(BPT) - The garage – it’s that space where you used to just store your car, lawn mower, power tools, bikes, bats and boxes of things you wore in the 90s. But to say a garage is only for storage is like saying a truck is only for hauling dressers and box springs.
From game room to workshop, man cave to hangout — your garage has the potential to be anything you want it to be. So if you’re thinking of redecorating or remodeling your house, don’t spend all your time picking out kitchen tile and arguing over what type of counter looks best — step into your garage and let yourself dream big.
With the right materials, some creativity and a little work, you can turn your garage into the star of the house. How? TV personality and award-winning interior designer Anitra Mecadon offers the following five ideas to get you excited about all the possibilities.
Toughen up your walls
No matter what you want to do with your garage, first make sure your walls can stand up to real life. There’s probably no space in the house more susceptible to scratches, scuffs and accidental holes than the garage — so pick your walls accordingly. Look for PURPLE Hi-Impact XP made by National Gypsum for extra wear and tear to resist everything from car doors opened too close to the wall to the hockey sticks swung a little too hard. This drywall is embedded with fiberglass mesh to make it impact and penetration resistant — and like all PURPLE drywall, it resists moisture, mold and mildew.
Make your garage your hideaway
Sometimes you need to get away from it all — especially from your “honey do” or project list — and the garage can be where you go, your hangout, an extension of yourself and a definite point of pride. Add a snack machine, fridge, swivel chair or two and big screen TV, and you and your friends will have it made.
Lift it up
Most people have a lot of stuff to store in the garage in addition to cars, tools and bikes. And let’s face it, the more available space you have, the more likely you’ll find stuff to fill it. That means you’ll need to get creative with storage. In addition to shelves and cabinets attached to the walls, another way to store your stuff is to use a raised lift system which retracts up into the top levels of your garage and comes down with a push of a button when you need something.
Hang it up
There are some things that just don’t belong in your house but are perfect for the garage. Just like restaurants that have walls crowded with collectibles such as old soda signs, sea anchors and license plates — garages can follow this same design concept and personalize a space even more. Walls also can serve as anchors for storage systems that hold your tools, bikes, boxes and equipment. And you can rest assured that high-performing drywall, like PURPLE Hi-Impact XP, will stand up to the wear and tear of hanging up and taking down your tools, rakes, bikes and more, day after day.
Do more with your floor
Today, garage floors can be anything you want — yellow, red, metallic, acid-washed or made out of heavy-duty vinyl or rubber. And whether you want the grey concrete vintage look of your childhood or something that reflects your more grown-up self, when it comes to garage floors, take a chance and get inventive, because your garage can be your personal and customized sanctuary.
There’s a lot you can do with a modern garage, and no matter how you decide to personalize it, the best garage remodel starts at the studs. The right drywall is as important as the right wrench in the toolbox. To learn more, visit www.askforpurple.com
(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It's time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.
If you have been dreaming of a "boomer cave" - a place where you can get away to relax, watch TV or read - now is the perfect time to make it a reality. Creating a cozy "getaway" room in your house to relax doesn't require any special home improvement skills or interior design panache. Simply follow a few steps and get ready to celebrate with friends and family.
Step 1: Upgrade the TV
The piece de resistance of any empty nester's boomer cave is the television. It doesn't matter what program you're passionate about - a grand television will be the focal point of the room. Whether a gift to yourself or a gift to your partner, a quality TV is a worthwhile investment.
Compare options to find the perfect cave-worthy model. LG's new SUPER UHD TVs feature the latest technologies - including stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut for an impressive picture. Because these are the only TVs that support two formats for HDR content, Dolby Vision and HDR 10, you can rest assured that you're buying the best. It's also a Smart TV so you can stream your favorite content from popular services such as Netflix, Amazon Video and VUDU using LG's award-winning webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform, and even connect your phone or other wireless device to show off vacation photos and more. Available in 43 to 86-inch screen sizes to suit any size boomer cave.
Step 2: Find comfortable furniture
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a boomer cave, so it's common to forego the traditional couch and set up the area with multiple reclining chairs. This gives everyone their own space to kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
When setting up the room, ensure the arrangement gives each viewer an uninterrupted sightline to the screen but does not block any main walkways and still complements the aesthetic of the room. Many people put chairs about nine feet from a TV, but experiment to find what is best for you.
Step 3: Add amazing extras
Add personalized elements and the space will truly feel unique. Frame favorite vacation photos, art or sports memorabilia. Add ambient lighting. Paint the walls your favorite colors. When it comes to boomer caves, the sky is the limit.
Beyond decor, a few extras can make the space more enjoyable. A wet bar with a variety of glasses is a nice touch. Built-in charging stations ensure everyone stays connected. Card games add a casino feel. Workout buffs may want to add weights.
Step 5: Don't forget about the grad
Now that the parents are in boomer-cave heaven, it's important not to forget about that hard-working grad. Send your love to your favorite young professional by gifting them a sleek, new ultra-lightweight laptop like the LG gram 15. It weighs only 2.16 pounds yet boasts the full screen real estate of a 15-inch laptop, making it easy to travel around campus, or even take from the apartment to the office and back. Equipped with great features including Full HD picture quality - 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio - your grad will enjoy an immersive viewing experience and plenty of advanced connectivity options, whether updating a resume or surfing the web.
Of course, any time you're missing your graduate, you can always invite him or her over for some quality time in the cave. Remember, just because it's a cave meant for parents, doesn't mean it can't be the whole family's new favorite room in the house.
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