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5 Cool Garage Ideas to Liven Up Your Home

Aug 28 2015

While some garages are crammed with boxes full of books and stuff you brought home from college, others are virtual shrines to the imagination — so-called “garage mahals” — giving owners space to entertain, pursue hobbies, or just relax.

Have an idea for your own garage? First, check local building codes for your area to see if you’ll need any permits for your project. Assuming you have the green light, start by sorting items and clearing out the clutter. “Be brutal when you are sorting,” says Erin Gentry, Associate Public Relations and Consumer Engagement Manager at Rubbermaid, in an interview with “Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year.”

Then sketch out what you’d like to do with the space, advise the experts. You can use portions of the space for yourself (leaving room for a car, perhaps) or the entire space.

Need shelving? Paint the walls? Flooring?

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