Garage Renovation – Is it worth it?

Garage’s are very often seen as just a place to store your car or a dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a home elsewhere. Others have grander visions for a garage, a workspace or extra living space. Will it add value to your home? Maybe! While a playroom for the kids’ home office for yourself may attract some buyers, plenty will be put off. So what improvements could you make to add value? 

Start by installing a functional garage door. A door that requires muscle to open isn’t going to suit many homebuyers.

If you have an attached garage, make sure the walls and ceiling are insulated but also vented to stop any carbon monoxide seeping into the house from the exhaust fumes. 

It’s fine to use your garage for storage, but cluttering it will make it look smaller to potential buyers. Some good-quality shelving/racking and storage boxes will keep things organised and show the true size of your garage.  

Garage Renovation – Is it worth it?

Garage’s are very often seen as just a place to store your car or a dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a home elsewhere. Others have grander visions for a garage, a workspace or extra living space. Will it add value to your home? Maybe! While a playroom for the kids’ home office for yourself may attract some buyers, plenty will be put off. So what improvements could you make to add value? 

Start by installing a functional garage door. A door that requires muscle to open isn’t going to suit many homebuyers.

If you have an attached garage make sure the walls and ceiling are insulated but also vented to stop any carbon monoxide seeping into the house from the exhaust fumes. 

It’s fine to use your garage for storage, but cluttering it will make it look smaller to potential buyers. Some good-quality shelving/racking and storage boxes will keep things organised and show the true size of your garage.  

Garage Renovation Mistakes you won’t want to make

Increasing the living area of your home by converting your garage has benefits. However, without proper execution, it could end up a disaster and even devalue your home. 

Don’t underestimate the time and cost involved to do the job properly. Yes, it’s going to cost less than building an extension from scratch but it does still need to be done within building regulations. Depending on what you will be using the garage conversion for, it’s almost certainly going to need new electrics and heating especially if it’s going to house a new kitchen or bathroom. Converting your garage isn’t a DIY job you can do on weekends. For it to function properly it’s going to need some professional expertise. If it is a detached garage you are converting into a separate flat or business premises then you will almost certainly have to gain ‘change of use’ permission from the local authority.

Aesthetically Pleasing

When deciding on a new garage door, there are many things you need to consider. This includes the door’s functionality, how durable it is and whether it will require a lot of maintenance. However, from an aesthetic point of view, appearance is the primary thing to consider. For aesthetically driven people, there is no getting away from the appearance. Choosing a garage door colour that is aesthetically pleasing and works with any colour scheme, white is often a perfect colour. Neutral yet bright, it will never go out of fashion and can give your home a lift and a clean, elegant appearance. White garage doors come in many styles, from up and over to roller shutters and all types of garage doors in between. Another benefit of a white door is that it is easy to repaint in future and will look stunning right now.

Reasons You May Need A Garage Door Replacement

There are many reasons why you may need to replace your garage door. Below are some common reasons why a new garage door may be required.

Frequent Failures

If your garage door lets you down, and you often need to call a repair person, then it may be time for a replacement. There is likely something wrong with the door that cannot be repaired, whether due to old age or a hidden fault.

Strange Noises

Strange noises can indicate there is something wrong with your garage door. While the problem may be fixable, it is often the case that it is time for an upgrade.

Outdated Model Or Style

It’s recommended you replace an outdated model or style when it is no longer fit for purpose and can no longer perform as you need it. Plus, a new door will mean that your house has more curb appeal if you put it on the market. 

Security

Old, damaged or broken garage doors can pose a severe security risk due to being easier to get inside of, leading to criminals breaching your garage and, in the absolute worst-case scenario, your home.

Damaged Beyond Repair

If your garage door is broken or heavily damaged, it will need replacing as soon as possible. Any holes, large dents or gaps can be manipulated by thieves and compromise the security of your home. They can also compromise the integrity of your garage door and pose a safety risk when it is in operation.

Ways to organise your garage

When it comes to organising your garage, there isn’t a one size fits all solution.  We have compiled some tips on making the most of the space and making the area more organised.

Garage storage cabinets: Metal storage cabinets mean you can close the door on them and keep everything looking neat and tidy.  The best thing is you can get them up to 8ft tall, meaning floor to ceiling storage.

