Harbor Blue: Garage Living’s Newest Design Color

Garage Living is pleased to announce the launch of Harbor Blue, our newest color that adds a unique look to any garage makeover.

Harbor Blue was created by Garage Living and is exclusive to the company. It’s available when choosing a color for your garage’s cabinetry, floor coating, and slatwall panels.

Why blue is a great color for your garage

Good things come in blue. Blueberries, violets, and cheese. A solid investment is considered blue-chip and of all nature-inspired colors, blue is the truest. That’s just a few of the reasons why blue is the best color.

But for your garage? Absolutely! Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can conjure up images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy.

Blue is where a cloudless sky meets the gently moving water on a warm, summer day. Transfixed watching sunlight dapple on the waves, changing the hue so subtly with every ripple, you can’t help but feel balanced and connected to nature.

The color, Harbor Blue brings to mind blue sky and water evoking a connection to nature.

The inspiration for Harbor Blue

The inspiration for Harbor Blue came from a weekend getaway surrounded by water, docks, and spectacular skies. Blue fit perfectly with the décor requirements of a year-round vacation home that’s meant to be a destination for relaxing. That the condo is located within a lakeside resort, the color choice, Harbor Blue makes even more sense.

The blue accents and trim on the lakeside resort condo’s exterior helped inspire Harbor Blue, the newest color available at Garage Living.

Harbor Blue is a perfect blend of all those blues, from cool slate to deep indigo and it’s the newest color exclusively available for your:

Your garage is an extension of your lifestyle

Our lifestyle is a reflection of who we are from the inside out. Our lifestyle doesn’t stop when we leave the house, (just as the color doesn’t have to stop at the garage door). Likely, we are constantly going through our garage to our vehicle to get to a destination not paying attention to this transitional space.

It’s actually the entryway in and out of our home. Why wouldn’t we want it to be as welcoming and stylish as any other part of our home, one that truly reflects our lifestyle?

Bring style to your garage through color

That’s what led Garage Living to create luxury garage interiors with style, color, custom detail and function in mind. Think of the interior of your home; it requires furnishings, flooring, lighting, and accessories. Just as we appreciate the luxury of a custom designed home, our garages are worthy of the same treatment.

Harbor Blue acts as an accent with gleaming stainless steel custom-cabinetry. This one-of-a-kind entertaining space is more than just a garage.

Incorporating Harbor Blue and décor to elevate your garage

Today, the styles we’re incorporating to our interior design is extending to our transition spaces, like garages. The color schemes that apply indoors can be interpreted and carried through beyond the entry.

Kitchen cabinets are starting to embrace a range of colors. We’re seeing rich, deep blue tones paired with warm brass or cool metal handles and the result is fresh and beautiful. Why not consider that same for the cabinetry in your garage?

Cabinet doors and drawers in Harbor Blue make an attractive and practical addition to the transition between home and the outdoors.

Drawers, locker doors, and stainless-steel countertops and backsplash are complemented by the wide, stainless drawer pulls.

Countertop options for the kitchen and bath range from wood, to solid surface materials and stainless steel. These options are also available to elevate your garage and the look of your entire home.

A qualified designer can assess, design and optimize the space to suit your needs. Choose from modular or customized cabinet options. Storage for sports, hobbies, vehicles and more are designed for your specific lifestyle. It’s like furnishing your home.

Floortex™ floor coating protects your floor

A concrete garage floor is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Like flooring in your home, there is an attractive and practical option to protect it for the long term. Garage Living uses Floortex™ – an impermeable, high-performance floor coating that is superior to common epoxy floors.

Not only is it hard-wearing and easy to clean, aesthetically the flooring is available in a variety of color blends. Harbor Blue features a mix of blue tints and tones, resulting in a beautiful and functional surface for vehicles, people and more.

Task lighting

You wouldn’t want to read and write in your home office without proper lighting, so add undermount LED task lighting over a work surface in the garage. It adds functional and practical light (and really brings out the blue!).

Undermount LED lighting.

