11 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Doing a Garage Remodel

A garage remodel can be a big undertaking, especially if you’re doing a top-to-bottom makeover.

Remodeling a garage isn’t exactly a casual home improvement project for the weekend carpenter, however.

There’s some serious expertise required in order to have your finished garage function safely and efficiently, while also providing an upgrade to its looks.

Don’t make these 11 garage remodel mistakes

Renovating a garage involves many important decisions and actions in order to attain the most successful and satisfying outcome possible.

When it’s time to start your garage remodel, don’t make these 11 common mistakes.

1. Doing a garage remodel yourself

Many homeowners will tackle a garage remodel themselves for any number of reasons, including:

  • budget limitations
  • the challenge of completing the project
  • confidence they have the skills for the job
  • the satisfaction of doing your own renovation

Working with a limited garage remodel budget is a common issue for many homeowners. Unless you really know your way around a toolbox, however, it’s best to wait until you can afford for the project to be done properly by a professional.

Zillow, a U.S. real estate and rental marketplace website, conducted a survey that found nearly 40% of homeowners who had done a DIY project regretted taking it on.

Overestimating your skill level with a DIY garage remodel could result in a botched project. By the time you add up the initial cost of the project and what it costs for a professional to fix any mistakes, it might just cost more than if you’d hired a pro in the first place.

2. Failing to have a strategic garage remodel plan

Starting a garage makeover without having a solid, strategic plan can lead to all sorts of headaches. It’s imperative to have a clear, achievable design plan in place, the know-how to execute the plan, and the resources and tools to get the job done properly.

For a home improvement novice, facing obstacles they hadn’t expected to encounter are a given. One also needs to consider the amount of time a complete garage remodel will require.

As with any DIY reno, you can count on the project taking more time (and probably money) than you anticipated. That’s worth considering when it comes to a makeover involving the garage.

Where do you store the garage’s contents while the renovation is being done? Are you willing to put up with the inconvenience of not having use of your garage for a couple of weeks or more?

The pitfalls of taking on such a major home improvement project yourself only highlights the wisdom in hiring a pro for your garage remodel.

A professional garage makeover company like Garage Living has lots of experience when it comes to the complications and logistics involved with any garage remodel. Trusting a pro with your project will be worth the investment.

3. Choosing an inferior garage floor coating

A damaged, drab garage floor has a serious negative impact on a garage’s interior appearance.

When it comes to options for repairing and restoring garage floors, a lot of homeowners opt for a cheap fix like garage floor paint.

While it’s inexpensive and easy to apply yourself, floor paint doesn’t look very good, provides virtually no floor protection, and won’t last long. You can count on the paint chipping and flaking off much sooner than you’d like.

DIY epoxy garage flooring kits cost a little more and might seem like a practical option, but not necessarily. Store-bought epoxy garage floor coatings offer a limited amount of floor protection and don’t always leave you with a perfectly smooth and even floor surface when applied yourself.

Neither of these two garage flooring options remotely compares to what you get with a professionally applied polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™. It’s superior in every way when it comes to durability, looks, color choices, and protection for your garage floor.

Garage Living knows that successful garage transformations start from the ground up. That’s why we’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment for our flooring applications and only use Floortex™ – the best garage floor coatings on the market.

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A high quality product, the proper equipment, and an expert application process produce the best results for a garage floor coating application.

4. Using a garage remodel to create extra living space

It might seem like a good idea to use a garage remodel to create extra living space in your home. After all, it’s cheaper than building an addition onto your house.

But check any survey listing the features that homebuyers look for most and “garage parking space” is sure to be included in the top 10.

Using your garage for its intended purpose – parking vehicles – has all sorts of benefits. And let’s not overlook the importance of the garage as one of your home’s most valuable storage spaces.

Sacrificing these two critical functions of your garage (or cutting back on your space for these uses) to add an extra room can have long-term consequences. For many homebuyers who want a garage to park their vehicles in, it will be an automatic dealbreaker.

