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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How Can a Garage Renovation Help With Winter Tool Storage?

Blue Sky Builders garage tool storageAs the weather starts to get colder and colder in the Chicago area, homeowners are beginning to pack up their summertime equipment. Lawn and gardening appliances are swapping places with shovels, salt, and snow blowers. As you are moving these items around, you may notice that your garage is in need of proper tool storage. Before attempting to cram items unsafely into the space you have or allowing frustration to set in, you may want to consult a garage building professional to determine whether you can add some new storage solutions. A garage renovation may allow you safely store tools and appliances and make the best use of your space.  

Prepare Your Walls and Ceilings

Since tools can be rather expensive, you will want to take extra precautions to ensure that they will last a long time. To avoid external damage, tool racks and wall brackets can be installed. Bigger items such as shovels, weed whackers, chain saws, and lawnmowers can hang from the rafters or be placed on the walls. In addition, smaller tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches can be organized on a mounted tool wall.

Considering the bitter cold that comes with an Illinois winter, your garage’s temperature may need to be addressed. Wet weather and poor air conditions can cause damage to power tools and lead to rust forming on metal appliances. Although a portable heating device can be purchased, it is not safe to leave one constantly running in your garage. Adding insulation to your garage walls, door, and ceiling can help maintain the proper temperature.     
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Can I Remodel My Garage During the Winter?

Blue Sky Builders winter garage renovationIf you are looking to improve or redevelop your garage, it is important to consider what time of year the project should begin. Although winter may seem like a less than ideal time to start a garage makeover, completing renovations during the colder season will ensure that the finished product will be ready when the warmer months roll around. If you want to enjoy your garage when the weather is nice, a winter remodel may be ideal for you. Before jumping into a garage renovation, it is important to discuss your wants and needs with an experienced garage building expert.    

Why Are Colder Months Good for Renovation?

Depending on what type of remodel you are looking to do, the colder temperature of wintertime can make construction easier. If the ground is frozen, and the air is dry, it will be more ideal to dig a foundation. In addition, it is practical to avoid a muddy ground if you are pouring concrete. One final thought to consider if you start a project in the winter months is that you can avoid the unpredictable weather of the spring and summer months. 

Benefits of a Wintertime Renovation

Garages are often used more frequently in the spring and summer than during the months of November through February. When the weather gets frightful, many people like to stay inside their home rather than utilize tools or other equipment that may be stored in a garage. If your renovation project is completed out of season, your garage can be the ideal summertime location for:
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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

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

Sheds to Showrooms: The Evolution of the Garage

Blue Sky Image (1)Since the invention of the automobile, garages have slowly evolved from humble, barn-like storage areas into what many people believe to be the most important room in the home. How did we get to this point? Well, it’s funny you should ask that because the evolution of the garage is exactly what we will be discussing in this blog. We will be taking a look at the early days of the garage, the development of the garage, and the modern garage and all of its amenities. Follow along as we take you on a trip back in time and examine the development of garages through the years.

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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

How to Set Up a Haunted House in Your Garage

haunted-house-in-garageOctober has arrived, and the Halloween spirit is officially in the air. One way you may want to display your haunting decorations is by creating a haunted house in your garage. This could take some forward thinking, so here are a few steps to take in order to attract the neighbors to your ghostly garage.

Plan Ahead

Time can fly by quick like a bat in the night. So, it is important to map out how you want to set up your garage haunted house. This may include how much time it is going to take, how scary the attractions are going to be, the cost of setting everything up, and where you want to purchase supplies. Brainstorm ideas a few months in advance so when the time comes to start transforming your garage this month, you know exactly what to do. Read more

Garage Door Customer Testimonials

Garage Testimonials and Reviews Chicago Blue Sky Builders has helped hundreds of homeowners in the Chicagoland area build their brand new dream garage and/or renovate their current garage. Some of our customers have been so kind as to give us their testimonials on their garages that we have built and/or remodeled for them. We will share some of these below.

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