Walls and accessories — décor for your garage

With the addition of slatwall panels, custom cabinetry and hardware, the garage’s curated color palette nicely reflects the beautiful, serene, and comfortable surroundings of home.

Now that you’re seeing the garage for what it really is — an opportunity to elevate your style, there’s no limit to what you can do. One great way to stylishly show off your organizational skills is with slatwall panels.

Ladders and bicycles utilizing slatwall storage to free up floor space.

Slatwall panels are an excellent option for taking advantage of your vertical space. Garage Living has over 40 accessories to choose from. Whether you need a simple hook to hang framed art or baskets of balls, slatwall panels are designed with style and function.

A welcoming home begins with your garage

Color shouldn’t stop at the garage door, make your whole home an inviting, starting at the point of entry. Adding beautiful color to your garage like Harbor Blue is just one more way to elevate your garage.

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Garage Living Featured in the Miami Herald

Garage Living of Miami was featured in a recent article in the Miami Herald’s weekly South Florida Home section.

Linda Fiore Ceolin, Garage Living’s creative director, was interviewed for the article, along with several South Florida garage makeover professionals. The article focuses on the challenges of keeping garages organized and includes some strategies to help homeowners maintain a garage space that’s clutter-free.

Miami Herald article on garage organization featuring Garage Living of Miami.

Click on the photo to read full article.

Some of the garage organization solutions recommended by the professionals include adding storage cabinetry, overhead storage racks, and slatwall panels, which makes better use of a garage’s typically underutilized wall space.

Fiore Ceolin and the other garage makeover experts also emphasize the importance of ensuring a garage looks as great as it functions, in order to create a real home showpiece. Their suggestions include getting a fresh new garage floor coating and choosing cabinetry colors to effectively complement a home’s décor, or even the color of a favorite vehicle.

Download a PDF version of the Miami Herald article.

Get to Know the Owners of Garage Living of Denver

One of our newest franchises is Garage Living of Denver, which is owned by Binh Truong and his wife, Tu Kim Le.

Garage Living of Denver is our first franchise owned and operated by Veterans. It opened earlier this year and won the Best In Show award at the Denver Home Show in March.

We thought Binh and Tu’s story was worth sharing and they sat down with us recently for an interview.

Tell me a little about your family, Binh.

There’s four kids – two girls and two boys. My youngest boy is 15 months old, my oldest boy is 10, and my girls are 6 and 8.

I’ve been married to Tu now for 19 years. We’re pretty much high school sweethearts. We have a really busy lifestyle and everything is focussed on the kids. Having a close-knit family is really important to us.

Were you born and raised in Denver?

I’m originally from Virginia Beach. I was there until I was about 15 and that’s when I moved to Colorado.

Garage Living of Denver owner Binh Truong

Binh Truong — Owner, Garage Living of Denver

Tu, can you give me some background on yourself?

I came to Colorado from Vietnam when I was 12. I’m a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for a sporting goods company and pretty much handle everything for the company, from financials to HR to inventories.

So both of you are going to be running Garage Living of Denver together and Tu, you’ll continue with the sporting goods company??

(both answer) Yes.

Binh, looking at your wife’s business experience, did that inspire you to take on the challenge of having a franchise as well?

Yes, absolutely. In October or November of 2016, we went to the Denver franchise show and just wanted to see what was out there and we bought the sporting goods franchise.

The reason we bought that was because we couldn’t do this (Garage Living of Denver) because I was deploying in a week. I saw the Garage Living franchise at the show and thought it was right up my alley and perfect.

Tell me about the deployment. It’s a fascinating story, with you having four kids and having to go overseas.

Tu: Well we didn’t have four when he left. (both laugh)

Binh: It was tough and unexpected because my unit knew that I was having a child. I found out a little before the birth of my son and I said “You’re kidding me, right? Can you get the other guys to go?” They said “No, you have to go. We need the best guy in Colorado and you’re the best guy in the state.”

What was your job in the military?

I’m in satellite communications and there’s only four other people in the state that can do it. I’m part of a field artillery team and in order for you to shoot big artillery and rockets, you have to be able to talk. My part is to make sure everybody can talk so that we can carry out the missions.

