Garage Conversion Done the Right Way

Whether you have extra garage space due to the sale of one of your vehicles or your kid drove off to college with their car, the fact of the matter is, you have extra space. What do you do with that extra space in the garage? Do you just pile old stuff in it or should you do something different with it? You need to do a garage conversion!

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When you have that extra space, it is space that you can use for a lot of things. On the top of the list of considerations include a guest room, a home gym, a man cave, a workshop, and a hobby room. These are just a few ideas that you can consider for your extra garage space conversion.

Before you break out your handyman and carpentry tools, however, there are a few things you need to think about. Converting your extra garage space into something else requires more than just your imagination. It also requires a bit of research, planning, and forethought.

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Here are some of the things you need to think about before garage conversion into any of the many ideas you come across online:

Flooring 

Most garages come with concrete floors, some of which needs polishing. If you are planning on converting part of your garage into a space that requires smooth and clean flooring, you will need to pick from a list of choices. These include tiles, vinyl, and polished concrete. If you have the budget for it, why not cover the entire garage floor with this new flooring. This will not only give your new space the proper covering you want it to have but it will also help give your garage an updated look.

Walls

If you are thinking of dividing the current space into two, with one being the place where you park your car and the other being the area that is being converted, then a dividing wall is in order. This will give you the kind of definition you need for each useful area and will give your vehicle the protection it needs for whatever you are planning on doing with the converted space.

Insulation

If your garage still needs insulation, and you are planning on using the converted space for an extra bedroom, home office, or recreational room, insulation is a must. You might want to approach this like you did the flooring situation. Instead of just insulating the area you are converting, why not insulate the entire garage? You will end up with a better garage and a properly insulated extra room in the process.

Windows and doors

You will also need to decide on whether or not you will add windows and doors to the conversion work you are taking on. If your garage is like most standard garages, you will probably have two walls and the front of the garage that has a garage door. You will want to think about changing your garage door first into one that can be used on a single car garage and then covering the gaping hole on the other side to complete the four walls needed for a room. Doors and windows can be cut out from the structure to give it the much-needed entryway and natural lighting that it needs.

Aside from these, you will also need to consult with your local building authority to ask about permits, fees, and taxes that may come with such a conversion. Remember, you are actually improving your home with this move and, in the process, will be increasing your property’s value. This is regardless of whether you have an attached garage or a prefab metal garage that you simply added to the structure fairly recently.

Get Expert Advice Wherever and Whenever You Can

It is better to avoid trouble than to court it, and going into your garage conversion plans without all the information you need is courting trouble. If you want expert advice from people in the know, you can ask the experts at Carports US for help. Aside from being a company that produces high-quality metal structures like customized garages, movable carports, and commercial metal structures, we also offer expert advice on any of your garage and carport questions.

Simply contact us at (844) 557-6375 and our team of certified garage professionals will be happy to assist you in any way they can.

Finding the Right Garage Door for Your Garage

Whether you need a new door for a new garage or a replacement one for your old garage, the same rules apply when selecting the right one. Choosing the right garage door is important because, let’s face it, it’s not a cheap purchase. It will also affect how you end up using your garage, so making the right choice is crucial.

The choice you make hinges on a number of factors. The primary factor that most people think about when choosing a garage door is budget, and for a good reason. As mentioned earlier, these things are not cheap so buying one that is perfect for your garage and your needs is important.

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To make the right choice, apart from budgetary considerations, here are some of the other factors that come into play when choosing a door for your garage:

Security 

You will need to choose a garage door that can keep intruders out. It does not matter if your garage is connected to your home or not. It is still a structure that protects important and valuable stuff, so it should be sturdy and difficult to get into. Find garage doors that can withstand any kind of attempt at intrusion, if you can.

Insulation

If you insulate your garage, you should also try to find a garage door that also has insulation. Insulating your garage and forgetting to find a garage door that has insulation is like having a house that is insulated but doors and windows that leak conditioned air out into the world. If you are using your garage to do more than to house your vehicle, you should have a door that is insulated to help keep it warm during winter and cool during summer.

Maintenance 

Keeping things in tiptop shape is not something you enjoy doing, you should find a garage door that is not difficult to maintain. Maintenance is something that you should consider when choosing a garage door. If a garage door takes a lot out of you to keep it well-maintained, and you don’t have the time to do this, you might do better to find one that is easy to maintain.

Design

You will also need to find garage doors that fits the design of your current garage. Imagine a classic looking door attached to a modern looking garage and how off that would look. Whether you have a prefab metal garage or a garage that is built and connected to your home, the design of your garage door should fit it. There are a lot of choices for you to pick from so you will do well to envision how the door will look when it is installed into your garage. You can even choose a garage door that matches the design or color of your home’s front door.

