7 of the Most Essential Home Features Buyers Look For

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Many homeowners like to keep up to date on the latest housing trends, even if they’re not planning to buy or sell a home anytime soon.

Aside from just general curiosity, staying informed about what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to our homes and the features they include can be beneficial.

Perhaps you’ll get some ideas and inspiration for updating a room or two in your home. Sometimes getting a wider perspective on what’s currently popular with other homeowners and homebuyers can give you a fresh perspective on whether areas of your own home are up to snuff.

And if you’re planning to make some home improvements, educating yourself about which renovation projects will provide the best return on investment is also smart.

Which essential home features do buyers prioritize?

We decided to take a look at some recent notable studies that found out which home features homebuyers prioritized most.

A couple of studies were done by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They’re one of the United States’ largest trade associations, representing over 800 local and state organizations affiliated with the housing industry.

We also used the illuminating 2018 Homebuyer Preference Study from the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA). It surveyed over 3,000 buyers of newly constructed homes about the features that mattered most to them when making their buying decisions. 

Let’s break down (in no particular order) seven of the most essential home features for anyone looking to buy a house nowadays.

Laundry room

It might surprise you to learn that laundry rooms topped a few essential home features lists for buyers. And the appeal of laundry rooms spreads across generations.

The NAHB’s 2016 Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation study found that Millennials, Generation X, and seniors named a dedicated laundry room as their most-wanted home feature. Baby boomers rated it their second-most important feature, behind home energy efficiency.

The following year, another NAHB study that looked at homebuyer trends also found that laundry rooms were a top priority among those surveyed.

Laundry rooms on a home’s main or upper floor were also coveted, as were laundry rooms that also incorporated a mudroom.

Garage storage

It wasn’t a surprise to learn that “ample storage space” ranked highly on any list of essential home features.

Homeowners and homebuyers can never get enough of it and the latter specifically wanted more of it in their garages, according to multiple NAHB studies.

Hundreds of realtors were polled for a Braun Research survey and they said the garage ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than the basement or attic.

Homebuyers apparently recognize the value in maximizing a garage’s storage space in order to minimize clutter in the rest of their living space.

Simply having enough space in the garage for storage, parking vehicles, and extracurricular activities was also important to homebuyers. Two-car garages were named as another of the essential home features for buyers.

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Hardwood floors

Houses with wood flooring were viewed more favorably by those looking to buy a home. This is a trend that seemingly never goes out of fashion.

Most homebuyers are willing to pay more for wood floors because of its contemporary look, durability, and how easy it is to keep wood floors clean.

Authentic hardwood flooring was especially preferred over engineered wood flooring. Having hardwood on a home’s main floor was also specifically mentioned as an attractive feature to homebuyers.

Interestingly, younger buyers seem to favor wood flooring more than seniors, who prefer the coziness of carpeted floors.

Excellent energy efficiency

essential home features energy star logoA home with excellent energy efficiency is valued more than ever by homebuyers. Any home on the market with these energy efficient features stands out:

  • energy efficient smart appliances and fixtures
  • low flow toilets
  • energy efficient windows and doors
  • high efficiency HVAC systems

Solar-powered energy isn’t yet seen as an essential home feature for most buyers.

And while preservation of the planet was a consideration for those attracted to more eco-friendly homes, cutting down on their utility costs was a bigger motivating factor for buyers looking for energy efficient homes.

Open concept kitchen

Modern, open concept kitchen designs are seen as a selling strength for anyone who has their home on the market.

Buyers with growing families are particularly enamored by open concept kitchens because of their ability to function as a versatile space and a home’s social hub.

Kitchen islands that can provide extra storage space, an additional food preparation area, and an inclusive eating area are singled out as an open concept kitchen’s most desirable feature.

Stainless steel appliances, double kitchen sinks, a walk-in pantry, and granite, marble, or quartz countertops were also listed as features that homebuyers would love their kitchen to include.

Walk-in closet

A walk-in closet (also known as a “dressing room”) ranked #5 for first-time homebuyers and #3 for second-time (or more) buyers on the NAHB’s most recent essential home features report.

