FAMILYHANDYMAN.COM SEPTEMBER 2019 31
FAMILY HANDYMAN has
been improving garages for
decades. This year, we found a
family overdue for a garage
makeover. Their simple desire
to clean up the garage led to
a unique conversion that
extended their living space
while still leaving space for cars.
It was a big transformation,
but the projects were easy:
Q TO CUT CLUTTER, we
installed an electric attic lift.
That made moving out-of-
season gear into the attic safe
and effortless—and opened up
lots of floor space. Aside from
careful positioning and adjust-
ments, the installation was
quick and simple.
COMFORT, we added ductless
mini-split heating/cooling. If
you’re intimidated by this HVAC
project, don’t be. Supplying the
power took creative planning,
but the rest was amazingly easy.
QTURNING A GARAGE INTO
A HOME THEATER could be as
simple as hanging a TV on the
wall. But we wanted to protect
all the electronics from sawdust
and stray basketballs, so we
built a giant cabinet. Don’t be
fooled by the size; it’s big, but
construction was basic.
QCONCRETE FLOORS are
bland and hard to keep clean.
Our solution was an epoxy
floor coating. More than any
other project, this stunning
floor transformed the garage
into an inviting living space.
MEET THE HOMEOWNERS
he Dempseys—JD, Heather, sons Donavan
and Jack, and their puppy, Joe Louis—
have lived in their home for 14 years but
had never given their garage any TLC. “It was
kind of a mess, just a place to keep things,”
says Heather. “When we first started the proj -
ect, all I wanted was to declutter and clean
up. Now it’s a great space to hang out with
friends and family and entertain more often.”
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