Why You Should Leave the Demolition of Your Old Garage to the Experts

Blue Sky Builders garage demolition safetyWhen updating or remodeling your house, you may want to consider renovating your garage as well. If you have an older home, then it is likely that your garage may need some work, too. Perhaps you have looked into how much work it would take to upgrade your garage, and you may have made the decision to demolish the existing structure and build a new one. This is a major undertaking, so it is best to leave it to the professionals. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it can also prevent injuries as well as a lot of time and headaches instead of you trying to do it yourself (DIY). Although DIY projects are popular this year because so many people are stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, having a company like Blue Sky Builders assist you in tearing down your old garage and building a new custom garage is a wise investment!  Read more

The Importance of Repairing or Replacing Your Garage Hardware

Blue Sky Builders garage hardware maintenance and replacementMaintaining your property and possessions involves replacing parts and equipment when they are damaged or when they wear out. This may include installing anything from new gutters and shingles on a roof to energy-efficient windows to springs and hinges on a garage door. There are many reasons why items may need to be updated, such as exposure to the outside elements or frequent use. For example, your garage door may open and close numerous times every day as you and your family members come and go. Routine maintenance is critical for a garage door to operate efficiently and safely. For professional assistance in fixing or installing new hardware for your garage, Blue Sky Builders can help. Read more

What Is the Best Type of Insulation to Use in My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage insulation installationWinter is coming, and the season can be especially brutal in northern Illinois. While your house is insulated when it is built to keep it warm, not all garages have insulation put in them when they are constructed. It is likely that you and your family have been using your garage more since the COVID-19 pandemic began, so you may want to consider ways to keep it warmer so you can continue utilizing this space even in the cold months.      Read more

Is a Carriage Door the Right Choice for Your Garage Remodel?

Blue Sky Builders carriage-style garage doorsIf you have been spending more time at home lately, you may be thinking about how you would like to improve the value of your house. One way of doing so is renovating your garage, which may include building onto it to increase its square footage or simply replacing the windows or door. There are many different styles of garage doors from which homeowners can choose. For example, some may have windows, while others do not. If you are considering carriage-style garage doors, you may want to go with the traditional “swing out” doors or a faux design that looks like carriage doors but opens up and down like today’s more modern garage doors.  Read more

The Importance of Cleaning Out Your Garage Gutters in the Fall

Blue Sky Builders garage gutter cleaning water damage preventionA garage can sometimes be considered a smaller, modified version of your home. Your garage may provide additional work space for an office, or it may even include a place to sleep for overnight guests. Gutters are an often overlooked but essential part of your house. These items protect the house from the elements, which can be especially harsh in Illinois. They provide a place for rainfall or snow to go during storms. However, even when it is warm and sunny outside, wind can blow leaves, branches, and even garbage into your gutters. In the autumn months, leaves fall from surrounding trees and land in your gutters. That is why it is crucial to check the gutters on your house and garage periodically and remove any debris so they can do their job. Read more

What Are the Benefits of a Wireless Garage Door Keypad?

Blue Sky Builders garage door opener wireless keypadToday’s houses feature the latest advancements to make doing things easier, such as TV remotes that you talk to and security cameras you can monitor on your cell phones. Many high-tech devices are also specifically designed for garages, including wireless keypads for entry. These offer a convenient way to get into your garage if you take a walk and do not want to carry your keys or remote opener. Likewise, they allow kids coming home from school to get into the house if your garage is attached. Those who may be concerned about safety need not fear. Although no home security device is guaranteed to be 100-percent failproof, the convenience and safety features that wireless keypads offer are worth the investment. Read more

What Are the Different Ways to Heat My Garage During the Winter?

Blue Sky Builders garage heating solutionsThese days, many people are spending more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. With fall upon us and winter right on its heels, cooler temperatures are coming to Illinois. Family time is great, but there comes a point when you might want to escape for a little “me” time. Turning your garage into a retreat might be easier than you think. By adding a heating element to this space, you can use it during the colder months, not just in the summertime. Read on to learn how you can enhance your garage by making it warm and inviting.   Read more

Converting Your Garage into a Haunted House for Halloween

Blue Sky Builders garage Halloween decorationsThe fall season is upon us, which means changing tree colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, and all the festivities that come with Halloween. Trick-or-treating may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with local communities issuing certain restrictions. Some cities and towns are leaving it up to residents to decide if they want to participate in this tradition, but regardless, safety precautions, including wearing face coverings, are recommended to protect little ghouls and goblins as well as adults handing out candy. Some families may opt to stay at home and have their own Halloween gathering, or they may invite a few neighbors over for a socially-distanced get-together. If you want to take your party up a notch, consider turning your garage into a haunted house with the following recommendations. You will have a blast and you might just be the talk of the town!   Read more

Top Tips for Organizing Your Garage to Maximize Space

Blue Sky Builders garage cleaning and storageYou may have been putting off cleaning out your garage, but there is no time like the present to get started on this project. In the Chicagoland area, fall provides the perfect climate to take on this task while the weather is still nice before the brutal winter comes. Although organization may not be at the top of your to-do list, it is essential in order to get the most out of your garage space. There are many products on the market for organizing all the items you want to keep in your garage, including tools, toys, holiday decorations, and more. To maximize what your garage has to offer, everything should have a place so items are easier to find, and they are not taking up unnecessary space. So set aside a weekend for you and the family to get this done; you will not regret it!    Read more

What Type of Paint Is Best for My Garage Remodel?

Blue Sky Builders garage paint optionsMany people use their garages for more than just housing their vehicles. A garage space can serve multiple purposes. For instance, it can be a work area for building or repairing cars or household appliances. A garage can also be converted into a recreational room for teenagers to hang out with friends, or even an office space for homeowners who are working remotely. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Illinois residents have spent more time at home and thus may be thinking about renovating their garages to fit this stay-at-home lifestyle. One item that may be overlooked when starting construction or remodeling is paint. Selecting the appropriate type of paint is critical for both the outside and the inside of your garage. Read more