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Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space


How to Turn Your Garage into a Livable Space

The garage in your home doesn't just have to be a place to store your car, but it can also be a comfortable extra room in your home. Making modifications to your garage door can make it more useful as a living space.

Decide Which Type of Garage Door to Use

When your garage door lifts up, rather than rolling up, it can be used as an awning to block the sun. This allows you to leave the garage door open and enjoy the weather, and it can also block rain if it's drizzling outside better than an actual awning.

Sectional doors can be useful as well since they don't require that you have extra space in front of the garage. Therefore, if you have a small front yard and you want to place landscaping or hardscaping near the door, it's easier to do so. However, in most cases, the single-panel up-and-over door doesn't take up too much space.

Carriage house doors take up the most space. However, they can make your garage feel more like a part of your home because they swing open like traditional doors.

For help choosing and installing a garage door, speak to businesses like Plano Overhead Garage Door.

Insulate Your Garage Door

Make sure to properly insulate your garage door so that heat doesn't pass through it. Garage doors can be just as comfortable as the rest of your house as long as they're properly insulated, though opening up the door will allow a lot of air to pass through and change the ambient temperature.

Consider Which Utilities to Install

To make your garage comfortable, make sure to work with professionals who can make modifications to your garage to make it comfortable. For example, you may need to have venting installed to be able to direct heated or chilled air into your garage. You may need to raise the garage floor and insulate over the slab so your garage will be easier on utilities. You'll have more centralized control of the temperature of your garage when it's connected to central air.

If you'll be using the garage as a bar, make sure to have plumbing installed so you may use the bar efficiently. Your garage may already have an entryway into the house, but if it doesn't already, you'll need to have one installed. Another option is to knock out partition walls to have an open floor plan. Regardless of what option you choose, your garage can make an amazing addition to your home.

About Me

Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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