Your garage has the potential to be so much more than just a place to park your car or store clutter. With a little creativity and customization, it can become a functional, organized, and stylish space that enhances your home. Here, we’ll share eight valuable tips on how to make the most of your garage post-move-in and turn it into a dream space that suits your unique needs and style.

Design Appointment Upgrades:

Before we break into your post-move-in upgrades, when building your Activa home, you can select garage components that complement your unique style. The Activa Design Studio offers a variety of options to choose from, allowing you to customize your garage during the design process! You can upgrade your garage door to add windows to bring in natural light even when the door is closed, insulate the door, walls and ceiling to make the space more usable throughout warm or cool days. We also offer the option to add additional light and receptacles, a hot and cold water line and an exterior entrance! A stylish and well-designed garage can enhance the overall appeal of your home and create a welcoming first impression.


1. Define the Goals for your Space:

Determine how you want to use your garage. Do you need it primarily for parking vehicles, storage for household items, or do you want to create a multi-purpose space? Are you an at-home mechanic? Have a ton of backyard toys?  How about an avid camper? Understanding your goals will help guide your customization choices. Even with a single-car garage, many customization options will help your garage be a further extension of your home.


2. Declutter and Organize:

Start by decluttering your garage. During a move, it’s easy to accumulate extra items that end up occupying valuable space. Sort through your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. Then, create an organized system for the remaining items, using shelving units, bins, and hooks to keep everything in its place. A well-organized garage not only looks better but also makes it easier to find what you need.


3. Choose Security Options:

Don’t overlook the importance of safety and security measures for your garage. Consider installing essential features like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure a safe environment. For added protection, explore options such as security cameras or an alarm system. These measures will give you peace of mind and safeguard your valuable vehicles and belongings.


4. Organize with Storage Solutions:

Make the most of your garage space by installing custom storage solutions. Your garage ceiling offers a ton of underutilized space! Overhead storage racks and bins maximize vertical space and keep seasonal items or rarely used belongings out of the way. Wall-mounted shelving units can provide easy access to frequently used tools and equipment, while cabinets tailored to your specific needs can help keep your garage neat and organized. Choose storage solutions that suit your requirements and optimize space efficiency. While you are at it, label everything and place your things in a designated space in your garage. That way you aren’t searching for what you need.

5. Flooring:

Upgrading your garage floor can improve both its appearance and durability! Options include epoxy coatings, interlocking floor tiles, or rubber flooring. Interlocking floor tiles and rubber flooring can be easily installed yourself! Each of these options are durable, easy to clean, and can transform the look of your garage.

6. Lighting:

You can do fun things with lighting in a garage! Customize your garage lighting to suit your needs.  Bright, energy-efficient LED lighting will ensure proper visibility and transform the space to be bright and airy. Consider task lighting for specific areas, such as a workbench or tool storage and install motion sensor lights for further convenience and energy savings.


7. Workbench and Tool Storage:

If you plan to use your garage as a workshop, a sturdy workbench and tool chest are essential. Build or purchase a workbench that suits your needs. Install a pegboard or a wall-mounted tool organizer to keep your tools easily accessible and organized.


8. Wall Organization:

Utilize your garage walls for storage and organization. Install slat wall panels, pegboards, or track systems to hang tools, bikes, and other equipment. This will maximize space and keep things off the floor.

By implementing these tips, you can transform your garage into a functional, organized area that adds value and appeal to your home! These steps will help you create a garage space that not only meets your needs but also reflects your style. Embrace the potential of your garage and turn it into the ultimate space that enhances your home!

How would you customize your Activa garage? Let us know! Send us a direct message or a photo of what you’ve done with your garage to @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our social pages.

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