Garages that are converted into living spaces can also be challenging to keep efficiently heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. So think twice before trading in that garage parking space for an extra bedroom or man cave.

5. Buying cheap garage cabinets

Just as with your garage floor coating, you get what you pay for.

Cutting corners with the quality of your garage storage cabinets just to save a few bucks will inevitably catch up to you. Cheap cabinetry will start showing its deficiencies quickly. Functional issues like drawers and doors not closing smoothly and properly will crop up. Doors and cabinetry enclosures will begin to sag and lose their proper form.

Then there’s the rusting problem, of course. Cheaper cabinet systems are commonly constructed from steel and aluminum manufactured overseas that’s inferior to North American-manufactured metals.

Cheap metal will rust a lot faster, which is obviously a major concern with cabinets that are located in an environment like the garage that gets its fair share of moisture.

Unless you’re willing to replace your flimsy and inexpensive cabinets in just a few years, opt for a higher quality garage storage cabinet system.

You’ll find that higher quality cabinets look and function better, give you the ability to customize, and last a lot longer.

6. Not using a reputable garage remodel company

So you’ve decided that a garage remodel is just a little too much to handle yourself and that this is a job best left to an expert.

A reference or glowing review from a family member, neighbor, friend, or co-worker can be invaluable when it comes to finding a reliable contractor.

If that’s not available, researching garage makeover companies online will likely be your primary method of determining who to choose for the job.

Take your time and do plenty of research in order to make the best choice. Check a contractor’s references, Better Business Bureau rating, and crowd-sourced review sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook.

Visit the showrooms of prospective companies to get a sense of their products and quality of service. Naturally, you’ll want to view the portfolios of a garage makeover professional’s past work and be suitably impressed.

Get several bids and don’t be swayed by the lowest bid unless you’re confident that company will actually do the best work.

Choosing a company with an established history and reliable track record is also advisable.

7. Failing to effectively utilize garage storage space

A poorly planned garage remodel can result in all of your storage systems being installed, but not leave you with a comfortable amount of room to function within the space.

Make the most of your garage’s two most underutilized areas (its walls and overhead space) to minimize this risk.

There’s an ample amount of storage space in these two areas just waiting to be effectively used. Slatwall panels and specialty storage racks such as overhead storage racks will work best.

If you take advantage of your garage’s wall and overhead space, you’ll find floor clutter is less of an issue (or a non-issue). You’ll also have a lot more freedom to add other garage upgrades, such as a car lift, cabinets, or a garage workshop.

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Safely anchored overhead storage racks take advantage of a garage’s underutilized ceiling space.

8. Ignoring the importance of a solid warranty

Among the many reasons you’ll want to trust your garage remodel to a company that’s well-established is they’ll be more likely to stand behind their work with a solid warranty.

You’d hate to have a problem with one aspect of your garage makeover a few months or a year after it’s been completed and not have the company that did it be able to fix the issue without it costing you any more money.

That’s the peace of mind that a reliable warranty provides and it should be a key factor in your decision when searching for a contractor.

Garage Living proudly stands behind every service we offer and every product we install with written warranties for our clients. Our longevity and size (which is growing every year with new franchises) guarantees that we’ll be around years from now.

9. Not choosing flexible storage systems

One mistake that’s all-too-common with a garage makeover is failing to adequately accommodate for your future storage needs.

Anticipating what you’ll need to store in the garage five years from now can be a tricky thing to gauge. That’s why it’s smart to choose garage storage systems that provide you with some flexibility.

A slatwall storage system, for example, conveniently provides plenty of versatility for storing items on your garage wall. Rearranging items hung on the panels is easy, with an endless number of storage configurations possible. A wide range of hanging accessories also means you’ll be able to find the right accessories for your needs.

