August 23, 2012 5:44 am
According to the US Census, in 2010 the average U.S. home was 2,169 square feet. With many garages weighing in at 400-500 square feet, garages are often the largest room in the house and some believe the most underutilized. In many newer homes the garage is already heated, has windows, and sufficient artificial light. In older homes, the first step to a garage remodel may be controlling the climate inside the garage.
Start with the local building department. Many have found that in order to install floor coverings such as carpet or other products not designed for inside the garage, homeowners would have to completely change how the area is categorized. Flooring material must meet the International Residential Code R 309 for Garages and Carports for one, and two, family residential buildings or the International Building Code 406.2 for all other buildings. Check with a local building code and contractor for more information.
Roll out PVC garage flooring, garage floor tiles, self stick tiles, PVC tiles and even some garage coatings are very suitable for garage application. The most important consideration in choosing the flooring is determining how the room will be used most of the time.
Homeowners should expect to pay between $1.54 and $4.00 per square foot for a DIY flooring product for the garage. Most homeowners end up spending about $3 per square foot for a commercial grade roll out PVC product that can easily be installed by almost any homeowner.
The next step is to organize the items that will stay in the garage. Industry experts do not recommend storing hazardous items such as gasoline and paints in the garage if it is going to be used for living space. Find a suitable place to store such items.
Overhead storage is a great way to store the items homeowners need access to on an occasional basis. Many garages can easily accommodate two overhead storage racks. For under $100 homeowners can add a considerable amount of storage space without consuming valuable floor space.
PVC slat wall products provide homeowners with the ability to easily store items on the wall and to be able to modify the layout of the storage hooks and cabinets easily. A two car garage, on average, needs 32 Sq. Ft to 64 Sq. Ft of wall storage.
Garage storage cabinets are a necessary component to any garage remodel. Often, if a homeowner is in the middle of a major remodel, old kitchen cabinets can be reused at minimal expense. A lot of other accessories are also available. If a homeowner has snow tires, for example, there are tire storage racks. Consulting with a garage flooring and storage professional before making a purchase will likely decrease the homeowner's overall cost and increase the homeowner's satisfaction.
Source: Garage Flooring, LLC
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