Garage Renovation Tips: How to Renovate Your Garage into Extra Storage, Home Gym or Workshop

exterior of newly remodeled garage

Garage Renovation Tips: How to Renovate Your Garage into Extra Storage, Home Gym or Workshop

If you don’t use your garage to park your vehicle, you’re not alone. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn that space into something more useful? Whether you need extra storage, a home gym, or a workshop, your garage can be transformed into it. Here’s how to renovate your garage. 

  1. Make a Plan 

Your first step should be to make a plan for what you want the garage to look like when you’re finished. Making a floorplan and listing out all of the materials and features that you’ll need to complete the project is a good idea. When you’re translating that into costs, be sure to add a ten to fifteen percent buffer on your budget to deal with unexpected costs. 

Also be sure that you are addressing the functional needs of the space. If you are turning the garage into extra living space the garage will need to be heated and cooled, so it will need quality insulation to make this more affordable. You’ll also need a plan to connect your HVAC system to the garage, or install new air conditioning and heating options just for it. With this, you’ll need ventilation for safety and air quality. 

Of course, you should also consider a new garage door. Quality doors will help you retain more heat. They can also improve the look of the garage on the outside and inside. You’ll be boosting curb appeal while also making the garage space look more like an extension of your indoor living space. We suggest light colors, such as whites and creams, so keep the style modern.

  1. Clean-Up 

Often, garage clean-up is the most daunting part of the renovation. You likely have a bunch of items inside that you don’t know how to recycle or throw out. Our junk removal services can help with that. We can move any items from your garage and send them off for recycling or dispose of them properly. All you’ll have left is the blank canvass you need to start remodeling. Pick out the items you want to keep and either move them, or let us know they are staying behind, and we’ll handle the rest.

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  1. The Remodel 

Depending on what you’ll be turning your garage into, your process for the renovation may vary. However, here are some tips to keep you on track:

  • Add extra outlets, especially for media rooms and workshops
  • Place extra blocking between studs for your shelving 
  • Be sure the HVAC system is accounted for before you add drywall
  • Add weatherstripping to doors and windows to make heating and cooling easier 
  • Plan to add ample windows and/or lighting sources 
  • Add custom storage options over basic ones, as they will help you store more in the space
  • Consider the warmth and comfort or flooring, not just cost and final look 

If you get in over your head with some part of the remodel, remember that you can reach out to professionals to complete just the parts that you are struggling with.

  1. Finishing Touches 

Now that everything is installed, it’s time to clean and add those important finishing touches so that the space is usable. Here’s where junk removal services can help you again. We can remove the extra construction materials and debris that you have left over from the project. We can dispose of everything properly, so all you have left to do is enjoy your garage space.

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Here at Bye Junk we want to help make your garage renovation go as smooth as possible. We provide full garage clean out services as well as post renovation debris removal. Just contact us and we’ll make the clean easy for you.

We provide our services all over the Bay Area including junk removal in Fremont, junk removal in Livermore, and many more bay area locations.