Overhead storage racks used in your garage remodel should also give you some storage flexibility. Try to get storage racks that are adjustable. It’s also a good idea to create more storage space than you require right now. Chances are, you’ll need it eventually.

10. Creating safety risks in the garage

Some aspects of a garage remodel can lead to safety risks that a home improvement novice may be oblivious to.

Electrical work will likely be required and perhaps even some plumbing work. Storage systems hung from the ceiling and walls need to be properly anchored when installed.

Installing new garage doors safely requires expertise, not least of which is because they’re the single largest moving object in your home.

Garage doors also open and close about 3-5 times per day, so they need to be correctly installed so they’re up to the task of handling heavy, everyday use.

The garage door’s springs will need to be adjusted in order to allow them to open and close properly, which can be dangerous work.

Buying the right garage door opener and knowing how to install it in the proper location also requires a little know-how. You’ll need to:

  • get a model that’s suited to the weight and size of your doors
  • make adjustments to the opener’s adjustment screws
  • install the safety sensors in the right place
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Minimize safety risks by leaving a garage door installation to a pro.

11. Not paying enough attention to garage aesthetics

As mentioned, some homeowners make the mistake of converting the garage into a living space. But if your garage remodel is done right, it can be turned into a beautiful room in your home that becomes a proper extension of your living space.

Having a garage that’s highly functional should go hand in hand with a garage that also looks nice. In addition to the aesthetic upgrade higher quality products provide, choosing the right colors for your remodel’s cabinets, flooring, and slatwall can tranform any garage into a dynamic home showpiece.

Your garage lighting matters, too. You’d be amazed at what a difference it makes to a garage’s atmosphere and appearance simply by replacing that outdated incandescent bulb fixture with one or more new LED light fixtures.

With so many homeowners nowadays using the garage as the main entryway to their house, the garage access door has essentially become the new front door. It stands to reason, then, that this busy space should have as much attention and care paid to its appearance as the rest of your home.

Trust an expert with your garage remodel

Avoid making these common garage remodel mistakes. Let Garage Living worry about the logistics and requirements to get your garage functioning and looking better than you ever imagined.

Put your upcoming remodel in the hands of the trusted garage professionals by setting your makeover process in motion with a free in-home design consultation.

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5 Great Reasons a Remodelled Garage for Dad Is the Perfect Gift

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Is your dad or husband difficult to shop for when it comes to gift giving? Here’s a unique gift idea that you might not have considered – a new garage for dad.

Treating dad to a complete garage makeover for Father’s Day or his birthday will be one of the more thoughtful gifts you could give him.

For dads who love spending time in the garage tinkering, a garage remodel makes a lot of sense. And if your garage space is long overdue for an update to its décor and needs to function better, investing in a garage makeover makes even more sense.

Why a new garage for dad makes the perfect gift

Homeowners have typically focussed more on home improvement projects in the kitchen, bedroom, basement, and bathroom before turning their attention towards the garage.

That tendency has changed somewhat in recent years, however, and garage makeovers have become a hot home improvement trend.

More homeowners realize that it’s worth investing in one of the hardest working spaces in your home so that it looks and functions its best. Incorporating dad’s needs into a garage remodel is very easy to do.

Here are five great reasons a new garage for dad will be the perfect gift he won’t soon forget.

1. Dad won’t expect it

Think back to some of the more memorable gifts you’ve given or received. The ones that really stand out do so usually because the recipient was taken by surprise with the gift and actually needed and wanted it.

A remodelled garage for dad definitely checks all three boxes. He won’t see this unique gift idea coming and will be thrilled with the effort you’ve put into such a thoughtful gift.

Any dad will appreciate having a nicer garage space. Perhaps he’s been considering making a few upgrades himself for awhile and just hasn’t gotten around to it.

Frankly, leaving a garage makeover to professionals like Garage Living is for the best. Many aspects of a garage redesign require special expertise in order to achieve the best-looking results. You’ll also end up with a completed project that’s safer than what you might get with a DIY job.

