Turning Garages Into Workshops: Let a Professional do It!

Are you looking at different workshops online and at your neighbors? Is there more junk in your garage than space? Or, maybe it isn’t junk, but you certainly don’t need it in the house. So, out to the garage with things like empty boxes or outdated electronics or sports gear. You didn’t realize how much was out there until you decided to take up a hobby or do some home repairs and then discovered you don’t have room to do those things.

You’ve determined that your garage needs more than just cleaning out, it needs organizing! You need that garage set up in a way you’ve seen workshops lately so that you can be as creative and handy as the next guy. The first thing that most people do when they have the goal of replicating one of the workshops they’ve seen is to have a garage sale.

After the Garage Sale – Create a Clean Work Area

All workshops have a clean workspace primarily for safety reasons. This means getting the floor cleared of all tripping hazards and creating wall organization with hooks, shelves, and storage. An experienced contractor will have ideas to recommend that will help you get and stay organized.

Storage for Equipment, Supplies, and Tools

Workshops have tools which can be a huge investment. They also have equipment and supplies that need to be put away when not in use. These are all investments in your hobby or repair projects, and you want to protect them. Workshops should have tool chests that are organized and lockable. Choose tool chests that have ball-bearing drawers so they pull out easily and install drawer mats that will cushion and keep the tools in place.

Electrical Outlets are a Must

All workshops should have an ample number of electrical outlets and a breaker box that can handle the load. You don’t want to string extension cords across the floor! Workshops have stations with power outlets where batteries can charge for the cordless tools. You will want to ask the contractor about outlets for AC, heat, lights, radio and television. Workshops cannot have too many electric outlets, and any experienced contractor will know how to install them, so they aren’t pulling too much on the power source of your home.

Lighting is Important

Most garages are dark in comparison to workshops. Your garage probably has one, maybe two, overhead lights that are part of the garage door opener system and maybe some additional recessed ceiling lights. Even though that much lighting works well for garages, no matter what the hobby or repair projects are, it isn’t enough for workshops. Talk to your contractor about installing track lighting which will provide directional overhead lighting and motion detecting lights. Those are both great solutions in workshops.

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