How to Do a Garage Workshop ConversionLike taking on a kids’ backyard swing set disposal, you’ll find plenty of work to pull off a good garage workshop conversion. The first order of business is to make a list of what you’ll need for the space. So, if it’s woodworking, you’ll need a dedicated space for tools and more. But if you’re going to do small engine repair or fix up an old car, you’ll need plenty of space to work freely. Also, it’s a really good idea to draw up a floor plan.
Turn a garage into a functional and good-looking DIY workshop by first clearing the garage completely. Like a clean canvas, an empty garage lets you plan what you need rather than planning around the clutter. Lay out cabinets, counters, shelves, drawers, pegboards and bins for a workshop with a place for everything and then put everything in its place. —Ron HazeltonA floor plan not only gives you a visual guide, it also lets you know where to best position things. The next step is to do an entire garage cleanout. This is a great way to get organized and to reclaim the space you need. The next step is to check the electrical wiring and to ensure there are enough outlets. If needed, bring in a licensed electrician to add more power outlets. Then, do the following for your garage workshop conversion:
- Add ventilation and insulation. Regardless of what the workshop is for, you’ll need all the ventilation and insulation you can get. This is not only for the sake of comfort, but it is also a safety precaution. Install fans and insulation to make the space more comfortable and safe for use.
- Install climate control devices. Another thing you’ll need for your workshop is climate control. No matter where you live, the weather elements and climate will wreak havoc on you if you don’t have the proper climate control. You’ll need heat for the winter months and cool air for the summer season.
- Replace the weatherstripping. There’s probably at least one exterior door in your garage, aside from the big door itself. Both are probably equipped with weatherstripping. So, check its condition and replace it, if necessary. Also, if there’s a window or more, check and replace the weatherstripping.
- Hang plenty of cabinets and shelves. Once you have all the above in-place, it’s time to go through the final phase and hang a lot of cabinets and shelves. Vertical storage space will provide the best solution and cabinets keep everything neatly organized.