Dad can leave the hard work to the experts and simply enjoy his beautiful new garage space.

2. Tailor the garage to dad’s needs

A custom garage makeover means just that – custom. That means you can have the garage designed to accommodate dad’s needs and interests, in addition to the rest of your family’s requirements.

To take care of the clutter on your garage floor, have slatwall panels installed so dad can hang his tools and all sorts of other things on your garage’s underutilized wall space. Slatwall storage’s versatility makes it easy to change things around when your storage needs change.

A slatwall storage system is also perfect if dad loves sports and could use some help keeping all of his sports equipment tidy. If he enjoys hitting the links, there’s a hanging golf rack available for dad’s golf bag and accessories.

If dad’s always wanted a garage workshop, including storage cabinets with a sturdy countertop to the garage redesign can add a functional workspace that’s all his to enjoy.

Does dad love tinkering around with the family’s vehicles and doing his own maintenance on them? You could set the garage up with a handy 4 post car lift. Not only is a car lift a great way to add more parking space in your garage, it also allows anyone to work safely underneath a vehicle.

To ensure dad is totally satisfied with the garage remodel, be sure to give him a say in what features he’d like to include.

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Tailor your garage design so dad’s needs are accommodated with storage solutions like a hanging golf rack.

3. Dad will be more comfortable

Anyone can get used to their garage being a dirty, cluttered, and poorly lit space that just isn’t pleasant to be in. For decades, we were conditioned to think that this space wasn’t worthy of the same high aesthetic standards we have for the rest of our home.

That’s a thing of the past now. Just spend a little time in a recently transformed garage that a talented team of garage makeover professionals have handled. You’ll see that a garage is truly capable of being a beautiful space in your home.

A fresh floor coating, for example, makes a world of difference in how a garage looks and feels. It’s a must-have feature when having your garage for dad designed.

All of the aforementioned upgrades will enhance dad’s comfort level within the garage, which will only add to his enjoyment of the space.

4. The whole family benefits

The motivation for undergoing a garage remodel might be that it will make a great gift for dad. Let’s face it, though, getting a garage makeover is a win-win for both dad and the rest of the family.

We’re sure dad won’t mind if the rest of the family’s needs factor into the design decisions.

If you have kids and they play sports, it’s a given that their sports equipment and accessories aren’t neatly organized on your garage floor. Elevate those loose footballs and basketballs onto your slatwall panels with the appropriate hanging accessories.

And mom’s needs can be addressed, too. You can have your garage designer create “his and hers” areas in the garage if needed, just like we did for Bryan Baeumler’s home for HGTV’s The House of Bryan TV series.

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A clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing garage space benefits dad and the entire family.

5. Garage makeovers add value to your home and life

A functional garage that comfortably provides a space for parking vehicles is one of the most desired features homebuyers look for.

Getting a garage makeover now provides dad with a great gift and adds value to your home, but not just in the eyes of a potential buyer years from now.

For many years to come, a garage makeover helps dad and the entire family get more out of your garage space than you were getting before.

That improves your life because your garage is able to store things more efficiently, is easier to keep organized, and is a more welcoming, comfortable space.

Gift dad with the garage of his dreams

Giving the gift of a remodelled garage for dad requires a lot of planning. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements in order to get dad’s gift ready in time.

You can learn more about getting dad’s dream garage project started by booking a free in-home design consultation with us.

If you want to maintain the element of surprise with dad’s gift, you could also speak with a design consultant at one of Garage Living’s showrooms.

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The Mother’s Day Gift She Won’t Expect: A Custom Garage Remodel

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, coming up with a unique Mother’s Day gift idea presents an annual challenge for most of us.

Polls and surveys show that these are some of the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • flowers
  • a greeting card
  • dinner at a restaurant
  • tickets to an event
  • a weekend or day trip

Taking the time to buy any Mother’s Day gift will be appreciated by mom. And while the aforementioned gifts are nice, there’s a common theme with all of them – they lack inspiration and originality.

