For most homeowners, a garage is more than a place to park their vehicle. From storing holiday décor to using the space as a man cave, your garage does not have to be an unappealing area of your home. Although valuable and desired by potential buyers, enhancing your garage can be a fun project for your own family. In addition, updating your garage is key to your home's overall curb appeal. Using this guide of the hottest trends, you can gear up your garage to increase its appeal and value.
Perfect with a Pergola
While adding a small pergola over your garage door may only seem like a cosmetic update, it can also be a great option for arranging landscaping. Trailing ivy and clematis plants tend to grow sporadically, but a pergola can offer these plants a stable area for healthy, attractive growth. To build a small pergola over your garage door, complete the following steps:
- Create triangle-shaped brackets that measure 25" x 25" each. Use a 2 x 4 for the back, a 2 x 8 for the top, and a 2 x 6 for the support. When connecting the brackets, be sure your support piece is set at a 45-degree angle to create a triangle shape.
- Sand the wood and paint in your preferred color. Allow to dry.
- Mount each bracket to the exterior of your garage using your power drill and wood screws. Place one bracket 6 inches from the side of the garage door frame. Attach the second bracket on the opposite side of your garage door frame. Be sure both brackets are set at the exact height and width from the garage door.
- Use three 2 x 6 pieces of lumbar that each measure 12 feet long. These will top the pergola horizontally. If possible, purchase lumbar with curved ends for a decorative look. Before connecting with 3" wood screws, paint in the matching color and allow to dry.
- Cut 2 x 4 boards in thinner sections that measure approximately 28 inches each. After painting, cross these smaller wood pieces on the top of the longer wood board to enhance the pergola design.
Place a decorative pot at each side of your garage door. Plant ivy or clematis in the pot and arrange up and over the pergola for an instant boost in your curb appeal.
Get Carried Away with Carriage Accents
For an easy and affordable way to update your garage door, consider purchasing a decorative hardware kit. These kits include multiple pieces of weather-resistant wrought iron to attach to the exterior of the door in hopes of creating a carriage-home style. In addition, many hardware kits include decorative accents for the windows of your garage door.
Use your drill to attach the longer hardware pieces to the corners of your door. Then, install the middle "handles" for a classic, carriage look.
The decorative hardware kits for your garage are not necessary for function, but the inexpensive update will increase your home's appeal tremendously.
Paint with Passion
If you live in an older home, you most likely understand the importance of cleaning and repairs. Unfortunately, most homeowners forget about their garage door when cleaning and painting. Today, one of the hottest looks for your garage exterior is wood, but replacing the entire door can be costly and wasteful. Using a specialized stain, you can make your metal garage door look like real wood.
Remove any hardware on your garage door. Pressure wash to remove dirt, heavy residue, and mold. Allow to dry before prepping your door for the faux wood stain. Apply a coat of primer to the exterior of your door. Once dry, lightly sand using 120-grit sandpaper to ensure the stain bonds to the door when applied.
Paint a coat of gel stain to your door with a foam brush. To create a genuine wood look, use a combination of vertical and horizontal paint strokes. Allow the stain to dry before applying a second coat. Ensure your second coat is dry before reattaching door hardware.
From added value by improving your curb appeal to displaying a new, unique style that you enjoy, updating your garage is a smart investment. Using these trendy options, you can enhance your garage in a valuable and affordable manner.