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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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
  • 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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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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