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Make your garage an extension of your living space

Not too long ago, garages were all the same: outbuildings that were storage areas for parked cars, with dull and boring grey concrete floors. Today garages have taken a more prominent place in the design of homes, often integrated into the living area and not just to house vehicles, bicycles lawnmowers and tools. Now more than ever, garages are attached to the home.

Garages have graduated from simple storage areas to organised workshops or can be transformed into gaming or playrooms for the kids. Today, every bit of attention that a homeowner pays to decorating their home is paid to the garage as well, right down to what goes on the concrete floors.

The growing trend to customise residential garages seems to have increased, where building design necessitates utilising every m2, including the garage. The cars can park outside and the extra space used in versatile ways.

Blokes also like to spend time with their tools or toys and tinker around the garage as their space. Its no wonder we are spending more time and finding more uses in our garages than just parking the cars.

With the garages being part of the house, where it’s not too uncomfortable to occupy, garages have become more usable in all corners of Australia, in all kinds of weather. As garages became extensions of living spaces, the organisational needs for the garages evolved as well.

One of the first steps in customising garages, the addition of custom cabinets and shelving, may have led to the popularity of garage floor epoxy coatings. With homeowners wanting cleaner and more organised garages, they also want to upgrade the floor as well.

Now homeowners no longer have to settle for boring, grey concrete flooring. Their garage floors can be as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of their home.

Garage floor coverings have the versatility to go with any style of décor. Looks can range from simple grey epoxy to a more complex coloured epoxy with multicolour flecks in it.

Colour flakes come in a wide range of colours and are made of acrylic paint chips. This system provides an excellent wear surface that can stand up under walking and driving on
Choosing the design for your garage floor covering can be as simple as matching the colour of your house or as involved as hiding any imperfections or flaws in the existing floor.

If you coat the existing concrete with only a sealer, any imperfections will show through. A coloured epoxy base coat with flakes would cover any imperfections that may exist. If the floor has no aesthetic reasons to choose full coverage, a medium or light paint chip coverage may be chosen for additional design variations.

Barefoot Concrete provides free onsite quotes and has over 40 samples to choose from. Contact us today to find out how we can improve the look of your garage and transform it into a more versatile living area.