Canadians apparently love spacious closets even more, because walk-in closets topped the CHBA’s list of essential features for homebuyers.

That Braun Research survey finds that just about all (97%) of the 500 realtors that were polled believe homebuyers view the closet as the most desirable storage space in a house.

Based on this data, once can assume that a home without a larger wardrobe storage space featuring stylish décor is a home that many buyers will simply take a pass on.

essential home features walk-in closet

Master bathroom

Anything bathroom-related usually makes any essential home features list and we found master bathrooms to be highly prized by homebuyers.

A master bathroom may also be referred to as an “ensuite master bathroom” or simply “ensuite”. Whichever name you choose, it’s essentially defined as a bathroom that includes a bathtub, shower, and sink that’s accessible from the home’s largest bedroom.

Master bathrooms that feature a separate shower enclosure and freestanding tubs and vanities (preferably with two sinks) appear to be in vogue nowadays.

Make better use of your garage for home storage

This list of essential home features gives you a good idea of what today’s buyers value most when looking for a house.

Are you getting the most out of your garage as a home storage space? Could it use a few modern touches and better storage systems that can make it look nicer and be a lot more functional?

Garage Living specializes in helping homeowners maximize their garage’s storage capabilities and design potential.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to learn more about transforming your garage into a beautiful space any homebuyer would be impressed by.

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7 Awesome Automotive Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday season is here and you’re searching for the perfect gift idea for that special someone.

Here’s a suggestion – why not consider some automotive gift ideas?

Considering the vast majority of American and Canadian adults drive, looking at ways to improve someone’s driving experience or their home parking environment makes a lot of sense.

And we’re not talking about one of those novelty auto gifts, like a handheld espresso maker for the car or an automatic car umbrella to protect a vehicle from snow, rain, and the sun.

Yes, both of these products exist and are downright silly and impractical. You can do much better for the driver in your life.

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Automotive gift ideas you can’t go wrong with

Giving a car-related gift that gives a driver some peace of mind about their vehicle’s reliability is highly practical. Another practical idea is to give a gift that enables a vehicle owner to maintain their wheels or help it look nicer.

If you’re looking for a gift with a little more “sizzle”, you could give someone a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in a ridiculously fast exotic car.

Or perhaps your gift recipient would appreciate upgrading the space where their vehicles are parked.

There are plenty of great automotive gift ideas to choose from and here are seven suggestions for gift-giving budgets both big and small.

Garage makeover

From the hardcore auto buff to anyone who simply uses their garage everyday, having a nicer garage space is something any homeowner will find valuable.

Whether someone enjoys tinkering away in the garage on a prized vehicle or uses the space as the primary entry and exit point for their home, creating a more stylish, functional, and comfortable garage for them will be greatly appreciated.

A garage makeover gift can involve a top-to-bottom remodel that involves adding these features:

  • effective garage storage systems (like slatwall, overhead racks, and garage cabinets)
  • a high quality garage floor coating
  • new garage doors

Perhaps a complete garage makeover exceeds your gift-giving budget. If so, even focussing on one specific area of the garage to upgrade will make a unique and memorable gift.

If you’re looking to make a big difference to how someone’s garage looks and feels, we recommend starting with their flooring. Most garage floors are gray, cracked, and well-worn. They don’t add to a garage’s visual appeal, they detract from it.

To completely transform a garage floor, have a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied. It injects any garage interior with a stylish, decorative aesthetic, makes the space look cleaner, and provides superior flooring protection.

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Deluxe auto spa treatment

Most owners of luxury vehicles like to maintain the pristine looks of their expensive cars and SUVs.

When it comes to preserving that “new car look” and giving a high-end vehicle the best care for both its interior and exterior, a deluxe auto spa treatment can’t be beat.

It’s recommended that a vehicle be detailed every four to six months, so a year’s worth of auto spa treatments makes a great gift.