Obviously, I couldn’t say no and hey, I have to go eventually. This is what I signed up for and it’s never a good time to deploy. I sat down with the wife and told her and that was really tough.

How long was your deployment?

The total process took a year. I spent a little over nine months in-country, including being in Texas for about two months. Then I was shipped out overseas on December 31st, 2016, before the birth of my son.

As much as you’re able to, can you share anything about what you experienced overseas?

Working in silent communications as part of the field artillery, we launched surface-to-surface missiles and it was in support of Operation Air Resolve.

I was also in Dubai for awhile for Operation Spartan Shield. I did a lot of travelling…Iraq, Kuwait, Quatar, also a lot of work in the U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates) and just making sure systems are set up so people can talk.

Garage Living of Denver owner Tu Kim Le

Tu Kim Le — Owner, Garage Living of Denver

Why was it important for you to serve your country by initially enlisting in the Colorado National Guard?

I grew up in a bit of a torn family. I didn’t live with my dad or my mom, I lived with one of my grandparents. Then I moved to Colorado and met Tu.

I never did very well in school, but I’ve always been good with sales. When I was 18, I worked at a rental car agency and then migrated into car sales. I just kept moving on from there and also got into finance a little bit.

Then we had kids. The car business was kind of turning me into a shell of a person because of the difficult hours. You have split days off, long days, and on some of your days off you’d still have to come in because one of your customers was there. That’s just how it works.

Tu was starting to build her path and really see what she wants to do for a living. We sat down and talked and I said “I want to do something that really means something for my kids.”

That’s the big reason why I joined the military, for the opportunities and so my kids could be proud of their daddy. You really do have a lot of opportunity in the United States.

How would you say your military experience changed you?

It absolutely did. Joining the military, it really gives you another idea of what family can feel like. Yes, I have my immediate family, but I never had anything before like a real brother or sister…someone I can call if I need something and they’re there.

Sometimes family can’t do a few things, but I can always pick up that phone and call a guy and without hesitation it’s “okay”. It’s about the camaraderie and it definitely helps you with structure. I don’t think you can get that any better than from joining the military.

Having been back for a little while, you must miss that camaraderie?

Absolutely. Nothing’s going to trump family, but I miss being around them. You live with guys for nine months in a tent and you need a lot of support from those guys.

You’re outside digging trenches to lay cables, or doing other jobs that might seem like the most ridiculous things that make no sense. You’re chosen to do it and the guy next to you says “Man, I’ll go do it with you”, just so you can “embrace the suck” together, as we would say.

So yes, I do miss that. The missions that we did over there made a huge difference. It was nice, but being back home is a little nicer.

Tell me about making arrangements to start Garage Living of Denver while you were still deployed.

When I was overseas, Tu called me when I had about four or five months left in the deployment and she said “We have to start working on this other franchise.” I said “Are you nuts? We just got the other franchise!”

And then we started having satellite phone calls with Steve Wilkins (Garage Living Vice President of Franchise Development) and Aaron Cash (managing partner of Garage Living) to talk more about the opportunity.

We’ve always wanted to own some type of a business and thought bigger than just working for somebody. The other franchise caught our eye because that’s something Tu can do easily. It’s very part-time and it’s really a lot of fun for her.

And I wanted to do something that I enjoyed. I’ve always been into cars and I love to build, so Garage Living was perfect.

What else about Garage Living specifically were you drawn to?

It was appealing seeing some of Garage Living’s pictures and how the garages they’ve done looked so cool. I was also thinking about all the construction that’s going on in Colorado right now, but it’s focussed more on kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring.

I thought those areas were too saturated, but another specialized trade like garage improvement would be a good fit. It has a little bit of everything I want to do.

The Garage Living of Denver team won the Best In Show award at the Denver Home Show earlier this year.

You also have a background in contracting. Tell me about that and how it will help you with Garage Living of Denver.

While I was working in car sales, I would also work on and off for a friend who owned a small contracting company. He would flip homes and there were always projects to work on. That’s how I learned how to do everything, just from doing quite a bit of construction.