Corner shelves: Don’t leave the corner of the garage to gather dust. Make use of it by installing corner shelving to store your paint cans, oils, waxes and glues.

Storage tubes:  Cardboard storage tubes are inexpensive and perfect for storing long-handled items like a broom, rack or fork and avoid them falling over.

Heavy-duty rack: If you have a lot of heavy items that need storing, invest in a heavy-duty rack, some of them can take up to 2000lbs in weight. 

Make your own: Ideal for all DIY fans, both new and old.

Contemporary garden fencing

Garden fencing is not seen as just a boundary between neighbours anymore.  It is now considered the frame that holds the picture of your garden in place.  Here are just some of the non-traditional full slat fences that are available.

Gabion Fence: These are large metal baskets filled with sustainable materials like wood and stone.

Bamboo Fence: As the name suggests, these fences are made from Bamboo.  Bamboo can turn any garden into a Zen paradise and requires little maintenance.

Trellis Fencing: Trellis is an interwoven lattice design and can be used to separate your garden, train plants up or hanging lights.  These see-through fences don’t give you any privacy but are pleasant to look at.

Woven Panel Fencing: A contemporary look to the classic fence panel is made by weaving thin strips of wood around three vertical battens. 

Converting Existing Garage Doors to Electric

One thing many garage owners may be wondering is, if they can convert their existing garage door to an electric one. This can be tricky to answer and depends on a few factors.

Determining Factors for Electric Garage Door Conversion:

• Existing Garage Door Condition- this is one of the biggest factors for if the garage door can be converted, as it needs to be able to move freely and easily, without wobbling. Certain aspects can be repaired which could make your garage door eligible.

• The Garage Door Operation Type- most up and over types can be automated but if your garage door is a canopy door (meaning it extends out past the front of the garage when open) then it will need an additional ‘bow-arm’ device for the conversion.

• The Internal Structure of the Garage- there needs to be enough headroom, power in the garage and no obstruction such as lintels passing through the garage that will get in the way of the motor.

These are the main factors that would determine if you could automate your existing garage door. The best thing to do is get a professional to come out for a survey of the garage, to advise you.

Side-Hinged Garage Doors and the Benefits They Offer

UK homeowners have quite a variety of uses for their garages these days, such as extra living space, a home office, a gym or a workshop, alongside the typical uses such as storage or vehicle protection. Regardless of what option you have chosen, garages are often considered a security vulnerability, for theft. Side-hinged garage doors not only can be a very secure option, but also offer several other benefits.

Side-Hinged Benefits

Excellent security
These doors typically come with better locks and the option for multiple locks, over the standard up and over door

Easy Operation
They provide easy pedestrian access without having to put your whole garage on show and whilst being easy on your back as there is no need to bend over or lift the door

Customisable
These doors are Made to Measure for that perfect, customisable fit

Minimal maintenance
As these door have no complex mechanisms, they require less maintenance

Additional Internal Space
Since there is no internal tracking or mechanisms with this type of door, so they do not take up any garage space

Kerb appeal
Side-hinge garage doors look very smart and modern, adding to the beauty of your home

Garage Flooring Upgrades

Is your garage floor looking a little worse for wear or no longer suitable for its purpose? The two main ways for upgrading your garage flooring is to either use a coating or some sort of covering. The option you choose will most likely depend on how you utilise your garage and the amount you are willing to spend upgrading the flooring.

Coating options will typically involve the use of either paint or epoxy and may require the floor being repaired prior, if there is significant damage. Paint and Epoxy will adhere to the concrete slab, with the main difference between the two, being from a chemical and performance standpoint. True epoxy (not to be confused as epoxy paint) gives a more durable and long-lasting finish. Concrete floor paint can give your garage floor new life and is designed to be durable and resistant to damage from solvents, salts and other caustic materials.

The other option is floor coverings like tiles or mats which have been specifically designed for garages and can be used when the concrete is cracked or hard to repair. These coverings can be moved or removed when necessary. Floor tiles for garages are typically interlocking rigid or semi-rigid plastic, rubber or wood composite which tend to be more durable than vinyl tiles more commonly used in other living spaces. This method is easier and can include roll-out mats made of rubber or polyvinyl plastic. There are a variety of these and they are usually easy to clean and resilient.