Color 

Also, you need to find one that fits the color of your garage. You don’t really want a purple garage door on a green garage, do you? You will probably do well with a neutral colored garage door, such as black, white, or grey. It is also a good idea to have a garage door in a contrasting color with your garage to make it stand out and make it easier to see at night. So a black garage door on a white garage is a good idea. You can also opt for a brightly colored garage door if your garage is in a neutral color. Think red garage door on a gray garage or a blue one on a white garage.

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Once you take these things into consideration, you can then focus on the other factors that affect your choice. Whatever your choice may be, you should always decide with your current garage in mind. If you are without a garage and are thinking of buying both your new custom garage and garage door at the same time, it might help to ask the help of a professional.

When it comes to garages, carports, and everything else that works with these, the company to contact for help is Carports US. We are a company that builds and designs sturdy metal garages, garage kits, stylish carports, and prefab commercial structures. To find out how we can help you, simply contact us at (844) 557-6375.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Garage Space

Some people find themselves with a garage that has more space than they actually need. They tend to wonder how they can use that extra space effectively. What can you do to utilize the garage space in such a way that it does not affect the state of the vehicle that shares the same structure?

There are actually many ways you can utilize the extra space that you have in your garage. These range from the useful to the decorative to the fun. Here are some ideas you might want to consider when you have extra garage space that you don’t want to go to waste:

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Home gym

If you are into working out and keeping in shape, but do not have enough space inside your home for that treadmill, bench press, and weights, why not turn that extra space beside your car into a gym? To ensure that none of your exercise equipment sidles up to your vehicle, you should consider putting a divider between the space for the car and the area where your gym will be placed. If your garage is a two-car one, you can consider dividing your garage into two equal spaces, each one with its own entry and exclusive space.

Extra bedroom

Most people would not consider this due to the fumes that may come from the vehicle in the adjoining. However, this bedroom can be nothing else but a crash pad for friends you don’t want going home drunk or when you suddenly have visitors that need a place to stay. You can do the same thing you did with the gym, if you have a two-car garage with separate entrances, and create a wall between your vehicle and the room. Add a futon, a bedside table, a desk, and a chair and you have for yourself an extra bedroom for emergency purposes.

Multi-purpose room

You can also use this space for your crafting and woodworking hobbies. You can also use this space as a sewing room where you can put a sewing machine and other similar equipment. It can also be used as a storage room for your gardening tools. Just divide the room into four and use each corner for a specific purpose. This way, you can be sure to have enough space for each need.

Home office

Another great use for this extra space is to have it remodeled into a cozy home office. You will need to have insulation added to this room, if your garage doesn’t have it yet. Most metal garages don’t have insulation, which is why you have to add these in when you fix it up for other uses.

To make the perfect home office out of this surplus space, as with the previous ideas, dividing the garage into two distinct areas should be done first. You should also consider adding in windows and ventilation to this part of your structure. Add in a desk, a comfortable work chair, a sofa, a filing cabinet, bulletin board or cork board, and you are done. You can add in other personal touches to make it look more appealing and enjoyable to work in.

Kids play room/game room/man cave

Want to take the noise out of your home and elsewhere that won’t bother you? You can turn that space beside your car in your two-car garage into a game room, play room, or man cave. As with the other ideas, separating your vehicle from the other room with the use of a wall is crucial to the continued protection of your car. You can then add in the other elements needed to convert the space into an enjoyable room for kids, teens, or for the men.

For a kids play room, matting is improtant to prevent any mishaps like scraped knees and elbows on the concrete floor. With a game room, a console, a television, some speakers, and a couple of bean bags will do the trick. For a man cave, adding a card table, dart board, bar, cooler or old refrigerator, comfortable chairs, and an old couch will make it a great place for men to hang out in on poker night.

These are just a few of the ideas you can use to get some good use out of that extra garage space beside your vehicle. If your garage is not big enough for these ideas, but you want to have the extra space for these, why not order a new and bigger custom garage from Carports US. You can even choose to have another smaller garage or barn-style structure made just to suit your needs for that extra usable space beside your vehicle.

To get the custom garage or metal structure you want for such a project, you can ask about our customization options by calling us at (844) 557-6375. You can also reach us via our contact us page.