In 2011, after I had joined the military and been gone for a year, we bought a small home. I completely gutted it and then built it all the way up.

I love building and that experience will be helpful with the garage projects we’ll be handling.

You mentioned that there’s a lot of home building going on in Colorado right now? 

There’s a lot of things going on. The growth of the market and population in the last six years in Colorado is ridiculous. Traffic never used to be an issue and now it’s stop and go.

Home prices have risen dramatically and people can’t move out of these homes because they cost too much. So what do they do? They remodel and renovate, so I thought “Garage Living”. The company specializes in working on high-end homes and that’s what I want to do.

Other than your love of cars, what are some of your other hobbies?

I love the outdoors…camping and fishing. We’ve got a camper and we’ll head up to the mountains. My kids do enjoy that one hobby with me. Well, my girls do. (laughs) My girls love to fish.

My son is kind of a geek and he gets that from me. He’s into hands-on things, like tearing stuff apart and putting them back together. He loves things like electronics and science. I’m hoping that grows into an interest in vehicles and tinkering and building with them.

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Announcing Garage Living of Denver

Garage Living is excited to announce our newest franchise location in Denver, Colorado.

Garage Living of Denver joins our ever-growing network of franchisees in the U.S. and Canada specializing in high-end garage makeovers. The franchisees of Garage Living of Denver are Binh Truong and his wife, Tu Kim Le.

The couple initially became interested in Garage Living while attending the Franchise Expo West-Denver in October 2016. Aaron Cash (Garage Living Franchise Systems President) and Steve Wilkins (Vice President of Franchise Development) met the couple at the expo.

They explained to Binh and Tu the incredible opportunity available to them by joining a premium home improvement franchise.

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Binh Truong — Owner, Garage Living of Denver.

The call of duty

Binh and Tu were immediately intrigued at the prospect of joining a company catering to the garage organization and storage market, one of the fastest growing home improvement categories. The rapidly growing Denver market also presents lots of opportunities for home improvement companies.

The couple’s plans to explore the business opportunity further would be delayed, however, for a noble reason.

Immediately following the meeting, Binh, who had enlisted in the Colorado National Guard with the support of his family after being drawn to serve his country, was deployed for a year-long tour. Binh’s deployment saw him actively involved in operations fighting ISIS in the Middle East providing satellite communications support.

Planning for the future

The timing of Binh’s deployment was especially challenging, considering Tu was shortly due to give birth to their fourth child. While Binh was overseas, Tu continued raising their four children in Denver and working in her current role as CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her own franchise business, sporting goods company Reusch USA.

Despite the distance separating them, Tu and Binh also planned their next adventure after his service was completed. The couple reconnected with Wilkins, with the development process including Skype calls from remote locations.

Upon Binh’s return home last September, the development process moved along and Binh and Tu eventually joined the Garage Living family.

Garage Living’s first Veteran franchisee

Binh and Tu see Garage Living of Denver as not just a business opportunity, but an opportunity to support returning Veterans with great jobs. Binh, who takes considerable pride in his military service, plans to hire soldiers formerly under his command and run Garage Living of Denver as a business “owned and operated by Vets”.

Binh’s background working in car sales and home improvement contracting, in addition to his love of cars, are a perfect fit for Garage Living of Denver’s mission of creating spectacular garage spaces.

Tu’s impressive business acumen will be a major asset in helping Binh and other Veterans with Garage Living of Denver’s day-to-day operations. Previously, Tu has worked as a senior accountant for two Denver-area companies and as an accountant for the city and county of Denver, as well as the Denver International Airport.

Garage Living of Denver owner Tu Kim Le

Tu Kim Le — Owner, Garage Living of Denver.

Welcome to the Garage Living family

We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Binh and Tu to the Garage Living family.

“The passion, work ethic, sacrifice, and commitment to success that they both have demonstrated in their careers, military service, and family life make them ideal franchise partners and we are very excited to get started”, says Cash.

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Q & A: The Home Entryway Garage Makeover

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Considering the garage has become the main entry and exit point to the home for an increasing number of people, it’s no wonder improved garage spaces have become more coveted.

