5 Reasons to Shop Local for Your Garage Upgrade Project

man and woman discussing a garage upgrade projectThere are more options for your spending dollar than ever before.

Online spending accounted for 16% of total retail sales in America last year, which was an increase of 15% from the previous year.

Big-box stores are everywhere across North America, offering tempting prices and the convenience of one-stop shopping.

The rapidly evolving retail landscape makes it even more important to think about what it means to shop local and support small businesses.

And “shop local” doesn’t just mean supporting small businesses in your community – it also includes buying domestically-made products.

It’s a simple fact that where you shop and what products you buy end up having a big impact on the community you live in.

Small businesses account for two-thirds of the new jobs created annually in America. In Canada, 70% of the workforce is employed by a small business (defined as a company with less than 100 paid employees).

If you’re planning a DIY garage upgrade project using products purchased online or from a big-box store, here are five reasons to consider letting a local small business handle the job.

1. When you shop local, it benefits your community more

A report from the U.S. Small Business Association and the U.S. Department of Labor found that 68% of the money spent at locally owned businesses stayed in the community.

Research firm Civic Economics did another study that showed only 13.6% of purchases made at large retail chains got recirculated back into the community. Very little of any online purchases consumers make is from a local business, so that money being spent could literally end up anywhere in the world.

When you shop local, most of the revenue generated by businesses you patronize goes right back into your community. This occurs not just via spending at other local businesses, but by more tax dollars being invested in your area’s public services and community organizations.

Garage Living design consultant and install teamA healthy local economy has a positive ripple effect by spurring further economic development that creates more new jobs.

Here are a few additional ways having more small businesses helps communities:

  1. Small businesses donate 250% more than large businesses to local charities and community organizations (from an OnDeck survey).
  2. Consumers get a wider variety of products to shop for and see more pricing competition between local businesses.
  3. A town or city with lots of small businesses has more of a unique, individualistic look compared to a community that is populated with large retailers whose stores all look the same.
  4. The vast majority of small business owners and employees live in the town or city where they work and are more invested in the well-being of the community.

2. You get a more personal and satisfying customer service experience

One of the biggest benefits of supporting a locally owned and operated small business is you typically get a more personal customer service experience.

Garage Living prides itself on the fact that we really get to know our customers. This helps us get a better understanding of their needs so we can customize our designs to fit their lifestyle.

garage design consultation in Garage Living showroom with man and womanOur consultative approach involves visiting our clients’ homes, evaluating their garage’s layout and storage potential and taking measurements, and establishing a proper needs analysis. It’s all part of what we call the “Garage Living Experience”.

Throughout the full-service consultation, design, and installation process Garage Living offers, we remain attentive to our customers’ needs. In addition to the years of garage design expertise we bring to the table, this personalized, face-to-face working relationship is why so many of our clients give us great feedback after their makeover is completed.

Hiring a professional company like Garage Living instead of DIY’ing your garage makeover means the job will get done right, without having to go back later to fix mistakes.

There are many ways a garage makeover can go wrong, starting with the products that are used. Too many homeowners make the mistake of buying cheap garage storage cabinets online or from their local big-box store.

Garage floor resurfacers are another product it’s easy to make a bad buying decision with. Inexpensive floor paints or epoxy coating kits are far from premium quality and simply don’t look as impressive or stand the test of time like a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating.

Our roster of products are of the highest quality and built to last. Garage Living also uses our own certified installation staff, not subcontractors. You can rest assured that any installation and floor coating application work we do in your garage will fit perfectly, look immaculate, and be safe for your family.

One more good reason to shop local and hire a garage makeover specialist is you’ll have more freedom to customize your garage’s appearance. Take a look at a few of the many awesome garage makeovers Garage Living has added its custom touch to.

3. North American manufacturing is more eco-friendly

Locally and domestically-made products are more eco-friendly than products made overseas for two main reasons.

First, North America adheres to stricter environmental guidelines when it comes to air pollution and waste disposal in the manufacturing process.

The U.S. and Canada were ahead of the curve in banning manufacturers from continuing to use lead, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals in their products.

Next, consider the carbon footprint that comes with shipping any product from outside of North America via the air and sea.

