Top Tips for Designing Your Garage Around Your Vehicle
A man’s truck can be like a best friend—always ready for an adventure or to lend a hand hauling stuff from the lumber yard or home improvement store. If you had your best friend staying with you, you wouldn’t put him in a cold and musty garage, now would you? So why would you subject your truck to similar conditions? Here are a few tips to creating a garage that will treat your truck in the style it deserves.
Unless you have an enormous garage and can section off an area for washing your truck, this task is best done outdoors. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your truck looking its best inside your garage. Install a simple utility sink in the space and have a collection of sponges and brushes on hand to remove any tree sap or bird droppings that land on your truck during its time outdoors. Boar’s hair brushes—just like the ones used for shaving, only larger—are a good choice for quick wipe-offs as they hold a lot of water and capture a lot of dirt.
You can also install a wall-mounted vacuum, like the Hoover Garage Utility Vac, to suck out crumbs from that fast food lunch or sand from your latest beach adventure. If that’s too involved, an always-plugged-in, easily accessible shop vac should do the trick.
Your truck keeps you safe during the day, so you should return the favor when it’s tucked in at night. At the very least, make sure your garage has a smoke detector installed that can alert you to fire. To truly make sure your truck will be well-looked-after, you can arrange to have a professional sprinkler system installed; just make sure you roll up the windows at night!
If you have a home security alarm system installed, be sure to place door and window sensors on any access points to the garage. If you don’t have a whole-house system, you can install a stand-alone motion-sensor (like the GE Wireless Motion Sensor Alarm) that will sound a siren if an unwanted visitor enters your garage.