Reputable professional auto detailers will use the highest quality products when working on your vehicle. Combined with their expertise, this will ensure your car detailing is done right in order to extend the life of the vehicle and get it spotless, both inside and out.

Many auto detailers will come to you and detail your vehicle right in your own driveway or even where you work. Be sure to look for this convenient feature when looking for an auto detailer in your area.

Dyson car vacuum

automotive gift ideas dyson vacuumKeeping the interiors of your vehicles clean (especially if you have kids) requires a bit of work, with an occasional vacuuming being a must-do task.

Make that task as easy as possible for your gift recipient by surprising them with a Dyson V7 Car + Boat vacuum cleaner.

This powerful handheld machine from the world’s top vacuum brand is specifically engineered for cleaning a vehicle. It can be also used for quick cleanups throughout the home.

It boasts “the strongest suction of any other cordless handheld vacuum cleaner” and up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. A convenient car charger is included, which can be plugged into a vehicle’s standard 12V accessory slot.

The vacuum comes with all the attachments and accessories you would expect for getting into those crevices and hard-to-reach cleaning areas of any vehicle.

Supercar driving experience

If you’re looking for automotive gift ideas that cater to anyone who appreciates driving fast in a really nice car, treat them to a supercar driving experience.

This experience puts you behind the wheel of exotic cars like a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT3, and Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Drivers will get to drop the pedal on a controlled track environment (with proper training and supervision, of course).

Most locations that offer these experiences offer a wide range of options when putting your package together. They also cater to drivers of all experience levels. Try to find a location that will film the experience for you, which makes for a great memento.

Drivers can choose multiple vehicles to take out for a few laps (just in case a spin around the track in that $320,000 Lamborgini Performante isn’t scratching your adrenaline rush itch).

Supercar driving experiences have grown in popularity in recent years, so you may be able to find a location close to where your gift recipient lives.

If you’re feeling particularly generous with your gift-giving this holiday season, make the gift that much more special and turn the experience into a vacation for whoever’s lucky enough to know you!

automotive gift ideas supercar driving experience

Complete auto care kit

While it’s admittedly not as extravagant as gifting someone with a supercar driving experience or a garage remodel, a complete auto care kit still makes an ideal gift for any car owner.

Some car owners who prefer to be hands-on with their vehicle care may even prefer this type of gift, instead of receiving vouchers for a professional detailing service.

Spring for a higher-end car care kit that’s fully loaded with higher quality auto care products and accessories like professional-grade microfiber towels and wash mitts.

If your gift recipient lives in a northern climate, home washing their vehicles during the winter isn’t typically practical. Include a bunch of car wash vouchers to keep their cars clean during the time of year that’s hardest on a vehicle’s exterior.

Car lift

Most of these automotive gift ideas have highly practical applications and what’s more practical than creating more parking space in a garage?

For anyone who has space limitations in the garage that prevents them from parking indoors, get them a car lift.

Car lifts use your garage’s vertical space so that you can park a vehicle on a platform that raises and park another vehicle safely underneath it.

For sports car owners who don’t drive their vehicles year-round, a car lift allows them to keep their vehicles indoors, without sacrificing a valuable garage parking space when the vehicle isn’t being used.

automotive gift ideas car lift

Portable car jump starter

Anyone who drives has probably experienced the feeling of dread when they discover they have a dead car battery.

There isn’t always another vehicle nearby to lend a boost. Calling AAA or CAA to get your vehicle started can have widely varying wait times for someone to arrive.

In either situation, you’ll be delayed from where you need to be to some degree.

Remove this worry for any driver by giving them one of the most handy automotive gift ideas around – a portable car jump starter.

This compact, yet powerful device can be stored in the trunk and bring any dead car battery back to life in just a couple of minutes.

How to give the gift of a garage makeover

Visit your local Garage Living showroom to learn more about how we can help you give the gift of a nicer garage space to someone special.

You can also schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to discuss garage makeover plans for a loved one or your own home.

Happy holiday shopping!

