When it comes to renovating, the garage is probably the last part of your house you’d have in mind. However, if you are looking for a great place to make a man cave, this large space has lots of unused potential that could be unleashed by smart remodeling. By taking on this project, you could either turn that space into a more functional garage or convert it into the ultimate man cave that provides great living space. Depending on your needs, you’ll decide which one of these is the right call for you. In this article, we’ll focus on a home remodel project for upgrading your garage. This ultimate garage makeover, will help you reach the ultimate functionality of that man cave you have always dreamed about. Here are some steps you need to follow to achieve that.
Garages are more often than not – junk rooms. They hold everything from sports equipment to old yearbook photos. Since there are so many things, it is almost impossible to organize them straight away, and it would be best to take everything outside and place it on the driveway or in the yard. That way, you’ll have a clearer image of what you are dealing with.
When you take a good look at those items, you should divide them into groups:
- Throw away – things that are basically junk and you will never use again
- Give to charity – stuff that you don’t need anymore but could be useful to someone else
- Sell – things that are in good condition, no longer needed, but you think you could get a good price for them
- Keep – memories and valuable items (pack them in separate labeled boxes)
Prepare the space for remodeling
Preparation is a small, but necessary task. It will not take longer than a couple of hours, but it will ease your future tasks and help you decide how to organize later. Here are some steps the prep should include:
- Ensure the garage door seals are functioning properly
- Replace the old floor cover plates and drain caps
- Remove the floor fixtures
- Clean everything
Coating the Garage floor
Floor coating is something that essential for having the ultimate man cave. There are lots of options for this, you can make it more industrial looking or you can take a more traditional approach with flooring. One of the more popular and budget friendly ideas for garage floors are epoxy floor coverings. This is more economical and can be done by a hired professional or can be a weekend warrior DIY project. Regardless of what you decide, you should understand that the right floor covering for your man cave will set the tone for future enjoyment. Don’t skimp out or go cheap on this, because you will forever, regret it, if you don’t choose the flooring wisely.
Designate the storage areas in the Garage
Once the floor is ready, you should be able to construct a layout of your man cave garage where storage is the main priority. The questions you need to ask yourself are: Where to introduce the storage? How much storage space do you need? What will you store there? For most of the garage storage tasks, regular shelving solutions will do the trick. As for the tools you are regularly using, a pegboard on the wall will be the most appropriate addition. You can also include a couple of cabinets for the things you don’t want to keep in plain sight.
Now there are just some little details left to do. One of the best things you can do on the finish line is to upgrade your lighting solutions. Besides the one ceiling fixture you have, you should also have accent and task lights above the storage and the tool area and around your working area. When all the heavy work is done, it is time to put all the stuff from the driveway and the yard back into the garage. Make sure you organize everything well; separate the items based on their function and frequency of use.
After all these steps, you can rest assured that your garage is perfectly functional. You will have enough room for both storage and your car. Also, the floor coating will ensure the wear is minimized regardless of the traffic, and the new lighting fixtures will make your garage safer – and if you go for the energy efficient options, more cost-effective too.