7 Awesome Automotive Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday season is here and you’re searching for the perfect gift idea for that special someone.

Here’s a suggestion – why not consider some automotive gift ideas?

Considering the vast majority of American and Canadian adults drive, looking at ways to improve someone’s driving experience or their home parking environment makes a lot of sense.

And we’re not talking about one of those novelty auto gifts, like a handheld espresso maker for the car or an automatic car umbrella to protect a vehicle from snow, rain, and the sun.

Yes, both of these products exist and are downright silly and impractical. You can do much better for the driver in your life.

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Automotive gift ideas you can’t go wrong with

Giving a car-related gift that gives a driver some peace of mind about their vehicle’s reliability is highly practical. Another practical idea is to give a gift that enables a vehicle owner to maintain their wheels or help it look nicer.

If you’re looking for a gift with a little more “sizzle”, you could give someone a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in a ridiculously fast exotic car.

Or perhaps your gift recipient would appreciate upgrading the space where their vehicles are parked.

There are plenty of great automotive gift ideas to choose from and here are seven suggestions for gift-giving budgets both big and small.

Garage makeover

From the hardcore auto buff to anyone who simply uses their garage everyday, having a nicer garage space is something any homeowner will find valuable.

Whether someone enjoys tinkering away in the garage on a prized vehicle or uses the space as the primary entry and exit point for their home, creating a more stylish, functional, and comfortable garage for them will be greatly appreciated.

A garage makeover gift can involve a top-to-bottom remodel that involves adding these features:

  • effective garage storage systems (like slatwall, overhead racks, and garage cabinets)
  • a high quality garage floor coating
  • new garage doors

Perhaps a complete garage makeover exceeds your gift-giving budget. If so, even focussing on one specific area of the garage to upgrade will make a unique and memorable gift.

If you’re looking to make a big difference to how someone’s garage looks and feels, we recommend starting with their flooring. Most garage floors are gray, cracked, and well-worn. They don’t add to a garage’s visual appeal, they detract from it.

To completely transform a garage floor, have a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied. It injects any garage interior with a stylish, decorative aesthetic, makes the space look cleaner, and provides superior flooring protection.

automotive gift ideas garage makeover

Deluxe auto spa treatment

Most owners of luxury vehicles like to maintain the pristine looks of their expensive cars and SUVs.

When it comes to preserving that “new car look” and giving a high-end vehicle the best care for both its interior and exterior, a deluxe auto spa treatment can’t be beat.

It’s recommended that a vehicle be detailed every four to six months, so a year’s worth of auto spa treatments makes a great gift.

Reputable professional auto detailers will use the highest quality products when working on your vehicle. Combined with their expertise, this will ensure your car detailing is done right in order to extend the life of the vehicle and get it spotless, both inside and out.

Many auto detailers will come to you and detail your vehicle right in your own driveway or even where you work. Be sure to look for this convenient feature when looking for an auto detailer in your area.

Dyson car vacuum

automotive gift ideas dyson vacuumKeeping the interiors of your vehicles clean (especially if you have kids) requires a bit of work, with an occasional vacuuming being a must-do task.

Make that task as easy as possible for your gift recipient by surprising them with a Dyson V7 Car + Boat vacuum cleaner.

This powerful handheld machine from the world’s top vacuum brand is specifically engineered for cleaning a vehicle. It can be also used for quick cleanups throughout the home.

It boasts “the strongest suction of any other cordless handheld vacuum cleaner” and up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. A convenient car charger is included, which can be plugged into a vehicle’s standard 12V accessory slot.

The vacuum comes with all the attachments and accessories you would expect for getting into those crevices and hard-to-reach cleaning areas of any vehicle.

Supercar driving experience

If you’re looking for automotive gift ideas that cater to anyone who appreciates driving fast in a really nice car, treat them to a supercar driving experience.

This experience puts you behind the wheel of exotic cars like a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT3, and Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Drivers will get to drop the pedal on a controlled track environment (with proper training and supervision, of course).

Most locations that offer these experiences offer a wide range of options when putting your package together. They also cater to drivers of all experience levels. Try to find a location that will film the experience for you, which makes for a great memento.

Drivers can choose multiple vehicles to take out for a few laps (just in case a spin around the track in that $320,000 Lamborgini Performante isn’t scratching your adrenaline rush itch).

Supercar driving experiences have grown in popularity in recent years, so you may be able to find a location close to where your gift recipient lives.

If you’re feeling particularly generous with your gift-giving this holiday season, make the gift that much more special and turn the experience into a vacation for whoever’s lucky enough to know you!

automotive gift ideas supercar driving experience

Complete auto care kit

While it’s admittedly not as extravagant as gifting someone with a supercar driving experience or a garage remodel, a complete auto care kit still makes an ideal gift for any car owner.

