Homeowners on the Gulf Coast love having a garage, but they don’t always love the chore of keeping it organized. Unfortunately, the garage is often one of the most neglected parts of a property. Not only does this make it difficult to find your lawn and garden supplies, but it can also make the area a safety hazard. Spring is the perfect time to change all that. From More Space Place Sarasota, follow these five easy steps to achieve garage storage, cleaning, and organization solutions that last!
1. Take Inventory of the Contents
While a garage is intended to be a place to store tools and landscaping equipment, it tends to become a depository of all the items that don’t fit anywhere else. Sporting equipment, camping gear, holiday decorations, and old kids’ toys are some of the most common items that find their way there.
The first step in your spring-cleaning endeavor should be to take stock of what you have. What belongs in the garage, and what should go elsewhere? Pick a day when you can expect clear weather and pull everything out of the garage and onto the driveway.
Next, divide it into designated piles in terms of where it will go, such as to the thrift store, the recycle bin, sold on Craigslist, the attic, the basement, the garbage, or back in the garage. You might even consider having a garage sale if you have enough items to part with. Be sure to take any hazardous waste materials to the appropriate disposal facility.
2. Make it Shine
A completely empty garage gives you the perfect opportunity to make it cleaner than it’s been in years. Scrub it from top to bottom, including clearing out the cobwebs from the rafters. Sweep out all the dirt from the floors and give them a good power washing. Make sure to let the space dry out before replacing your items to avoid mold and mildew growth.
3. A New Coat of Paint
This step is optional, but once the garage is completely clean, consider giving it a new coat of paint inside. At the very least, painting the floor can really give your garage a like-new feel, and it’s easier than you might think. You can paint it a grayish semi-gloss tone to simulate the existing concrete and completely eliminate any oil or paint stains from the past.
4. Spruce Up its Contents
Take a close look at what you’ll be putting back into the garage and clean any items that could use it. Tools can accumulate dust, dirt, and grime, and now is the perfect time to give them a good cleaning since they’re already out of the garage. Test any mechanical equipment to make sure it works properly, and repair anything that needs it.
5. Address Your Garage Storage & Organization Needs
Now is a great time to strongly consider investing in a custom garage organization and storage system. Assess your needs based on what you’ll be putting back into the garage. Do you need hooks for hanging tools, bicycles, or other equipment? How many shelving units and bins with drawers do you need for optimal garage storage? Consider your current and future garage organization requirements carefully and let the experts at More Space Place Sarasota help you create a system built specifically for your lifestyle.
Garages across Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte are naturally prone to disorganization. Use these five steps to spring clean your garage this year, and enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more organized space for many seasons to come! Contact More Space Place today to schedule a free in-home garage storage estimate.
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In many Port Charlotte homes, the attic is a forgotten space used exclusively for holiday decorations and dusty storage boxes. However, with a little TLC and some help from the experts at More Space Place, you can transform your attic space from a chilly storeroom to a cozy getaway. Read on to learn how.
Define The Purpose Of The Space
Whether you want to turn your attic into a library, a home office, or a multi-purpose media and hangout room, defining the purpose of the space will help guide you through the transformation process. At More Space Place, we specialize in creating custom storage solutions to fit any space or lifestyle. Depending on the room’s purpose, a custom office desk, built-in shelving to hold your books, or a custom-designed media center can help you accomplish your goals.
If the attic in your home is like many others, it probably is made of old wood floors. If you’re lucky and the wood is in good shape, these floors can lend a classic appeal. However, you can add an area rug on top of the flooring to cozy up the space. If you really want to go for it, consider redoing the floors altogether. Carpet is a good choice, as it not only warms the space but can also help insulate the sound to and from the rest of the house.
Install A Wall Bed
Another way to create a cozy atmosphere in the attic space of your Port Charlotte home is to install a wall bed. At More Space Place, we work with you to create custom solutions to perfectly fit your space. If you have the low, slanted ceilings common to many attics, a horizontal wall bed may be a perfect solution. These comfortable beds fold out horizontally rather than vertically, which means they don’t need as much space for height. Adding a wall bed in your attic can turn the space into a multipurpose room. The bed can allow the room to be used as a guest room or a cozy escape for reading and relaxing.
Add Some Personal Touches
The final step in creating the perfect cozy attic is to add your own personal touches. Blankets, pillows, and wall hangings will take the space from functional to welcoming. Use mood lighting and interesting lamps or fixtures to add character and warmth. Beanbag chairs can be a fun seating solution if you’ll have kids using the space.
If you’re ready to get started in turning your attic into a functional and cozy space, call the experts at More Space Place Port Charlotte for a free-in home storage and design consultation!
