Five ways to rein­vent your garage

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The garage: it’s that space where you used to just store your car, lawn mower, power tools, bikes, bats and boxes of things you wore in the ‘90s. But to say a garage is only for stor­age is like say­ing a truck is only for haul­ing dressers and box springs.

From game room to work­shop, man cave to hang­out — your garage has the po­ten­tial to be any­thing you want it to be. So if you’re think­ing of re­dec­o­rat­ing or re­mod­el­ing your house, don’t spend all your time pick­ing out kitchen tile and ar­gu­ing over what type of counter looks best — step into your garage and let your­self dream big.

With the right ma­te­ri­als, some cre­ativ­ity and a lit­tle work, you can turn your garage into the star of the house. How? TV per­son­al­ity and award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer Ani­tra Mecadon of­fers the fol­low­ing five ideas to get you ex­cited about all the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

TOUGHEN UP YOUR WALLS

No mat­ter what you want to do with your garage, first make sure your walls can stand up to real life. There’s prob­a­bly no space in the house more sus­cep­ti­ble to scratches, scuffs and ac­ci­den­tal holes than the garage — so pick your walls ac­cord­ingly.

Look for PUR­PLE Hi-Im­pact XP made by Na­tional Gyp­sum for ex­tra wear and tear to re­sist ev­ery­thing from car doors

opened too close to the wall to the hockey sticks swung a lit­tle too hard. This dry­wall is em­bed­ded with fiber­glass mesh to make it im­pact and pen­e­tra­tion re­sis­tant — and like all PUR­PLE dry­wall, it re­sists mois­ture, mold and mildew. MAKE YOUR GARAGE YOUR HIDE­AWAY

Some­times you need to get away from it all — es­pe­cially from your “honey do” or project list — and the garage can be where you go, your hang­out, an ex­ten­sion of your­self and a def­i­nite point of pride. Add a snack ma­chine, fridge, swivel chair or two and big screen TV,

and you and your friends will have it made. LIFT IT UP

Most peo­ple have a lot of stuff to store in the garage in ad­di­tion to cars, tools and bikes. And let’s face it, the more avail­able space you have, the more likely you’ll find stuff to fill it. That means you’ll need to get cre­ative with stor­age. In ad­di­tion to shelves and cab­i­nets at­tached to the walls, an­other way to store your stuff is to use a raised lift sys­tem which re­tracts up into the top lev­els of your garage and comes down with a push of a but­ton when you need some­thing.

HANG IT UP

There are some things that just don’t be­long in your house but are per­fect for the garage. Just like restau­rants that have walls crowded with col­lectibles such as old soda signs, sea an­chors and li­cense plates, garages can fol­low this same de­sign con­cept and per­son­al­ize a space even more. Walls also can serve as an­chors for stor­age sys­tems that hold your tools, bikes, boxes and equip­ment. And you can rest as­sured that high-per­form­ing dry­wall, like PUR­PLE Hi-Im­pact XP, will stand up to the wear and tear of hang­ing up and tak­ing down your tools, rakes, bikes and more, day af­ter day.

DO MORE WITH THE FLOOR

To­day, garage floors can be any­thing you want: yel­low, red, metal­lic, acid-washed or made out of heavy-duty vinyl or rub­ber. And whether you want the grey con­crete vin­tage look of your child­hood or some­thing that re­flects your more grown-up self, when it comes to garage floors, take a chance and get in­ven­tive, be­cause your garage can be your per­sonal and cus­tom­ized sanc­tu­ary.

There’s a lot you can do with a mod­ern garage, and no mat­ter how you de­cide to per­son­al­ize it, the best garage re­model starts at the studs. The right dry­wall is as im­por­tant as the right wrench in the tool­box. To learn more, go to www.ask­for­pur­ple.com.

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