Garage Makeovers Continue To Be One Of The Hottest Home Improvement Trends

Garage makeovers have become one of the most popular home improvement projects in recent years. This trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. In fact, The New York Times recently called it “the final frontier in home renovation”.

Traditionally, the priority for home improvement projects has included redoing bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms in the home, as well as finishing basements. The garage, once an afterthought in terms of a space worth upgrading, is now front-of-mind for homeowners looking to further enhance their living environment.

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Garage makeovers increase a home’s value

Homeowners are increasingly appreciating the importance of having a garage space that’s well-organized and clean, in addition to having a modern aesthetic, all of which increases a home’s value. The rapidly growing garage improvement industry offers numerous solutions for significantly boosting the functionality and looks of this valuable home space. Sure, a new garage door really stands out to neighbours and passersby, but the area behind that door shouldn’t be overlooked, either.

A high-end vehicle deserves an organized and appealing storage space

Owners of classic and high-end vehicles have been particularly embracing of the garage makeover trend. The popularity of garage makeovers with auto and motorcycle enthusiasts makes perfect sense. After all, it’s rather self-defeating to spend big bucks on a Lamborghini, Tesla, or Harley-Davidson and then park these treasures in a dreary-looking environment that doesn’t complement their natural beauty.

This is where garage makeover specialists like Garage Living step in. With thousands of garage remodels under our belt, including many makeovers specifically tailored to auto enthusiasts, Garage Living has the expertise and vision to take garage makeovers to truly elite design levels.

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Garage makeovers each have their own unique challenges

Each garage makeover presents its own unique set of challenges for Garage Living’s design experts. Will the framework of the garage need alterations to accommodate the customer’s design wishes? How will existing obstacles like a central vac system or ductwork fit into a makeover design scheme? Garage Living’s durable and glossy Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating beautifully enhances any garage space, but what’s the best colour to use to complement the customer’s vehicles?

The same consideration needs to be made for the addition of high quality garage cabinetry. These are just some of the challenges that go into designing a new garage and there’s always new ones to be encountered, as was the case during a recent makeover that involved an underground residential garage.

How our garage makeovers maximize storage space

One of the common challenges Garage Living faces for any garage makeover is how to optimize storage space. As much as a garage’s shabby interior decor detracts from the looks of its contents, this problem is only multiplied when excess clutter is added to the mix.

With smart organization and storage solutions like slatwall storage, specialty storage racks (such as overhead racks), and car lifts (which increase parking space), underutilized wall and vertical space can be employed to maximize a garage’s available storage space. These solutions make the garage easy to keep clean and organized, so vehicles always have plenty of room for parking and storage.

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We have garage makeover solutions for all types of garages

Homeowners put a lot of time and thought into how their home looks because it’s a source of pride and a reflection of who they are. That attention and care has now shifted towards the garage. Whether it’s a middle-class family looking to refresh their garage space or a high-end auto enthusiast eager to create a similarly high-end storage space for their prized possessions, homeowners now appreciate the big benefits of garage makeovers, in greater numbers than ever before.

Visit our showroom, where you can see and touch for yourself every single product we sell. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with a member of our design team to discuss the benefits of a garage makeover for your home.

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Why These 3 Simple Garage Makeover Tips Will Completely Transform Your Space

Transforming your garage from a drab, cluttered, and poorly functioning space to a bright, clean, and highly functional area of your home is easier than you think. Use these three simple garage makeover tips and your garage will soon be fulfilling the potential it’s always had.

1. Give your garage a great base with a Floortex™ floor coating

Upgrading your garage floor with an application of Floortex™ floor coating can transform the entire look, feel, and functionality of your garage. After all, the floor is the largest single surface in your garage and it serves as the foundation for the entire space. 

A Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating creates an attractive base and it’s available in 15 colours. That makes it easy to choose a colour that complements the rest of your garage interior. We can have it applied in as little as one day and in just about any temperature setting. You can’t say the same about epoxy floor coatings. Their application involves a much lengthier process that also requires very specific temperature conditions, which can be disruptive to your daily routine.

Here’s some additional benefits of choosing a Floortex™ floor coating:

  • provides excellent resistance to most household chemicals, including oil, gas, and salt, as well as tire rubber
  • hides dirt and dust well and is very easy to maintain
  • has a UV stable topcoat that preserves the floor’s glossy finish
  • the non-slip surface is safer when the floor is wet
  • provides exceptional abrasion and impact resistance

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2. Get smart garage organization solutions for reducing clutter

Garages should be able to function as a multi-purpose space that serves as a work area and storage area for tools, other belongings, and vehicles. Many garages fail to function to their true potential in these areas due to poor storage and organization systems that fail to keep clutter at a minimum.