Some car owners who prefer to be hands-on with their vehicle care may even prefer this type of gift, instead of receiving vouchers for a professional detailing service.

Spring for a higher-end car care kit that’s fully loaded with higher quality auto care products and accessories like professional-grade microfiber towels and wash mitts.

If your gift recipient lives in a northern climate, home washing their vehicles during the winter isn’t typically practical. Include a bunch of car wash vouchers to keep their cars clean during the time of year that’s hardest on a vehicle’s exterior.

Car lift

Most of these automotive gift ideas have highly practical applications and what’s more practical than creating more parking space in a garage?

For anyone who has space limitations in the garage that prevents them from parking indoors, get them a car lift.

Car lifts use your garage’s vertical space so that you can park a vehicle on a platform that raises and park another vehicle safely underneath it.

For sports car owners who don’t drive their vehicles year-round, a car lift allows them to keep their vehicles indoors, without sacrificing a valuable garage parking space when the vehicle isn’t being used.

automotive gift ideas car lift

Portable car jump starter

Anyone who drives has probably experienced the feeling of dread when they discover they have a dead car battery.

There isn’t always another vehicle nearby to lend a boost. Calling AAA or CAA to get your vehicle started can have widely varying wait times for someone to arrive.

In either situation, you’ll be delayed from where you need to be to some degree.

Remove this worry for any driver by giving them one of the most handy automotive gift ideas around – a portable car jump starter.

This compact, yet powerful device can be stored in the trunk and bring any dead car battery back to life in just a couple of minutes.

How to give the gift of a garage makeover

Visit your local Garage Living showroom to learn more about how we can help you give the gift of a nicer garage space to someone special.

You can also schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to discuss garage makeover plans for a loved one or your own home.

Happy holiday shopping!

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Why a Dream Home Isn’t Truly Finished Until It Has a Luxury Garage

Is your luxury home still lacking that special finishing touch that makes your dream home project feel truly completed?

Chances are that it’s your garage that’s out of step with the high standards you’ve strived for with your home’s design.

While homeowners’ mindsets have begun to change over the past 10-15 years, the garage is commonly the last space in a house to get the makeover treatment.

That really shouldn’t be the case, considering how often we use the space. A majority of homeowners now use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their residence.

A luxury garage completes your dream home’s look

A beautiful luxury home with a sub-par garage only detracts from the overall visual appeal of the home design you’ve put so much effort into.

On an exterior level, your curb appeal may be lacking due to your garage doors being outdated or not complementing your home’s exterior décor.

The garage’s interior could be clashing with the rest of your home’s high-end look if it’s a disorganized mess. Or perhaps the interior space just needs an update to the look of its floors, walls, and a few other features.

Whether you’re looking to finish off an already-constructed luxury home or planning to build one soon, here’s why you should pay close attention to how your garage is designed.

Park your luxury vehicles in a befitting high-end space

It only makes sense to keep your expensive luxury vehicles stored in an indoor space that’s more secure and protected from the exterior elements.

And just as it’s completely logical to complement a luxury home’s high-end look with a similarly impressive-looking garage, the same idea holds true for where you park your luxury vehicles.

An expensive vehicle simply looks out of place in a messy garage with poor lighting, unfinished walls, and ugly flooring.

Investing in a luxury garage makeover will create a beautiful space that’s more suited to the high-end vehicles being parked within it. That was one reason a Garage Living client gave for doing their garage makeover.

You can even customize your garage’s décor to complement the colors of your vehicles!

black Lamborghini in luxury garage

This beautiful Lamborghini Huracán Spyder looks right at home in a luxury garage.

Organization is important for any garage space

Finding enough space in the garage for parking your luxury vehicles and all of your storage needs can be challenging.

The popularity of larger SUVs, crossovers, and sedans in the U.S. and Canada is one factor. So is the fact that a lot of home clutter tends to end up in the garage.

Even with the larger garages that luxury homes commonly have, proper storage management is important in order to keep the space organized.

You can keep your garage’s functionality running at a high level with the right systems that maximize your storage space. Here are a few luxury garage storage ideas:

  • slatwall panels with hanging accessories (which also gives a garage a more clean, finished look)
  • high-end garage cabinetry (our GL NEOS Elite and GL Custom Steel models are ideal for luxury garages)
  • wall-mounted and overhead specialty storage racks

Using these effective garage storage systems makes it easier to keep any luxury garage space tidier, thereby maintaining the pristine look of your luxury home.

It’s not a luxury garage without beautiful flooring

Nothing makes a garage look worse than too much clutter. A close second, however, might be unsightly garage floors.