Foreign-made products available on Amazon are either shipped directly from a third-party vendor anywhere in the world to online shoppers or shipped to one of the company’s many huge distribution centers around the U.S. and Canada.

Non-domestic products sold by big-box retailers similarly get shipped overseas to a large warehouse before then being shipped off to each store.

All of that international freight movement creates a much larger carbon footprint compared to locally or domestically-manufactured products.

An additional reason to shop local is the ridiculous amount of packaging that often comes with shipments from online purchases. We’ve all ordered products from Amazon and had many of them shipped in a box that is far bigger than seems necessary. And what’s with all the bubble wrap in that shipping package?

The cardboard can be recycled, but even that process has a carbon footprint (as does the manufacturing of these two things in the first place, obviously). Discarded plastic bubble wrap will just end up in a landfill where it can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

4. Local businesses use more high-quality, locally sourced products

Garage Living quality sealThe term “locally sourced” is most commonly associated with food products like locally grown produce and vegetables. It can also be applied to any product that is manufactured locally, however.

Generally, large retailers are so profit-driven that they place a higher priority on how low a price a product can be sold to a consumer for over whether or not it’s actually a well-made, quality product.

Small local businesses tend to care more about offering their customers a better quality product. That means using a larger percentage of locally sourced products compared to big retail chains.

“We have been successful in securing local manufacturers and continue to solidify relationships”, says Garage Living Vice President of Product Development Corbee Dutchburn.

For decades, products made in the U.S. and Canada have had a better track record when it comes to quality than many similar types of products that are made overseas. A higher level of quality control during the design and manufacturing process is a big reason.

“Manufacturing in North America is very competitive and the quality is meeting and surpassing our high-quality standards. This adds value to Garage Living products and stimulates our economies”, says Dutchburn.

Take garage cabinets, for example. The inexpensive cabinets available in home improvement big-box stores and on a lot of websites are usually made overseas. They typically use low-quality, heavily recycled steel that rusts quickly and feels flimsy. Cheap hardware is commonly used and they have poor craftsmanship (such as the welding used on the cabinet joints).

man and woman shopping for garage cabinets in a local showroomAll of these manufacturing shortcuts result in a more affordable product, but come at the expense of a product’s functionality and durability.

There is simply no comparison in quality between the storage cabinets you’ll find in a big-box store and Garage Living’s line of storage cabinets. Our cabinets are made in the U.S. and Canada using high-quality North American steel.

The rigorous testing, superior craftsmanship, and higher overall level of quality makes a huge difference in how long our cabinets last, how much nicer they look, and how they function. We also stand behind all of our work and products with a written warranty.

For Garage Living, using high-quality North American-made products has been paramount in helping us become an industry leader in the field of garage makeovers.

5. U.S. and Canadian labor standards are higher

Here’s a final reason to shop local by supporting small businesses and buying domestically-made products – the U.S. and Canada have high labor standards.

With products made in many foreign countries, we have little to no idea what kind of labor standards are in place and whether or not local labor laws and regulations are enforced.

That lack of transparency can often find workers overseas making very little money and not enjoying things like raises, paid overtime and vacation time, and the health benefits the majority of North American workers receive.

Stricter U.S. and Canadian labor standards mean workers are treated more fairly and have access to human resources departments to address any workplace concerns.

Child labor laws in our countries eliminate any worries of kids being exploited for cheap labor, which is something we’ve all heard and read about in other countries all too often.

Workers in the U.S. and Canada also work in safer conditions. This includes things like getting proper safety training for material handling and operating power equipment, having more workplace health and safety inspections, and proper protective equipment being readily available.

Shop local for your upcoming garage remodel

2-car garage remodelled by Garage Living blue EscaladeSupporting a local small business with the products you buy and the services you use is an investment in the economic health of your community, state or province, and country. 

Schedule a free design consultation with us to plan your garage makeover.

In addition to supporting a local small business and ensuring the job gets done right, you’ll get the Garage Living Experience of incredible customer service, competitive pricing, years of garage design expertise, and top-quality North American-made products.

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The Garage Living Care Guide

The Garage Living Care Guide was created as a handy reference for Garage Living clients who have had their garage transformed with one of our makeovers.

Proper care and maintenance will ensure anyone who has had a garage makeover done will enjoy years of benefits from their upgrades. This guide will assist you with tips for taking care of your Garage Living Floortex® floor coating, cabinetry, and slatwall organizers.

