20 Pro Tips to Fulfill Your Resolution for a Nicer Garage Interior in 2020

Garages provide room for parking, storage, function as the main access point in and out of the home, and can be used as a hobby space.

Or at least they should be able to do all of these things.

Unfortunately, excess clutter sitting in many garages limits their functionality and makes this part of the home (which is already overlooked when it comes to making décor upgrades) look visually unappealing. 

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve your home in some way, why not focus on transforming your garage’s interior look from drab to fab?

blue car surrounded by tidy garage interior

20 steps to a nicer garage interior

Owning a home with a nicer garage interior is something most homeowners want, but too few take action upon to make happen.

Only 11% of homeowners don’t want to improve their garage in some way, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.

Junk-filled garage interiors with cracked and stained floors, unfinished walls and ceilings, and virtually no sense of décor are why a quarter of homeowners in an Impulse Research survey feel embarrassed leaving their garage doors open.

Get 2020 off to a productive start by turning your garage into a part of your home that’s as functional, comfortable, and attractive as the rest of your living space.

Here are 20 pro tips that will create a nicer garage interior in any home.

1. Toss the junk

The best justification for getting your garage organized is this:

Why is junk that’s covered in dust and barely (or never) used taking storage priority in your garage over your expensive vehicles that are being used daily?

It’s a simple fact that having a nicer garage interior doesn’t happen unless the junk that’s been accumulating over many years in the space is eliminated. Follow the “one year rule” that can be applied to any space being tidied up, whether it’s a closet, workspace, or junk drawer: if you haven’t used an item for a year or more, do you really need it? 

Tossing your junk to free up floor space and also make the garage easier to clean automatically makes the room more aesthetically appealing. But that’s just the first step. Now it’s time to really transform the garage into a home showpiece!

2. Put your makeover project in the hands of a pro

Do you want to know what the single biggest decision you can make is when planning how to achieve your goal of a nicer garage interior? It’s who you choose to do your garage makeover project. 

Successfully and efficiently executing a plan for a garage remodel requires years of expertise. Over the past decade-and-a-half, Garage Living has completed thousands of makeover projects across the U.S. and Canada.

The professional, high-end look of the garages pictured here and on our website are the result of all that experience and because of the high-quality products we use. 

Bring us your design ideas and we’ll work together within your budget to make your garage a destination you’ll enjoy driving into every time you return home.

3. A showroom-quality floor creates a nicer garage interior

An attractive garage floor has a much bigger impact on how the space looks than you might think. Until the past 10-15 years, a garage floor was seen as a grey and featureless utilitarian surface.

Modern floor coatings that are professionally applied have been a game-changer for garage aesthetics, however.

High-quality products like Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings add a clean, consistent look to a garage’s floor surface and can be customized with designer colors that produce a showroom quality appearance.

If you live in a colder climate, you don’t have to worry about delaying your garage makeover project until the spring or summer in order to have the floor done. One of the many advantages that polyaspartic coatings have over epoxy floor coatings is that they can be applied year-round, in virtually any type of temperature.

closeup of blue car on garage floor

4. Eliminate floor clutter

Okay, so you’ve tossed all of that junk that was hindering your ability to do much in your garage. That’s only half the battle when it comes to having a clutter-free garage, though. 

For all of the yard tools, hand tools, automotive supplies, and other things you need to store, establish a set-in-stone rule that the garage floor is off-limits for any storage. 

That may go against the conventional wisdom you’ve lived with your whole life, as well as how most people use their garages. But unless you have a very small single-car garage space, there’s room to store everything in your garage and not have a single stored item aside from your vehicles touching the floor. Really. Just keep reading to find out how to make this happen. 

And with an empty garage floor, you won’t need to worry about causing damage to items left on the floor or your vehicle when driving in and out of the garage. You’ll have ample space to comfortably park and get in and out of your car or truck. 

Besides, if you’ve invested in getting a shiny new garage floor coating applied, why would you want to cover it up with clutter anyway?

5. Use the garage walls for more storage

A garage can have the latest and most stylish décor, but that won’t mean anything if there aren’t proper storage systems in place so the room stays tidy.

Using high-quality storage systems to keep tools, sports equipment, and other items off the floor goes hand in hand with establishing and maintaining a nicer garage interior.

Garage walls are commonly used for hanging storage, but not to their full ability. Slatwall panels that are precisely cut to fit your garage’s dimensions (including cutouts for wall switches, outlets, central vac tubing, etc.) will add a wealth of storage space, making floor clutter a distant memory.

They’re not just functional, either. Our PVC slatwall panels give an unfinished garage a clean and finished look, which is a lot more desirable than having exposed studs or unpainted drywall that’s scuffed and dirty.