The condition and appearance of a garage’s floors has a major impact on the space’s look. Gray, drab flooring that’s cracked, well-worn, and stained simply has no place in any room that aspires to use the word “luxury”.

Transforming your garage flooring into a surface that is truly worthy of any high-end showroom requires the right type of floor coating.

The highest quality garage floor coating available on the market is a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating.

Floortex™ floor coatings provide your garage flooring with a glossy, high-end look that can be customized with colors to complement your interior décor.

A high quality polyaspartic coating also provides superior, long-lasting floor protection from abrasions, stains from chemicals, and damage from moisture.

blue sports car in luxury garage

A big part of achieving that “luxury garage look” is choosing the right type of floor coating.

Add convenient amenities to a luxury garage

Luxury homes stand out for their looks and feature the highest quality products available. Luxury homeowners also love having all the latest amenities available to make their living space as comfortable as possible.

The garage presents plenty of opportunities to pamper yourself with convenient features that can enhance your comfort level at home. Here are a few examples:

  • custom garage cabinetry can include space for a TV or stainless steel sink
  • update your garage door opener so you can control your garage doors remotely with a smartphone
  • add year-round climate control
  • create the perfect garage workshop

Another convenient feature to consider for a luxury garage is a car lift. If you own a sports car you only drive part of the year or simply need more space to park all of your family’s vehicles inside, a car lift is an effective way to create more garage parking space.

Experience the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home

Garage Living specializes in performing luxury garage makeovers that will beautifully complement the high-end aesthetic of the rest of your home.

If your house still feels incomplete because your garage is unfinished or lacks a design that stands out, we have plenty of inspired ideas to help complete your dream home vision.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with Garage Living to get one step closer to experiencing the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home.

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Find out Why Autumn or Winter Is a Great Time for a Garage Makeover

That garage makeover you had planned for the spring or summer never happened.

Time got away from you or life just got in the way. Now the cold weather has arrived and you’re thinking it’ll be months before your plans to make upgrades to your garage can move forward.

Surely the colder temperatures make a late fall or winter garage makeover unfeasible, right? Not at all.

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Garage makeovers can be done year-round

Regardless of what kind of climate you live in, a garage makeover can be done any time of the year – even in the fall and winter.

Inclement weather and frigid temperatures don’t pose an obstacle when it comes to transforming your cluttered, visually unappealing garage into an organized, beautiful space.

And, in fact, there are even some benefits in not waiting until the spring and summer to get a garage makeover.

Here’s why it makes perfect sense to get a fall or winter garage makeover.

The practicality of a fall or winter garage makeover

Getting an autumn or winter garage makeover might just end up being more convenient for you.

The most popular times of year for home improvement projects are the spring and summer. Contractors are at their busiest, which means there’s a real practicality in taking advantage of the slower fall and winter seasons for your makeover.

Getting a home renovation project rolling when the weather is warmest can take several weeks, if not months. Contractors only have so much time, which can make wait times discouraging.

The slower contractor season should mean your garage remodel can actually get done faster, with shorter waiting times or delays.

And because their schedule and availability is more flexible, contractors may be able to better accommodate your schedule.

Keep in mind that lead times for the products used in your makeover (meaning the amount of time it can take for ordered items to arrive) will also impact the timetable for your project.

Use a more versatile garage floor coating

Any successful garage makeover starts from the floor up.

Some types of garage floor coatings can’t be applied when the temperature is too low or too high. Hot or cold temperatures don’t restrict polyaspartic garage floor coatings from being applied, however.

A minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C) is required to apply an epoxy garage floor coating. For urethane floor coatings, temperatures need to be a minimum of 40° F (4° C).

Clearly, that can be quite restrictive in terms of what times of the year these coatings can be used on garage floors located in colder climates.

On the other hand, a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™ provides a lot more versatility in terms of when it can be used.

That’s because Floortex™ garage floor coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C) or as high as 104° F (40° C).

Depending on the temperature, our professional floor coating application specialists just need to make adjustments to the variable Floortex™ mixture. Floor curing times may also be affected by unseasonably hot or cold temperature conditions.

Protect your garage floor from the toll winter takes

A harsh, snowy winter can be rough on a garage floor. All that snow, ice, slush, and rain leaves your floor a mess.

Without a waterproof seal to keep all of that winter moisture tracked in by your vehicles from infiltrating your concrete floor through its cracks (which a coating prevents), floor damage can occur.

Fluctuating temperatures causes the water in those cracks and below your floor surface to freeze and thaw repeatedly. When coupled with the concrete’s natural expansion and retraction process, a lot of stress can be put on the floor. This can make existing cracks larger and create new ones.