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Why a Dream Home Isn’t Truly Finished Until It Has a Luxury Garage

Is your luxury home still lacking that special finishing touch that makes your dream home project feel truly completed?

Chances are that it’s your garage that’s out of step with the high standards you’ve strived for with your home’s design.

While homeowners’ mindsets have begun to change over the past 10-15 years, the garage is commonly the last space in a house to get the makeover treatment.

That really shouldn’t be the case, considering how often we use the space. A majority of homeowners now use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their residence.

A luxury garage completes your dream home’s look

A beautiful luxury home with a sub-par garage only detracts from the overall visual appeal of the home design you’ve put so much effort into.

On an exterior level, your curb appeal may be lacking due to your garage doors being outdated or not complementing your home’s exterior décor.

The garage’s interior could be clashing with the rest of your home’s high-end look if it’s a disorganized mess. Or perhaps the interior space just needs an update to the look of its floors, walls, and a few other features.

Whether you’re looking to finish off an already-constructed luxury home or planning to build one soon, here’s why you should pay close attention to how your garage is designed.

Park your luxury vehicles in a befitting high-end space

It only makes sense to keep your expensive luxury vehicles stored in an indoor space that’s more secure and protected from the exterior elements.

And just as it’s completely logical to complement a luxury home’s high-end look with a similarly impressive-looking garage, the same idea holds true for where you park your luxury vehicles.

An expensive vehicle simply looks out of place in a messy garage with poor lighting, unfinished walls, and ugly flooring.

Investing in a luxury garage makeover will create a beautiful space that’s more suited to the high-end vehicles being parked within it. That was one reason a Garage Living client gave for doing their garage makeover.

You can even customize your garage’s décor to complement the colors of your vehicles!

black Lamborghini in luxury garage

This beautiful Lamborghini Huracán Spyder looks right at home in a luxury garage.

Organization is important for any garage space

Finding enough space in the garage for parking your luxury vehicles and all of your storage needs can be challenging.

The popularity of larger SUVs, crossovers, and sedans in the U.S. and Canada is one factor. So is the fact that a lot of home clutter tends to end up in the garage.

Even with the larger garages that luxury homes commonly have, proper storage management is important in order to keep the space organized.

You can keep your garage’s functionality running at a high level with the right systems that maximize your storage space. Here are a few luxury garage storage ideas:

  • slatwall panels with hanging accessories (which also gives a garage a more clean, finished look)
  • high-end garage cabinetry (our GL NEOS Elite and GL Custom Steel models are ideal for luxury garages)
  • wall-mounted and overhead specialty storage racks

Using these effective garage storage systems makes it easier to keep any luxury garage space tidier, thereby maintaining the pristine look of your luxury home.

It’s not a luxury garage without beautiful flooring

Nothing makes a garage look worse than too much clutter. A close second, however, might be unsightly garage floors.

The condition and appearance of a garage’s floors has a major impact on the space’s look. Gray, drab flooring that’s cracked, well-worn, and stained simply has no place in any room that aspires to use the word “luxury”.

Transforming your garage flooring into a surface that is truly worthy of any high-end showroom requires the right type of floor coating.

The highest quality garage floor coating available on the market is a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating.

Floortex™ floor coatings provide your garage flooring with a glossy, high-end look that can be customized with colors to complement your interior décor.

A high quality polyaspartic coating also provides superior, long-lasting floor protection from abrasions, stains from chemicals, and damage from moisture.

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A big part of achieving that “luxury garage look” is choosing the right type of floor coating.

Add convenient amenities to a luxury garage

Luxury homes stand out for their looks and feature the highest quality products available. Luxury homeowners also love having all the latest amenities available to make their living space as comfortable as possible.

The garage presents plenty of opportunities to pamper yourself with convenient features that can enhance your comfort level at home. Here are a few examples:

  • custom garage cabinetry can include space for a TV or stainless steel sink
  • update your garage door opener so you can control your garage doors remotely with a smartphone
  • add year-round climate control
  • create the perfect garage workshop

Another convenient feature to consider for a luxury garage is a car lift. If you own a sports car you only drive part of the year or simply need more space to park all of your family’s vehicles inside, a car lift is an effective way to create more garage parking space.

