9 Useful Tips For Getting Your Spouse On-board For A Garage Renovation

Your garage floor is cracked and crumbling, you’re unable to park your vehicles inside due to excess clutter, and you lack adequate garage storage space. That garage renovation you’ve always wanted couldn’t be more needed.

Unfortunately, your spouse needs convincing. Perhaps their concerns simply require them receiving a little more education about the process and the value it will have. So how do you get your spouse on-board for a garage renovation? Try these nine useful tips:

1. Do your homework about a garage renovation

Your first step will be to do some homework about what’s involved in a garage renovation. You don’t need to have all the answers. Just arm yourself with enough facts and information to adequately support your reasons for wanting a garage makeover and have a general idea of what should be expected with one. Poor preparation when discussing this project with your reluctant spouse will only hinder your case.

Visualize what you want your garage renovation to include. Sketch out how you want your new garage to look and learn a little about the products that might be used to realize this vision. You can learn more about our products on our website and also by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

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2. Explain how a garage renovation will improve your family’s daily lives

Now it’s time to share your findings with your spouse. Explain to them that a garage renovation will make your family’s lives more comfortable and convenient. Use the following examples:

  • Specialty storage racks, a slatwall storage system , and garage cabinetry will eliminate garage clutter and free up floor space
  • Keeping the garage organized improves its functionality and allows your spouse to park their vehicles inside the garage, which provides protection from the elements and keeps them and your vehicles safer
  • Adding a garage door opener makes daily life more convenient, especially with modern features like MyQ® Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone
  • A durable Floortex™ floor coating will completely transform the look of your garage and is very easy to keep clean
  • A stylish new garage door and aluminum capping will boost your home’s curb appeal and improve its energy efficiency

3. Appeal to your partner’s self-interest

Appeal to the self-interest of your partner and incorporate their storage needs into the garage’s design. Are they an exercise or sports buff? Create a section of the garage that they can use as an exercise area. This could include slatwall panels and slatwall accessories for storing their equipment. Here’s an example of a fitness-themed garage:

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A slatwall system is also ideal for storing the belongings of anyone who enjoys gardening or yard work. Create a designated wall for your spouse to store their tools and gardening apparel. Maybe your spouse’s favourite hobby requires a workshop. We can create a great garage workspace using our high quality cabinetry and even add a foldaway workbench.

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4. Have your spouse research how satisfied homeowners are after a garage renovation

Get your spouse Googling and they’ll find an overwhelming number of homeowners who have undergone a garage renovation and are thrilled with the results. They can research review sites like Yelp, home improvement forums, and social media sites that feature information sharing about home-related topics, such as on Houzz.

5. Bring your spouse to our large showroom

Visit our large showroom with your spouse. You can get an up-close look at every single high quality product we offer and view fully outfitted garage displays. Seeing our products in person will give your skeptical spouse a better sense of the value of our garage improvement solutions. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you and your spouse might have about our products and services.

6. Have your spouse look at before and after garage makeover photos

Before and after photos can be very helpful for showing just what kind of transformative effect a makeover can have on a garage. We’re experts at taking cluttered and drab garage spaces and turning them into a part of your home that’s functional, organized, and attractive. Here’s an example:

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Garage Living client’s garage before makeover

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The same garage after the makeover

7. Remind your spouse that a garage renovation adds value to your home

Undergoing a garage renovation now may require spending money, but remind your spouse it’s a sensible investment. Improvements made to your garage, especially the high quality improvements Garage Living can add, do more than just make your family’s lives easier. They’ll also increase the value of your home.

In fact, a garage door replacement has one of the best returns on investment for home renovation projects. If your family should ever decide to move, the improvements made to your garage will definitely not go unnoticed by potential buyers.

8. Choose a reputable garage makeover company

One of your spouse’s concerns may be the quality of work that will go into a garage makeover. Garage Living is a rapidly growing company that has completed many thousands of garage makeovers throughout North America. Our experienced team of designers, installers, and service personnel place the utmost priority in ensuring the work our customers receive meets the high standards Garage Living has set for itself.

9. Learn more about a garage renovation during your free in-home consultation

A garage remodel shouldn’t cause tension between you and your partner. Maintain good communication, be understanding of each other’s concerns and wishes, and arrive at decisions that ensure you’re both satisfied with your garage renovation project. 

By scheduling your free in-home consultation, one of our design experts can assess your garage space and answer all of your garage renovation questions.

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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
  • textured surface which provides more traction than traditional epoxy coatings
  • 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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The Underground Garage Makeover

Creating high-end garage spaces is one of Garage Living’s specialties, as a recent project for one of their clients in southern Ontario demonstrates. The project involved the unique challenge of performing a  makeover in a garage located below a traditional above ground garage. By adding custom-fit garage cabinets, a polyaspartic floor coating, and several other intriguing design concepts, the full aesthetic and functional potential of this garage space becomes fully realized.

Black matte GL Custom Steel cabinetry, a Floortex™ floor coating (Charcoal), and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.

Black matte GL Custom Steel cabinetry, a Floortex™ floor coating (Charcoal), and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.

A new garage floor coating for beauty and durability

The garage floor was transformed with a polyaspartic floor coating, which provides a sleek and durable surface that’s very easy to maintain. Sealed with a top coat that won’t lose its lustre or peel and blister over time, the new garage floor is highly resistant to chemicals, and environmentally friendly. The charcoal colour chosen involves a blend of silver, black, and white decorative flakes, resulting in a beautiful surface that also hides dust and dirt well.