6. Use hanging storage that’s more versatile

It’s nice to have the wall hanging space you need to store your things. It’s even nicer to be able to change your wall’s storage layout with ease to accommodate your ever-changing storage needs when seasons change or new tools need a home.

The horizontal groove design of slatwall panels and slatwall hanging accessories makes it a breeze to rearrange how your things are hung up, especially when compared to cheaper pegboard panels and hanging accessories.

And with the more than 40 types of hanging accessories Garage Living carries, you won’t have any issues finding the perfect specialized accessory to satisfy most of your wall hanging requirements. 

hanging organized tools ensure a nicer garage interior

7. See all that empty ceiling space? Use it!

Not only are most garage walls underutilized, so are their ceiling spaces. You only have to look upwards in most garages to discover unused space that can be converted into valuable storage.

Adding overhead ceiling racks further enables you to keep the garage floor clutter-free, particularly because they can store items that are bulky and heavy.

Here are just a few items that are tailor-made for ceiling rack storage:

  • out-of-season patio furniture 
  • camping and sports equipment
  • plastic storage bins
  • off-season tire sets (wall-mounted tire racks are another option)

8. Cabinets keep things tidy and hidden

Not everything has to hang from the walls. Adding cabinets to your garage is a great way to store smaller items, trash and recycling bins, a shop vac or compressor, and valuables or dangerous chemicals you want locked up. 

Custom cabinet systems are worth the extra cost. Compared to off-the-shelf cabinets from big box stores, they provide a more precise fit in your garage, look nicer, and use higher quality materials for smoother functionality and a longer life.

Another overlooked reason to use more cabinetry storage in the garage is your stored items are kept hidden. Eliminating visual clutter preserves the orderly appearance of a garage.

silver garage cabinet system

9. Create storage zones so things are easy to find

One of the most frustrating things about trying to function in a disorganized garage is the amount of time that gets wasted looking for things.

Setting up storage zones with your storage systems that groups like items together is a practical time-saver that removes the guesswork with locating a specific tool or accessory when they’re needed. 

Of course, the system only works if things are actually put back in the right place, but that becomes easier to do if everything has a dedicated home that is easily accessible.

For items that don’t need to be moved due to a change in season, use labels to mark their permanent homes. That makes it even harder for anyone using the garage to not put something back where it belongs!

10. Protect the garage floor

A good floor coating doesn’t merely contribute to a nicer garage interior look, it also provides much-needed protection for a garage’s concrete floor.

All of that wear and tear on a garage floor from cars coming and going, foot traffic, dirt and dust buildup, water, road salt, and spills or leaks from damaging chemicals takes a toll. 

Without adequate surface protection, the floor will slowly begin to crack, crumble, and wear away over time, producing dust-like fine particles that make the garage dirtier.

Pitting is one example of how the surface degrades, as many small indentations start to show on the floor. Spalling (where the surface crumbles or flakes away) is another example.

Floortex™ floor coatings are engineered to keep a garage floor looking pristine for many years. Their structural durability includes providing much better resistance to impacts and abrasions than epoxy coatings. The occurrence of permanent markings caused by hot tires is also minimized.

garage floor spill being cleaned up

11. Repaint for a nicer garage interior

A garage’s wall and ceiling colors have a big effect on the room’s lighting conditions. That’s no small consideration in an area where you’ll be parking vehicles, searching for items, or using tools.

For parts of the garage that aren’t covered by slatwall or a cabinet system, a fresh coat of lighter paint will reflect light better and can do wonders to make the room brighter and more welcoming. Keep in mind, however, that a lighter shade will also make dirt and grime more evident.

If a lighter shade is preferred, a semi-gloss paint is a wise choice. Semi-gloss paint makes dirt less evident and is better for cleaning without showing any wear.

Neutral colors like grey, beige, or tan will be easier to clean and maintain than a white shade. They also offer more design flexibility. Speaking of design flexibility…

12. Bring out the best in your garage’s décor

One of the best reasons to work with a company like Garage Living is we know how to bring out the best in your garage’s décor.

The design flexibility that comes with customized products allows you to complement various features in the garage interior for a cohesive, professional, and appealing look.

For example, the color chosen for the floor coating can help accentuate and complement the colors or your parked luxury vehicles or the styles of cabinets and slatwall added to the garage. 

When it comes to having a nicer garage interior, the small details matter, too. That includes things like using color-matched screws for installed slatwall panels. We’ll also work with some of our clients to create a unique look for their cabinet systems by wall-mounting them for a unique “floating” look, as opposed to having them freestanding on the floor.  

13. Gain parking space with a car lift

If space is at a premium in your garage, it gets tricky trying to fit all of your cars inside of it and store everything else.   

A costly garage expansion or paying for yearly off-site vehicle storage might seem like your only options to gain more room. Instead, consider investing in a 4 post car lift. A car lift allows you to park two vehicles in the same space, effectively doubling your parking space.