Read this guide thoroughly and refer to the Levels Of Cleaning section towards the end of this blog post to gauge which cleaning products and methods will provide you with the best results.

Immediate Floortex™ floor coating care

After your Floortex® floor coating has been applied, this 3-step timeline will guide you through how to proceed in the following days:

1. 12-24 hours after coating*: Garage doors must remain open a minimum of three inches for the next 12-24 hours, ensuring the bottom of the garage door does not touch the wet/curing floor coating. Please do not walk on the garage floor for at least 12-24 hours after the coating has been applied.

2. 24-48 hours after coating*: Light objects such as garbage bins and recycling bins can be returned to the garage after 24-48 hours.

3. 4-7 days after coating*: For optimal curing time, allow 4-7 days for cars, SUVs, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, and heavier items such as toolboxes to return into the garage.

*Cure times will vary based on climate and weather conditions at the time of application. To confirm these times, please speak to your local design consultant or install technician.

Ongoing Floortex™ floor coating maintenance

Garage Living’s environmentally friendly Floortex® floor coating is incredibly easy to keep clean, regardless of where you live or the weather conditions you drive in each day.

From slush to mud, you can keep your beautiful floor looking like new year after year following these three simple steps:

1. Sweep to remove dirt and sand. Car tires and footwear typically track in debris, but you can easily remove the dirt and sand simply by sweeping or using a leaf blower. Over time, however, the dirt may accumulate and cause floor stains. When this occurs, move on to the next step.

2. Wash + rinse your floor using water or a gentle yet effective neutral cleaner, which is safe for a Floortex® floor coating and leaves a beautiful shine. A mild neutral cleaner won’t harm plants or grass and is both biodegradable and phosphate-free. After applying this effective cleaner, rinse with a garden hose and scrub with a Garage Living squeegee brush.

3. Squeegee to remove residue and dry the flooring surface. Just like with windows, squeegees are a great tool to dry and remove residue from garage floors.

Cabinetry and slatwall care

Cabinetry care: Garage Living cabinetry can be dusted and cleaned with a clean, dry soft cloth or a light duster. Use water on powder-coated cabinetry or a neutral cleaner for grease, grime, and dirt build-up. For stainless steel doors, use a stainless steel cleaner to remove fingerprints and dirt. Wipe in the direction of the natural metal grain using a clean, soft cloth and buff with a soft, clean cloth for a streak-free shine.

Countertop care: Refer to the Levels Of Cleaning section below to select the right product for the best results. For your butcher block countertop, do not soak the countertop with water or it may crack and warp over time. For your stainless steel countertop, clean, polish, and protect it with a stainless steel cleaner.

Slatwall care: Brush the slatwall crevices with a clean white cloth or light duster brush. Window cleaner can be used on your slatwall. For a wet spill, use a dry cloth. For a dry spill, use a damp cloth. Follow with a paper towel, which allows you to dry and buff the surface of the slatwall.

Levels Of Cleaning

Dust: Remove surface dust by wiping or brushing. Use a clean white cleaning rag or a duster with fibers that can trap and remove dust in any crevices. Ideal for Garage Living cabinetry, slatwall organizers, and countertops.

Squeegee: To clean the garage floor surface, use a broom, leaf blower, or a Garage Living squeegee. There are two Garage Living squeegees available, which both have a 60-inch long wooden handle. Ask about our 30-inch wide squeegee or the 22-inch wide squeegee with a brush edge.

Water: For dried spills, use water to dampen a white cleaning cloth to re-emulsify and remove spills. Ideal for Garage Living cabinetry, slatwall organizers, and countertops.

Mild soapy water: Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of mild dish detergent. Wet a clean white cloth, wring out the excess water, and wipe the surface. Dry immediately with a paper towel and buff the surface. Ideal for Garage Living cabinetry, slatwall organizers, and countertops.

Neutral cleaner: Neutral cleaners combine powerful cleaning performance with naturally derived biodegradable plant-based ingredients, no harsh chemical fumes, or residue. Read the manufacturer’s labels thoroughly. Test on small inconspicuous areas first. Repeat if necessary for desired results. Perfect for light stains such as grease, oil, grime, dirt, soil, and grass. Ideal for Garage Living cabinetry, slatwall organizers, countertops, and Floortex™ floor coating.

