I spend a lot of time and effort on my home. I bet you do the same.
After all, your home is your castle, right?
So it bugs the crap out of me when someone has a beautiful house and garage that is filled with so much crap that they can’t move in it.
Doesn’t your car deserve a nice home too?
For me, the garage is just another room in the house. You wouldn’t pile stuff up in your living room so you couldn’t use it. So why would you do it to your garage?
I bought my house in 2016 and one of the things I wanted from the start was a garage I could enjoy and be proud of.
So I’m starting this blog a little to document my garage upgrades and share everything that I’m learning along the way. There’s a lot of info out there but it’s not in any one place.
And to be honest, I’m doing this to keep myself accountable. I have an idea of my garage transformation and you’re going to help me make that idea a reality.
What’s in my ideal garage?
I have a couple of goals for my garage transformation:
I live in Florida and my garage faces the sun for most of the day.
It’s freaking hot in there.
So step number one is to actually make it so I can stand to be in the garage for more than a few seconds. Hopefully this will lower my energy bills as well, but that’s an afterthought.
What good is having an awesome garage if you can’t stand to spend any time in it?
To do this, I’m planning on insulating and weather-stripping the garage door and adding insulation and drywall to the cinderblock walls. My goal is to lower the temps in the garage by 10-15 degrees during the day.
Currently I’ve got an epoxy floor. I’m actually really grateful for this because my builder threw it in for free. I guess he liked us…
But it’s only a year old and it’s already stained and starting to show some damage.
Yeah…I’m totally rationalizing this one. I’ve had my eye on RaceDeck flooring for years. This is just an excuse to get it.
Better garage organization
I’ve already started this process actually, but there’s a lot more work to do.
I love garages that are super-organized. It just looks better.
I’ve decided to go with Gladiator GarageWorks because I think they have a good balance of durability, features and cost.
When I had our house built, I had them add four additional halo lights in the garage – and it’s still not enough.
So next on the list is some super-bright LED lighting that will make it easy to work on my cars, garden equipment or any other projects.
I’ve got my eye on the Big Ass Solutions garage lighting system, but more on that later.
What’s to come
I’m not the kind of guy who makes an impulse purchase for something big. I do my research. I ask questions. Lot of them.
What this site is going to do is keep track of the questions I’m asking for my own garage transformation and answer them for you.
So if you’re looking to upgrade your garage, whether you’re doing more or less than I’m doing, this can be a shortcut for you.
Let’s get started.