Garage Landscaping Ideas

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Maintaining the landscaping around your garage is key to boosting curbside appeal for your home. There are plenty of ways to create the outdoor look that suits your taste. Adding plants, flowers, or other outdoor elements all have the potential to beautify your garage’s exterior.

Grow plants that absorb moisture
The area outside of your garage is not limited to having colorful flowers. Growing plants that are multipurpose, such as ones that absorb moisture and keep bugs away, make for pleasant porch time. Some examples of natural mosquito-repelling plants include citronellas, horsemints, marigolds, ageratums, and catnips.

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5 Steps to Follow When Cleaning Aluminum Siding

Blue Sky Image (3)Spring is the perfect time of year for outdoor cleaning. You may consider cleaning your aluminum siding or garage door when it comes to freshening up your home. The task of trying to make aluminum look brand new can be simple if you follow these five steps. For those unfamiliar with the topic, aluminum is a tough material that is used for siding or garage doors. One benefit of purchasing aluminum for your home is that it requires very little to no maintenance. However, this minimum amount of maintenance still needs to be done in order to keep a long lifespan for your siding.

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Top 5 Repairs That May Make Your Garage Last Longer

Blue Sky Image (3) copy 9By keeping up with your garage maintenance duties, you may be able to make your garage last longer. There are a number of ways to make sure that your garage space is up to date and functional for years to come. However, a few proactive tasks are more important than others.

Protect your garage door finish
This is done in hopes of preventing any scratches to the panel surface of your garage door for both visually pleasing and practical reasons. One way to protect your garage door is to apply a coat of protective sealer so that weather damage does not occur. Read more

Your City May Dictate the Size of Your Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)It is important to understand how your location has the ability to dictate the size of your garage before you begin to come up with a plan that includes additions to property.

Understanding regulations
It may be beneficial to look into the common mistakes that can occur while building a garage before you begin the process. In order to avoid making a mistake, come up with a plan that coincides with your city’s sizing regulations.  

Creating a design based on restrictions
Consider building a garage that is big enough to fit your vehicles. It would be unfortunate to get halfway through your garage creation, only to discover that your design was too small to fit your cars and your storage items. For a single-car garage, an average size to go by is at least 14 by 20 feet. For a two-car garage, the measurements are typically around 20 by 24 feet. Read more

Build a Garage that Showcases Your Car

Blue Sky Image (3)If you are a car collector, you may desire a space where you can display your wheels. Whether you are building a new garage or remodeling your own, it is beneficial to come up with a plan in order to create a garage that is best fit for you.  The first step you may want to consider when planning is to break down your design ideas into exterior and interior. Then continue with mapping out your garage with specifics depending on the placement of each material. There are some elements you may wish to incorporate into your design, including:

Installing special lights
You can set up lights in your garage to focus on your cars that you want to display. Whether the lights are on the inside or the outside of your garage, you want them to be complimentary of the surroundings. For example, using materials that are similar to the design of your house may help the structure of the garage tie into your overall property. Read more

Climate Can Affect Your Type of Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)Weather conditions can play a role in the material that you decide to build your garage with. For example, if you live in a tropical climate, such as Florida, the weather is typically on warm. However, it is damp because of the amount of rain and humidity that is produced annually. Knowing that you live in these conditions, it is beneficial to take precautionary steps by protecting your garage with a steel door in case of intense storms. There are a variety of options in which you can decide to build your garage with depending on your city’s temperature and climate. Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Build a New Garage

Whether you are designing a garage from the ground up or replacing your old garage, there are a number of reasons as to why you might need to build a new garage. Before you begin the process, a few thoughts you may want to keep in mind are to communicate with your building permit office and neighbors so that they are aware are you building a garage, take the time to understand the city rules regarding garages, make sure that the measurements of your lot are accurate, draw up a plan on your computer, and double check that your new garage plan gets approved.

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5 Advantages of a Detached Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)If you do not have enough space in your home to enjoy all the activities that you desire, consider investing in a detached garage. There are a number of benefits that can come with a detached garage. Whether you need more storage room or an area for your office, this extra space has potential benefits and can be customized to your specific needs. Once you have made your decision to invest in a detached garage and building permits have been approved, you can begin to brainstorm different interior ideas.

Spare bedroom: Having an overnight guest can sometimes be less stressful if they have their own space to enjoy. With the addition of a detached garage, your guests will be able to feel comfortable knowing they can close enjoy alone time at the end of the night. Read more

5 Ways to Quick Fix Your Garage During the Winter

Blue Sky Image quickfixAlthough the weather has gotten warmer in Chicago, that does not mean you should wait to get a head start on preparing your garage for more cold temperatures. One way to be proactive is to implement necessary quick fixes to your garage. There are a few different ways you can provide your garage with the care it needs. Read more

How to Clean Up Melted Snow in Your Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)As the sun begins to stay in the sky for just a little longer each day, the winter weather slowly starts to fade away in the Chicagoland area. As the snow melts, your garage may become damaged due to the excess water. However, there are a number of tactics you can tackle in order to clean up any messes made in your garage and prevent any damages from happening in the future.  Read more