Do you have a garage?
Good, then this upgrade could be just what you’re looking for…
In this post we will be looking at how to convert your garage into a car shed.
Let’s get started…
Having a garage is good for your cars. It ensures the safety and protection of your car and is a great place to store auto tools and accessories.
But garages can also be a problem for most households. Garages are oftentimes used as the dumping spot for all your items and tools, particularly those that are broken or no longer used.
It’s one of the most disorganized and unkempt parts of the house. Also, garages are mostly dark and damp. This kind of environment is a breeding ground for rodents, fungi, bacteria, lizards and other home pests.
To prevent your garage from deteriorating and becoming an eyesore, you might want to convert it into a new car shed.
There are a lot of reasons why you should be converting your garage into a car shed. Not only does it provide protection for your car against bad weather, but it also provides convenience for everyone in the house.
Car sheds are known for their versatility. Your kids will now have a good place to play outside the house. You can even have a picnic under the car shed and enjoy some quality barbecue time with your family. If you can be creative, you can certainly find good uses for your car shed. Car sheds are also easier to maintain and clean than garages since they are open.
Making a car shed out of a garage is easy and will not take too much time, especially if you have a helping hand. Here is how you can convert your garage into a brand new car shed:
Make a Plan
You don’t want to start your project without a plan. It’s better if you have a professional to draw a plan for you. The layout should include how will the car shed look like after it’s done and should consider the dimensions of the current garage.
The next thing to do is to secure the necessary permits for the project. Find out if the project is allowed for your property, get all necessary permits, and know and what you need to do to make sure that building codes are met.
Have a clear out
Make sure to get rid of all things that are stored in your garage. You want your brand new car shed to be open and clean so you don’t want some unsightly tools or item lying around inside the shed once it’s done. If possible, dispose of these items by donating them or having a garage sale.
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Don’t tear down the whole garage
You don’t want to be tearing down the garage, especially if it is attached to the house. You already have the foundation for your car shed. What you need to do now is to figure out how to open it up so you can easily park your car.
If the garage is not attached to the house, you’re going to tear down all walls to open it up. That way, it’ll be easy for you to park your car inside the shed and you won’t have to worry about bumping into a wall or something.
Remove the garage door and walls
This is the major part of turning a garage into a car shed. It’s best if you can call a garage door professional, like the experts at Shop Garage Door, to remove it for you. Removing the garage door can be quite tricky and may actually be dangerous, especially if you don’t know anything about its mechanism.
Once the garage door is removed, removing the walls should be easy for you to do. Just check the walls first to see if there’s any electrical wiring in it. The walls will require an extra helper or a professional in order to properly remove them.
Secure the posts
When tearing down the walls, make sure that you don’t hit their structural foundation. You don’t want your car shed to be structurally unstable as it might collapse on your car.
Leave the posts alone when tearing down the walls, or better yet, set new posts for your car shed. Setting new posts will ensure that the car shed will still have a solid structural foundation.
Add some lights to the car shed
Car thieves are mostly likely to avoid going near your car shed if it’s lit. Garages might be enclosed but they are still more prone to criminal activity because they are dark inside.
Always add some lights to the car shed and don’t forget to turn them on during the night or set them on a timer.
Apply some finishing touches
If you think your newly finished car shed looks dull, you might want to give it a finishing touch. You can match it with the overall look of your house or just coat it with a protective finish.
So that’s it, what was once a dull, unkempt garage is now a very nice looking, brand new car shed. What could end up being a fun weekend project, converting your junk-filled garage into a car shed allows you to (finally!) get rid of unused tools and equipment and provides a safer area to park your car.
With its ability to be used for multiple purposes, from here on out, you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of benefits from having a car shed.
Written by George Anderson
George is a specialist when it comes to garage doors and garage door replacement. Working in the industry for over 20+ years he takes pride on helping his clients fulfill their needs when it comes to garage construction.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family.