Here in Wisconsin, a general contractor might start looking at doing a garage remodel in the spring. Our customers don’t want to leave their vehicles out in the snow. And, our COR Improvements crew isn’t so excited about working outside in the dead of winter, either! So, if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your garage, now is the time. Planning and scheduling does take a bit of time, and you’ll want your project completed by fall! Here's our top 5 reasons for a garage remodel:
1: Increase Your Home Value
Spring is also the time that we see a lot of “for sale” signs popping up. If you’re thinking of selling your home any time in the future, it’s always good to put value into it. When it comes to a garage remodel, additional parking spaces, organizational components, and upgraded floors and doors can all increase your property value. There are lots of great options at all price-points for these kinds of upgrades.
2: Energy Efficiency
In the last decade, a lot more attention has been put on energy efficiency. In fact, the government has even incentivized homeowners to learn about energy efficiency and invest in upgrades. There are many opportunities to do this, including installing more energy efficient heating and cooling systems, refrigeration, lighting, windows, and insulation. Well, did you know that garage doors have a huge impact on energy efficiency? If you have an attached garage, this could be one area that is costing you money on your heating and cooling bills.
3: Utility and Organization
Do you have barely enough room to pull your car into the garage? If you’re guilty of using your garage as a “piling” space, a garage remodel might be right for you. A professional general contractor can help you evaluate your current square footage and design a more useful floor plan for you and your family. Think about adding organizational elements like cabinets, shelving, workbenches, and closets. These utilitarian space-savers will create space for your vehicles, lawn equipment, or new toys like 4-wheelers or jet skis!
4: Architectural Interest or Consistency
Some neighborhoods and historic preservation groups require garages to be built with the architectural style and integrity of the original home. Homeowners can see this as a huge challenge, but we see it as an opportunity. When you hire an experienced general contractor, you’ll quickly see how the design of the garage can enhance the property. Not only will it serve as an extension of your home, but can also be designed to suit your needs for additional space and functionality.
5: Convert the Garage into a Living Space
There is so much fun to be had if you’ve got the ability to transform your garage into that extra space you’ve been dreaming of. From home offices, to studio apartments, to man-caves, to workshops, the possibilities are endless. Of course, there is the concern of still needing space to park your vehicles. We’ve been keeping our eye on a new remodeling trend. People are building a new, detached garage in the back of the home (making it invisible from the street). Then, the original attached garage is converted to a living space to expand the home’s square footage. This can be an excellent option for families who are considering moving because they need more space, but really love the location and home that they’re in.
As you can see, there are lots of great reasons to consider a garage remodel this year. We do encourage you to consult with an experienced general contractor before you begin any work. A professional will give you a better picture of the full scope of the project, as well as realistic costs and timelines. Many of these options require permits, which vary by city and state.