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Move Out: 10 Ways to Expand into Your Garage
Plenty of homeowners wish they had more room. It's possible these cramped-feeling dreamers have overlooked a golden opportunity: garage conversion. Renovating the...
A Garage Makeover to Behold—The RAM Cave Minnesota
When Rachel K. of Prior Lake, Minnesota, entered the RAM Renovation Contest last fall, it was with the very best of i...
Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
Garage Doors Repurposed: 10 Innovative Design Uses
If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumberso...
10 Spring Garage Organization Tips
10 Spring Garage Organization Tips Regardless of what the groundhog said, spring is well on its way and being prepared i...
8 Easy and Affordable Garage Floor Options
When you think of flooring options for your home, your mind may turn to images of polished hardwood in the dining room, evocative Spanish tile in the kitchen, or ...
Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Replacement
Garage doors may not seem like great decorating opportunities—most people treat them as functional afterthoughts that...
Planning Guide: Garage Conversion
Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home...
Simple Solutions for a More Livable Garage
In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations and hang up a...
Coddle Your Car, Pamper Your Pickup: Designing a Garage Around Your Vehicle
This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at bein...
Guy Stuff: 10 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Garage Makeover
No man's home within the home should be without these big-boy toys.
Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
So you want a man cave? Check out these over-the-top lairs from around the country.
How To: Choose the Right Garage Doors
There is no doubt that your home’s interior takes all the fanfare when it comes to your decorating and home imp...
3 Steps to a Successful Garage Makeover
Let’s face it. For most of us, the garage serves as a dumping ground for old paint, broken toys, and boxes of clothes...
Garage Doors 101
As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d p...
Storm-Proof Your Garage Doors
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992, the building codes in many coastal counties and storm-thr...
Picking the Right Garage Door
When selecting a garage door for your home, the list of questions includes basic material, style, and price. There is...
Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve cent...
Keep Garage Doors in Top Shape
The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Wh...
Bug-Proofing Your Garage Windows
This past weekend, between family reunions and thunderstorms, I was able to validate a new idea for keeping bugs out of ...
15 "Neat" Garage Storage Solutions
Is your garage a haven or a horror? Too often, we just shut the door and forget it when we walk into the house. But it’s so much easier to keep a garage organized...
Product Showcase: Garage Doors
The garage door can play a major role in your home's overall curb appeal. Learn more about the types, styles, and options available in this product showcase.
Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers
Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the ...
Bob Vila Radio: Garage Storage Options
Installing a garage storage system can have the same effect as adding a room, and it’s a good way to increase your ho...
Garage Door Openers 101
For decades, homeowners interested in automating their garage doors had three choices: chain-, belt- or screw-driven ...
Quick Tip: Garage Storage Solutions
Garage as Work Space Commonly used as the family dumping ground, the garage is undergoing a revival as a functional w...
Organize Your Garage to Keep Your Sanity
Those of us lucky enough to have a garage space in our home tend to take it for granted. This private and secure park...
Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
New Insulated Garage Doors
New insulated garage doors will replace the home's originals and be installed on the new garage. They have the appearance of wood and the performance of factory-f...
Building with Polystyrene Forms and Concrete
Bob explores innovative construction technologies – Insul-Tarp and ReddiForm polystyrene blocks – as the structure is reinforced and the first-floor walls start t...
Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home
Carpet tiles are installed in the basement, and experts discuss storage and organizing solutions for the basement and master bedroom.
Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors
Ernie Hutto installs a garage door and explains to Bob why it’s the most important door in the house.
Installing Carriage-Style Garage Doors
Dave Colette from Doorworks talks Bob through the installation of the garage doors.
Heavy-Duty Garage Door Opener and Features
Bob checks out a Sears garage door opener-- at 3/4 horsepower, it's among the strongest on the market.
Garage Truss Construction
Bob and general contractor Ted Riley watch the framing crew construct the garage roof using trusses.
Garage Door Installation
Bob helps install the new six-panel garage door at the Victorian restoration project house.
Replacing the Barn Door
Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
Installing Custom Garage Doors
Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have...
Installing a Grade Beam
Bob oversees the installation of a grade beam in the garage, which is in compliance with California seismic code.
Reviewing the Dream Garage Project Plans
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the architectural plans. Features such as loft storage are discussed, in addition to the project's post-and-beam construction.
Excavating and Building the Foundation
Bob pays a visit to the site as work on the foundation gets underway. Once the excavation is complete, the forms (for the poured concrete) are assembled and put i...
Discussing the Poured-In Concrete Insulated Form System
Bob meets with Lars Anderson (from Owens Corning) to discuss the Lite-Form Insulating System used in the garage's foundation. The forms are pre-assembled and tied...
Framing the Barn
Bob confers with Paul Pacella (from Maine Post and Beam of Cape Cod) about framing the barn. Eastern white pine is being used; this type of pine is a popular lumb...
Discussing the Framing and Selecting a Garage Door
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the building plans and the progress made on the post-and-beam garage. Framing continues, and Bob discusses the various joints ...
Placing the Engineered Wood Glulam Roof Ridge Beam
Bob and Paul Pacella (of Maine Post and Beam) discuss the cutting and placement of the engineered wood glulam ridge beam for the garage.
Installing Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the Insulspan structural insulated panels (SIPs). These Styrofoam panels save steps in construction, since they include struct...
Installing a Salvaged Door
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
Installing a Fire Sprinkler System
A Grinnell sprinkler system goes into the garage building. Bob gets a brief history of the sprinkler concept and a few tips on installation.
Installing a Lightning Rod
J & G Lightning Protection, Inc. installs a lightning rod system that will draw lightning toward the two copper rods, which perch on the garage roof. The copper p...
Discussing the Home Security System
Bob discusses the wireless alarm system being put in the garage. Because the building will often be unoccupied, this system won't just monitor the alarm. It will ...
Finishing the Interior and Exterior
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install southern yellow pine plywood on the interior of the garage. On the exterior, Bob talks with Greg Binford about adding a stain...
Installing the Garage Door Opener
The garage door openers are installed on the automotive end of the garage. Bob reviews the brackets and beams used to mount the opener's drive, as well as the cha...
Installing Track Lighting
Track lighting is installed in the automotive portion of the garage, and Bob reviews the bulbs, hardware, and mounting techniques used.
Staining the Interior
Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied insi...
Reviewing the Post-and-Beam Garage
Bob pays a final visit to the garage for a tour of the full building and a review of all the features installed. Along the way, he details the construction techni...
Tour of the Completed 'Boat Barn'
Bob takes a close look at the boat storage part of the building (the 'boat barn'), highlighting interior features like the lighting and mechanical systems. Contra...
Heavy-Duty Metal Shelving and Preparing the Boat for Winter Storage
In the storage loft of the garage, a metal shelving system sturdy enough for industrial use is assembled. The boat arrives on a hydraulic trailer and is prepped f...
Garage Door Opener Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a Craftsman garage door opener.
Constructing a Carport, Bench, and Storage Structure
Bob reviews the construction of a carport, bench, and storage structure, situated adjacent to the Naples project house.
Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
Garage Entry
Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan and his crew take down a section of brick wall in order to make way for a garage door leading into the basement.
Garage Construction
The concrete floor has been poured in the basement, and general contractor Ron Gan explains how a ledger board is attached to the masonry wall to support ceiling ...
Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
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