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Ten Fabulous Uses for a Garage
Garages: they’re not just for cars anymore. Last year I wrote an article about making over your garage if you wanted to have a garage band. I started thinking afterwards that garages can be an untapped gold mine of additional space for a wide range of uses.
There are three things you need to consider if you are thinking of making over a garage: One, always check with your municipality to make sure you have all appropriate permits. Two, make sure whatever you are planning isn’t going to be a big problem for your neighbors. And three, you may need to negotiate with your family members regarding the use of the space, since the may be conflicts about the use of the space. You will also need to think about whether you need water, electricity, heat, additional lighting, and insulation/sound-proofing.
Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing:
Sewing space for you and/or a small group: Sewing your own clothing, curtains, etc. seems to have become popular again. Recently, three businesses have opened in within 25 miles of where I live offering materials, classes, and space to sew.
Tool haven: In all or a portion of your garage, design a space to house, organize, clean, sharpen, and repair tools. You may want to include tools and machinery you use for yard work. Additionally, you may want to set aside a space set up to work on projects. This is perfect if you are a skilled carpenter in New York City or some other area where workshop spaces are expensive or scarce.
Anything goes play area: Create safe boundaries, such as panels and baby gates. Put down heavy rubber matting. Perhaps have an area with thick carpeting and a comfy chair or bean bag that can be easily cleaned. Bring in the toys and bring on the kids.
Start a bird B&B: In another article about caring for exotic birds, I wrote about Peggy McLeod of Belchertown, MA. McLeod was well trained in the care of exotic birds and decided to repurpose her garage with sound-proofing and easy-to-clean walls and floors. She put in appropriate shelving and climbing stations to place cages and allow for play and made sure there was plenty of light for her charges, as well as being able to create a dark enough space for the birds to have ample rest after lights-out. In an adjoining area to the garage, she now sells toys, food, and treats for exotic birds.
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