One of the garage makeover tips that will solve this problem is to simply choose smart and effective garage organization solutions. We have many to choose from, including:

  • Garage cabinets – choose from our wide variety of storage cabinet lines for the system that works for your needs and budget. All of our garage cabinetry is made from high quality materials that are built to last.
  • Slatwall storage – adding a slatwall panel system to your garage maximizes its storage space, making it one of your best weapons against clutter. Use more than 40 slatwall hanging accessories for plenty of versatility.
  • Specialty storage racks – our heavy duty storage solutions take care of just about anything else in your garage that can’t be hung on your slatwall. We have overhead racks, tire racks, shelving units, and much more.

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3. Boost your curb appeal with a new garage door

Good garage makeover tips should help you improve the functionality and looks of your garage. Adding a new garage door accomplishes both of these things and is one of the most impactful ways to boost your curb appeal. That’s because garage doors can account for as much as one third of a home’s front exterior.

Technological advances have made today’s garage doors much more durable and energy efficient. It’s also easier than ever to choose a style and design that both aligns with your aesthetic preferences and complements your exterior decor. Steel garage doors are our most popular choice for homeowners. They offer great durability, require little maintenance, and come with plenty of design options.

Our wood garage door collection offers plenty of choices for those seeking a warmer, more traditional look for their garage exterior. In contrast, full view aluminum garage doors provide a bolder, more modern appearance with their raw industrial look featuring glass panels. Durable and low-maintenance fibreglass garage doors are another sensible option to consider.

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These garage makeover tips are proven to transform any garage space

These garage makeover tips work wonders for any garage space. We have thousands of garage remodel projects and satisfied customers throughout North America that prove it. To begin your garage transformation, schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts.

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5 Smart Garage Cabinet Ideas That Make It Easy To Stay Organized

Staying organized in the garage becomes much easier when you have smart storage and organization solutions to help. There are several ways to accomplish this, such as with a garage cabinet system.

When choosing the right garage cabinet system, don’t underestimate the critical importance of high quality materials in their construction. Your garage is subjected to fluctuating temperatures, higher levels of moisture, dirt, and sometimes chemicals. You’ll also be handling tools and heavy items around your cabinets, in addition to opening and closing drawers countless times. These factors illustrate why you shouldn’t compromise on quality and craftsmanship.

For durable, long-lasting garage cabinet systems, Garage Living has you covered with various cabinet styles and designs for your storage needs. Any of the following garage cabinet ideas will keep your tools organized and safe, while also upgrading its aesthetic appeal.

1. GL Signature cabinets

For those on a tighter budget, the GL Signature line is one of our garage cabinet ideas worth considering. The GL Signature line is a modular configuration. This means that it consists of pre-made standalone units that are assembled to create a highly functional storage system that also looks great. Choose from different styles, such as upper and base cabinets, locker cabinets with adjustable shelves, cabinets with drawers, and cabinets with both drawers and doors.

All GL Signature components are made with sturdy 18 gauge welded steel construction that’s powder coated to ensure a long life. You’ll instantly recognize the fine craftsmanship that’s gone into these cabinets when you open the drawers (made with 100 lb ball bearing sliders) and single wall doors (powerful magnetic latches, available with locks, keep them securely closed). A maple butcher block countertop provides a very durable work surface. Five specialty options are also available.

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2. GL Premium cabinets

The GL Premium line of modular garage cabinets offer a little more design flexibility and a few differences from the GL Signature line. That durable powder coated 18 gauge steel construction comes with even sturdier double walls and doors, along with the choice of a maple butcher block or stainless steel countertop. This model comes with 125 lb ball bearing drawer sliders and European soft-close door hinges. Both models, along with the GL Custom Steel line, come with stainless steel handles.

All of our garage cabinet systems have adjustable feet that help protect your investment from ground moisture. They also assist with balancing your cabinets on uneven garage floors. If you garage floor is in bad shape, our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating is your best solution. These specialty options are available for both the GL Signature and GL Premium cabinetry lines:

  • closet rod
  • backsplash
  • sink unit
  • valance lighting
  • power bars

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3. GL Custom Steel cabinets

Custom cabinet systems like the GL Custom Steel line let us design a cabinet storage system that can be tailored exactly to your unique garage space. The fully welded 18 gauge steel and aluminum construction features double walls and doors and gives you 14 colour options for powder coating. That’s more than any of our other steel cabinet lines, making it easier to complement the rest of your garage’s decor. The powder coating on our cabinets helps prevent corrosion and also adds protection against scratches and dents.

