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Home Improvement 2006  

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Project: Garage remodel
Homeowners want the garage to be everything it isn't: neat, tidy and organized.
So when they decide to remodel the garage, the focus is on creating lots of storage.
The garage used to be a catch-all and a place to park the car. But it's becoming a combination storage area and hobby room. "It's not just for parking the car anymore," says Sal Alfano, editorial director of Remodeling magazine. "It's a well-organized space, and it's finished -- trimmed, painted and fully wired. It's almost another room in the house."
A lot of homeowners use the garage to house a work bench or hobby area. As these setups get more elaborate, "people are doing more, and they demand more out of their garage," says Barry Izsak, president of the National Association of Professional Organizers and author of "Organize Your Garage in No Time."
Lighting is a bigger factor as people spend more time in the garage. Two popular options: larger windows and track lighting.
At the same time that many homeowners are using garages more than ever, they are also "figuring out ways to hide the garage," says Joan Stephens, immediate past president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. "A lot of times, people will take garage space to add a room and add a garage away from the home."
When homeowners remodel the garage they spend an average of $4,413, according to a 2006 survey for Closets Magazine.

Picture courtesy of GarageTek
-- Posted: April 12, 2006

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