Experience the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home

Garage Living specializes in performing luxury garage makeovers that will beautifully complement the high-end aesthetic of the rest of your home.

If your house still feels incomplete because your garage is unfinished or lacks a design that stands out, we have plenty of inspired ideas to help complete your dream home vision.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with Garage Living to get one step closer to experiencing the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home.

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7 Amazing 2019 Luxury Vehicles We’d Love to Park in Our Garage

There’s no shortage of incredible 2019 luxury vehicles currently available or arriving soon.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the newest and finest luxury vehicles that we’d love to have parked in our garage. Prices are in U.S. dollars with Canadian prices (CAD) in parentheses.

Lexus LC

Consumer Reports magazine rated the Lexus LC as one of the most reliable vehicles in their “Sports Cars Over $40,000” category. Lexus also ranked as the #1 auto brand in overall reliability based on the magazine’s testing.

The rear-wheel drive LC coupe, which Motor Trend magazine called “arguably the most desirable Lexus yet”, is available in both a 471 hp model and a 354 hp hybrid model.

Starting from: $92,000 ($102,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles Lexus LC

Lamborghini Urus

25 years after Lamborghini produced the last of their short-lived LM002 SUV model, they re-enter the crowded SUV market with the impressive Urus.

“The world’s first super sport utility vehicle” may not look as imposing as Lamborghini’s Huracán or Aventador models, but it’s definitely no slouch in the power department. The Urus’ redesigned V8 bi-turbo engine has a maximum power output of 650 hp.

Starting from: $200,000 ($232,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles Lamborghini Urus

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship A8 sedan gets significantly revamped for its fourth generation. In addition to a redesigned exterior, new driving features include an automatic braking system and the ability to remotely pull the A8 in and out of your garage.

The car’s interior certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to having the latest high-tech features, either. Naturally, the A8 includes the newest infotainment technology. Other new luxury features include rear massaging seats with heated massaging footrests and a center console and arm rests that are also heated.

Starting from: $86,000 ($97,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles Audi A8

Porsche 2019 Cayenne Turbo

Autowise.com include Porsche’s redesigned Cayenne Turbo on its “10 Expensive SUVs Worth Their Price Tag” list.

The sporty SUV provides the ideal combination of ample cargo space, high-end infotainment features, and pure, raw power with its twin-turbo V8 engine that can produce up to 541 hp.

Starting from: $124,000 ($140,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Tesla Model S

Introduced six years ago, Tesla’s Model S is currently in its third generation. The second half of 2019 will bring a major overhaul to the interior of Tesla’s flagship electric car. U.S. News & World Report ranked the 2018 Model S as their #1 luxury large car.

It can take several months to actually get a Model S after ordering and it’s not difficult to see why. It has the longest electric range of any car on the road (up to 335 miles/539 kilometers) and the most powerful model boasts a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.

Starting from: $76,000 ($95,000 CAD)

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BMW 8 Series

The 8 Series returns after a 20 year absence and takes the reins as BMW’s flagship vehicle. For buyers considering comparable 2019 luxury vehicles like the Lexus LC 500, Audi R8, or Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, the revived 8 Series gives them another attractive option.

The car launches in coupe form with a twin-turbo 523 hp engine. Some options include upgrading to a carbon fiber roof and the ability to upgrade the standard 16 speaker Harman Kardon sound system to a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system. 2019 will see additional four-door and convertible 8 Series models released.

Starting from: $112,000 ($123,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles BMW 8 Series

Bentley Continental GT

The sporty Continental GT gets a thorough redesign for its third generation model from the British automaker, which celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.

Significantly lighter with a new aluminum body and improved fuel economy, the Continental GT features a wealth of custom interior options. Bentley claims the vehicle can hit a top speed of 207 mph. 

Starting from: $220,000 ($285,000 CAD)

2019 luxury vehicles Bentley Continental GT

Park your luxury vehicle in the luxury garage it deserves

We’d love to park any of these incredible 2019 luxury vehicles in our garage.

