How Can a Garage Upgrade Raise My Home’s Property Value?

Downers Grove garage renovation expertsBelieve it or not, upgrading your garage can definitely boost the overall value of your property, if you do it right. Prospective buyers like to see a garage that is finished, neat, and organized. It may not be what seals the deal, but it is certainly a point in your favor. On the other hand, a garage that is filthy, cluttered, and unfinished will often prove a real turn off. Here are some garage renovations that could have a positive effect on your home’s market value: Read more

How Can I Deal With Snow and Ice in and Around My Garage?

DuPage County garage construction professionals for winter damageIn the Chicago area, winter weather can cause a great deal of difficulty for homeowners, drivers, and even people who just want to walk outside safely. When snow piles up on your roof, vehicles, driveway, and the walking surfaces around your home, clearing it away so you can walk and drive safely can be a difficult task. Ice can be even worse, creating slipping hazards that may not be easy to see and potentially damaging your garage and your home. However, if you are prepared to deal with the effects of cold weather, you can prevent damage and clear away hazards quickly and efficiently. Read more

3 Easy Steps to Turn Your Garage into a Personal Gym

Blue Sky Builders garage gymPhysical fitness can be an important aspect of our everyday lifestyles. Depending on your schedule, your circumstances, and other factors outside of your control, belonging to a gym or exercising outdoors may not always be possible. If you are looking to incorporate a workout into your day but wish to do so in the privacy of your own home, renovating your garage to turn it into a space for exercise may be your answer. To maintain your garage’s curb appeal while maximizing your workout, several steps can be taken to create your perfect garage gym.

Understand Your Space

Before a renovation project begins, it is important to consider every factor. Your garage may provide valuable space to park vehicles and store miscellaneous items. Do you want to convert your entire garage into a gym, only use a portion of the space, or add additional room for gym equipment? Clearing out your garage and understanding how much space you have can help with the decision-making process. In addition, having an idea of what workout equipment you want and the amount of space it will take up can help you ensure that your garage gym will meet your needs.

Prepare Your Garage

You will want to be sure your garage will be suitable for your workout equipment while meeting your exercise needs. Weights can be dropped to the ground, which could damage the floor or other items in the garage. Furthermore, some workouts may be better completed without shoes. Depending on your specific needs, new flooring may need to be added. Generally, a form of rubber flooring is considered the best option for a personal gym. Before this material is installed, any structural concerns in the underlying floor, such as cracks or holes, should be addressed.
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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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What Flooring Concerns Should be Addressed Before Remodeling a Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage flooring optionsOne of the most interesting aspects of a garage is the multi-purpose functionality that it can provide. Nowadays, almost anything can be added to a garage; living units, home offices, man caves, and home gyms are replacing what used to be considered an uninhabited area. Garage customization projects can sometimes require significant changes to garage space, but before moving forward with a major renovation, one area that must be addressed is the floor. Depending on the purpose you would like your garage to serve, you will want to be sure the style of flooring meets your needs. Consulting a garage building professional could provide insight on what options should be considered.       

Plan for Repairs and Restoration

Whether you are planning to add a new surface to your garage floor or wish to keep your current floor in place, it is important to address any pre-existing damages. Years of wear and tear in a garage can result in cement flooring being damaged.  Areas of concern such as cracks, holes, uneven surfaces, or grease and oil stains should be addressed before any renovations begin. Although some aspects of the restoration process can be addressed quite easily, others may require the assistance of a professional. 
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Tips for Soundproofing Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage soundproofing and insulationA garage is an ideal place for homeowners to participate in activities that may be considered too loud inside a house. Holding band practice, cheering on your favorite team, or having a party can be noisy pursuits that may be enjoyed in a garage. However, while your garage is part of your private property, large amounts of noise could be distracting to your neighbors. To address this issue, soundproofing garage renovations may be the answer.

Soundproofing a Garage Door

A garage door is a large entry and exit way that provides a channel for sound to escape very easily. The addition of insulation to a garage door will decrease the amount of sound that can get out. A well-insulated garage is an investment that would not only keep sound inside the home, but it can also help prevent cold temperatures from creeping in. Whatever the occasion may be, an insulated garage door can help make your garage an ideal location during any time of the year. 
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3 Solutions for Mud, Slush, and Snow on Your Garage Floor

Blue Sky Builders garage snow mud solutionsAh, the joys of winter in northern Illinois! The garage floor is filthy, but it is too freezing cold to hose it down. Even worse, slippery spots can form on the floor, posing a risk of a slip-and-fall. The last thing you need during a Chicago winter is to be hobbling around on crutches. So what can you do? Here are three recommended hacks for keeping that garage floor a little cleaner and safer: Read more

How Professional Floor Coating Can Enhance Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage floor coatingIf you have ever attempted to complete a project in a garage on the standard garage flooring, you understand what a nightmare it can be. Between oil stains, paint spills, and cracks, your flooring quickly becomes a visual nightmare. One way to protect your custom garage investment is to upgrade the traditional concrete slab to a stylish and durable coated garage floor. If this is a feature you think you could benefit from, you are probably right, and here is why: Read more

A Checklist for Spring Cleaning Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage cleaning and maintenanceSpring is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm up in the Chicago area and DuPage County, this is a good opportunity to plan for spring cleaning around your home, and your garage is no exception. As you plan to clean, organize, and maintain your garage in the coming months, the following checklist will allow you to stay on top of the tasks you will need to complete. Read more

Garage Decorating Guide

Blue Sky Image (1)At first glance, decorating your garage seems to be a fairly simple task. Pin up some signs, add a few chairs, and just like that, mission accomplished. However, the decoration process is much more nuanced than you may have been led to believe and a well-decorated garage is not easy to achieve. That being said, if you want to design a garage that stands out from the rest, you have come to the right place. Follow our advice in this garage decorating guide and you will become the envy of your neighborhood in no time. Read more