Did you know that garages were first introduced to homeowners in the 1920’s as a replacement to carriage houses? At that time they served one purpose and one purpose only. Take a guess what that was? Garages were built in order to protect the homeowner’s automobile. It was as simple as that. However, times have certainly changed since then. While homeowners still use their garages to house their vehicles, it can also provide a space for other things as well. For example, you can utilize your garage as a storage space for anything that you need to store.

You can house your lawnmower and landscaping gear in your garage. A great deal of people store their tools in their garages. Simply set up a workbench and you can use your garage as a workshop. Many homeowners put the washer and dryer in the garage and use it as a laundry room. The bottom line is that the possibilities are endless. If you don’t have a garage and have always wanted one, it’s a great time to start giving it some serious consideration. On the other hand, if you currently have a garage that needs some work, why not improve the space so that you can utilize it to its fullest potential?

The good news is that we will help you each and every step of the way, from initial garage design to the finished product. The following information will provide you with some key features that you should include when designing or updated your garage. First and foremost, you should always include plenty of windows. In essence, windows make the garage look nicer from the outside, which is important to the curb appeal of your home. In addition, windows make the garage a far more pleasing place to spend time. If you’re spending a lot of time in the garage you certainly don’t want to feel all cooped up or boxed in.

Windows will go a long way in helping you avoid that feeling. Lighting also comes into play in this regard. In the old days most garages were lit with one overhead bulb. However, you certainly won’t get the best lighting that way. You need sufficient lighting to illuminate the entire space in order to make the garage a safe and functional area. Additional lights should be set up in areas were any work will be done such as the workbench, or laundry area. The next item on our list of key garage features is having plenty of electrical outlets installed in the garage.

One outlet simply won’t cut the mustard these days. You may need to plug in your tools, computer, tablet, and smartphone at the same time while in your garage. If you have an electric vehicle, you’ll need to plug in your car, truck, or sports utility vehicle. That means you need plenty of plugs/electric outlets available in the garage. Last but certainly not least, you should consider having heat and air conditioning installed in the garage especially if you plan to spend long hours during the cold winter months and hot summer months in there. It makes sense to be comfortable, just like you are in the other rooms of your home.

For more information on garage additions and improvements please contact us today at 860-341-6373. DBC Solutions takes great pride in providing the highest quality custom carpentry and contracting services in the home improvement industry of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Our business model has been the same for the past 25 plus years. Doing things the right way the first time every time is the only way to do it.