6 Reasons to Finally Complete Your Unfinished Garage
If you’ve been living with an unfinished garage, how’s that working out? Do you keep the door closed all the time because you’re embarrassed by its interior?
Have your heating and cooling bills risen because your attached garage doesn’t have insulation? Would you like to get more use out of the space?
If you’re nodding your head right now, our team at Sussel Garages would be more than happy to help you create the custom garage you’ve always wanted. But since you haven’t yet taken measures to complete your garage, perhaps you need a little convincing.
Let’s dive into the ten main reasons you should finish your garage and how you stand to benefit when you do.
Boost Your Property Value
Having a garage automatically boosts your property value, but having a finished custom garage can increase the value of your home even more.
How much? Without knowing the custom features your finished garage might have, it’s safe to say that completing an unfinished garage can add several thousand dollars to your overall property value.
That’s especially true if you opt to include high-quality extras like floor coating, insulated windows, an insulated garage door, heating, and storage space above the garage.
Enhance Curb Appeal
Not only does a finished garage increase your property values, but it also increases your curb appeal. Since your garage door opens several times a day, the interior can factor into your home’s curb appeal.
Cleaning up the interior of your garage and replacing your garage door can significantly increase your home’s curb appeal. Remember those first impressions are lasting ones!
Improve Energy Efficiency
If your work-in-progress garage has been unfinished for some time and it doesn’t have insulation, insulated windows, or an insulated garage door, you’re losing a lot of heat through the space. That’s especially true if you have an attached garage that shares a wall with your living spaces.
Hiring a garage builder to help you with your windows, garage doors, and insulation can help you save a considerable amount of money on your annual energy expenses.
A properly insulated garage doesn’t just provide better protection for whatever you keep in there; it’s also far more comfortable to spend time in if you want to use the space for activities or projects.
Get Better Vehicle Protection
Are you currently parking in your garage? If not, do you want to park in there, but there’s currently too much clutter crowding up the space?
Whether you’re parking indoors now or you want to but can’t, finishing up your custom garage is in your best interest. Why?
● You can add additional floor space to the garage to accommodate your vehicle, plus all the stuff you want to store.
● Completing your unfinished garage by adding insulation and perhaps a heating and cooling source will allow you to provide your vehicles with enhanced protection during winter.
● You can opt for storage or attic trusses above the garage, which will provide considerable storage space while freeing up floor space for your vehicles and other pricey motorized toys you want to park in there.
Extra Space for Activities
Do you enjoy woodworking, building, or just hanging out with your friends and family but sometimes lack the space for said activities? Finishing your garage can add a tremendous amount of space for all kinds of activities!
You will be able to enjoy all of your leisure activities or add a workspace with the comfort of a finished garage.
Additional Living Quarters
You can park vehicles or store some items in a finished garage, but that’s about it!
Let’s say your unfinished garage has a spacious loft area. You could use it for storage, but if that isn’t a problem, it can be utilized as a different type of storage: for people!
Depending on how you finish a garage, the loft area can make a great space for additional living quarters on your property. This method of a finished garage can come in handy when you want to make extra money by renting it out or need more space for a friend or family member moving in!
Stay Ahead of Future Code Requirements
The future presents itself with constant code and zoning requirements for properties all around the country. One of note is the installation of outlets for electric vehicle chargers.
A few years ago, the ICC (International Code Council) made a move that requires all new garage builds to be electric vehicle charging compatible. You can be ahead of the curb when you finish your garage by implementing this new code policy compared to your neighbors.
Better Storage Options
Finishing your garage can improve your storage situation. If you have toys or decorations lying around in boxes, you could use better storage. Built-in shelves and cabinets can increase your storage options in your garage.
Don’t leave your expensive tools out in disarray! Look into custom cabinets and drawers to store your investments. Cheap storage options are not likely to last and don’t make your garage look any better. You can choose higher-quality storage options that are built to last.
And your floor space is not the only area you can store stuff! You can incorporate storage on the walls and in the ceiling space.
Hanging shelves and bike racks can help get boxes off the floor, and your ceiling space can be utilized for decorations or anything that is not frequently used.
Build a Home Gym and Ditch Memberships
If parking inside your garage is not necessary, then consider turning your garage into a home gym. Having a home gym means you can work out on your schedule without worrying about traveling to the gym, particularly if the weather is bad.
A big benefit of the home gym is that they are healthier. Rather than using equipment hundreds of others have used, you know exactly who has used your equipment. There’s less transference of germs and bacteria that will make you and your family sick.
Work From Home
Due to the changing work environment, remote work has increased in popularity and is likely here to stay in some form. A report conducted by Upwork shows that “36.2 million people will be working remotely by 2025.”
If your job has moved to remote or hybrid work, are you still working from your dining room table? Consider finishing your garage into your home office. There’s plenty of space for a desk and maybe a few amenities, like a coffee maker and a small fridge.
With proper insulation, you won’t notice the changing weather as much as you might think. Plus, you’ll have your own space to work without distractions.
Ready to Plan Your Custom Garage? Let Sussel Garages Help You Out!
If you’re ready to give your unfinished garage a total makeover, get in touch with our team at Sussel Garages! Since 1915, we’ve been Minnesota’s most trusted garage builder, and to date, we’ve helped over 50,000 satisfied clients create their dream garage. Check out our reviews to see what people are saying!
Additionally, check out our gallery for inspiration. Whatever your garage plans entail, our experienced team can help you bring your vision to life!
Give us a call today at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis) to learn more. Or feel free to send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch!