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A One Car Garage That’s Fit For Two

When homeowners John and Holly moved into their newly built lake-shore home, its functionality was not at its best. The architects had done a great job detailing the façade of their home and updating the interior with modern materials that made the home look great, but the garage, unfortunately, had been an oversight.

Garage_Living10A 3/4 view of the Garage Living Premium Series metal cabinetry. Two full 2-door cabinets at the extreme left and right obscure visual clutter. The upper and lower cabinetry drawers provide ample storage in this one car garage.

The home’s one car garage was little more than an unfinished dusty space, insufficient for the needs of this active family. Soon after the family moved in, sports equipment was everywhere, bikes were leaning against the wall, and John and Holly’s son had nowhere to store his goalie equipment. John lacked a work bench for hands-on projects and storage for his tools and car-maintenance items. All of the clutter meant there was simply no space for the garage to perform its primary job – storing a car. So John and Holly contacted Garage Living to find out if they could make their small space more usable.Garage_Living01The diamond plate approach ramps on the car lift are made from aluminum making them easy to position.

“A lot of people think you need a large garage to have an attractive and completely functional garage.” Garage Living Managing Partner Aaron Cash said. “But that’s not true. We work with small, medium and large footprints. Whatever the size of your space, we can find solutions to fit your needs.”
John and Holly learned this firsthand. Their project presented some unique challenges. Their garage certainly needed a solution for the dusty concrete floor as well as additional storage options – all in a one-car garage. Design, as well as efficiency, would be paramount.
To accomplish these requests, the Garage Living team optimized one of the garage’s best attributes: its height. Incorporating a car lift allowed the family to park two cars in this formerly one-car garage. Further, seasonal items – including seasonal tires – were stored higher on the walls so they wouldn’t occupy valuable floor space. Other items were then hung on the garage walls using the slat wall system. Each bracket can hold up to 50 pounds, making them ideal for tools, sports equipment, bikes and more.

After reviewing the plans with John and Holly and choosing finishes to match the rest of the home, the team got to work. The process started by coating the unfinished concrete floor with Floortex™ Coating System, quickly replacing that dirty, dusty concrete with a clean, durable, attractive surface. Once the floor had been resurfaced, the crew began installing all of the products to achieve the family’s need for additional storage.

With the vehicle and storage concerns handled, the team went to work creating the ideal workspace for John. GL Premium Series metal cabinetry was the perfect solution. The pair of full two-door locker cabinets were able to hold the garage’s contents and provide a clean look. The layout also included upper and lower cabinetry that gave John plenty of storage options in a space that belied its size. The stainless steel work surface completed the look and matched the colours of the cabinets perfectly.

Garage_Living15 A sneak peek into the cabinetry where cleaning products, gardening supplies and more can be hidden away.

As they planned the cabinet layout, the Garage Living team also measured the space so the cabinetry doors and the lift could each function properly independent of one another, and so the cabinets could be used whether a car were on the lift or not.

When John and Holly first moved in, their new home was everything they dreamed it would be, but the garage left a lot to be desired. Now they have the garage space that matches their home, one that provides the storage they crave and the utility they need.  “You don’t have to have a three-car garage to work with us,” Cash said. “Whatever your needs, we’re going to help you find a solution.”

Garage_Living02Here the car is shown mid-way to the top of the lift. When the lift is raised to the top, a second vehicle can be parked beneath it.

Garage_Living03The vehicle can be parked inwards or outwards. Here, it is backed into the garage in take-off position.

Garage_Living04The car lift was used to raise the seasonal tires up and onto the tire racks. In other scenarios, tires can be lifted one at a time using a ladder.

Garage_Living06The backdrop for this shot is the Garage Living wall organizer. slat wall accessories are designed for specific uses. With over 40 options to choose from, Garage living offers a complete customization for your specific needs. Each bracket can hold up to 50 lbs. Note the spacious wall bins for easy-to-access sports equipment.

Garage_Living09Head-on view of the cabinetry, work surface and overhead tire storage.

Garage_Living08The car lift is shown lowered here and is drive-in ready

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Head-on view of various slat wall accessories in use.

Garage_Living13The stainless steel top work surface was selected in the garage to coordinate with the silvery-grey Garage Living Premium Series cabinetry. Garage Living also carries a wooden butcher top work surface that is often paired with tan coloured metal cabinetry.

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