Stainless steel cleaner: Cleaners such as Weiman® Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish cleans, polishes, and protects stainless steel surfaces like Garage Living cabinetry and stainless steel sinks. Wipe in the direction of the natural metal grain using a clean, soft cloth to remove watermarks and fingerprints. Buff with a soft, clean cloth to shine. Read the manufacturer’s labels thoroughly. Test on small inconspicuous areas first. Repeat if necessary for desired results.

Grease Magnet by CLR: A fast-acting powerful cleaner formulated to quickly clean stubborn stains such as tire marks, grease, stubborn oil, and tar. Read the manufacturer’s labels thoroughly. Test on small inconspicuous areas first. Repeat if necessary for desired results. Caution: Do not use the regular CLR product, which may damage surfaces. Ideal for Floortex™ floor coating.

Other: Call your Garage Living representative if any area you’re trying to clean is presenting a challenge.

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Download a copy of the Garage Living Care Guide in PDF format (5.3 MB).

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Garage Living Designer Series: Exclusive Garage Designs

The garage makeover process varies widely for each one of our clients.

Some start their journey with a clear, concise idea of what they want their garage to look and function like.

Others may have a general idea of the aesthetic they’re looking for with their garage. Many of Garage Living’s clients come to us with very little knowledge of what modern garage décor and storage options are available.

Regardless of how fully formed the vision for their remodeled garage is, the goal of anyone enlisting the services of a trusted garage professional is the same – they all want to transform their garage’s appearance into something truly special.

To simplify the process of designing your garage, we’re pleased to introduce the Garage Living Designer Series. It’s a collection of exclusive garage designs inspired by and created for you.

2 red Ferraris parked in a red-themed garage

Performance Designer Series

The inspiration behind the Garage Living Designer Series

Since 2005, Garage Living has completed thousands of garage makeovers across the U.S. and Canada.

All of that experience has shown us what works most effectively when it comes to designing garages (and what doesn’t work). It’s also given us a lot of insight and expertise into what homeowners are looking for when putting their garage redesign together.

For this reason – and because we know not everybody has the time or inclination to fully research their garage décor options – Garage Living has produced seven custom Designer Series themes.

A different dynamic color theme is featured in each Designer Series that infuses a distinct, cohesive aesthetic to any garage.

Each Designer Series garage has its own design board that shapes the product and color palette selection. A design board is also known as a mood board or concept board and provides an arrangement of inspiring images that tell a unique narrative.

Design board showing paint swatches, various slatwall panel colors, textures, and materials

Design board showing paint swatches, slatwall colors, flooring color, textures, and cabinetry colors – Performance Design Series.

Why the Designer Series helps anyone planning a garage makeover

There can be a lot of decisions to make when planning a top-to-bottom makeover of your garage.

The Designer Series saves our clients time by simplifying the design process, providing a focussed starting point with contemporary garage themes.

These carefully curated, pre-packaged complementary color and product combinations conveniently bring the vision of your “future garage” into sharp focus.

While each Designer Series helps guide you through the design process, you’re not strictly limited to the colors and products recommended in each Series.

Customization and design flexibility is a hallmark of Garage Living. We will work with you to make adjustments to your garage’s design and address any secondary needs you may have.

Which Designer Series is right for your garage?

Let’s briefly summarize the highlights and features of each Garage Living Designer Series so you can get a better idea of which one may work best for your needs.

Harbor

blue car parked in garageThe Harbor Designer Series takes its inspiration from the world’s most popular color – blue.

Good things come in blue. The sighting of blue jays, freshly picked blueberries, and the allure of blue eyes. Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can evoke images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy. 

Harbor features nautical colors that conjure feelings of peace, tranquility, and organization. It was the perfect visual concept for one of our clients who chose it as the theme for the garage at their weekend getaway in a lakeside resort community.

Midnight

White Porsche in grey and white themed garage.

You don’t collect cars, you curate luxury. Every vehicle you choose is a refined choice. Like vintage wine, where you keep it should look as finely crafted as what you select.

If these things resonate with you, the Midnight Designer Series may be just what you’ve been looking for when it comes to your garage’s look.

