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 Are the Advantages of Installing Windows in My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage window installationA garage often acts as a multi-purpose structure for many homeowners. Not only is it a safe place to house your vehicles, but you can use it to store gardening tools, bicycles, motorcycles, holiday decorations, or your children’s outdoor toys. Your garage also impacts your curb appeal when someone comes knocking, as it may be the first section of your home that visitors or passersby see from the street. An easy way to enhance the look of your garage overall is to add windows. Although many garages may already have a window or two on the side or back of the building, additional windows can be added in these areas or above the garage door. Windows are visually appealing, and they can provide more natural light if you use your garage for other purposes, such as a workshop or for game night with friends or neighbors. Any kind of window also makes the space feel bigger and brighter.  Read more

Why Steel Garage Entry Doors Are a Good Choice For Your Home

thumbnailWhile you may put a lot of thought into the aesthetics and security features of the front door of your home, you could be neglecting the safety of the internal and external entry doors into your garage. These may not seem as important to you, but the types of doors you choose for your garage can have a significant impact on all sorts of things, from safety to energy usage. The door that we recommend for all homebuilders or fixer-uppers is a steel entry door.

4 Benefits of Steel Garage Entry Doors

There are many benefits to installing steel entry doors in your garage, including the following:

  1. Security—It is much more difficult to break through metal than it is to break through wood or fiberglass. This is especially true for those who have a high-quality, powerful set of keyed dual locks installed with the doors. With or without the additional safety precautions, the strength of the material of these doors typically keeps intruders at bay.
  2. Affordability—Typically, steel doors are the least expensive option for entry doors. And while some might argue this is due to the material’s lack of aesthetic appeal, the truth is, with help from the right garage builder, you can actually create an attractive entry door, even with steel as the material. Possible ways to spruce it up include:
    • Diverse paneling options
    • Different colors
    • Ornate door lights
    • Elegant glass windows and other glass inserts
  3. Energy Efficiency and Good Insulation—Most steel entry doors, especially those for residential areas, are not made entirely of steel due to the heaviness of the material. In fact, other than the steel outer-coating, these entry doors often have a similar core as those made of fiberglass. Overall, this makes steel entry doors good at keeping the heat and cold outside, improving both indoor insulation and energy efficiency. Add some magnetic weather stripping and you will be well on your way to effectively braving the elements of inclement weather.
  4. Low Maintenance—Other than the possibility of dents, which are uncommon in residential homes, and rusting, which often takes a long time to occur, steel entry doors are very low maintenance. Other popular alternatives, such as wood and fiberglass can easily rot or crack from changing weather conditions.

Contact a Downers Grove Steel Entry Door Professional

Thinking about replacing your garage entry doors or determining which entry doors to use in your new garage? Call a Chicago-area garage building specialist at 630-852-8485 to discuss your options. With more than 40 years of garage building experience, Blue Sky Builders can help you choose the right steel entry doors for your garage, including helping you with the overall design, security, and environmental impact of those doors on your home.

Sources:

https://www.thespruce.com/installing-a-steel-door-at-home-1821451

https://learn.reeb.com/knowledge-base/wood-vs-fiberglass-vs-steel/

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/entry-doors/buying-guide/

 

4 Great Ways to Get Your Garage Organized

DuPage County garage organization professionalsWhen thinking of all the different ways you could update your garage, you might easily forget the primary purpose for garages in the first place: to provide storage for your car and other items. Unlike most parts of your house, the garage lends itself particularly well to clever organization and storage systems, especially when you are dealing with a diverse cornucopia of things that need a home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your garage organized while also saving space.  

Ideas for Garage Storage That Work Well

The primary goal when it comes to organizing your garage is to figure out ways to optimize storage capacity. Most garages are small, and space can be limited, particularly if you intend to keep your car in the garage. Due to this, you need to determine how best to store things without taking up too much space. Some possible ideas to achieve this goal include:

