Are you thinking of building yourself an awesome man-cave? Or perhaps you are sick and tired of not being able to find your tools in the black hole that is your garage? Whatever your reason for wanting to upgrade your garage, you know that you will be spending a lot of time in it and therefore want to make sure that you are being smart about it. If you are thinking about, or have already started, enhancing your garage, then here are some tips to help make it the envy of all of your car loving friends.
Do A Bit of Spring Cleaning
The first step is the most obvious: clean out that garage! If your garage looks like it should be on an episode of Hoarders, then this may take a while. If at all possible, try to remove any non-car related items like bikes, kid’s toys, etc. The garage should be the domain of the car and nothing else. Should you have trouble finding spaces for things consider overhead garage storage.
Check If You Need Permits
Depending on what you want to be able to do in your garage, you may have to check your state building codes to determine if you need permits for certain things. Things like adding a sink (which is, by the way, a great addition to a garage) or doing anything with the foundation (perhaps to improve the drainage) may very well require a permit.
Get a Lift
Any real garage needs a lift of some type in order to get to those hard to reach places. If you have the high ceilings, go with a two-post lift, preferably with a high weight capacity. If you don’t have the space for a lift then you should go with a hydraulic floor jacks. They are not ideal but they will get the job done.
Protect Your Floor
Some people use epoxy to protect their floors from things that can stain it, like oil. While this is certainly a good option, I would recommend going with RaceDeck flooring, or something like it. It is easy to clean, durable, and gives your garage a professional finish.
How have you pimped out your garage? Please let us know in the comments below.
In the meantime if you want some inspiration, check out this amazing garage from Cool Rides Online member and former winner, The Hot Rod Grille Garage!
Image By: Ed Callow [ torquespeak ]
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