How You Can Use Your Garage to Operate a Small Business

DuPage County custom garage builders for small businessesUnemployment rates have increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, and many Illinois residents are trying to figure out ways to weather this difficult economic situation and keep food on the table. While using your garage as a living space during this time can provide some benefits for your family, there are also some productiveand lucrativeways to use that space as well. During the Illinois Stay-at-Home Order, a custom garage built for your small business could be just the thing you need to get back on your feet.

Types of Businesses You Can Run Out of Your Garage

Just about any business can begin in a garage, and major companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Disney all started from this unique part of the house. During these challenging times, it is especially important to put careful thought into what types of businesses you can run out of this space. What is essential? What do people need or want right now? There are two main categories of businesses that may be uniquely situated for success:

  • Businesses that provide essential services that everyone needs.
  • Businesses that support people in staying occupied during the Stay-at-Home Order. While not essential, these businesses can provide people with the products and services that will help them maintain their physical and emotional health and stability during this time.

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What Are the Benefits of a Custom Garage?

Blue Sky Builders custom garagesA garage is a structure utilized by homeowners to park vehicles, store miscellaneous items, or for a variety of other purposes. Whether your garage is a standalone unit or attached to your house, this extra room can significantly increase the value of your property. Garages are functional year-round and provide homeowners with many advantages throughout each season. In addition, many improvements or upgrades can be made to make sure your garage fits your specific needs. If you are looking to build, customize, or renovate your garage, you should speak to our garage experts today. 

Room for Your Car

Most commonly, garages are used for storing parked cars. Since a vehicle is a significant investment, it makes sense that you will want to protect your property. Using a garage as a place to park your automobile provides many advantages, such as:

  • Adding an extra level of security against theft or vandalism.
  • Protecting your vehicle from inclement weather conditions.
  • Increasing your comfort and convenience.
  • Decreasing clutter in your driveway.

A new or expanded garage can allow you to park multiple vehicles, and it may include room for appliances, tools, or other items. If additional storage is required, adding a loft to your garage may allow you to utilize ceiling space without getting in the way of a parked car.
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What Are the Benefits of a Radiant Heating System in Your Garage?

Blue Sky Builders radiant garage floor heatingAs wintertime weather begins to approach the Chicagoland area, homeowners may be looking for ways to keep their garages warm. Options such as insulation and portable space heaters are relatively simple solutions that can help at times; however, they might not be the most ideal solution. If you plan on using your garage throughout these cold months, installing a radiant heating system may be your best option. Before rushing into a major garage renovation project, you should consult an experienced garage professional.    

What Is a Radiant Heating System?

Unlike a space heater, a radiant heating system will supply heat to wherever the system is installed. For example, if the system is installed under the floor, heat will be transferred throughout the entire ground. The heat will be evenly delivered throughout the area of installation. Simply put, radiant heating involves the installation of a heat source behind or underneath a surface. 

Different Types of Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Radiant floor heating can provide a more balanced temperature level throughout your entire garage. Relying on convection, heat will rise from your floor and distribute evenly. If you choose to move forward with a radiant heat floor system, you will have two different options to choose from:
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How to Reinforce Your Garage Door For Storms

DuPage County Garage Door ReinforcementThe garage door is typically used the most during warm-weather months. The majority of this use comes from opening and closing the garage door when leaving the house. Other instances can include opening the garage to grab a toy for outdoor play or a tool for yard work. The constant use can cause a lot of wear and tear on your garage door. Another factor that can potentially damage your garage door is the impact of summer storms. Although the Midwest does not typically have gale-force winds like in the coastal states, we still have our fair share of nasty weather. Thunderstorms have the potential to wear down the foundation of your garage and cause significant damage. It is important to take precautions to protect such an important part of your home. By following these simple steps, your garage door will be safer and stronger even during severe weather conditions. Read more

How to Clean Your Garage After it Floods

garage flooding Following the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has brought to the Houston area, the news has been filled with images of flooded streets and homes. One particular video from a local news station caught our eye can be seen below. Read more

Types of Garage Gutters and Accessories

Blue Sky Image (1)With the summer weather cooling off and autumn right around the corner, now is the perfect time to clean your garage’s gutters and inspect them for clogs, leaks, cracks, and rust stains. In order to accomplish this task, you will need to have access to a ladder, a trowel, and a pair of gloves.

The first thing you will need to do is clean out the gutters. After ensuring that your ladder is firmly set in place, climb up and shovel out all of the leaves, dirt, and slime that you can see. It will take a fair amount of time and effort to completely clear the gutters, so be patient and make sure that you are diligent. Some clogs will be harder to find than others; however, it is important to clear them all. Once you have completely cleaned out the gutters, it is time to inspect them for damage. Look for rust, dripping water, and cracked sections, as these are the signs that your gutters need to be replaced.

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How to Prepare Your Garage for An Electric Car

Blue Sky Image (1)Buying an electric car offers consumers a number of immediate benefits: a quieter engine, reduced operation costs, and, of course, the elimination of emissions. Drawing power from an electrical battery source, these cars can drive without gasoline for anywhere from 100 miles to 300 miles before they need to be charged.

When you purchase your new electric car, it is important to understand how to prepare your garage for your new ride. The following tips can help you make your garage well-suited for your electric car:

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Tips on Driveway Safety

Blue Sky Image (1)It seems as though every year we hear about unfortunate circumstances involving children and cars on driveways. Whether it involves a child running behind an SUV as they chase a ball or possibly a toddler who finds him or herself locked inside a car, these accidents can happen to anybody and it is important to make sure that you take all of these precautions seriously. Read more

Tips on Storing Sports Equipment in Your Garage

Blue Sky Image (1)As the yearly tradition goes, the calendar has turned to August and children across the country are turning their attention towards the upcoming school year.

*Crickets*

Ok, so maybe they aren’t exactly rushing back to their studies; however, their return to the classroom is approaching and a change to the way your garage is used will come right along with it. Soon enough, it will be time to pack up your summer equipment and start thinking about school supplies. Thankfully, to help make that transition as seamless as possible, the Blue Sky Builders are here to offer their advice in order to help you stay one step ahead of things and maximize the efficiency inside your garage throughout the school year. Read more