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Work on It: Converting Your Garage into a Workshop

You may not realize it, but a garage is an excellent home feature. It even helps boost your property’s resale value. Other than giving you a space to keep your car, the garage also provides your family additional storage.

However, you may see that the garage space is much bigger than you actually need. You may find that despite the fact that your car is parked inside it, there is still extra space that could be used for other purposes. In this regard, you may consider turning it into a workshop. It could be a carpentry workshop or your own pocket car shop.

After you have installed a new garage door, it’s time to redefine your space by adding a few tweaks. Here are some of the things you may want to keep in mind:

Mind the purpose and the dimensions of the space

The purpose that you have in mind for your garage may help you determine how much space you will need. If it is a woodworking station, you may need to have a considerable space, as power tools tend to be big. Similarly, a home auto shop may need some sort of drainage and feature that will make it easy for you to clean the space after work. Understand the tasks involved and when you’re done, plan your layout and storage around it.

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Make it comfortable

Because it is a workshop, you will find yourself tinkering on things and working on projects for some time. With this, you have to make sure that the space is comfortable enough for you. Add layers of insulation in the ceiling and walls to control the temperature during hot and cold days. Make sure that it’s well ventilated, as heavy work may expose you to carpentry dust or the scent of the car oil. You can actually make your new workspace much safer and more comfortable by investing in the right HVAC system.

Invest in the right storage

Workshops require the use of many different power tools and machines. And you cannot just leave them lying around after your work. With this, you may need to invest in the right storage. Make the most of the overhead space by installing shelves. Consider installing hooks on the walls for tools that you usually use. For light tasks, you may have a customized modular table, which you can fold up when not in use, thus helping you save some space.

Install the right lighting

Your garage already has lights, but are they enough? For nightly tasks, additional lights will be necessary. Large fluorescent lights may be your best choice, as they cover large spaces. But if you want an adjustable option, consider setting up spotlights and track lighting. Get yourself a lamp for tasks on small items.

Use it well

Your garage is not just a space for your car. It can also be a space for your endeavors, passions, and small projects. Be creative and do not be afraid to explore tweaks and functions that may improve the purpose of the space.

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