These types of gifts provide short-term enjoyment. In only a week or two, most of these Mother’s Day gifts will be fading from mom’s memory.

Going that extra mile and really coming up with a unique and practical Mother’s Day gift will certainly leave a long-lasting impression. Mom will feel extra special, just as she deserves to.

A truly memorable Mother’s Day gift idea

For a truly memorable Mother’s Day gift this year, think outside the box. Here’s one idea you probably haven’t considered – a mom-friendly garage remodel.

The garage is just as much mom’s domain as it is dad’s. And if your mom or wife enjoys gardening, sporting activities, or crafts, she might use and appreciate an upgraded garage space even more than dad.

Homeowners are increasingly realizing the importance of transforming garages that are commonly defined by two things – their shabby appearance and lack of storage space.

Any garage, however, can instead be defined by two things you’ll actually be proud of – having lots of functionality and becoming a beautiful extension of your living space. Any mother will see the value in that concept.

A mom-friendly custom garage makeover that caters to her needs and interests is a Mother’s Day gift that she won’t be expecting…or soon forget.

Designing for moms with green thumbs

A mom-friendly garage remodel involves making design decisions that specifically accommodate her needs and interests. Does mom have a green thumb? If so, there’s several ways a garage can be designed to make her hobby more enjoyable.

A gardening station in the garage for mom adds convenience and the ability for her to stay organized. A garage cabinetry system can be designed to incorporate a sturdy, spacious countertop that makes space for repotting plants and flowers, or for enjoying other crafting activities. A sink can even be added to mom’s cabinet system.

Garage cabinets also provide the perfect storage space for the many tools and supplies that a gardening hobby requires, such as potting soils, gardening apparel, hand tools, and extra pots.

Along with allowing mom to keep everything organized and easily accessible, hiding the gardening supplies inside cabinet drawers and behind doors minimizes visual clutter. This will help to maintain the space’s clean-looking aesthetic.

Slatwall panels with hanging accessories can be also be used for mom’s larger gardening tools or any number of items she wants to keep out in the open. And for good measure, the gardening station could even be set up near a water line that’s hooked up to a wall-mounted hose reel.

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Moms with a green thumb will love a garage space that’s designed for her gardening needs.

Garage ideas for the fitness-conscious mom

If mom is a fitness buff, tailoring your garage to her workout needs will be hugely convenient to her. A garage gym creates a space that’s private, but still in the home.

She won’t have to get in the car and drive to the gym, which can be time-consuming. Having to travel in order to work out also presents an extra obstacle that may be just enough on some days to hinder mom’s motivation to exercise.

Whatever her workout preference is, a dedicated space can be set up in a larger garage for mom to get her burn on. Her workout equipment can be stored on the PVC slatwall panels to keep the garage floor clear and allow for vehicle parking.

If mom’s into biking, vertical or horizontal bike hooks hung on the slatwall panels make storage space for hanging bikes for her and the entire family. Everyone’s bike accessories can be kept organized with a variety of slatwall hanging accessories.

Maybe mom enjoys getting out on the links or playing tennis. That versatile slatwall system also includes hanging accessories for storing golf bags, tennis rackets, and their accompanying accessories.

Free up home storage space

The garage should be one of your home’s hardest working spaces. That means using it as a space to park, store, work, and enjoy recreational activities.

Too many garages, however, don’t operate to their full storage capabilities. Getting your garage in order with better storage systems enhances the functionality of both this space and the rest of your home.

Adding storage systems like overhead storage racks that put your garage’s underutilized ceiling space to work allows you to remove clutter from your garage floor and heated living space.

Our heavy-duty overhead storage racks can safely hold up to 600 lbs and are adjustable. They’re perfect for storing seasonal items and bulky items taking up space in your basement or elsewhere in your home.