The GL Custom Steel line comes with heavy-duty 150 lb ball bearing drawer sliders and your choice of maple butcher block, stainless steel, or galvanized steel countertop. The outstanding design flexibility of the GL Custom Steel cabinet line extends to the large number of specialty options available:

  • closet rod
  • backsplash
  • sink unit
  • valance lighting
  • power bars
  • TV integration
  • parts bin organizers
  • specialty cabinets
  • glass door inserts

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4. GL NEOS Elite cabinets

Simply put, the GL NEOS line is the highest quality garage cabinet system you’ll find on the market. This premium line of cabinets boasts stronger 16 gauge steel construction, precision 250 lb ball bearing drawer sliders for heavy-duty use, inset anodized aluminum handles, three countertop options, and eight specialty options, among many other features.

The sleek, modern design of the GL NEOS cabinet line transforms the looks of any garage space with a seamless wall-to-wall fit. If you’re looking for the right high-end cabinet system to enrich the look of your garage’s interior and complement where you park your luxury vehicle (in addition to giving you great storage and organization flexibility), look no further than the GL NEOS Elite model.

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5. GL Custom Melamine cabinets

The GL Custom Melamine modular cabinet system is exclusively available to our Toronto location. This cabinet system from Northern Contours is available in melamine or high gloss thermofoil construction, with 27 different colour options available. For a truly unique look to your garage cabinet system, the GL Custom Melamine line is certainly worth your consideration.

Features also include 75 lb ball bearing drawer sliders, double wall doors and cabinets, stainless steel or maple butcher block countertops, and the five following specialty options:

  • closet rod
  • backsplash
  • sink unit
  • valance lighting
  • power bars

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Garage cabinet ideas to improve your space’s looks and functionality

Any of these garage cabinet ideas will make your garage space look and function much better. To find out more about how any of these cabinet systems will improve your garage space, schedule your free consultation with one of our design professionals today.

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8 Reasons To Embrace Garage Organization And Improvement In 2017

If your garage is overrun by clutter and badly in need of a makeover, make 2017 the year to reclaim and improve this valuable home space. There’s no better time than the fresh start of a new year to embrace the garage organization and improvement solutions available from Garage Living. Here are eight reasons our products and services will make your garage look better and increase its functionality.

1. Free up floor space and use your garage for parking again

It’s a common problem that homeowners are unable to use their garages as a space for parking their vehicles. The main reason this occurs is due to excess clutter on the garage floor. We have several solutions to address this and return your garage parking space to you:

  • Garage wall storage: versatile PVC slatwall panels take advantage of unused garage wall space, providing areas for hanging items with our more than 40 types of accessories. They also give your garage a more finished look.
  • Garage cabinetry: choose from five lines of our modular and custom-fit garage cabinetry systems. There’s a wide range of custom options available to suit your budget, as well as your functional and aesthetic preferences.
  • Specialty storage racks: heavy-duty overhead storage racks, tire racks, industrial shelving, and firewood racks are just some of the specialty storage rack solutions we offer.

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2. Get organized and stay organized

By adding one or more of the above garage organization and improvement solutions, you’ll notice immediate benefits that extend beyond just having more floor space. With the right storage systems, all of your belongings will have a proper home and be much easier to find. Dedicated homes for your tools and accessories also greatly reduce the likelihood of garage clutter accumulating in the future.

3. Your garage floor will look much nicer with a new coating

Garage floors need to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. If your garage’s concrete floor is cracked, crumbling, and a general eyesore, a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating is the best solution on the market.

A Floortex™ coating transforms your garage floor into an attractive and very durable surface, with a glossy finish that won’t fade or yellow over time. It’s also highly resistant to most household chemicals, such as gas and oil. And just because it’s frigid outside doesn’t mean a Floortex™ floor coating can’t be applied. Unlike epoxy garage floor coatings, a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating can be applied year-round.

4. An upgraded garage door enhances curb appeal

No one feature of your home’s exterior stands out more than your garage door. Ask yourself – is your garage door enhancing or detracting from your curb appeal? If it’s the latter, then it’s definitely time to think about an upgrade. We have a wide range of steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage door styles available to improve your home’s exterior aesthetics.

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5. Modern garage door openers are quieter and come with convenient features

If your garage door is in need of an upgrade, also consider the functionality of your garage door opener. An old, malfunctioning opener poses a safety risk, in addition to being an inconvenience. Compared to older models, modern garage door openers are more energy efficient, reliable, and quieter. Furthermore, they come with modern features like MyQ technology, which allows you to monitor and access your garage door when you’re away from home.

6. Create a space-saving garage work area

If you’re a hobbyist or handyman and lack a proper work area due to space limitations, consider a foldaway workbench for the garage. This heavy-duty workbench supports up to 400 pounds of weight and conveniently folds away to preserve valuable garage parking space. Integrate the workbench with our slatwall panels to hold your tools and create a handy space-saving workspace.

