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Setting up a workshop in the garage is your next dream project. You have been mulling it over for a while and really there is no time like the present. It can be done. And, all sorts of businesses can be run out of your garage, too. With a few simple steps to transform the ventilation and keep the air fresh in your garage, you can operate a healthy workshop or a business in your garage. What a great use of the space, right?

Since you have space in your garage for a workshop, let’s get into the nitty, gritty, and discuss a few basics. This will get you off to the right start on this project. And, to keep it fresh and cool in the summer, it is all about thermostats, circulation, and ventilation. So we will cover that, too.

From a Garage to a Workshop

Planning and layout are everything. Interior designers really know what they are doing, but in case you aren’t in the market for hiring a professional designer to figure out the ideal floor plan and layout for your garage workshop, we’ve got a short punch list of pointers for you to design the – layout yourself. Because the best garage workshop incorporates good planning and design, here are the areas to consider.

  • Purpose.  Does it make sense to have your workshop or business in your garage?
  • HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning. (We’ve got your back on this). And plan to install a thermostat, too.
  • Power. Include access to electricity for code and for your tools and equipment.
  • Plumbing. Is it needed for your work?
  • Lighting. No point in making your eyes strain. How will you work if you can’t see properly?
  • Storage and Workbench.  This is where all the action is. Staying organized in these two areas is key.
  • Weather. We know we can’t fool Mother Nature but you can plan well. You will want to check out ventilations and cooling systems to keep all systems a go-go.

Can I Really  Run A Business Out Of My Garage?

Yes. That is the short answer. With the right tools of course.  And we’ve even given you your first business to-do list to get you started.

  1. Choose a Business That Fits in Your Garage. Since you aren’t likely to attract, say doctors and nurses to your garage operating as a hospital, so obviously you will want to make sure your business is credible and suitable for a garage space.
  2. Check Local Laws. Every city, county, and state is different. Do your legal, due diligence and make sure you are legally doing what is right. Zoning laws are what we are talking about here. Most municipalities have zoning laws that dictate whether you can have a business in your home. These define what types of land use are allowed for a given area and building regulations.
  3. Clean and Organize the Space. This may sound like an obvious statement, but if not done properly this can really hurt you. When your office is located in your garage, it shouldn’t be the oil-stained, disorganized chaos of many garages. It must be neat, sanitary, and organized to sustain a good reputation for your business. 
  4. Know the Risks. We have all heard many legal suit stories. Prepare for the risks of running a business from your own home. Make sure to have proper liability insurance coverage, and post signs to protect yourself from those who might wish you harm or get harmed on your property by accident.
  5. Roll with the Punches. Life rarely goes as planned, but with proper planning combined with flexibility, you can run a successful business out of your well-ventilated and cool garage.

Keep That Garage Workspace Cool and Comfortable

With a little motivation and help from a friend or business partner, you can turn your garage into a workshop that is healthy to work in and will bring you much pride and maybe more money from your business. With CoolMyGarage.com’s full line of ventilation and cooling products, you’ll be soon making all your friends and colleagues envious of your new garage space. Check out why our GF-14 Garage Fan & Attic Cooler is the best choice for garage owners in the U.S.! Click here to shop our website https://www.coolmygarage.com/shop/.