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 Living Calgary Donates SportScreen Garage Door Protector To Local Hockey League

Garage Living Calgary recently donated a SportScreen garage door protector to the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association for one of their Novice age group tournaments. Okotoks is a town located about 18 km south of Calgary.

What is the SportScreen garage door protector?

The SportScreen is a sports training tool that is essentially a tarp made of high-tenacity open mesh polyester fabric that can be mounted above a garage door. This made-in-Canada product also has a convenient remote control roll-up feature.

Kids (or anyone older who’s still clinging to that dream of an NHL career) can practice their hockey shooting skills using real pucks or balls and the SportScreen will protect their garage door from dents. It also cuts down on the racket that’s created from this activity. Lacrosse, baseball, and soccer shooting will additionally work with the product, which was featured on TV’s Dragon Den program.

SportScreen works outside or inside a garage

SportScreens can also be set up inside a garage, which is handy for shooting practice when the weather is particularly unpleasant. One of Garage Living Calgary’s recent garage makeovers included the addition of the SportScreen.

Complement the SportScreen with a slatwall sports equipment and accessory wall

The garage makeover also included the addition of slatwall panels with slatwall accessories. This creates a sports equipment and accessory storage wall that keeps your belongings and garage interior organized.

Add Floortex™ floor coating to complete your garage project

Rounding out the garage makeover is an application of Floortex™ floor coating. There are 15 floor coating colours available and the client chose Obsidian for this project. A Floortex™ floor coating is perfect for a garage where the SportScreen is being used – it’s extremely durable and provides a nice, smooth surface.

A shooting pad that simulates an ice surface can also be purchased separately from SportScreen, which will additionally protect the garage floor from scuffing.

A Floortex™ floor coating, slatwall storage with accessories, and the SportScreen create the perfect mini sports training facility, right in your own garage!

Our Calgary location is the only Garage Living franchise currently utilizing the SportScreen in their garage makeovers. Contact them for more details.

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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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Garden Tool Garage Storage Solutions That Work Best

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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

 

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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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3 Fishing Gear Garage Storage Solutions Every Angler Needs

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If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you’ve likely been making the most of this summer’s beautiful, fishing-friendly weather. Avid fishers will inevitably end up investing in numerous kinds of rods, baits, and other fishing accessories to get the most out of their hobby.

As your fishing gear collection grows, so does the need for a proper way to store your equipment. Fishing gear is typically kept in the garage, but is your garage properly equipped for storing it? Keep all of your rods and accessories organized with these three fishing gear garage storage solutions.

1. Store your rods properly with a fishing rod rack

Your primary piece of equipment, your fishing rod, doesn’t take up a lot of space. There are several reasons, however, to invest in a proper solution for storing your fishing rods in the garage. A specialized fishing rod rack has the following benefits:

  • vertical storage method protects the delicate construction of your rods and helps them maintain their shape
  • safer than leaning your rods against the garage wall
  • fishing lines on your rods won’t get tangled with each other

Using slatwall panels and our special hanging solution designed specifically for fishing rods, we’ll make it easy to keep your rods in top condition.

2. Slatwall panels are great for fishing gear garage storage

Our slatwall panels also have over 40 other accessories available so you can store more of your fishing gear on your unused garage wall space. Select from the following accessories:

  • numerous type of hooks for your fishing outerwear, like jackets, vests, hats, and waders (our heavy duty hooks can handle the extra weight of wet waders)
  • baskets and shelving for gloves, tackle boxes, and hard-to-hang fishing gear items
  • an angled shoe shelf comfortably holds three pairs of fishing boots
  • two types of tilt-out storage bins can keep your smaller fishing gear items organized, such as hooks, sinkers, and lures

Any extra space you have on your slatwall panels can hold your garage’s other hangable items, including bikes, lawn tools, ladders, extension cords, and much more.

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3. Garage cabinetry also works effectively for storing smaller fishing gear items

If your growing collection of smaller fishing gear accessories can’t be contained by our storage bins, garage cabinetry will work perfectly. Modular and custom-fit cabinet systems are already a great addition to any garage with their high durability and sleek looks. They’re your best solution for storing tools, nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits, and other smaller items.

Smaller pieces of fishing gear, such as baits/lures, hooks, floats/bobbers, fishing line, and sinkers will also store nicely in garage cabinetry. Keep your hard-to-organize small fishing items easy to find and secure with the lock options available on some of our cabinet models.

Fishing gear garage storage becomes much easier with these three solutions. To improve your storage capabilities for your fishing equipment and many other garage items, schedule a free consultation with our experts today.

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