Midnight is an engaging combination of black, grey, and white shades, emphasizing a sense of elegance and simplicity that projects a modern, sophisticated aesthetic.

Midnight provides an alluring place to start and end your next great journey, creating a one-of-a-kind showplace that is an extension of your style.  

Carbon

Charcoal grey Merceds parked in custom garage with dark decor.

Greys are increasing in popularity in the realm of interior design and feature prominently in the Carbon Designer Series.

Carbon is a transitional and timeless blend of grey and black, creating a balanced, finely honed garage look that’s strong and sophisticated.

Carbon provides a brilliant, rock-solid palette that can take center stage in showing off your garage interior. It’s equally capable of receding into the perfect, tasteful backdrop for your star vehicles. 

Barn Board

Jeep SUV in a barn board inspired custom garage.

The Barn Board Designer Series from Garage Living is earthy, warm and natural. Just like you. Just like your home. It’s easy on the eyes, comfortable, and perfectly expresses your style.

Barn Board brings a modern approach to farmhouse-inspired design with warm expressions, distressed wood, and inviting neutrals to form a comforting, grounded experience.

Patriot

Blue Mustang Shelby with white racing stripe in blue and white designer garage.You’re not afraid to show your true colors. You wear your pride like a favorite pair of jeans that are dependable and reliable, just like the cars you choose to drive.

The Patriot Designer Series features a traditional blue, white, and grey color palette that creates a visually stunning yet comforting home space that is a reflection of your values.

Performance

The Performance Designer Series says you’re not afraid to make a statement, especially when that statement honors your love of speed and the finer details when it comes to your cars and where you park them.

The dynamic Performance series is ideal for the consumer whose automotive choices are top-level and engineered with precision and distinction.

Performance captures an adventurous spirit that’s anything but standard, delivering a lasting impression with its bold color palette. 

Tudor

Green sportswear in a green-themed garage.

The inspiration behind the Tudor Designer Series comes from the iconic green color that originates with the birth of the UK motor racing scene.

The finest racing cars from Bentley to Bugatti and Lotus have sported the distinct British Racing Green shade racing in the Le Mans, Grand Prix, and Formula One. So why not bring a hint of racing green home? 

Tudor is a fusion of passion and tradition, where green, white, grey, and neutrals come together to produce a contemporary look.

Tudor Green is also the newest exclusive Floortex™ floor coating color available from Garage Living.

Learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series

To assist in your decision-making process and to learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series, you can download a PDF brochure from the link on each series page.

We encourage you to visit your local Garage Living showroom to view samples of the Designer Series. Please don’t hesitate to ask our professionals any questions you may have about a particular series or anything else related to garage makeovers.

You can also schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living at your convenience. 

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13 Awesome Garage Makeovers That Will Give You Garage Envy

awesome garage makeovers, parked silver car

The days when garages were viewed as nothing more than a drab, utilitarian parking area for vehicles and a modest amount of home storage have long since past.

Modern garage spaces are now capable of being one-of-a-kind, showroom-quality expressions of your style that function at a high level.

Garage Living has successfully completeld thousands of garage makeovers in North America since we started in 2005.

We’ve done projects both large and small, from large garages in luxury homes to more modest makeovers in smaller homes.

13 awesome garage makeovers that turn heads

Regardless of the scale and budget of the projects Garage Living works on, our goal always remains the same – to transform our clients’ garages into beautiful-looking spaces they can get more enjoyment and functionality out of.

We’ve compiled a list of 13 awesome garage makeovers that showcase what we can accomplish in just about any garage space. You’ve heard of “garage envy” before? Well, we think these incredible makeovers are perfect examples of why the expression was invented.

Hopefully what you see will give you some ideas and inspiration to transform your garage into a part of the home that is a true extension of your living space, just like these rooms have.

1. The underground garage makeover

black Lamborghini in luxury garage

The photo above isn’t from a Lamborghini showroom or a movie set – it’s the outcome of one of our more unique makeover projects.

The remodel was done in an underground residential garage located below a traditional above-ground garage. Although it’s hard to imagine it, pre-makeover this garage had a look that could best be described as “dull”.

We think you’ll agree that “dull” and the parked presence of the homeowner’s Lamborghini Huracán Spyder simply don’t go together.