  1. Using the Walls—You would be surprised at how many different tools and other items you can fit on a wall. By placing these things flush against a wall, including even fairly large tools, it can seem like making them flat, since they no longer take up space on the floor. To enable effective use of the walls for storage, you might want to consider some of these handy options:
    • Pegboards and Other Paneling—Pegboards are simple ways to place small tools and other items on the wall with continued easy access while using very little real estate. In fact, pegboards can be used to secure not just small tools, but also rakes, brooms, shovels, and other larger pieces of equipment to the wall.
    • Magnetic Strips—If you do not have space for pegboards, you can also consider using magnetic strips, which can be added virtually anywhere, including across walls, on workbenches, and along shelving.
    • Hangers and Hooks—These can be attached to the walls and ceiling of your garage, and if they are used creatively, they can save space and create an interesting atmosphere in the garage.
    • Racks and Shelves—While these may be a more obvious option, they can provide valuable storage space to begin a serious organization of your garage.
  2. Using the Ceiling—Possibly one of the most common uses of ceiling space is to hang bicycles. This can be especially helpful, because bikes can take up significant space in your garage, and other pieces of equipment may also be stored in this manner. Decreasing the amount of overhead clearance in your garage can be a welcome compromise that opens up floor space for other items.
  3. Labeling—You can apply the same methods you use to organize your office to your garage space. This means grouping items in specific categories and creating clear labels that are easy to understand. Labeling could be done in several ways, including:
    • With Words—An affordable label-maker from the local office supply store will make labeling with words a breeze.
    • With Color—Color-coding is another option. This can allow you to group items by similar categories, while providing a more aesthetically pleasing (and colorful) way of organizing your garage.
  4. Installing a Multifunctional Workbench—Workbenches do not just have to be flat surfaces to complete work on. If you are inventive with your workbench, you might be able to include hidden cabinets, equipment used for specific crafts or projects, and other spaces where you can store the items you use often.

Contact a Downers Grove Garage Renovation Professional

As you work to organize your garage, you might come across a few things that could use some serious work, such as replacement windows, new siding or roofing, a new electric garage door opener, or any other number of major garage projects. Call our Chicago-area custom garage experts at 630-852-8485 to learn how we can help you create the perfect garage to meet your family’s needs.

 

What Are the Benefits of Converting My Garage Into a Home Gym?

DuPage County custom garage builder home gymNow that Governor Pritzker has extended the Illinois Stay-at-Home Order through the end of May, you may want to give some thought into ways of making your garage more livable. One of the many ways to do this is to convert your garage into a home gym. You could be creative and resourceful, putting together a makeshift workout room with what you already have, or you could look to create a custom garage that includes a functional, fully-featured gym. Whichever you decide, here are some of the best features you could add to a home gym in your garage: Read more

4 Benefits of Remodeling Your Garage to Create Extra Living Space

Chicago area garage renovation expertsRecently, Governor Pritzker announced that the Stay-at-Home Order in Illinois will continue through May 31. As COVID-19 cases continue to create problems across Illinois and the nation—and with a vaccine possibly more than a year away—residents throughout the state are having to adjust to a “new normal” that will require them to stay closer to home more often than they have before, and possibly for a much longer period of time than they ever anticipated. The need to be at home so often necessitates a re-evaluation of your garage space. Could you use it for more than parking? Are there parts that you could build out into extra living spaces that could help you during this trying era of “COVID quarantining?” The good news is, if you do decide to remodel your garage to create extra living space, the benefits will not only serve you now during this crisis, but they will also benefit you well into the future. Read more

Still “Staying-at-Home” in Illinois? Make Your Garage More Livable

Downers Grove garage renovation experts quarantineOfficially, Governor Pritzker has extended Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order through the end of April; however, early reports suggest that Illinois has not yet reached its peak of COVID-19 cases, and this might not happen until mid-May. This means that you and your family could be staying inside your house even longer than originally planned. To make sure you do not get cabin fever, here are some ideas to help you make your garage into a more livable space and keep you occupied. Read more

5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage renovation home gym studioA custom garage can increase your home’s value and provide you with a wide variety of benefits. However, you may not want to fully renovate your garage or convert it into an additional living space, such as an extra bedroom or a home office. Instead, you might just want to figure out what to do with some extra space in your garage. Rather than transforming your entire garage, you can use this space to add some nice touches that will make the garage even more multifunctional. Read more

How Can I Beef Up My Garage’s Security?

Blue Sky Builders garage securitySummer or winter, rain or shine, one thing you can always count on is the possibility of crime. In many cases, homeowners will alarm their house, upgrade the doors and window locks, and light up the porch and back yard, but they may forget about one of the softest targets on the property: the garage. In fact, 9% of all home burglaries begin in the garage, and detached garages present a very enticing target as they are usually close to an alley, offering a convenient avenue for escape. Read more

How Can a Garage Construction Project Benefit My Home?

Blue Sky Builders custom garage benefitsThe everyday garage is often overlooked and underutilized, and it is typically viewed as a cold, uninhabited storage location for vehicles and appliances. Depending on your needs and preferences, a garage renovation project could provide significant benefits for your home. There are many options available that can help fulfill your specific needs, ranging from a size increase to an interior makeover. In the current housing market, a custom garage may be the perfect option if you are looking to make a change and increase the value of your home. A new garage can offer many positive changes, including: Read more