For this reason, we thought the term “home entryway garage makeovers” seemed rather appropriate.

Stephen, from Oakville, Ontario (located 30 minutes outside of Toronto) and his wife are among the homeowners who saw the benefits of upgrading such a frequently used area of their house.

The couple also wanted to have a more high-class look to complement the stylish aesthetics of their luxury cars.

A look at one client’s home entryway garage makeover

The home entryway garage makeover by Garage Living for Stephen included the following upgrades:

  • Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating
  • PVC slatwall panels with hook and bike rack accessories
  • GL Premium cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop
  • wall-mounted tire racks and LED garage lighting fixtures
  • an aluminum wall-mounted hose reel and polyurethane garden hose

Stephen was thrilled with his garage makeover and kindly sat down with us to share his experience working with Garage Living.

Before we get to the interview, take a look at this short time-lapse video that shows the efficient transformation of Stephen’s 3-car garage in just a couple of days over the span of a week:

What did your garage look like before the makeover project started? Was it an older garage or just unfinished?

Our house was rebuilt five years ago. It’s a big garage that was drywalled and had a raw concrete floor that had some settling cracks.

What was the impetus to get the garage done? Were you just tired of it and had been thinking about getting it done for a long time?

The cracks in the floor were bothering me and I wanted to get that cleaned up. I have a Mercedes and a Maserati, so every time I drove in there it just didn’t seem like an appropriate home for them.

How long did it take for you to decide you needed to do something about it and start looking around for a company?

We had a list of priorities. We didn’t build the house, we bought it after the gentleman that built it got relocated back to the U.S. There was a lot of work to do on the inside to bring it up to what we wanted. We wanted to get the interior finished first.

Once all that got done, it was time to get the garage taken care of. The garage was on the list, but further down the list. I wanted it to look finished and look like it was a part of the house.

We always drive into the garage and then enter the house about 90% of the time. Every time I drove in, it didn’t feel like a completed part of the project.

How much research did you do beforehand to figure out what to do with the garage and who to talk to?

When I first talked to my wife, I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like. I take the cars to Denny’s Car Wash down the road. One of the car magazines (Autostrada Forum Magazine) there had a Garage Living ad on the back of it, so I noticed that. That was kind of the impetus to get me to start researching it.

Then I phoned a few other companies, including just concrete restoration companies. I had to decide if I was just going to do the floor or do the whole thing and we decided we were going to do the whole thing.

Based on the various companies that I interviewed and got quotes from, Garage Living by far stood out as the most competent. Just the overall value proposition was strong.

So you initially wanted to do the floor, but it sort of grew into this bigger project?

No, I just wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go and if it was worth spending the money on or not. It’s kind of like finishing your basement or putting in a pool – do we do it because it’ll increase the value of the home? Does it not?

We decided that if we ever did sell the house, it would add significant value to the house for anybody with a nice car who also appreciates something like driving into a nice garage. The garage would seem like an integral part of the home.

So you’re looking at it as an investment, too…you’re looking long-term as well.

Yes, we’re looking at it primarily for us to enjoy the garage and then second, I just figured it would make the house a good overall package.

After that, did you go to the website and do your research?

Yes, I looked at a few different websites, including theirs, and called and got Daniel Albo (one of the Garage Living owners).

I had a few companies come out to give me ideas and I didn’t give them any budget. I just wanted to see, with no budget, what would they come up with and what were their ideas and what would they do?

The overall process with Garage Living was by far much more professional. They were more knowledgeable and what Daniel said made a whole lot more sense. With everybody else, I think they were trying to sell it within a certain budget, even though there was no given budget.

Garage Living came up with an excellent design and the way they were treating the garage floor seemed like a much better process. They wanted to come out beyond the garage doors and down the lip. One of the other companies was only coming to the interior of the garage door, which doesn’t look right to me.

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This luxurious space nicely complements the client’s Maserati and Mercedes.

When you were doing your research and looking at quotes, how did Garage Living’s website compare to others you looked at?