Mom will definitely appreciate the extra space that this can free up throughout the house.

Creating a tidier, more comfortable garage space

If you’ve been inside a neighbor’s, friend’s, or family member’s garage that’s been treated to a high quality makeover in recent years, you’ve seen what a difference it can make in the comfort level of the space.

It’s been medically proven that the more clutter there is in a home, the higher the stress levels of its occupants. According to a National Organization of Professional Organizers poll, 50% of homeowners surveyed named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house.

Keeping your garage tidy and functioning well as a multi-purpose space is essential to your enjoyment of the space. Any of the above garage makeover ideas will help you achieve this.

Here are a few other ideas to improve mom’s comfort level in the garage:

  • add slatwall-mounted ball racks and mesh baskets to keep the kids’ sports equipment organized
  • improve visibility with upgraded LED garage lighting
  • a modern garage door opener that provides remote access via a smartphone
  • in tighter garage spaces, add PVC wall bumpers to protect car doors from dents and scratches
  • have a beautiful Floortex™ floor coating applied
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A durable Floortex™ floor coating makes any garage a cleaner, more visually appealing space.

A Mother’s Day gift that dad will also appreciate

This Mother’s Day gift may have mom in mind, but dad will love the upgrades to his garage space, too.

Parking in the garage will be easier for him and he’ll also appreciate what a functional and attractive garage does for his comfort level within the space.

And dad’s own garage needs can also be factored into the design, if desired. Just as we did for Bryan Baeumler’s home for HGTV’s The House of Bryan TV series, a “his and hers” garage makeover takes care of both mom’s and dad’s needs.

Include mom in the design process

Of course, one of the most important aspects of a garage remodel involves aesthetics. A top-to-bottom garage makeover involves a number of important decisions when it comes to choosing colors and making other design choices.

There’s slatwall panel colors to consider. For a garage cabinet system design, there’s the obvious choice of the cabinet color. And depending on your level of customization, you may also need to choose from a variety of countertops and other specialty options, such as backsplashes and lighting features.

If you’re getting a garage floor coating, there’s another decision to be made about what color to go with. Does mom love her car? If so, the garage’s color scheme can be tailored to complement her vehicle’s color.

To ensure mom is completely satisfied with how the makeover looks, it’s a good idea to include her in the design process. We understand you won’t want to ruin the surprise of such a special Mother’s Day gift.

You could get the garage remodel process started by visiting your local Garage Living showroom for a consultation, then include mom in some design decisions after the gift has been presented.

A Mother’s Day gift with long-term value

Unlike many popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, a garage makeover for mom delivers long-term value and benefits.

Long after those Mother’s Day flowers would have died or those live theatre tickets she’s been given would have been used, a garage that’s been designed with mom in mind provides a daily reminder to her of your thoughtful gift.

And the functionality and aesthetic upgrades of a mom-friendly garage makeover will serve your entire family well for many years to come.

The Mother’s Day gift she won’t soon forget

A garage makeover is the Mother’s Day gift mom won’t soon forget.

Having your garage designed to cater to mom’s needs may sound like an intimidating undertaking. But in the hands of a talented garage design professional, you’ll be amazed at the ease with which this transformation will take place.

Get the makeover process started now and take advantage of our special offer of $300 off slatwall accessories with a minimum $2,000 purchase. Just schedule your free design consultation with us by May 11th.

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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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Luxury Garages: Feeling Luxury the Moment You Arrive Home

Luxury 3 car garage with blue MaseratiOwning a luxury home means surrounding yourself with the finer things in life.

The latest sophisticated home tech, a wine cellar, home theatre, an opulent kitchen, and a grand entryway are just a few must-have features affluent many homeowners desire.

A lavish home isn’t fully living up to its high design and amenities standards if its garage space is lacking, however.

