, brick, or some type of siding, like vinyl or wood. As this is meant to be a utilitarian building, you will likely gravitate toward steel or siding. A simple concrete floor will do well. Don’t forget to pour a ramp so that vehicles can easily be driven or rolled into the shop space.

A roll-up door is ideal for easily getting vehicles in and out. Barn doors can also work, or a door that slides from one side to the other.

Buy and Install Equipment

A commercial lift is not as expensive as you might think and doesn’t require placing hydraulics under the floor. Modern lift systems are more easily installed and set up on a flat concrete surface. It’s important to get cars up high enough to easily work on them and held stably and securely.

Tools including hand tools, pneumatic tools, and electrically operated tools are all needed to effectively work on cars. Tool boxes can be put on carts so that they can be moved to where they’re needed on repair jobs. Phenolic caster wheels resist grease and oils and don’t create sparks on concrete floors, which is important when working around fuels or explosive materials.

A commercial air compressor will likely be needed for tires and to operate tools. It’s important to get one with a sufficient tank size so that the buffer is adequate. The motor’s power is also key to compressing air fast enough to meet your needs.

If you’ll be working on tires, you’ll need tire mounting and dismounting equipment. Be sure that you’re adequately trained on whatever equipment you operate for mounting tires.

Include Counter and Shelf Space

As you work on jobs, you’ll need counter space, shelf space, and other storage to keep jobs organized and to work on components.  You’ll need large, stable shelves to hold heavy and bulky items.

A commercial style garage of your own is within reach if you have the space. The investment in shop space can be well worth it if you can do work on your own cars and power equipment.… READ MORE ..