If you work from home, it's important to make space in your house where you can have privacy, peace, and quiet. Your garage can be that space, though most garages need a few modifications before they can become a suitable home office. If you'd like to upgrade your garage and turn it into your home office, we have some tips to help you get started. Most garages are at an uncomfortable temperature throughout the year. They can also be dusty, dirty, poorly lit, and cluttered. You can transform your garage into a home office with a little effort and some smart remodeling. Here's what you need to know.
Most garages lack insulation, which in turn can lead to temperature fluctuations. Finishing your garage with insulation and drywall can help prevent these temperature fluctuations. Insulation also makes it easier to maintain a consistent, desirable temperature in your garage. You can insulate the walls of your garage yourself, or hire a contractor to insulate.
Is your garage door insulated? If not, you can insulate it yourself with a garage door insulation kit. You can also replace your old garage door with a Thermacore model from Overhead Door Company. Our Thermacore garage doors feature an energy-efficient design with reduced air infiltration, to help keep your garage comfortable year-round.
Installing weatherstripping is another step you can take to control the temperature in your garage. If you're planning to install climate control like a portable air conditioner or a space heater, weatherstripping your garage will help increase efficiency and reduce power usage.
Weatherstrip around windows and doors, just like you would in your home. When weatherstripping around your garage door, you may want to get help from a professional. Weatherstripping around your garage door prevents air infiltration, but you'll have to nail the stripping into the door frame. Your garage door contractor or repair person can help you with this if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
3. Control Temperature
As already mentioned, you can control your garage temperature by installing a space heater and portable air conditioner. If you want something more permanent, you'll have to hire a contractor. You may also need to upgrade your electrical box if the electrical service to your garage is not enough to support the new climate control devices you'll have to install.
4. Light the Space
Garages can be dim, poorly lit spaces. You can dress up the space with a few lamps, or work with a contractor to install better lighting. Don't forget you can also open your garage door on nice days, to let in the light from the outside.
5. Clean It Out
Remove clutter from your garage. If you have nowhere else to put your seasonal items, install a loft area in your garage for storage purposes. Opening up the space in your garage and reducing clutter will make it easier to think while you're at work, and will give you more room to spread out at the same time.
Turning Your Garage Into a Home Office? Contact Overhead Door of Oklahoma City
We can help you! Whether you need to insulate your garage door or give the garage door opener a tune-up, we can help you turn your garage into the perfect home office space. Call today to make an appointment.