How to Perform an 8-Point Inspection of Your Garage in the Spring

Blue Sky Builders garage inspection floor roof door walls windowsApril is the perfect month to give your garage a good cleaning and a careful inspection to identify problems that need repair before serious damage occurs. By doing your annual inspection in the spring, you then have months of warm weather to complete any necessary garage repairs. Here are eight things to check as you go about your spring cleaning: Read more

What Roofing Terms Do I Need to Know When Replacing My Garage Roof?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof replacementMost home and garage roofs in the Chicago area require replacement of their asphalt composite shingles every 20 to 30 years, but the actual life of the roof can be shorter or longer depending on the quality of the shingles, the amount of direct sun they get, and other weather-related factors. Read more

Can I Save Money By Installing Solar Panels on My Garage Roof?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof solar powerNow that spring has sprung, outdoor home improvement season is upon us. With Earth Day approaching on April 22, it seems appropriate to dedicate this post to a “green” topic: solar power. Specifically, does it make financial sense to use your Downers Grove residential garage to generate electricity with solar panels? The short answer is: Yes, thanks to current federal and state incentives. Read more

5 Things That Need a Home in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage storage ladders toolsAre you tired of digging through piles of stuff in your garage to find the thing you need? The solution can be found in the old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Here is our list of 5 things you should have in your new garage and the best place to put them so you can always find them. Read more

How to Replace Your Garage Light Bulbs with LEDs

Blue Sky Builders garage LED light bulbsIf you have been confused by the changes in light bulbs over the last few years, you are not alone. Most of us grew up with incandescent light bulbs and are still figuring out the transition to LED bulbs on the market. For example, in the incandescent world, we knew were supposed to buy heavy-duty bulbs marked “outdoor use” for fixtures in and around the garage. You probably even have some yellow bulbs for use in the summer to avoid a swarm of bugs around your doors. But what is the right replacement in the world of LED bulbs? Read more

3 Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage natural lighting optionsDoes your garage feel dark all the time? While installing more electric lighting is one way to address this, another option is to let in more natural light. Here are three ways you can add more natural light when rebuilding or remodeling your garage:

  • Replace a solid entry door with a full-window or half-window door.
  • Replace a solid garage door with one that has windows.
  • Add more windows to the walls.

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Eco-Friendly Materials and Methods for Garage Construction

Blue Sky Builders green garage constructionEvery person plays a role in keeping our air, land, and water clean of health-damaging pollutants. In fact, you probably take at least one eco-friendly action every day, such as recycling or reducing your carbon footprint by conserving energy. So when you make plans to build a new garage, why not make it a priority to use earth-friendly building methods and materials? Two ways you can do this are to reuse or recycle construction debris and to choose energy-efficient building materials. Read more

What Are the Options for Finishing the Interior of My Garage?

Downers Grove finishing garage interiorIf your garage has an unfinished interior with exposed studs, you have probably wondered about the options for insulating and finishing a garage. After all, the garage is one of the most-used rooms in your house. In fact, if your garage is attached to your house, it is probably your most-used entryway. You will get daily enjoyment out of your investment in finishing this space. Read more

Your Dream Home Is Not Finished Until You Have a Dream Garage

Blue Sky Builders dream garageYour dream home might be a 1,800 square foot cottage near your relatives in Chicago or a 4,000 square foot luxury home in Wheaton within a short commute to your job. Whatever its size and value, it is yours, and you have put a lot of time and effort into making that house a home. But there is one thing you may not have finished yet, and that is the garage. Your dream home is not complete until you have the custom garage of your dreams. Read more