The website left you with a very professional impression. There are some nice pictures on there of the products and I just thought it was user-friendly. The website was kind of a “landing spot” and the biggest thing was more the process of the quotation.

That included them being out here, the way they showed the materials, talked about what was going to be done, took the measurements, and got back to us very quickly with regard to initial concepts and designs. It was very professionally managed.

In your online review, you said that the overall design Garage Living came up with was no comparison to the other companies.

I thought that the quality of the materials was far better and the overall design was good. It was more the quality of the materials that were going into it, Garage Living’s professionalism, and the context of how Daniel presented the pitch for the project and how he explained the materials. Then we went out to the showroom before making the final decision.

How much of the showroom experience helped you make a decision?

For someone who needs that to make a decision, the showroom is definitely impressive. The decision was made prior to the showroom, basically, just from the content on the website and from the overall impression from interacting with Garage Living, versus the other companies we had quote on the project.

So going into the showroom was more just to look at things like the finishing details and accessories?

We were deciding between the baseline cabinets versus the intermediate or midrange cabinets. We wanted to see them, to decide if it was worth the additional money to go with the midrange, as opposed to the baseline cabinets.

The showroom was nice just to see the tangible quality of the cabinets and the scope of what Garage Living deals with. It just gave you that final touch of confidence in the context of dealing with Daniel and with the company, period.  

How did you figure out whether to go with a baseline or a more premium cabinet model?

It was just the quality of them and the look. When we looked at what the difference was between the two as far as the scope of the project was concerned, we decided to go with the midline cabinets (GL Premium).

Was how you were going to use the cabinetry, like as a possible work area, a factor at all?

No, it’s more aesthetic. The drawers are still empty in a lot of cases. It doesn’t get used that way, it’s more just for the overall look whenever we drive in.

So basically looks, minimal storage, and to keep it tidy?

Yes.

Now you have all this garage storage you never had before. How was it managing the garage storage before?

Before, everything was all over the place. There were just metal shelves from Costco being used with everything stacked on them. It was one of those things where when you move in, the garage is the last thing to get organized and cleaned up.

There was a lot of stuff that needed to be purged and gotten rid of. We used the garage to park cars in, but it by no means made you feel good when you drove in.

Your garage makeover also included a couple of tire racks, which I assume is for your winter tires?

That was also one of the reasons I went to the showroom, was just to see what the tire racks like. I called around to get quotes on storing our winter tires. I always just stored them stacked on the garage floor and also on a Canadian Tire wall rack.

We wondered if they were really worth the money to store tires on or should we just store them at the garage where we get them changed over? When I called around, I found that basically, the racks will pay for themselves within a couple of years, in comparison to having the tires stored at the garage itself.

Was price a deciding factor in your decision to choose Garage Living? 

Garage Living wasn’t the cheapest quote, but I just felt the overall value proposition was better. I felt the project was going to get done properly and in a timely fashion.

It sounds like compared to the other companies, you just had more confidence in Daniel and Garage Living.

Yes. Any questions I asked they were able to answer – and not in a, for lack of a better word, a BS way.

Daniel didn’t come across like a sales guy just pushing something. Garage Living came across like they cared about the install, cared about the quality of the materials, and were very knowledgeable and very professional.

Some of the other companies just seemed like they wanted to get in and out with the quickest solution possible and were just trying to push something on you. All one guy did was undermine and knock other companies. To me, he lost before he even started. He just didn’t have a professional presentation, either.

Was there anything about the other companies that impressed you or made you consider going with them?

No. I was shopping for the best project overall and something I thought was fairly priced for the quality of the workmanship, materials, etcetera.

Your Google review mentioned that you were impressed with the scheduling and overall professionalism of Garage Living. Did that surprise you?

Yes, it actually did. Coming from the trades and having done countless renovations and construction-related projects, finding good tradespeople is one of the biggest challenges. It’s difficult to find people that show up on time and people who, if they’re not going to be there on time, will at least call.

It’s more you’re wasting your time waiting around for people that don’t show up and then you call them and all you hear are excuses. Daniel set the tone for that and every person that we interacted with at Garage Living after Daniel followed through and exceeded expectations.

