Garages have been getting a lot more use than just storing cars lately. All the time new ideas are surfacing on how best to utilize this large area of indoor space. Some are converting the entire area in game rooms, extra bedrooms, workout areas, etc. If you’re not interested in a total overhaul, you might consider creating a laundry room in your garage. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Tampa, FL wants to catch you up to speed on this exciting new idea!
Benefits of creating a laundry room in your garage
There are plenty of benefits to making this change in your house’s layout. First, the added distance and wall barriers between your living area and the washer and dryer means a reduction in noise. You may not even hear them at all after converting your space!
It also frees up space inside the house proper. You can utilize the old laundry room space for more storage, a workout room, or even a small crafting area or office. In general, this investment is a nice little upgrade to your home.
Map out the area
Before you get started, you need a solid plan. Start by getting a good layout of your garage. Take measurements. Plot out how you can rearrange the items you already have in the garage. Maybe even clear out some old items you no longer need.
Decide on the best spot for your washer and dryer. A corner will work nicely to keep them out of the way. Place the near the interior door for easy access.
You may even consider building a raised floor to put your appliances on the same level as your interior door. This way, you can get those big heavy loads in and out of the house without having to navigate stairs.
While mapping things out, make sure to consider your supply lines. You need to get hot and cold water to your washer. The dryer will need an outlet to the exterior of the house for the vent duct line. Both appliances will need power supply on dedicated breakers.
All of these installations should be made by licensed professionals to prevent personal injury or damage to your home. You should contact these contractors during the planning phase to make sure your vision of where things can go matches practical needs.
Since you’ll be spending a little more time in your garage, it may be time to invest in some insulation. You can approach this two ways. You can build a small room around the washer and dryer so that you only have to insulate that small space. This will require more building, so you need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks.
You can also just go ahead and insulate the entire garage. This is not a bad idea as it will provide protection for all the contents of your garage. If you’re taking this approach, you’ll need to insulate your overhead door if it’s not already insulated. You may also consider upgrading to a new, more efficient garage door.
To really take your new laundry room in your garage to the next level, it’s time to finish it off with some style. Paint the walls of the new room your built, or just paint the walls in the corner where you’ve set up. Paint the floor using an epoxy paint. Put in some shelving or cabinets for storage. Add some decorative lighting to help keep the area highly visible for working.
If you’re creating a laundry room in your garage and are in need of a new garage door, Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Tampa, Florida is ready to help. Our friendly staff will take your call and get one of our certified technicians on site quickly. They can assess your garage door needs and help you purchase the best door for your home. Give us a call today and we’ll get you on the way!