Tips and Tricks to Effective Garage Organization

Cleaning up your garage requires that you organize what remains in it in such a way that it is not cluttered, it is easy to find when you need it, and it does not compromise on the space you need for your vehicle. A garage is, after all, a space for your car and not for your junk. In order to effectively organize your garage to allow for enough space for everything in it, here are some tips and tricks that you can try:

Remove everything from your garage before sorting 

Starting with a clean slate is always ideal, especially if you are thinking of sorting through a mountain of stuff. Take everything out of your garage and sort them there before you take them back in to place in shelves, storage units, and boxes. If you find yourself out in the hot sun while doing the sorting, you can benefit from using a portable carport as shade.

Don’t hesitate to throw stuff you don’t need out of your garage. If you feel that it has some value, sell it on an auction site or have a garage sale for the stuff that you think other people can still use. If you think that members of your family might want to pick stuff that they want out of the junk in your garage, ask them to go through it before it heads for the dumpster.

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Prepare boxes and tags before you begin anything 

It helps to have containers for the stuff that you are thinking of throwing away, keeping, and selling or giving away. Plastic boxes should be prepared for items that you are storing away in your garage or attic. Cardboard boxes will suffice for items you are throwing away, giving away, or are thinking of selling. Items that cannot fit in boxes however can be tagged with a post-it that says whether or not you are keeping them, selling them, or throwing them away.

Try to find ways to use all available space in your garage

If your garage is sturdy enough, you can try mounting some of your plastic storage boxes on runners attached to your ceiling. Some metal garages are strong enough for you to do this, so you might want to increase your storage space by looking for DIY instructions on how to create floating storage systems for your garage.

Another great space-saving storage idea for your garage is the installation of adjustable storage units that you can expand or reduce in size to fit whatever it is you need to store. You can also utilize your walls the same way that you utilize your ceilings by creating racks that you can mount plastic bins on easily. Wire racks, baskets that you can mount on hooks, and floating hooks for bicycles are also great space saving storage ideas.

Categorize everything according to use 

Most people end up using their garage for just about everything and anything. It is often used as a garden tool shed, as an outdoor gaming storage facility, as a workshop, and as a home improvement storage facility. Some people even use their garage as an extension of their kitchen, with an extra chest freezer sometimes finding its way here when there is not more space for it in the kitchen.

To make sure that you get what you need without having to dig through every single thing that you store in your garage, you should organize your storage units according to what these are for. Gardening tools and equipment should be placed in one area while car repair tools should be placed in its own area. Categorizing will help avoid future clutter and frustrations when you have to find something you need in a hurry.

If you find that after you have organized your garage effectively that you still need extra storage space, why not consider ordering a prefab shed or barnstyle metal garage for this. You can actually free up your garage space of clutter and create a separate storage unit for some of the stuff that you have. You can even customize your shed to look the way you want it to look and to be in the size that you need it to be.

For your custom prefab garage and shed needs, you should contact Carports US. We are one of the leading manufacturers of metal carports, garages, and barns in the US. To find out how we can help you, simply contact us at (844) 557-6375 or message us on any of our social media accounts.

When to Consider Expanding Your Garage Space

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A garage is an important part of your home, particularly if you have a vehicle that you need to protect from the elements. Sometimes, you even end up using your garage space for more than just vehicle protection. You even end up using this structure for other things, like for storing stuff and as a workshop.

When you use your garage to do more stuff other than what it is supposed to be used for, you tend to overtake the space that is usually reserved for your vehicle when it is not there. It might even come to a point where your vehicle is no longer parked in your garage but is left outside since it can no longer fit in it due to all these other stuff. When this happens, you should definitely consider expanding your garage space or get a garage extension.

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This is not an uncommon scenario. Most people end up needing extra garage space a few years after they move into a new home simply because the family expanded. This means that the stuff that they accumulated over the years expanded too. Most of the stuff that cannot fit into the house or the attic (if you have one) usually spills over into the garage. When it does, you end up with a garage full of stuff other than your car.

Other Reasons Why You Should Consider Garage Expansion 

A growing family with lots of stuff that need storage space is not the only reason why a garage expansion is important. There are a few other reasons, and here are some of them:

You now have two cars

Yes, progress is great and having more than one car is a sign of progress. The problem is, if you have two cars and you only have a garage that can accommodate one car, where does the other car go? Usually, in a situation like this, you end up parking the old car in the driveway and the new car in the garage. That is rather unfair to the old vehicle that served you well before the new one arrived. Instead of parking your older car in the driveway, why not expand your garage with a prefab garage extension or get a metal carport for it?

You need extra room for other things that you do

If you cannot fit your new hobbies into your home, a custom garage extension might be a good idea. Don’t expose your car to the elements simply because you chose to convert your garage into a pottery shed, or because you took up woodworking and the garage is your new workshop. You can do this if you have enough space for both, but if you did not, you should consider either getting a new garage for your car or you can order a shed that will serve as your space for other stuff.

