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The Modern Garage 101

By Guest Author | September 24, 2015

If you are fortunate enough to have a garage, you understand the many functions it serves. Aside from being a great place to store your belongings and protect your vehicle from the outside elements, it also provides an easy transition from outdoors to indoors. Whether you are planning to remodel your current garage or add one to your home, you want to make sure it includes all the latest commodities. There are a few garage trends you should be aware of.

Modern Garage

Bigger is Better, this time

Bigger isn't always better, but, when it comes to the garage, this really does hold true. Just a few decades ago, the standard dimensions for a garage were around 21 feet by 21 feet and seven feet high. However, new vehicles on the market are requiring further space. For instance, the H2 Hummer is nearly 15 feet long. In a standard garage, this doesn't leave much room for all the other things you typically store in this space. The new standard size for your garage should be at least 22 feet by 22 feet and nine feet high.

Homes Per Lot

Architects and urban planners want to pack as many homes on a lot as possible. One way they have found to accomplish this is to place the garage in the back of the home rather than the front. They are able to be accessed from alleyways. Another growing trend is detached garages. Aside from making room for new homes on the block, this setup also encourages interaction between porch-sitters and those walking down the sidewalk, better allowing you to interact with your neighbors.

Organizational Features

Your garage is an extension of your home, and it's here where you can store belongings you just don't have space for in the home. There are a number of ways you can maximize your garage space including:

  • Implementation of devices such as storage bins, cabinets, closets, workbenches, shelves, and baskets
  • Creating sufficient space to park at least three vehicles
  • Adding playroom area for children
  • Installing wall hooks useful for hanging items such as bicycles and tools
  • Creating additional miscellaneous space, for example - ceiling storage

The Garage Door

The residential garage door is the opening to this much-desired space, and there are many options from which to choose. If you choose to go with basic stock doors, you'll be able to customize them with windows and other upgrades. Depending on the level of customization, you can expect to pay around $550.

However, if you truly want to individualize your garage, you can choose a fully-customized garage door. While this option runs you more, the investment buys you a number of unique features such as:

  • Injected foam insulation
  • Superior insulation value
  • Soundproofing
  • Variety of unique glass options
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Select panel designs
  • Guarantees on workmanship, parts, and materials

With the customized option, you can even take advantage of options that allow you to show the neighborhood your individual taste. For example, MLB themed doors feature official licensed MLB™ accents. The options are limitless.

Little tricks

When a home has a garage, odds are this is where tools are stored. However, there are so many, and they can take up a lot of space. When you employ the use of a magnetic tool holder in the garage, you can both save room as well as eliminate the need to rummage through a cluttered toolbox the next time you have to work on the car or embark on a home maintenance project. Another neat trick is an external storage unit, which looks like a miniature garage and acts like one too: it might cost a bit upfront, but it pays itself off over time since it’s super handy and requires no maintenance whatsoever.

Making Your Investment Pay Off

Making investments in home improvement is a great way to best ensure you make your money work for you. A garage in itself can be a powerful selling point if you ever want to move someplace new. However, when you step outside the box and include modern ideas into the creation of your garage, you can truly set your home apart from all the others. As you embark on your garage makeover or addition, keep these garage trends in mind as they can make all the difference in the end result.

About the author: Philip Piletic is a contributing writer for Realty Biz News

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