Why baseboard in the garage makes sense

The polyaspartic floor coating is extremely resilient and designed to withstand the types of abrasions and impacts that can take a toll on lesser quality garage surfaces, such as some epoxy-coated floors. The baseboard coating used enhances the garage’s aesthetics by creating a seamless finish between the floors and walls. Another benefit of adding baseboard in the garage is that by sealing the joints between the floors and the walls, your garage is better protected from outside entry by water, insects, and rodents.

Steel storage cabinets improve your garage’s aesthetics and functionality

The GL Custom Steel line of custom-fit garage cabinets provides ample and efficient storage space for tools and supplies. This helps keep the garage organized and functional. These cabinets are constructed with 18 gauge steel for a higher level of durability and longevity, while also delivering a stylish touch to the garage space. For the cabinet system’s countertops, stainless steel was chosen by the client (galvanized steel and maple butcher block options are also available).

GL Custom Steel cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop and diamond plate backsplash.

GL Custom Steel cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop and diamond plate backsplash.

A black matte cabinet finish for a modern look

The powder coated black matte finish for the cabinets has become a popular choice for consumers nowadays, who are attracted to its subdued, more inviting look. The black matte finish was the most popular colour for Apple’s recently launched iPhone 7 and it’s also become a highly coveted finish with luxury vehicles.

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iPhone 7 with a matte black finish.

The aluminum polished diamond plate backsplash used on the cabinets and parts of the garage walls instills an extra measure of flair to the overall design, along with adding protection benefits. LED valance lighting is also incorporated into the cabinet system’s design.

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Large storage lockers hide bulky items and keep the garage looking neat and tidy.

All of these elements involved in Garage Living’s makeover of this underground garage create a modern-looking space. The darker colour scheme works beautifully, creating a soothing environment that perfectly complements the high-end taste and chosen colour of the client’s luxury sports car. The experts at Garage Living can achieve similar transformative results with your very own garage space, so book your free consultation with one of our designers today.

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Garden Tool Garage Storage Solutions That Work Best

green wheelbarrow, shovels, 3 small terracotta pots, shovels, assorted gardening tools

A survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals last year found that 75% of Americans found it important to spend time in their yard. 90% of those surveyed with a yard also believed in the importance of keeping it well-maintained.

Lawn and yard care requires many kinds of tools and pieces of equipment to get the job done properly. You spend a significant amount of time every week grooming your lawn and the rest of your property. Why waste any of it looking for garden tools?

A sensible garage storage solution will help significantly in this area. It’ll also help keep your garage clutter-free, leaving ample space for parking your vehicles. Consider the following organizing solutions when it comes to your garden tool garage storage.

You have more garage wall space than floor space – make the most of it

Most garages have more wall space than floor space, so make the most of it. A versatile slatwall panel system is the most effective garden tool hanging system you can buy for the garage. Some of the benefits include:

  • maximizing your garage’s wall storage space by providing a wide range of storage options, in any configuration you choose with our slatwall accessories
  • keeping your garden tools organized and easy to find
  • more durable, versatile, and longer-lasting than pegboard and is easy to clean
  • adding an improved finished look to your garage and can be colour-coordinated to your garage’s decor
  • heavy-duty hooks and brackets can support up to 70 lbs. of weight

 

Garden Tool Garage Storage Solutions

Use garage cabinetry for your more valuable garden tools

Like slatwall panels, garage cabinetry also instantly improves the aesthetics of your garage. And garage cabinetry has more uses than for just storing your conventional carpentry tools and other hardware-related items.

Your more expensive electrical and gas yard equipment (such as leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, grass trimmers, and chainsaws) can be locked away safely. Garage cabinetry, along with hanging basket and bin accessories for slatwall, is also ideal for smaller items like gardening gloves, seed packages, and more.

Shelving and overhead storage increases your garage’s storage possibilities

Specialty storage racks give you even more garden tool garage storage options. Our standalone shelving rack is constructed with industrial strength steel to handle the heaviest weight loads. It’s also powder coated, which ensures a long life that’s rust-free.

Overhead racks let you make use of your garage’s underutilized ceiling space. These heavy-duty racks can hold items weighing up to 600 lbs. Store your snowblower in the overhead racks during the year’s warmer seasons and switch it out with your lawnmower during the winter months.

Eliminate garden hose messes with a quality hose reel

Keeping your garage and yard free from tangled up garden hoses is much easier with a quality hose reel. We carry mounted and portable garden hose reel storage solutions that will keep your hoses organized and much easier to use. Our hose reels and garden hoses are also much better quality than most types sold in stores. This means they’ll both work reliably and you won’t have to replace them as frequently.

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Proper garden tool garage storage improves safety

By making use of proper garden tool storage solutions, you’ll also be keeping your home safer. That old-time comedy visual of someone getting clanked on the head after stepping on the end of a rake is an all-too-real possibility if your garden tools are just left leaning against a wall or on the garage floor.

Hazardous yard care materials like insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizer are also better off locked away if you have children. Garage cabinets outfitted with locks allow you to do that and also keep these materials close to where you’ll be using them.

Keeping your garage safe, organized, and clutter-free becomes much easier with these efficient garden tool garage storage solutions. Garage Living’s team of skilled designers can help you put together a plan for your unique space, so schedule your free consultation appointment today.

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