Q & A: Find Out Why Jay Loves His One Car Garage Makeover

Toronto resident Jay Kerr, recently had a one car garage makeover by Garage Living that left him quite impressed. This Q & A finds out why Jay needed the one car garage makeover, what he had done, and why he absolutely loves it.

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What made you decide to get this one car garage makeover?

For over a year, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a clean and organized garage. I was tired of the unfinished look of the garage and the overall lack of organization, which made it difficult to park my car in there. The garage floor needed to be finished. The concrete floor was cracked in a few place and just didn’t look very appealing.

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Jay’s garage prior to the makeover.

Was it difficult keeping your one car garage floor clean?

The garage floor was always dusty and dirty and it wasn’t particularly easy to clean. I would often need to sweep it out, which was a messy job. In the springtime, it was especially messy with the dirt and salt that accumulated over the winter.

Were you aware of the high quality garage floor coatings available?

Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating completely opened my eyes to the fact that a high quality floor coating can add undeniable visual appeal to your garage space, as well as be easy to maintain. I did my homework and learned that polyaspartic garage floor coatings have several advantages over epoxy coatings.

What type of garage organization system were you using?

I had a metal shelving unit from a big box store that was falling apart. That seems to be a common thing with many of their products – they have a very short shelf life, no pun intended. The cheap particle board shelves were warped, sagging, and popping out of place.

Hockey sticks were piled in the corner and I had a few cheap hooks and nails to hang brooms and lighter items. I wanted to get things off the floor and organized onto the wall, something that could support items such as a ladder, garden hose, or a work bench. I’m the type of person that likes to have things neat and organized, but the DIY storage system I had wasn’t working.

Tell us about the slatwall garage storage system you had installed

The grey slatwall panel system is a great storage solution. It was installed along the length of the side walls, which I now realize is underutilized storage space in most garages. Now I have a place for everything. The slatwall system allows me to get nearly everything off the garage floor and onto the wall. That gives me space to park my car. It also makes it much easier to clean the floor because the only thing I have to move out are the garage bins.

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Before – unfinished garage.

After the garage renovation

After – new slatwall panel system and Floortex™ floor coating in Nightfall color.

How about the slatwall accessories you chose?

I’m still figuring out new ways to utilize and arrange the different hooks and shelves that are available. One of my favourite slatwall accessories is the 8″ double hook I use to store my hockey sticks. I also use these hooks to store other items like brooms and shovels. My ladders are now on the wall and the hanging wire bins are perfect for car cleaning products.

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Hanging slatwall accessories for all of your garage belongings.

What type of Floortex™ floor coating was applied in your one car garage makeover?

There are a bunch of floor coating colors to choose from and I chose the Nightfall color. The new Floortex™ floor coating is a huge improvement compared to my old concrete garage floor and I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come. I had the work done in November and it was convenient that the colder weather wasn’t an obstacle to having the Floortex™ floor coating applied.

How much easier is it to clean your garage floor now?

The floor is much, much easier to clean now. I can sweep out the dirt and hose it down to keep everything looking new. Garage Living also has a great squeegee that I can use to make the cleaning process quick and efficient. The Nightfall’s dark grey colour also hides the dirt well in between cleanings.

Did your one car garage makeover include anything else?

Yes, one of the biggest improvements was simply upgrading to an LED garage light. I’m sure many homeowners just live with a single light bulb in the garage, as I was doing. It’s a simple upgrade but it makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

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A new LED garage light makes a huge difference.

Did your one car garage makeover have any challenges to deal with?

I had a few issues with one wall. We renovated the house eight years ago and the contractor left an electrical conduit and a wood post on what used to be the outside of the house, now the inside wall of the garage. I was concerned about the Garage Living installers being able to remove everything but it was gone within an hour. I also had some concerns about the natural gas line on the inside wall. They put the slatwall behind it and everything looked neat and tidy when they were done.

Any challenges with the garage floor?

The front corner of the garage was unfinished and there was a gap between the concrete floor and the drywall. There was also a cinder block in the corner that jutted out a bit. Garage Living suggested two options. They could fill the gap in the floor with cement and finish the drywall in the corner. That would take longer and add more to the cost than I anticipated. A cheaper and easier solution was to box in the awkward corner and seal it with the Floortex™ coating, which is the solution I chose.

The outside wall of the garage had a cinder block foundation that was two blocks high. Garage Living applied their Floortex™ floor coating up and over the cinder block for a finished look that also seals the floor and acts like a baseboard. Now when I hose out the garage to remove the dirt and salt from the winter, I don’t have to worry about the water damaging the drywall.

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A problematic corner with a cinder block jutting out and gap between the garage floor and wall.

one car garage makeover corner after

The problem is solved by boxing in the corner and adding Floortex™ coating.

How long did the one car garage makeover take?

The flooring took a full day to clean and prepare. By the end of the day, the floor coating was done and had to dry overnight. I couldn’t walk on it for a day. After that, my car and garbage bins were back in the garage. The slatwall and new light was installed in less than a day after that. Everything was completed on time and to my complete satisfaction.  

How easy was Garage Living to work with?

Everybody was courteous and happy to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated the advice and options that were presented to me in regards to the issues with the garage wall and corner. That’s what great customer service is all about.

How satisfied were you and your wife with the garage makeover?

