As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If your favorite space in your home is the garage, it's ideal to invest in making the space as functional and enjoyable to be in as possible. Whether you're an automotive buff, a woodworker, or you primarily use your shop in the pursuit of another hobby, having the right cabinets can be a real asset. Instead of buying a set of cabinets from your local big box store and trying to install them yourself, you won't regret partnering with a remodeling contractor who specializes in cabinets. You can talk with this expert about exactly how you use your garage and what you want from your cabinets, and then see what he or she recommends. Here are some features you should consider.
Under Cabinet Lighting
When considering the upper cabinets that will be placed above your workbench, it's a good idea to strongly consider having lights built in beneath the cabinets. The lights will prove useful for illuminating whatever project you're working on while seated at the bench, and will save you the mess of having to clamp a light nearby and have the cord running sloppily across the bench. Instead, all of the wires of your under-cabinet lights will be hidden and you'll be able to control them with a built-in switch.
Having a pegboard hanging in your garage serves as a valuable spot for holding tools, but one issue with pegboards out in the open is that they can look cluttered. Talk to your contractor about including pegboard components in your cabinets. For example, the inside of a couple of your cabinet doors could be covered in pegboard. This will allow you to hang several of your tools where they'll be immediately convenient to reach, but won't take up extra wall space in the garage and give the space a cluttered look.
For garage cabinets, it's fun to have them stand out from the other cabinets throughout your home. Instead of having the doors finished in wood that you stain to your desired color, consider giving them more of a garage-appropriate look. Consider checker plate doors on the cabinets or, if you're passionate about cars, think of a glossy metal appearance in the color of your favorite sports car. Metal cabinet doors in a garage are more than for just visual appearance — they can also easily be wiped down if they get grease or oil on them.
For more information, talk to a professional like Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.Share
23 February 2017