More than likely, you put in plenty of effort to make your home welcoming year-round, whether it’s a fresh coat of paint in your bathroom, the addition of plants next to your entryway or a complete renovation of your kitchen.
But when was the last time you really assessed your garage? Some of the most common complaints homeowners have about their garages are that they’re too dark or dirty, and they’re uncomfortable in hot or cold weather. But a few upgrades can usually correct those problems.
Make your garage more welcoming. These four upgrades can improve the look and feel of your space:
1. Add a skylight
If your garage is illuminated by bare bulbs or fluorescent fixtures, bringing in some natural light can completely change the look and feel of the space. Skylights can be as simple as a sheet of Plexiglas, but if you’re willing to spend a bit more on a skylight that opens, you’ll have the added benefit of increased air circulation, which can help prevent mold and mildew from taking root.
2. Refinish the floor
A cracked, oil-stained floor can be an eyesore and attract and hold dirt. Repair minor cracks with a patch kit. For larger cracks, you’ll need to use a chisel or circular saw to cut away the concrete surrounding the crack, before you can add concrete fill.
After you’re repaired cracks and thoroughly cleaned the floor, paint it with an epoxy garage floor paint. Epoxy paint comes in a variety of colors, and you can add flecks of color to create a custom look. This durable finish is easy to clean and reflects light, unlike unfinished concrete.
3. Replace or insulate the door
Add more sunlight by installing a new garage door with windows, or make your space more resistant to heat and cold by adding garage door insulation. You can also find new garage doors that contain insulation.
4. Paint the walls
Many garages have cinder block walls, which can be painted with a latex-based acrylic paint. Choose white, or a bright color, to liven up the space, and consider a paint that fights moisture. If you’re feeling creative, paint a mural or a checkerboard pattern. You can always paint over it if you decide to sell your house some day.
With a few upgrades, your garage can be a more welcoming entryway into your home.