The garage’s appearance is elevated to that of its four-wheeled occupant with the pairing of a Charcoal Floortex™ floor coating and GL Custom Steel cabinetry with a black matte finish. They provide the perfect decorative complement to the supercar’s sleek paint finish.

A blend of the floor coating’s silver, black, and white decorative flakes results in a beautiful showroom-quality surface that helps hide dust and dirt.

Ample cabinet storage space holds all of the garage’s belongings and keeps them organized while keeping them hidden to preserve the room’s high-end appearance. Bright lighting helps offset the garage’s darker color scheme.

View more photos from this makeover here.

2. The Harbor Blue garage makeover 

open garage with parked white car

The inspiration for Harbor Blue, Garage Living’s newest custom cabinet and flooring color, came from this client’s desire to find a garage aesthetic that complemented the home’s location within a lakeside resort community.

The lighter shade of blue, a color that’s well-known for its calming effects, fits perfectly for a residence that’s a weekend getaway for the client and surrounded by water. Harbor Blue was also designed to match the color of a prominent exterior design feature on the client’s condo building.

In addition to the Harbor Blue Floortex™ floor coating, surrounding slatwall and GL Custom cabinetry provides ample storage space for bikes, golf equipment, and equipment for various water activities.  

This project nicely showcases the design flexibility and willingness of Garage Living to go above and beyond for our clients when it comes to meeting the requirements of their projects!

Get a closer look at this makeover by viewing the gallery here.

3. The luxury garage makeover

luxury garage with parked white car

Garage Living specializes in luxury garage makeovers that we think are befitting of any home, whether you own a mansion or a more modestly sized residence. 

We believe that experiencing the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home is important. There’s no better way to make that happen than to transform a garage space into a true home showpiece. 

And if you own luxury vehicles, you’re doing them a disservice by parking them in a shabby-looking garage that doesn’t complement their high-end appearance.

This project includes all the must-have features of any luxury garage:

  • a clean, modern, and high-end look
  • cabinetry for hidden storage that maintains the garage’s tidy appearance (including customized recessed cabinets that hide an electrical panel, central vac system, and the home’s elevator motor)
  • superior quality flooring that provides long-lasting floor protection
  • slatwall for hanging items to keep the floor clutter-free

Get a better look at this luxury garage gallery here.

4. The fitness room garage makeover

open garage with fitness equipment

Garages aren’t just for parking cars and extra home storage. They’re capable of multi-purpose functionality, such as setting up a workshop or a workout space.

The latter is what the owners of this home wanted to use their garage for. The active couple preferred to use their single-car garage as a fully functional gym instead of a parking space.

Overhead racking, a cabinet system, and slatwall on the garage’s side walls provided the perfect solution for storing all of their exercise equipment.

To address the fact that the garage would need to accommodate workouts during the winter, the old garage door was replaced with an insulated steel garage door. A high lift door conversion raised the height the garage door opens at to facilitate workouts that required more vertical space. 

A heater was also added which, along with the already-insulated walls, made the garage more comfortable during the cold weather months.

Rounding out the project is a floor coating that adds a professional look to the garage, is easy to clean, and can withstand the wear and tear from daily workouts.

Take a more in-depth look at this garage’s gallery here

5. The his & her garage makeover

luxury home with parked cars

One of our most awesome garage makeovers was a remodel project for home improvement expert and TV host Bryan Baeumler

The building of their country home was the focus of season three of his House of Bryan show on HGTV Canada.

Garage Living worked with Bryan and his wife Sarah to design and install a pair of bespoke garages (one for him and one for her and the family’s kids) that were connected. 

Bryan’s garage provides plenty of functional space so he can work on his motorcycle and other vehicles. Naturally, Bryan has a large tool collection to store. All his tools and other garage belonging are kept organized in GL NEOS Elite cabinetry, with additional slatwall used for hanging storage.

Both garages received a Floortex™ floor coating in Blue Nightfall. For Sarah and the kids, their personalized garage space utilized a GL Premium cabinet system for storing gardening tools and accessories, as well as the kids’ things.

Slatwall storage also complements the cabinet storage space and allows for hanging outdoor apparel right beside the door into the main living space. This transitional area can function as a de facto mudroom, which reduces clutter in the home’s main living space.