I was extremely happy with the end result. Everything looked brand new and finished and I look forward to keeping the garage much more organized now. My wife was amazed when she saw the final results.

What are your neighbours’ impressions of your one car garage makeover?

Many neighbours have come by to look at the end result and everyone has been more than impressed. I think most people aren’t used to seeing a clutter-free garage with a finished floor and a car parked inside. One neighbour even said that my garage looked nicer than some of the rooms in his house!

So you find yourself parking your car in the garage more now?

I park my car in the garage all the time now. We have a large maple tree that shades our driveway and the birds love sit on the branches and bomb our cars. My car stays cleaner now and I love that I never have to brush the snow off in the winter. I also have the peace of mind knowing that my car is protected and secure. Our other car was left unlocked in the driveway one night and somebody broke in.

Are you planning on using Garage Living for future garage upgrades?

Yes. My next upgrade will be a better garage door and garage door opener. I’m a tech geek and I love that today’s garage door openers have modern features that allow you to control the door from anywhere with a smartphone. I sometimes forget to close the garage door and would like something that does this automatically or that alerts me when it is left open for a long period of time.

Find out more about garage makeovers with your free in-home consultation

Jay loves what his one car garage makeover has done to improve his garage space. His is just one among the thousands of transformative garage makeovers that Garage Living has done throughout North America, for garages of all sizes. Some of them can be viewed here. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with one of our design consultants to discuss your own garage makeover.

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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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Floortex™: A Garage Floor Coating You Can Have Applied Year-round

Transforming your garage by adding a new garage floor coating might not seem like a home improvement project meant to be undertaken during the cold months of the year. In fact, one type of garage floor coating can be applied on a year-round basis. It’s called a polyaspartic coating.

Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are the highest quality garage floor coatings available on the market, which is why Garage Living uses them exclusively. Polyaspartic coatings have some major advantages over epoxy coatings, not the least of which is their ability to be applied year-round.

What is a polyaspartic floor coating?

Initially used as an industrial protective coating after being introduced in the early 90s, polyaspartic technology was eventually modified for other uses. Residential floor coating applications was one of them.

A polyaspartic floor coating is water-soluble, so it’s able to penetrate concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings. A stronger adhesive bond is formed, thereby providing a higher degree of surface protection, such as less likelihood of peeling floors. The water-soluble nature of polyaspartic coatings creates a fluidity that allows the coating to shift easier with concrete. Shifting occurs when temperature fluctuations cause a floor to contract and expand.

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A Floortex™ garage floor coating can be applied year-round

A Floortex™ garage floor coating can be applied virtually any time of the year. The coating’s formulation allows it to be applied within a wide temperature range of between -35° C and 60° C.

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of a heat wave, Garage Living’s pros can upgrade your garage interior with a Floortex™ floor coating application. This kind of flexibility is one of the many reasons polyaspartic coatings have become such an appealing flooring option to professionals and consumers alike.

An epoxy floor coating can’t be applied during the winter

On the other hand, epoxy garage floor coatings need a minimum temperature of approximately 10-13° C to be applied. Obviously, that becomes quite restrictive in a Canadian climate where approximately half of the year finds temperatures below that range.

Even an unseasonably warm day in that temperature range during the late fall, winter, or early spring won’t make an epoxy coating a viable option. That’s because epoxy coated floors usually require as many as five or six days to cure and dry.

Transform your garage floors in as little as one day

More flexibility when it comes to application temperatures isn’t the only advantage Floortex™ floor coatings have over epoxy coatings. Polyaspartic coatings also cure considerably faster than epoxy coatings. That means we can transform your garage floor with a Floortex™ floor coating in as little as one day.

Why be without the use of your garage for up to a week if you use an epoxy floor coating? A new Floortex™ coated garage floor can be used for foot traffic within eight hours after the top coat has cured. Vehicle traffic can resume just 24 hours later, which results in less disruption to your family’s daily routine.

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Even more reasons Floortex™ is your best garage floor coating choice

Store-bought DIY epoxy flooring products simply don’t deliver the kind of long-lasting quality that comes with a polyaspartic floor coating. Consider the numerous additional Floortex™ floor coating benefits:

  • textured surface which provides more traction than traditional epoxy coatings
  • higher heat tolerance than epoxy coatings that resists “hot tire pickup” (where hot tires can leave permanent markings on a floor)
  • excellent abrasion and impact resistance that increases durability
  • high chemical resistance to oil, gas, salt, and household chemicals
  • UV stable topcoat that makes floor less prone to yellowing and fading over time
  • guaranteed against flaking, peeling, and blistering
  • can be customized to match your garage decor (choose from 12 colours)

Enjoy better garage floor winter protection

Snow, ice, and road salt will make a mess of any garage floor during the wintertime. A Floortex™ floor coating is your best line of defense in protecting it. Floortex™ provides a superior level of resistance to the road salt your vehicle will bring into your garage. The garage floor coating’s topcoat also delivers excellent moisture protection. And maintaining your floor couldn’t be easier. A few strokes with a squeegee will quickly take care of the melted snow and ice that builds up on your Floortex™ coated garage floor.

Improve your home’s value and upgrade your garage’s looks with your best flooring option – Floortex™ floor coating. You don’t have to wait until the weather warms up to have your garage floor makeover done. Get started now by booking your free consultation with one of our design experts.

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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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