Are you looking for a home improvement project to work on in the new year? Why not finish your garage? With a little insulation, drywall, and a fresh coat of paint, you can accomplish all sorts of goals. Below, we've listed four things you can do with your garage space if you choose to finish it in 2021.
1. Create a Home Office
2020 was a year when many homeowners started working from home, and a significant number of those homeowners plan to continue working from home for a long time to come. If you've recently set up a home office in your dining room and are looking for a more comfortable (and private!) space to work, your garage could be the perfect spot.
Finishing your garage is a great way to make space for a home office. In addition to insulated walls and a finished ceiling, you'll also need to install some kind of climate control. A space heater and a portable air conditioner may be adequate but work with a contractor if you don't have enough outlets or electrical service to make this realistic.
2. Improve Energy Efficiency
If your garage is attached to your house, finishing the space can help improve your home's energy efficiency - especially if you use your garage frequently. A finished garage is less susceptible to temperature variations outside and thus will provide more insulation to the main structure of your home.
3. Increase Your Home's Value
A finished garage is a nice feature that can improve your home's overall value. If you're thinking about selling your home sometime in 2021, finishing your garage can make your home more attractive to buyers, which can help your home sell more quickly and for more money.
If selling your home in 2021 is your goal, work with licensed professionals when finishing your garage to ensure that the work is done correctly.
4. Provide More Usable Space
Unfinished garages are cold and difficult to clean properly. Spending time in these spaces is no fun, and because they tend to be hard to clean, storing important items in an unfinished garage can be risky. Mice and pests often seek shelter in places like this.
Finished spaces are easier to use for a variety of reasons. Whether you're looking for a room where you can do exercises or engage in a hobby, or you simply want someplace to safely store your holiday decorations and seasonal clothing, finishing your garage makes the space easier to use overall.
5. Protect Temperature-Sensitive Chemicals
The garage is a place where people often store household chemicals, from cleaning products to paints. Some of these substances are sensitive to extreme temperatures and can be ruined if they freeze or are exposed to great heat. By finishing your garage, you prevent it from becoming too cold or hot. This helps ensure that your household chemicals will last longer.
Want to Finish Your Garage? Install the Right Door
Old garage doors tend to be very energy inefficient, which makes finishing your garage all the more challenging. Overhead Door Company's Thermacore doors are highly efficient. They're the perfect door to put in place if you're trying to make your space more energy-efficient. Call Overhead Door of Oklahoma City for a consultation to discuss the installation of a new garage door.