Adding a garage, either attached or detached, can solve just about every storage solution out there. Adding a garage not only adds value to your home, but also gives you peace of mind via decluttering your everyday living space. You may feel enticed to move all of your items into the garage right away just to get it out of your house, but consider long term storage solutions to make life easier.
Check out these tips below to see how to make the most of your new garage once you have built it!
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1. Shoe Storage
The garage door is the main entrance in many homes. If shoes aren’t allowed in your house, this is a great way to stop the pileup of shoes outside your main door. By investing in shoe cubbies with pullout trays, it's makes accessing shoes quick and convenient.
If your garage also serves as a workshop, having a shoe cabinet with doors might be worth the investment to prevent dust and debris from getting inside the shoes.
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2. Makeshift Mudroom
Most homes do not have the additional space for a designated mudroom, so a great way to combat that much needed storage space is to put the mudroom in the garage. It keeps mud and debris out of the interior of your home, by having a designated space out of sight.
An extra-long bench next to a garage door keeps outdoor gear tidy. Hooks, cubbies and a cozy seat make it easy for kids to remember to take off their coats, caps and gloves before coming inside the house.
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3. Garage Loft
High ceilings can make up for limited floor space in smaller garages. Consider a loft for storage, especially if you do not plan on turning the loft into actual living space.
If you plan on using the garage for living space, adding in an office or bedroom could be ideal for work from home situations or extra room for guests. If the space will be used for either of these, you should consider the cost of adding a bathroom to prevent guests from running to the main house to use the bathroom or to shower.
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4. Overhead Storage
If you’re not ready to invest the time and money it takes to build a loft in your garage, overhead storage units are a great compromise. Suspended shelving just above the garage doors provides out-of-the-way storage space without the messy remodel. Use these shelves to store items you rarely need to access — like holiday decorations.
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5. Slat Wall Storage
Retail stores often use these walls to keep things off the floor but within reach. Different hooks and shelves fit into the horizontal slats, making for a customized storage center with minimal effort. The right hook can hold anything from skis to toys to lawn chairs.
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6. Heavy Duty Cabinetry
Heavy duty cabinetry is ideal for a garage, especially in climates that experience extreme temperatures, such as frigid cold or high humidity. The wood in cabinets can warp in humidity and shrink and expand in frigid cold, so many homeowners opt for metal cabinetry in their garage. It is typically more expensive than wood, but it is worth the investment for the long term.
Look for storage that stands on legs to avoid potential water issues. This is especially true for homes where the driveway does not slope away from the house.
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