Contemporary Homes Blog

Updating Your Garage

By Joel Fine
May 16, 2017

Reprint from Jeremy Powell Eagle Home Mortgages
A garage door used to be a plain vinyl or wooden roll-up door that looked like every other garage door up and down your street. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Fancied-up garage doors are hot in 2017 — and so is using your garage for more than storing cars, barely used tools, and holiday decorations.

Dressing up your garage door can add instant curb appeal at a relatively low cost. There are so many choices now in materials and styles that your garage door can be a complement to the overall look of your home. You can match your garage to the style of your home, or go for a stylish, custom look that turns your garage into a feature. Choose doors that open outward with the touch of a button, or stick to a rollup but in a different material. Windows can be ordered in different sizes, shapes, and layouts, using clear or frosted acrylic.

If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, think about simply adding decorative hinges and handles!

Insulation Insulated garages have become less expensive and more efficient. We often think of a garage as something of an outdoor space but really, they aren’t – or don’t have to be. An insulated garage makes the entire house more energy efficient and if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, insulation makes the garage usable in the summer or winter months.

Easy Upgrades If you only use your garage for storing your cars and general miscellany, it’s still a great idea to seal the floors, paint the walls, and keep it well-organized. These updates can even help your garage last longer.

Electrical outlets, new lighting, and attractive flooring are easy to add to an open space like a garage, which often already has electricity and water running through it. If you have a hobby or spend a lot of time tinkering in your garage, you can even consider a garage screen door, a man door, or to create a lighter, more comfortable space, a window so you can enjoy your hobby and some fresh air!

If you're looking to make upgrades on your home that provide a great return on your investment, modernizing and prettifying your garage are great places to start. Even if you’re not considering the resale value of your home, replacing your garage door or repurposing the whole garage are two great ways to make changes that enhance the pleasure you receive from your own home.

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