7. Car lifts let you double your parking space

A 4 post car lift puts your garage’s underutilized vertical space to work, allowing you to instantly double your available parking space. Car lifts are a practical and cost-effective alternative to a major garage renovation or yearly off-site vehicle storage. To see how this great garage organization and improvement solution works, stop by our Vaughan showroom.

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8. Garage exteriors benefit from aluminum capping

Aluminum capping involves wrapping your wooden garage doorframe with aluminum sheeting. Here are the benefits of aluminum capping:

  • your home’s exterior exhibits a more clean and finished appearance, which enhances curb appeal and resale value
  • future maintenance on your garage doorframe is virtually eliminated
  • extends the life of your doorframe by protecting it from the elements
  • improves energy efficiency by decreasing drafts

Garage organization and improvement solutions to transform your space

These are just some of the garage organization and improvement solutions we have available. Garage Living also features products such as LED lighting, infrared heaters, and wall bumpers to protect your car doors. We also specialize in garage renovation services, including insulation and drywall installation, lighting and electrical work, garage door repair, and more.

To get started with your garage transformation for 2017, schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts today. When you see what our professionals can do you with your garage space, you’ll wonder why you never called us sooner.

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How Overlooking Garage Curb Appeal Hurts Your Home’s Curb Appeal

“Curb appeal” is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street”. Garage curb appeal is especially important because your garage door is the most noticeable feature of your home’s exterior.

When it comes to improving curb appeal, the garage tends to get overlooked. Sure, your home’s walkway, driveway, roofing, and landscaping need a refresh every several years, but your garage is no different. Remember that ignoring your garage curb appeal affects your home’s overall curb appeal. With this in mind, let’s look at some ways that your garage curb appeal can be improved.

A stylish and attractive garage door is essential for curb appeal

As much as 30% of a house’s exterior can be taken up by garage doors. A smartly chosen garage door can have just as much of a positive impact on curb appeal as a poorly chosen garage door (or an old and faded door) impacts negatively on your home’s appearance. It simply doesn’t make much sense to spend a sizable amount of time and money on your property’s exterior appearance, while ignoring how up to one third of that exterior looks.

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Lots of garage door design choices broadens the opportunity to enhance your curb appeal

Consumers have a huge selection of garage door styles and custom options to choose from nowadays. The range of design possibilities with the steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage doors available for homes today means that finding the door that makes the most impactful difference to your curb appeal is easier than it’s ever been before.

An ultra-modern full view aluminum garage door with glass panels will beautifully complement your home’s contemporary architecture. If the classic look is more to your liking, a carriage house garage door works nicely, as will one of the many appealing styles from our wood door collection.

Two more reasons to ensure your garage door is up-to-date

In addition to the dominant exterior aesthetics they provide, garage doors are an important element of any home for two more reasons:

  • Garage doors are one of the most frequently used doors in homes. Therefore, they need to be in good working order to be able to handle the frequent use they’ll get.
  • Garage doors are an access point to your home, so you need your door to be secure from potential thieves. Having a sturdy and reliable garage door for your home should be considered an essential. A MyQ Technology garage security system allows you to ensure your garage is secure, even when you’re not home.

Garage doors provide a very high return on your investment

Improving your garage curb appeal by upgrading your garage door represents a sound investment on your part. In fact, adding a new garage door to your home provides one of the highest returns on investment when it comes to home improvement projects. As much as 90% of your costs for a new garage door can be recouped. Obviously, this is highly beneficial when it comes time for you to sell your house.

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Aluminum capping also boosts your garage curb appeal

Another way to boost garage curb appeal is to have aluminum capping added around your garage door. Aluminum capping, which involves covering up your wooden doorframe with aluminum sheeting, has several benefits:

  • it gives your home exterior a clean, finished look and attractively complements a new garage door
  • aluminum capping is highly durable and requires no maintenance
  • you’ll no longer need to perform maintenance involving scraping, staining, and painting your wooden garage doorframe every few years
  • aluminum capping can also improve your home’s energy efficiency

Garage curb appeal matters when it comes to selling your home

A garage with strong curb appeal is something you’ll undoubtedly appreciate and take great pride in while living in your home. Furthermore, when you’re ready to move, garage curb appeal can have a significant impact on the house’s sale. First impressions are important and prospective buyers are much more likely to have a positive initial reaction to a home possessing strong garage curb appeal.

If your garage’s exterior appearance is hurting your home’s curb appeal, Garage Living has solutions to help. Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts and you’ll be taking your first step in the right direction to improve your garage curb appeal.

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