Get more information and photos from this dual garage makeover here

6. The minimalist garage makeover

white Porsch

The Marie Kondo-fuelled minimalist philosophy is trendy and extends to beyond keeping homes free of clutter and too many things that don’t “spark joy”.

More homeowners are applying minimalism to their home décor, which is what this client did for their garage remodel. The neutral colors chosen for the garage interior project a clean and modern look, with a tasteful simplicity that’s anything but boring.  

The grey, black, and white colors that make up the Charcoal polyaspartic floor coating were ideal for this garage. 

A black GL Custom Steel cabinet system and slatwall panels (in Gun Metal grey) adds enough storage space so the garage stays clutter-free. Even Kondo herself would approve!

The cabinets were also customized to keep an exposed circuit panel and central vac hidden. The customization extended to designing the cabinets to accommodate some home theatre components (including designing doors and shelves to provide adequate airflow).

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7. The Audi R8 garage makeover

grey audi r8

If any car is worthy of a garage redesign that can match its sharp looks, it would be an Audi R8.

This smaller garage that’s home for the luxury car had the same must-have features added that just about all of the awesome garage makeovers you see on this page include. That means a new floor coating, a slatwall storage system, a cabinet system (GL Signature), and overhead racks. 

Here are a few other interesting details about this project: 

  • the color choice (Harbor Blue) for the cabinetry, slatwall strips, and flooring was influenced by the Nardo Grey color of the R8
  • to create a seamless and consistent look, the Floortex™ floor coating was also applied to the garage’s wall base and steps into the main living space
  • LED lights below the slatwall strips add visual appeal and are activated by the garage door’s remote control
  • the bright room has three windows, which made the garage door’s rails visible so a high lift conversion relocated them above the windows

It all adds up to a garage that’s stylish enough to make an Audi R8 look right at home. The room, which includes a TV mounted in the cabinet system, is also comfortable, clean, and organized enough for the client to use as a home entertainment space.

Find out more about what went into this garage makeover here.

8. The fully rebuilt garage makeover

silver convertible in garage

This large garage, which is approximately 1,600 sq.ft., was fully rebuilt from the ground up. 

After installing new drywall and priming and painting the garage, we installed Gun Metal grey GL Custom Steel cabinets. The cabinet system includes a TV cabinet, sink, and butcher block countertop.

Two of the garage’s electrical panels are hidden behind the two locker cabinets to the far left in the picture above.    

A durable Pebble Beach Floortex™ coating was applied to the floor to protect it and further enhance the garage’s appearance.

View our gallery featuring before and after photos of this project and many more awesome garage makeovers we’ve completed.  

9. The driving enthusiast’s garage makeover

blue car in garage with hanging bikes

We’ve established that for anyone who drives a luxury vehicle, owning a garage that doesn’t project a similarly upscale look makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. 

The BMW M4 Coupé in Tanzanite Blue Metallic inspired the custom color scheme for this garage. There was a lot that went into this remodel including:

  • a Floortex™ floor coating in Harbor Blue
  • grey slatwall panels for hanging storage and Harbor Blue slatwall strips outfitted with lower LED lighting
  • GL Custom Steel cabinets in Harbor Blue with a built-in undermount sink and pullout shelving
  • a TV that is mounted in the cabinet system with a soundbar and subwoofer
  • a LiftMaster garage door opener that operates quietly and has features smart myQ technology
  • a garage heater and LED ceiling lights

 Discover more about this makeover on its gallery page.

10. The home entryway garage makeover

blue car in garage with 2 hanging bikes

A big reason homeowners desire awesome garage makeovers like the ones shown here is they want to make the area they most often use to enter and exit their house look nicer.

According to an online study by the Chamberlain Group (the industry leader in garage door opener sales), 55% of homeowners use the garage as their house’s primary access point.

This makes perfect sense, given the numerous benefits and conveniences of parking in the garage:

  • you avoid being exposed to inclement weather when entering and exiting vehicles
  • snow and ice doesn’t have to be scraped off your car or truck in the winter
  • vehicles are kept more secure than leaving them parked in the driveway
  • getting groceries from the car to the kitchen is a lot easier

For all of these reasons and a wish to create a more upscale storage space for his family’s Maserati and Mercedes, we worked with one of our clients to create the garage you see here.

