How to Replace Your Garage Light Bulbs with LEDs

Blue Sky Builders garage LED light bulbsIf you have been confused by the changes in light bulbs over the last few years, you are not alone. Most of us grew up with incandescent light bulbs and are still figuring out the transition to LED bulbs on the market. For example, in the incandescent world, we knew were supposed to buy heavy-duty bulbs marked “outdoor use” for fixtures in and around the garage. You probably even have some yellow bulbs for use in the summer to avoid a swarm of bugs around your doors. But what is the right replacement in the world of LED bulbs? Read more

Understanding the R-Value of Insulation in Garage Doors and Walls

Blue Sky Builders garage insulation R-valueAre you tired of feeling a huge drop in temperature when you step out of your house into your attached garage during Chicago’s coldest months? Whether you are building a new custom garage in Cook County or upgrading an old garage in DuPage County, the choices you make about insulating the space can make a big difference in your comfort. Read more

Your Dream Home Is Not Finished Until You Have a Dream Garage

Blue Sky Builders dream garageYour dream home might be a 1,800 square foot cottage near your relatives in Chicago or a 4,000 square foot luxury home in Wheaton within a short commute to your job. Whatever its size and value, it is yours, and you have put a lot of time and effort into making that house a home. But there is one thing you may not have finished yet, and that is the garage. Your dream home is not complete until you have the custom garage of your dreams. Read more

What Home Buyers Want for Garages in 2019

Blue Sky Builders 2019 garage updatesThinking about possible home improvements in 2019? Want to make sure those home and garage improvements are going to make your home appeal to future buyers? According to the National Association of Home Builders, these are some of the top features currently desired by home buyers: Read more

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

Why Your Dream Garage Should Have Two Stories

Blue Sky Builders custom two story garageDo you have any childhood memories of playing in an attic? Many of us spent our childhoods playing in and around the second story of a custom-built garage, and we may wish to recreate this type of environment for ourselves or our own children. If you have your own memories of playing in a big attic or the second story of a garage, that nostalgia may be all you need to make the decision in favor of building a two-story garage. However, if you need more practical reasons, consider the following: Read more

Look Up! Use the Ceiling to Maximize Your Garage Storage

Blue Sky Builders garage ceilingMost of us would love to have a bigger garage, but our property simply has no room to expand the garage footprint. This means that even when we have the opportunity to build a new garage, we still have to use our space as efficiently as we can.

However, few of us are trained garage designers. Once we get our cars parked, we often struggle to find enough remaining space to store our collection of tools, sports gear, and household overflow. With the risk of theft, most people who live in the city or suburbs want to keep large items like ladders, bicycles, and kayaks safely locked in the garage. Read more

Using the KonMari Method to Declutter Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage clutter organizationMillions of people have embraced the KonMari method of decluttering their homes. However, KonMari was developed in Japan, where people live in much smaller spaces than we Americans do, and it has been most praised for helping people reduce their wardrobes. So we decided to explore the question: Can you use the KonMari method in your garage? Read more

Tips For Keeping Your Garage Dry During the Rainy Season

Blue Sky Builders garage maintenance rainy weatherAlthough we see steady rainfall throughout the year, the residents of the Chicago area typically receive more precipitation in August and September than the other months of the year. Aside from the inconvenience of muddy shoes and wet hair, rain can wreak havoc on a home. Rain damage costs homeowners across the United States millions of dollars each year.

The garage is often a prime target for water entry. Moisture from umbrellas, shoes, and cars lingers in the garage, along with any rain pouring in while the garage door is open. Keep your investments dry and your family safe with these helpful tips: Read more

Creating the Ultimate Garage Man Cave in Time for Football Season

Blue Sky Builders garage man caveFootball season is nearly upon us, and many of us are left unprepared. Our jerseys are cleaned and pressed, and we may have the schedule prepared, but what about the space to watch the games? If you are looking for the ultimate man cave to enjoy every week of the season, look no further than your very own garage. Frequently, people overlook this area as little more than a storage unit attached to their home; however, it gives you the perfect canvas that allows for the freedom of expression you desire. Whether you need a space to host a rowdy crowd or merely a quiet area to get away, your garage can be a perfect man cave. Here are some tips and tricks for making a space that is uniquely yours: Read more