Luxury garages: the natural next home renovation step

The New York Times recently called garage makeovers “the next frontier in remodelling”. And years ago, Garage Living recognized the increasing need for serving a high-end clientele who wanted showroom-worthy garage spaces.

Luxury garages are the natural next renovation step to take for owners of expensive homes who want to fully complete their property’s upscale appearance.

After all, what better way is there to complement the refined, polished attributes of their luxurious home and premium vehicles than with a swanky garage space?

The Garage Living experience

Any unfinished garage represents an abundance of design potential. It takes a trusted garage professional like Garage Living, however, to truly realize that potential by applying their considerable expertise and inspired creativity towards a makeover project.

The integral components of the “Garage Living experience” that result in beautiful luxury garages includes:

  • a unique understanding of our upscale clientele’s discerning needs
  • elite products
  • a proven track record with thousands of completed makeovers
  • inventive garage designs
  • professional installation using state-of-the art equipment
  • superior customer service

High standards are paramount

From the initial in-home design consultation right through to the project installation by skilled professionals, high standards are always paramount at Garage Living.

No project’s detail is too small to be obsessed over. Regular communication with the client throughout the makeover process is considered vital. Simply put, creating luxury garages and striving for the highest standards possible go hand in hand.

Garage Living takes a lot of pride in the garages we transform, whether they’re makeover projects that are large or small. We believe that’s reflected in the impressive finished results of our garage makeovers and the thousands of customers who are glad that they worked with us.

Feel luxury the moment you arrive home

Garage Living has tapped into an increasingly growing viewpoint that garages should no longer be treated as an afterthought when it comes to home design.

The garage is every bit as deserving as bathrooms or kitchens when it comes to creating a home space with premium aesthetics, supreme comfort, and a high level of functionality.

Considering so many homeowners now use the garage as their home’s main entry and exit point, its role has never been more appreciated and valued.

Garage Living wants our clientele to truly feel luxury the moment they arrive home in their transformed garage.

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This underground luxury garage features GL Custom Steel cabinetry and a Floortex™ floor coating that beautifully complements the client’s Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.

High-end storage solutions for luxury garages

A key element in the design of luxury garages is using effective and visually appealing garage organization and storage solutions.

Custom-fit storage cabinetry like the GL Custom Steel and GL NEOS Elite systems give the space a stylish, high-end appearance, in keeping with the rest of a luxury home’s clean aesthetic.

Slatwall storage and specialty storage racks also help to preserve a luxury garage’s pristine visuals. These storage systems project a thoroughly modern look and make it easier for homeowners to keep their space clean and tidy.

Beautiful garage flooring

Beautiful luxury garages start from the floor up. That’s why Garage Living makes sure to only use Floortex™, the best garage floor coating on the market.

A premium Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating instantly changes the look and feel of any garage. For a garage to truly be described as “luxury”, a first-rate flooring surface is an absolute essential.

Understanding our clients’ unique needs

Garage Living feels it sets itself apart from its competitors by having a unique understanding of the discerning needs of our upscale clientele. We’ve worked with famous musicians, actors, architects, and business executives.

The top-to-bottom garage customization projects we undertake can encompass a wide range of unique and challenging requirements from our clients.

A common request from our clientele is for us to create luxury garages that provide the ultimate complement for their luxury cars. Our garage designs can be tailored to complement any car’s color scheme and create stunning surroundings that make a high-end vehicle look that much more impressive.

The creative minds at Garage Living are up for any makeover challenge. Here are just a few of the other unique garage projects we’ve completed:

  • a high-end residential underground garage makeover
  • fitness-themed garages
  • a “his and her” garage that caters to a couple’s individual needs
  • a garage for a well-appointed cottage

Luxury garages befitting of dream homes

Garage Living takes great pride in creating luxury garages that are truly befitting of our clients’ dream homes.

Does the idea of completing your home’s immaculate look with a luxury garage sound enticing? If so, book a free in-home consultation with one of our design experts to find out what we can do to beautify your garage space.

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