This article introduces the section of HomeTips that offers DIY help with garage improvements, such as garage lighting, flooring, and more.

Ah, the garage. More than just a safe haven for the family automobile, the garage can be an essential component of a complete home.

Garage space can be converted into a home office, or it can be a place of refuge and creativity for the family woodworker or handyman.

It can be a car repair and maintenance shop for the auto enthusiast, a workshop filled with tools and trade equipment, or even a lounge with big screen tv and refrigerator. Oh—and if your garage is organized right, you can still fit your car in there, too!


garage with old 1951 painting on the side


But the garage is often neglected. It becomes jammed with stuff–from the family’s bicycle collection to camping supplies to cast-off baby equipment. And as this happens, it becomes less and less usable until it turns into a glorified storage shed.

The good news is that there are many products and techniques that can help you maximize the storage efficiency, usability, and even style of your garage.

Below you will find information on making the best use of your garage, from adding efficient lighting and storage, to performing a complete garage conversion.


Buying Garage Lighting & Flooring
Garage Construction & Design
Garage Remodeling & Makeovers

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort