Smoking used to be an extremely popular habit, with many people calling themselves smokers. Now, however, we know the detrimental effects that smoking can have on a person’s health, which has resulted in far fewer smokers, and many establishments banning smoking. Not only is smoking and second hand smoke dangerous, but it can affect your home, as well. No one wants their home to be saturated with the smell of cigarette smoke, not to mention the yellowing of walls that smoke causes. Most people’s solution is to send smokers outside, but as anyone who has done this knows, it can be a little awkward, especially if it’s particularly cold or hot outside.
One solution that few people consider is making the garage a smoking area. With the right setup, the garage can become a comfortable place for smokers to go, leaving you without the guilt of banishing them outside, and saving your home from unwanted cigarette smoke results. This also provides an additional socializing area during parties, if the house gets too full!
Garage Organization and Ventilation
Of course, the first thing you should do in creating a comfortable garage is to call White Rabbit. We can work with you to plan the best organizational and design plans for your garage. Additionally, if you know people will be smoking in your garage, you can install fan and ventilation systems. This will prevent the smell of smoke from building up and resulting in a stale atmosphere and yellowed walls and woodwork. There are a number of options for garage ventilation, from ceiling fans (similar to attic fans), to simple wall vents. Be sure that you check with your city’s building code before beginning this project, however.
Adding ventilation to a garage has multiple benefits besides making the garage a great place for smokers to socialize during parties. Since Garages are not usually insulated, or not as insulated as homes, they tend to get very hot and stuffy during the summer. Also, car exhaust can be dangerous—particularly with all of the extra chemicals often stored in garages. Ventilating a garage will help not only cool it down, but keep it more safe and comfortable.
The Perfect Extra Party Space
Once you have your garage cleaned, organized, and safe, you can work on transforming it into an ideal space for smokers and partiers. As we suggested in a recent post, adding furniture is a necessity. While smokers are used to standing to smoke, there’s no telling how long they’ll want to stay in a garage as comfortable as yours, so you should provide them with a place they can sit and be a bit more comfortable. Tables are important too, in case guests bring drinks or food out.
You can also purchase refrigerators, heaters, televisions and the like for your garage, making smokers feel like part of the party instead of looking in from the outside. But be warned, if you jazz up your garage too much, your guests may never want to leave!
Smokers often feel uncomfortable and isolated standing outside of the door until they finish their cigarette. Providing a comfortable garage space for them makes you both a graceful host, and a careful homeowner.