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).

Here is where you can see more from this gallery.

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 they can be proud of. 

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

We’ll visit your home, evaluate your garage space, and start planning how to make your unique garage transformation happen. 

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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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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.

Garage Living of Denver owner binh truong

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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