A high-performance luxury vehicle deserves to be parked in a beautiful garage with equally high standards when it comes to looks and performance.

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Garage Living specializes in luxury garage designs that provide a fitting home for parking the finest luxury vehicles available on the market today.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to create the perfect space in which to store your luxury vehicles.

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Find out Why Autumn or Winter Is a Great Time for a Garage Makeover

That garage makeover you had planned for the spring or summer never happened.

Time got away from you or life just got in the way. Now the cold weather has arrived and you’re thinking it’ll be months before your plans to make upgrades to your garage can move forward.

Surely the colder temperatures make a late fall or winter garage makeover unfeasible, right? Not at all.

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Garage makeovers can be done year-round

Regardless of what kind of climate you live in, a garage makeover can be done any time of the year – even in the fall and winter.

Inclement weather and frigid temperatures don’t pose an obstacle when it comes to transforming your cluttered, visually unappealing garage into an organized, beautiful space.

And, in fact, there are even some benefits in not waiting until the spring and summer to get a garage makeover.

Here’s why it makes perfect sense to get a fall or winter garage makeover.

The practicality of a fall or winter garage makeover

Getting an autumn or winter garage makeover might just end up being more convenient for you.

The most popular times of year for home improvement projects are the spring and summer. Contractors are at their busiest, which means there’s a real practicality in taking advantage of the slower fall and winter seasons for your makeover.

Getting a home renovation project rolling when the weather is warmest can take several weeks, if not months. Contractors only have so much time, which can make wait times discouraging.

The slower contractor season should mean your garage remodel can actually get done faster, with shorter waiting times or delays.

And because their schedule and availability is more flexible, contractors may be able to better accommodate your schedule.

Keep in mind that lead times for the products used in your makeover (meaning the amount of time it can take for ordered items to arrive) will also impact the timetable for your project.

Use a more versatile garage floor coating

Any successful garage makeover starts from the floor up.

Some types of garage floor coatings can’t be applied when the temperature is too low or too high. Hot or cold temperatures don’t restrict polyaspartic garage floor coatings from being applied, however.

A minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C) is required to apply an epoxy garage floor coating. For urethane floor coatings, temperatures need to be a minimum of 40° F (4° C).

Clearly, that can be quite restrictive in terms of what times of the year these coatings can be used on garage floors located in colder climates.

On the other hand, a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™ provides a lot more versatility in terms of when it can be used.

That’s because Floortex™ garage floor coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C) or as high as 104° F (40° C).

Depending on the temperature, our professional floor coating application specialists just need to make adjustments to the variable Floortex™ mixture. Floor curing times may also be affected by unseasonably hot or cold temperature conditions.

Protect your garage floor from the toll winter takes

A harsh, snowy winter can be rough on a garage floor. All that snow, ice, slush, and rain leaves your floor a mess.

Without a waterproof seal to keep all of that winter moisture tracked in by your vehicles from infiltrating your concrete floor through its cracks (which a coating prevents), floor damage can occur.

Fluctuating temperatures causes the water in those cracks and below your floor surface to freeze and thaw repeatedly. When coupled with the concrete’s natural expansion and retraction process, a lot of stress can be put on the floor. This can make existing cracks larger and create new ones.

Road salt run-off that recrystallizes beneath your floor surface only exacerbates the problem. And about that road salt…

While you appreciate de-icing salt when it’s keeping you safe on the roads, it’s a different story when it’s left your garage floor with unsightly white stains. Dried road salt also acts as an abrasive on your garage floor.

One of the benefits of a Floortex™ floor coating is the superior protection it provides. With its UV stable topcoat and strong resistance to salt and other household chemicals, the coating assures that your floor surface maintains its impressive glossy finish for years to come.

