If your storage space is limited, consider storing items under a workbench, behind the door, and on vertical wall space. There are a wide variety of door and wall hooks and racks to maximize every inch of space in your garage. Assemble a quick fix kit, consisting of a hammer, screwdriver, nails and screws and keep it near the door to the house so you can access it easily for quick fixes. Store small hardware such as screws, nails, nuts and bolts in small, open-ended storage compartments that are stackable. Label the bins to correspond with its contents. This will provide easy access to those often used, but sometimes hard to find items.
A double car garage not only offers you practical benefits on a daily basis, it also significantly increases the overall value of your property. Although we offer a huge selection of garage plans that feature one to three bays, most people are drawn to the 2-car (two-bay designs). As with all of our garage designs, our 2-car plans come in an extensive variety of styles and configurations. Some have lofts, workshops and even full apartments incorporated into the design. We have both 2 door and 1 door two car designs in this collection. Your reasons for building a new garage are uniquely your own, so carefully evaluate your current and anticipated requirements regarding the structure size. Generally, the minimum recommended size of a 2-car garage is approximately 20 ft. wide and 20 ft. deep. When considering your 2-car garage design wishes, go bigger when possible. 22 X 22 is comfortable and 24 X 24 gives you some breathing space. You will never regret adding that additional storage space for bicycles, a lawnmower, garden tools, sporting equipment etc.
Typically, 80% of items stored in a garage can be kept on shelving — the other 20% (such as handled tools and gardening helpers) is generally stored on a hook. You’ll need a combination of shelving, drawers and hooks to keep everything organized. Designate an area to store like items together and be conscientious about returning the items to their proper place. For example, tools should be stored in one area and Christmas ornaments in another. Creating “zones” within your garage will help all family members know where to locate items.
When cleaning out the garage, decide which items should be kept and which can be discarded or donated to charity. A good rule of thumb is to discard items that haven’t been used within two years. Properly dispose of old paint and oil cans and empty cleaning supply bottles. Always place items where they are easy to see and reach. Items used most often should be stored at eye level or below. Seasonal items should be kept on higher shelves. Choose ventilated shelves and drawers which allow visibility to what you’re storing — they also prevent dust and dirt from collecting. If necessary, store items in boxes or bags to keep them clean — clear containers will let you see immediately what’s inside.
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