Road salt run-off that recrystallizes beneath your floor surface only exacerbates the problem. And about that road salt…

While you appreciate de-icing salt when it’s keeping you safe on the roads, it’s a different story when it’s left your garage floor with unsightly white stains. Dried road salt also acts as an abrasive on your garage floor.

One of the benefits of a Floortex™ floor coating is the superior protection it provides. With its UV stable topcoat and strong resistance to salt and other household chemicals, the coating assures that your floor surface maintains its impressive glossy finish for years to come.

Here are a few other benefits of polyaspartic floor coatings:

  • they have excellent abrasion and impact resistance
  • the textured surface provides better traction than other types of floor coatings
  • maintenance is easy (a squeegee cleans up winter messes quickly)
  • an application can be completed in as little as a day
  • you can pick a floor coating color that complements your garage’s décor
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Messy winters take a toll on garage floors. A polyaspartic floor coating provides superior garage floor protection.

Garage parking was made for the wintertime

One of your bigger incentives to get a garage makeover might be that it will allow you to park your vehicles inside during the winter.

Nobody enjoys dealing with frozen door locks, scraping ice from a windshield, or clearing several inches of snow off your vehicle (especially early in the morning!).

It’s also nice to have a roof over your head to avoid bad weather when entering or exiting your vehicles. Parking in your garage has other benefits beyond weather-related concerns, too.

Your expensive four-wheeled investments will be much more secure when parked inside. Their bodies will also be protected from other exterior elements such as:

  • acidic bird droppings
  • tree sap
  • sun damage
  • exposure to airborne elements like dust, dirt, and pollen

But to make space for indoor parking, first you’ll need to get your garage organized.

An organized garage is a functional garage

So what are the best ways to organize your garage and keep it tidy with less effort?

The keys are to do some decluttering and to use the right types of storage systems with your winter garage makeover.

Most garage clutter sits on the floor. Outfit your garage with some effective storage systems to eliminate this problem and it’ll be a breeze to keep the space tidy.

Your two biggest allies in the battle against floor clutter are your garage’s underused wall and overhead space.

A slatwall storage system provides versatile wall storage space for all of your snow shovels, yard tools, and winter sports equipment.

For bulky seasonal items that aren’t needed for several months, heavy-duty overhead storage racks create the perfect out-of-the-way storage space.

And that bulky stack of all-season or summer tires that’s currently sitting on your garage floor until they’re needed in spring? Reclaim that valuable floor space by getting them up onto some wall-mounted tire racks.

Here are several more ideas to get your garage better organized and more functional during the autumn and winter:

  • free up a garage parking space by storing your seasonal car on a car lift
  • keep firewood dry and easily accessible with a firewood rack
  • add a garage heater so you can use the space for hobbies when the temperature drops
  • use garage cabinetry to give you more storage options

Your garage will be spring-ready

According to a Chamberlain Group study, 55% of homeowners use the garage as the primary exit and entry point for their house.

In essence, a home’s garage access door has become “the new front door”.

Even with this heavy regular garage usage, we use the space even more in the spring and summer. Yard work is occurring regularly and we’re more likely to spend time tinkering in the garage.

The warmer weather is also more conducive to enjoying outdoor leisure activities, which often involves using things stored in the garage.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your garage spring-ready when you use the space most?

A fall or winter garage makeover ensures your yard tools, bikes, golf equipment, and other sports equipment are well-organized and easy-to-find when you need them most.

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A heavy-duty tire rack keeps spare sets of tires easily accessible and keeps them off your garage floor.

Improve your garage’s energy efficiency

If your garage is lacking adequate energy efficient features, an autumn or winter garage makeover is the perfect opportunity to make improvements in this area.

Attached garages without insulation or other energy efficient features have a big impact on your home’s overall energy efficiency, especially during the coldest months of the year.

Lower your hydro bill and carbon footprint with these garage energy efficiency ideas when the weather is coldest:

  • upgrading your wall and ceiling insulation (or adding some if there is none)
  • switching to modern LED garage lighting
  • using garage doors with insulation
  • sealing up gaps and cracks with weatherstripping, caulking, and door sweeps
  • upgrading to more energy efficient garage windows and access doors

Even when the weather warms up, a garage with excellent energy efficiency helps to keep hot air out and the cold air generated by your air conditioner in.

Don’t wait until spring to do your garage makeover

Don’t let inclement weather and colder temperatures be an obstacle to transforming your garage into an organized, aesthetically pleasing extension of your living space.

Instead of waiting until the spring or summer, it makes a lot of sense to move forward with your garage makeover now.

Simply schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to get your autumn or winter garage makeover project started.

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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.

garage remodel floor application

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.

garage remodel overhead rack

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
garage remodel door installation

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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