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A garage can be so much more than a messy catch-all for items that don’t fit inside the home. Through a remodel, it can be made into an organized storage unit or a workshop, or simply made more functional, with room for at least one car. Turning a standard 600-square-foot, two-car garage into a well-organized, tidy space is less expensive than most remodeling projects. Because a garage already has a floor, walls and a roof, the primary tasks are finishing the framed walls and adding organizational systems.

Average garage remodeling costs

Companies like GarageAbility in York, Pennsylvania, A-Z Garage Restoration in Bluemont, Virginia, or Garage Guru in Denver, Colorado, specialize in remodeling garages. The average total cost for remodeling a garage ranges from $6,500 to $10,500 for a standard two-car garage, depending on the extent of the remodel.

Garage Guru, for example, offers a range of services: They will help identify what to discard or simply haul away what you don’t want, repair concrete and install specialized garage flooring, and even design and install custom cabinets and workbenches.

Garage remodel planning

Before launching a project, the homeowner should draw up a plan that takes into account the various ways the garage could ideally be used. GarageAbility, for instance, will divide a garage into zones for storing garden equipment, sporting goods and tools as well as space for working on hobbies, then help the homeowner determine the storage systems that will work best for their belongings.

Garage remodeling options

The first step is often fixing a cracked floor or leveling it, and sometimes even staining it to make it look more attractive; the repairs cost $500-$12,500, and stains range from $2 to $10 per square foot. Drywall is typically put up, which costs from $1 to $2 per square foot. Adding boards for a storage space above the garage typically costs about $2 per square foot.

Garage storage systems

From shelving to cabinets to specialty sports equipment storage, a garage remodel always includes options for keeping belongings better organized. Standard shelving and cabinets range from $500 to $2,000 or more, depending on how many units are installed.

Specialty organizers for sports equipment, such as balls, bats, helmets, pads and more, range from $50 to $300. Storage hooks for bikes range from $15 to $70. Tool racks start at $15, and recycling bins start at $20.

Garage door upgrades

A garage remodel often also includes a new garage door and installation, which ranges from $400 for a low-end single door to as much as $5,000 for a high-end double door, and a garage door opener, which can cost as much as $500.

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