Slatwall, GL Premium cabinets, and wall-mounted tire racks give the owners of this home all the storage space they could possibly need. Zero floor clutter makes the pristine floor coating in Blue Nightfall look that much more impressive!

See more from this gallery here. You can also learn more about the project from an interview we did with the client.

11. The basketball court garage makeover

indoor basketball court

When we said our clients love getting more functionality out of their garages, we weren’t kidding.

How about using the garage as a parking space and a fully functional basketball court (that looks ridiculously cool)?

The client for this project, who was amazed at the finished result, has two grandchildren who are talented, passionate basketball players. He wanted to create a space that allowed them to practice year-round and give him a chance to see his grandkids more regularly.

Here was the unique challenge presented to Garage Living: could they transform the floor of this large two-story garage (with a level below it for storing farm equipment) into a realistic mini basketball court with a three-point line, free-throw line, and colored key?    

Garage Living Cincinnati owner Matt Ziebro and his team had never done a project like this before, but resourcefully found a way to get the job done.

The 1,200 square foot floor had a Charcoal Floortex™ floor coating applied. Here’s why the polyaspartic coating was perfect for the job:

  • the court/parking surface has a glossy, professional appearance that won’t fade over time
  • since the coating is so durable, the floor can withstand the wear and tear of regular athletic activity
  • the surface’s appearance is preserved with the coating’s ability to resist hot tire pickup (where hot tires can leave permanent floor markings)
  • with the textured surface, anyone playing hoops gets better foot traction

Garage Living used stencils to paint perfect lines on the court. The red and blue paint (the latter being the University of Kentucky’s signature “KY Blue” color) complete the one-of-a-kind project’s look.

Check out a few more photos of one of our more unique awesome garage makeovers here.

12. The unfinished garage makeover

tidy single car garage

A frequent reason our clients call us to handle their garage makeover is they want to finally make the space look finished.

Unfinished garages with poor storage systems, non-existent décor, shoddy-looking flooring, and other deficiencies are ripe for the transformative touch of a pro like Garage Living.

Jay, the owner of this garage, hired us to fix all of these issues in his home. Once the project was completed, he found it to be a dramatic improvement over what previously existed.

With space at a premium in this single-car garage, there was simply no room for floor clutter. Otherwise, parking inside the garage became too problematic.

Slatwall panels with hanging accessories that best fit Jay’s needs maximize the garage’s storage space. Yard tools, snow shovels, a ladder, and sports equipment that were previously leaned against the wall or kept in a corner are now organized and stored off the floor.

The slatwall also provides a significant visual upgrade over the unpainted drywall that was visible for the many years he’s lived in the home.

Just as the addition of slatwall creates a more finished interior appearance, so too does a fresh floor coating. Jay chose the Nightfall color for his Floortex™ floor coating and loves how much better it looks and how easy it is to clean than his old floor. 

Our interview with Jay about his garage makeover can be found here.

13. The storage-rich garage makeover

storage cabinet system

Large garages obviously give you more storage space. That means they can also hold more clutter and quickly look very untidy, however.

Clutter and a lack of storage space is (no surprise) a non-issue for the owner of the garage pictured above.

After we had completed this makeover, the garage was positively storage-rich and required much less effort to keep organized.

Before the garage renovation, the room’s primary storage systems were standalone steel racking units with shelving that was overloaded with items. If you view the #7 “Before” photo on the makeover gallery page, you’ll notice that patio furniture and other things are unsafely stacked high on the top shelf of both racks.

Loose items were also being left on the floor, leaned against walls, and even blocked doorways. 

The garage’s storage problems were solved by adding an abundance of organized storage space in the form of slatwall, overhead racking, and a GL Custom cabinet system.

Fresh paint and a Sedona Floortex™ floor coating effectively complement the rest of the garage’s revitalized décor.

The finished garage looks much nicer and will never face any storage issues!

Awesome garage makeovers are what we do!

Who wouldn’t want to own a garage that’s so impressive it can turn their neighbors’ heads?

For the 13 clients whose awesome garage makeovers are featured here, all they had to do was contact us. Together, we turned the dream garage concepts in their head into real-life spaces in their home they can be proud of. 

Get your garage remodel project off the ground by scheduling a free consultation with one of our design consultants.

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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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