You just want more space

Some people just want the expansion of their garage to happen simply because the idea of more space appeals to them. If you are one of these people, then why not get that garage extension? Or better yet, why not get a separate prefab structure that you can connect to your garage for other uses? You can get a metal building to expand your extra space so that you can have a place to do pottery, indulge in arts and crafts, do woodworking, or use as a garden shed when the time comes.

These are just a few of the ideas and reasons why an expanded garage space might be a good idea for you and your home. If you want to get that extra space sooner rather than later, you should consider getting prefabricated structures for this from Carports US rather than have extensions constructed. Not only will you be able to get the extra space you want and need quickly, but you can also get these without the noise and hassle that a construction project brings.

To get the structure to want for your expansion, you can start by contacting us at (844) 557-6375. We can also be reached via our contact us page.

How to Clean Out Your Garage Efficiently

Cleaning out a custom garage is something that many people dread, particularly if this part of your home has not experienced cleaning in years. Whether you are cleaning out your garage as part of your annual spring cleaning routine, or are doing so because it is high time that you did, there are ways for you to do this efficiently. Having an efficient way to clean out your garage will help you do this quickly and will also help make the task less daunting the next time you do it.

How do you clean out a garage efficiently? Here are some steps you might want to consider the following:

Set aside an entire weekend for this 

It does not matter if you have a lot of stuff to clean out of your garage or if you have only a small amount of junk in it. This task requires your undivided attention and ample time to get done properly. This is why setting aside an entire weekend to get this done is imperative.

Find one weekend that members of your family are available as well. This will give you the kind of help you need when you need it without getting excuses that people are busy.

Create a plan of attack 

To make the task less of a hassle and to make it go smoothly, you should be strategic about this. Plan out how you will clean out your garage before you start doing this. Survey your garage and determine a route that would be effective for you in getting this part of your home cleared out of junk and debris.

Create a list of things to clean out when you survey your custom garage. Make a list of items that can be donated, items that can be sold at a garage sale, and items that you can throw away. Also, make a list of items that you will want to reorganize in your garage so you know how much storage space you will need before cleaning day arrives.

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Organize shelving a few weeks before 

When you survey your garage and plan how you will tackle cleaning it, you will get a sense for how much shelving and storage you will need. At this stage, you can begin to envision where these shelves and storage units should go. You will also need to calculate how many storage boxes or bins you will need at this point.

If you already have a storage system in your garage, you can plan how to clean these out as well to make room for some of the stuff you will be adding to what is already in there. You will also need to choose bins that can fit into these shelving systems or find a way to incorporate new boxes and bins to your current storage system.

Make sure you have enough boxes for junk

Stuff that you are definitely going to throw away should also be placed in boxes for easy pickup. Not having enough boxes to put junk that you are disposing of in may leave you with a mess after you clean up your custom garage. Always ensure that you have enough containers for everything to facilitate effective cleanup.

Schedule a junk haul with your favorite junk hauler 

Make sure that you schedule a pickup with your friendly neighborhood junk hauling company. This way, you can be sure that any junk you will be throwing away won’t be sitting on your driveway for days or even weeks. This will also ensure that you won’t be tempted to stow these away even though these items are already considered junk.

Be systematic when you clean out your custom garage 

To ensure that you don’t miss any area of your garage, you need to clean it out in stages and sections. Move your vehicle before you do any of this to ensure that you have enough space to work in as well. Tackle the task in sections, and once a section is done, check it off your list before starting on the next one.

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Scrub, sweep, vacuum, and dry out after organizing everything 

Once everything is complete, you will need to scrub out your garage. Sweep the floors, remove cobwebs and other debris from the walls and ceilings, scrub greasy spots with soapy water, and rinse everything out. Dry out the area thoroughly before returning your vehicle to your garage.

If your garage needs a fresh coat of paint, then consider doing this on the second day of your cleanup. Allow the paint to dry before parking your vehicle in your garage. If you are planning on tiling your floors or doing other decorative tasks to your garage, this is also the right time to do this.

Whether you have a garage that is built in with your home or you have a custom garage made by Carports US, cleaning this out regularly is a must. You need to keep your garage clean to ensure that it lasts a long time and to prevent damage to the structure as well as for your peace of mind.

For your custom garage needs, Carports US is the company to trust. You can also trust us for your carport, prefab barns, custom RV carports, and other prefab structural needs. You can contact us at (844) 557-6375 for your inquiries or orders.