Here are a few other benefits of polyaspartic floor coatings:

  • they have excellent abrasion and impact resistance
  • the textured surface provides better traction than other types of floor coatings
  • maintenance is easy (a squeegee cleans up winter messes quickly)
  • an application can be completed in as little as a day
  • you can pick a floor coating color that complements your garage’s décor
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Messy winters take a toll on garage floors. A polyaspartic floor coating provides superior garage floor protection.

Garage parking was made for the wintertime

One of your bigger incentives to get a garage makeover might be that it will allow you to park your vehicles inside during the winter.

Nobody enjoys dealing with frozen door locks, scraping ice from a windshield, or clearing several inches of snow off your vehicle (especially early in the morning!).

It’s also nice to have a roof over your head to avoid bad weather when entering or exiting your vehicles. Parking in your garage has other benefits beyond weather-related concerns, too.

Your expensive four-wheeled investments will be much more secure when parked inside. Their bodies will also be protected from other exterior elements such as:

  • acidic bird droppings
  • tree sap
  • sun damage
  • exposure to airborne elements like dust, dirt, and pollen

But to make space for indoor parking, first you’ll need to get your garage organized.

An organized garage is a functional garage

So what are the best ways to organize your garage and keep it tidy with less effort?

The keys are to do some decluttering and to use the right types of storage systems with your winter garage makeover.

Most garage clutter sits on the floor. Outfit your garage with some effective storage systems to eliminate this problem and it’ll be a breeze to keep the space tidy.

Your two biggest allies in the battle against floor clutter are your garage’s underused wall and overhead space.

A slatwall storage system provides versatile wall storage space for all of your snow shovels, yard tools, and winter sports equipment.

For bulky seasonal items that aren’t needed for several months, heavy-duty overhead storage racks create the perfect out-of-the-way storage space.

And that bulky stack of all-season or summer tires that’s currently sitting on your garage floor until they’re needed in spring? Reclaim that valuable floor space by getting them up onto some wall-mounted tire racks.

Here are several more ideas to get your garage better organized and more functional during the autumn and winter:

  • free up a garage parking space by storing your seasonal car on a car lift
  • keep firewood dry and easily accessible with a firewood rack
  • add a garage heater so you can use the space for hobbies when the temperature drops
  • use garage cabinetry to give you more storage options

Your garage will be spring-ready

According to a Chamberlain Group study, 55% of homeowners use the garage as the primary exit and entry point for their house.

In essence, a home’s garage access door has become “the new front door”.

Even with this heavy regular garage usage, we use the space even more in the spring and summer. Yard work is occurring regularly and we’re more likely to spend time tinkering in the garage.

The warmer weather is also more conducive to enjoying outdoor leisure activities, which often involves using things stored in the garage.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your garage spring-ready when you use the space most?

A fall or winter garage makeover ensures your yard tools, bikes, golf equipment, and other sports equipment are well-organized and easy-to-find when you need them most.

winter garage makeover man in front of tire rack

A heavy-duty tire rack keeps spare sets of tires easily accessible and keeps them off your garage floor.

Improve your garage’s energy efficiency

If your garage is lacking adequate energy efficient features, an autumn or winter garage makeover is the perfect opportunity to make improvements in this area.

Attached garages without insulation or other energy efficient features have a big impact on your home’s overall energy efficiency, especially during the coldest months of the year.

Lower your hydro bill and carbon footprint with these garage energy efficiency ideas when the weather is coldest:

  • upgrading your wall and ceiling insulation (or adding some if there is none)
  • switching to modern LED garage lighting
  • using garage doors with insulation
  • sealing up gaps and cracks with weatherstripping, caulking, and door sweeps
  • upgrading to more energy efficient garage windows and access doors

Even when the weather warms up, a garage with excellent energy efficiency helps to keep hot air out and the cold air generated by your air conditioner in.

Don’t wait until spring to do your garage makeover

Don’t let inclement weather and colder temperatures be an obstacle to transforming your garage into an organized, aesthetically pleasing extension of your living space.

Instead of waiting until the spring or summer, it makes a lot of sense to move forward with your garage makeover now.

Simply schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to get your autumn or winter garage makeover project started.

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