They were here on the very day they said they’d be here and we had booked months in advance. It took exactly a week, which is what Daniel said it would take. And from start to finish, the workers were really polite, respectful, and very professional. They did everything they said they were going to do and beyond.

There’s always a lot of stress involved for anyone who’s dealt with the trades. That wasn’t an issue with your project?

Nothing. It was zero stress. It was a pleasure dealing with people that take pride in what they do, as opposed to it just being piece work and wanting to get in and out as quickly as possible. They moved plugs around…even if it was six inches, they moved it. Garage Living did a very, very good job overall. If I did move, I would call them immediately to do my next garage.

Did you have to make any compromises with what you initially thought the garage would look like and what you had in mind?

We actually spent more than what we were originally planning on spending and are very happy that we did so. We didn’t really have a budget in mind. When you start any project, you kind of have a hunch as to what you think it’s going to cost or how much you think you’re willing to spend, and with this one it was similar.

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GL Premium cabinets with silver doors and gray trim configured with tall storage lockers, overhead cabinets, and a stainless steel countertop.

So it wasn’t a big surprise with what the project cost?

No.

What, if anything, could Garage Living have done differently if you had to do this all over again?

I don’t think there’s one thing that they could have done differently to improve the experience.

As I said, the overall experience exceeded expectations and the design was excellent. Even for the photo shoot, they were very respectful of the property and thankful that we allowed them to do it. We were more than happy to have them spend the day and do the photo shoot and the time-lapse video.

If the makeover process hadn’t been such a flawless experience, we would have paid the invoice and that’d be the end of it. But we were happy to have them showcase such a good job and proud that the finished product came out the way it did.

Do you show it off to friends or visitors that come over?

Yes, in fact, I was speaking at a conference the other day and I was showing a few of our customers the pictures of the garage and they were like, “Wow!”.

One of them has a Porsche 911, so we were talking about garages and I said, “Oh, I got a new home for my Maserati”. They asked if I minded telling them how much it was and I told them and they said, “Oh, that’s really reasonable for something like that. I thought it would be more”. They were actually surprised, based on the pictures. In fact, I gave her Daniel’s contact information.

So overall, you’d say your life’s better having the garage completed and you feel better about pulling into the garage now? 

Yes, it bugs me right now that the floor is dirty and needs to be cleaned, but you don’t want to be getting the hose out and making a skating rink in there, so we kind of brush it off. But as soon as the weather turns good, I’ll get the hose out and squeegee it and clean it up.

In the past with your concrete floor, would you just sweep it out in the spring? Do you find this garage floor easier to maintain?

I would shovel the snow out before, whereas now it’s much easier to maintain and keep clean. It looks good, it looks finished whenever you drive in. A week or so ago it was one of those mild, slushy days. When I came home, I got the squeegee down that Garage Living left us at the end of the project and squeegeed the floor, which helped to clean it up.

Was there anything else you wanted to add?

I would say if anybody’s considering doing anything with their garage, regardless of how big or small, that I would call Garage Living. Have them come out to give you some ideas as to what they can do. I think regardless of whether it’s just the floor or a full project like we did, it’ll get done right.

Regardless of how much they’re wanting to spend, the money they spend with Garage Living is a good investment because it gets done properly. I think of it more now as an extension of the home, as opposed to just a garage that’s connected to the house where you park your cars in a space that just didn’t seem like a fitting home for the cars.

So your home’s main entryway space is just nicer now.

I would say 90% of the time we drive into the garage and come into the home through the garage, so it’s an extension of that finished space now.

It feels much better and it’s much tidier. Everything’s got a place with the way Garage Living designed it and the way things are organized. And it’s got that flexibility so if your slatwall storage needs change, you can go back to the showroom and get some ideas as to what other kinds of hooks and accessories you can get.

As we organized things, we found a spot for the hoses on the wall. They’re not normally there in the summertime, but in the wintertime, they’re just spare hoses that we use for various things on the property. Everything’s got its place.

View the Home Entryway Garage gallery to see more photos from Stephen’s garage makeover.

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