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In many Sarasota homes the living room isn’t just a living room. It’s a place to gather with friends and watch a Sunday football game, or an oasis to recharge and read a good book on a Wednesday night. On other days it may serve as the social center of a dinner party, or even function as a children’s playroom. The best living rooms are ones that are transitional. They aren’t devoted entirely to TV watching, nor are they purely meant to host social gatherings. The key to creating a multipurpose living room is to design it with your needs in mind and choose furniture that encourages flexibility. We suggest designing an entertainment center that fits your needs and choosing varied seating options.
Custom Home Entertainment Center
Although it’s easy to settle for buying a ready-to-install home entertainment center, this is a common trap homeowners fall into during the living room decoration process. Often times picking a stock entertainment center turns a living room into a modest home theater. The TV quickly becomes the point of focus in the space and the entertainment center only serves to house a television. In order to create a living room for more than just watching movies or sports, homeowners can work with a designer to create a custom entertainment center that also focuses on their storage needs.
The combination of visible and nonvisible storage in a customizable entertainment center allows homeowners to hide electronics, like game controllers and various cords, when they’re not is use. Visible storage offers an opportunity to decorate. Homeowners can keep books in open shelves, as well as photographs and other memorabilia, all of which communicate to living room occupants the room is for more than just television. Custom media centers can span entire walls to maximize storage and decorating options, something non-custom entertainment centers don’t offer.
Varied Seating Options
Another key component of designing a transitional living room is providing a multitude of seating options. A sectional couch that includes a chaise at one end is a great option, because it allows occupants to either sit up or lie back when watching television, and also provides more seating space when guests arrive. Homeowners should also keep in mind their floor is a seating option as well. Small children may prefer to play on the floor, just as some individuals would rather watch a movie lying on the floor with a blanket rather than sitting on a couch. It’s worth investing in a comfortable rug if your living room isn’t carpeted. An ottoman is another great seating option, especially for dinner parties, because it can function as additional seating or as a platform for appetizers.
More Space Place offers a wide variety of custom-built entertainment centers. They’re designed to compliment the space they’re in, as well as to maximize both functionality and visual appeal by hiding wires and other electronics. We proudly serve the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas and we look forward to helping you create the living room of your dreams!
Attics are often forgotten spaces in a home. They’re generally dark and uninviting, stuffy and small, and utilized for little more than storing holiday decorations. Attics frequently have slanted ceilings and limited natural light, making them difficult to design or decorate. Nevertheless, their design challenges can also be seen as distinct advantages if leveraged properly. The angled nature of attics can add character, giving homeowners in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas the means to create a bonus room that’s truly unique to their residence. The lack of natural light and minimal headroom can also make an attic feel cozier, and homeowners can be inventive by installing roof windows along the slant of the ceiling. Below we’ve outlined some design considerations you should keep in mind when turning your own attic into a peaceful getaway within your home.
1. Define Your Attic’s Purpose
Similar to the way basements can be renovated to create a rec room or home theater, an attic can be viewed as a bonus room that homeowners can take advantage of as well. You could turn your attic into another bedroom, a home office, an art studio, a cozy reading nook, or even a children’s playroom depending on your needs. This is not to say your attic needs to have just one purpose. Installing a wall bed can instantly transform it into a multi-functional space, but having a loose idea in mind such as a “hangout room” is helpful.
2. Maximize Storage
Designing a functional attic is all about working with your space, not against it. Attics tend to be small, which lends to a more comfortable feel. However, their smaller area makes it so every storage opportunity needs to be taken advantage of. You shouldn’t fear turning an attic room into a bedroom or guestroom based on the space a bed could take away. A Cosmopolitan Murphy bed is a great option. Unlike traditional wall beds that hinge and store upright, this style of Murphy bed stores horizontally, making the slanted ceilings a non-issue.
3. Capture Natural Light
The installation of roof windows is another way to personalize your attic space. By definition, attics are usually the highest room in a home, meaning they have great access to sunlight. The installation of windows on your slanted ceiling can make the space more inviting without sacrificing its cozy nature.
Attics, although frequently an afterthought, can serve all different types of functions. Their unique shape can be used to create a dynamic children’s playroom with secret alcoves and hiding spots. Teenagers may appreciate an attic bedroom because they provide a level of privacy not offered by other rooms, and adults too, will enjoy an attic that allows them to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of their home. As mentioned above, the key to creating a great attic space is to work with its unique design and to maximize storage. Here at More Space Place, we’d love to help you convert your attic into a functional room. We proudly serve the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, FL areas and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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