Tips to Make Your Garage More Functional Year-Round

Blue Sky Builders garage insulation finished wallsWith the holidays upon us, you may have a lot of company entering your house through the garage and would like to make the space look a little nicer. You may also find yourself wishing you had a better storage system in your garage as you struggle past the lawn care equipment and patio furniture that had to come indoors for the winter, just when you need to get out the holiday decorations and those folding tables and chairs you need to seat everyone for a big family dinner.

Why not start planning for a new custom garage or some well-deserved garage improvements in 2019? Read more

Get the Most Out of Your Garage With These Home Renovation Trends

Blue Sky Builders garage renovation increasing home valueThe newest trend in home design is to make the garage a functional and inviting space to add value to the home. The days of the garage being nothing more than the attached storage unit for the home are long gone. Garage renovations currently rank among the top three areas where homeowners recuperate the most money with the right buyer. Increase the value and functionality of your home with these garage trends: Read more

Keeping a Detached Garage Warm in the Winter

Blue Sky Builders sealing and heating a detached garageAs the temperature continues to drop in the Chicago area, we are anticipating very cold weather throughout the winter season. If you own a home with a detached garage, you are probably wondering what you can do to keep your garage warm while avoiding high costs. By taking the proper preparations, you can heat your garage in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Read more

How to “Winterize” Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders preparing your garage for winterWinter is coming, and now is the perfect time to get ready for the cold months. In the Chicago area and DuPage County, the weather can abruptly change, and temperatures can vary wildly from day to day. Because of these frequent changes, anything can happen in your garage during the winter months. Here are some ways to prepare your garage for winter so that it will still be in working order by spring: Read more

Security Tips That Can Keep Your Garage Safe

Blue Sky ImageIt is important to keep your garage in mind when you are installing a home security system. Before you finalize your decision on which locks to buy or what type of motion detectors to place on your lawn, make sure to review these tips that can keep your garage safe and secure from thieves and animals.  Read more

Your City May Dictate the Size of Your Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)It is important to understand how your location has the ability to dictate the size of your garage before you begin to come up with a plan that includes additions to property.

Understanding regulations
It may be beneficial to look into the common mistakes that can occur while building a garage before you begin the process. In order to avoid making a mistake, come up with a plan that coincides with your city’s sizing regulations.  

Creating a design based on restrictions
Consider building a garage that is big enough to fit your vehicles. It would be unfortunate to get halfway through your garage creation, only to discover that your design was too small to fit your cars and your storage items. For a single-car garage, an average size to go by is at least 14 by 20 feet. For a two-car garage, the measurements are typically around 20 by 24 feet. Read more

Garage Doors: To Insulate or Not to Insulate

INSULATIONWith winter quickly approaching, many families across the country are readying their homes to be cozy and warm. Power and heating costs are consistently on the rise, so it’s no surprise that many families turn to insulation as a method of retaining heat and lowering energy costs. Many heating experts would recommend insulating windows, doors, and sealing any less than airtight entry way that cold air could possibly use to sneak into your home. Many people attempt to insulate what is often the coldest room in their home, the garage. This can be tricky, as garages are usually the least airtight space in a home.  Add in the fact that garage doors are typically lousy at keeping the cold out, and you are left with a chilly work space each winter. It certainly seems like a good idea to insulate your garage and garage door, but is it worth it? We will run you through what you need to know about insulating your garage door this winter.
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How Garage Insulation Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

insulationIn the hot summer months, we all depend on our A/C to keep us cool. However, constant A/C usage can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. One key to keeping your bills low, but also staying cool, is to ensure your home is energy efficient. One way that many homeowners waste energy is through interface problems with their attached garages.

When built, a house’s outer walls are insulated with materials to prevent heat loss and air flow to the outdoors. Homes with attached garages, however, often lack this insulation on the walls facing their garage. These walls may have holes or gaps in them, unintentionally left over after construction.
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Heating Your Garage: A Brief Guide to Heating and Insulating Garages

Garage SnowIt finally pushed above zero at about noon today.  Homeowners across the Chicagoland area have been facing frozen pipes, cars that won’t start, and garage doors that won’t open.  The reason? It might be under-heated or under insulated garages.  Read more

Insulating Your Garage Door

Garage Insulation With the hot summers and frigid winters commonly experienced in the Chicagoland area, insulating your garage is a great option for homeowners.

An insulated garage can help keep you cooler or warmer. It can also help to lower your energy costs! An un-insulated garage door can suck up a lot of the air conditioning and heat from your home, greatly increasing your energy costs. If you have rooms directly beside or above the garage door, you will also have to use more AC or heat to keep them at a livable temperature.

To familiarize yourself with insulation and the process, we will share information from Houselogic on the types of insulation and how to match the insulation to your garage door.

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