Do you have a garage? Is there room to park your car in it? With Baltimore’s severe winter weather in 2010, lots of people wished their cars were stashed away in their garage. Now in 2012, with temperatures hitting near record highs of 65 and 70, thoughts of remodeling that garage into a special hide-away sounds like a fabulous idea.

1. Man Cave
Maybe the family doesn’t share your love of NASCAR and you’d like to have your own space to watch the races. Or maybe you just need a place away from the hustle and bustle of the home to retreat to after work for a few hours. Whatever the case, remodeling the garage as your personal man cave–for those Baltimore Ravens games, the races or just a place to hideaway–is the perfect solution. Before you remodel, the garage may have a wall of odds and ends that clutter the space. Instead of having them taking up space, hang them on a wall relegated to their own corner. That way, you can make room for your man cave.

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2. Hobby Center
Perhaps you have a hobby that requires your own personal space and a garage-makeover fits the bill. Maybe it’s your dream to have a quiet, private hideaway along with posters and flyers for all of your school, church, crafts or other volunteer activities or hobbies. Install cabinets with drawers to store your stamps, hole punchers and markers. Shelves are perfect for paper supplies, sticker collections and paints. The garage is a perfect space away from those who love to borrow, but not return every little thing.

3. Home Movie Theater
Want to make better use of that garage? Make it somewhere your family and a select group of friends hang out to watch those favorite flicks. Convert the garage to the ultimate home movie theater and let your imagination have free reign. Fill it with comfy seating, a sound system and a big screen TV and you have your own personal movie theater.

Where To Get Started
Below are a few local resources that may help you make that transition from a garage full of junk to your own private, personal space. Make it look neat, organized and comfortable. Newnique Redesign can guide you to an economical, comfortable makeover. Hodges Hardware can help provide the nuts and bolts of the remodeling. David’s offers more than 2,000 square feet of furniture and decor items that can easily spruce up your garage.

Newnique Redesign
Patti Boyle
Baltimore, Md.
(410) 377-0266

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Hodges Hardware
850 Middle River Road
Middle River, Md. 21220
(410) 686-1389

David’s On The Avenue
914 W 36th St
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 467-8159

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Anna Renault is a life-long resident of Baltimore County. After a 31-year career, Renault has re-careered into the world of journalism. She writes a weekly column for The Avenue News, her local paper. Her work can be found at

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