In addition to everyday use vehicles, car lifts are also useful for storing cars that are only driven during the year’s warmer months. With an attachment, car lifts can also store boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, and other bulky seasonal items.

And if you’re the hands-on type with your auto maintenance, car lifts are useful for doing work on the underside of vehicles.

silver car raised on car lift in garage

14. Upgrade your insulation and add climate control

When we refer to a “nicer garage interior”, we aren’t just referring to creating a more upscale look in the garage. Your comfort level while using the garage is important, too.

Outfitting the garage with new insulation (or adding to your existing insulation) in the walls and ceiling makes this part of your home more functional when it warms up or cools down.

Don’t forget about having insulation in your garage doors and sealing door and window frames, as well as outlets and ducts, to prevent drafts. These upgrades will reduce heat loss in the winter and also make your home more energy-efficient when the central air conditioning is running when it’s warmer.  

To boost your comfort level in your garage, you could add climate control systems like a heater or air conditioning. These systems will obviously reduce the savings from any energy-efficiency upgrades, but might be worth it for you if your garage gets more use than the average home.

15. Add some unique extras that stand out

Another way to set your garage apart from the rest of the homes on your street is to add some unique extra features that illustrate the high standards you have for your garage’s interior appearance.

One of the ways Garage Living adds visual flair to a garage is to add perimeter LED lights below the lower accent strip of installed slatwall panels (pictured on the left below). It creates a distinct, sophisticated look and adds ambiance to the room.

Floortex™ Coated Steps are another unique feature we offer (pictured on the right below). This process coats the steps leading into your main living space with a Floortex™ coating that matches the rest of the garage floor. We can also do the same treatment on the base of your garage walls.

These applications provide a more consistent and seamless look for the garage’s décor and give the space a more effective seal against drafts and exterior moisture.

garage wall base and LED lighting steps into home with floor coating

16. Upgrade the garage doors

Okay, admittedly your garage doors would be considered an exterior feature but they have a back, right? Pulling into a beautiful garage and staring at garage doors that look outdated, scuffed, and weathered (even from the back) just shouldn’t sit right with you.

And say you’ve made your garage a more multi-functional room and have set up an area with a workbench or for working out. Those doors will be down much of the time to maintain privacy or because of colder weather. There will be no escaping their visual shortcomings then, either.

Upgrading the garage doors represents one of many ways to enjoy your garage’s interior more and gives you one of the best returns on investment of any home improvement project.

17. Improve the air quality

We’ve listed many reasons to get rid of garage clutter and improving the room’s air quality is yet another one.

Stacked cardboard boxes and plastic storage bins of junk and items like old furniture and appliances may not be getting used at all, but there are two things they do very well – collect dust and obstruct airflow.

That contributes to a musty-smelling garage that can’t be thoroughly cleaned, which means the garage’s air quality suffers. 

Once all of that clutter is removed, consider going one step further and installing some type of air exchange system to consistently keep the garage’s air fresh. 

Passive wind-powered roof turbines are one option. For a more impactful result, have an “active” air exchange system installed that’s electrically powered. 

18. Install new lighting

A cost-effective solution to make a garage interior look nicer is to simply upgrade its lighting.

Relying on a couple of 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulbs to illuminate an entire garage is so yesterday. Not only is the lighting quality poor, it’s also not energy-efficient.

Add lighting fixtures like our 4 foot LED light or pot lights for a more modern look and better illumination for the entire room.

open garage at night with parked SUV

19. Upgrade your garage tech

One way to get more out of a garage is to upgrade the room’s tech and include the same types of electronics found elsewhere in the home. After all, one of the main reasons to create a nicer garage interior is to make it a more useful extension of your living space.

A smart TV can be mounted in a cabinet system and a smart speaker is easy to move around anywhere. Charging devices and extra outlets could also be incorporated into a custom cabinet design for more convenience.

A keyless garage entry system, smart garage lighting, and a smart garage door opener that allows your garage doors to be remotely monitored and operated via a smartphone app are just a few of your many options.

Naturally, getting a strong WiFi signal in the garage will be essential to use most of your tech. Get some tips on boosting your home’s WiFi signal here.

20. Maintain your transformed garage space

Once your better-than-new garage is set up and looking pristine, the work doesn’t stop, unfortunately.

To keep it looking that way, get in the habit of decluttering and cleaning regularly. Every two or three months should suffice for your garage cleaning needs. Give it a more thorough cleaning (including washing the floor) at least once a year.

Luckily, keeping it organized will require less effort on your part if you use the storage and organization systems suggested here.

Also, be conscious of limiting all but essential new purchases of items that will be stored in the garage. Exercise more restraint during sales and don’t buy those things you might use one day, just because the price was too attractive.

This good practice will serve you well in preventing clutter from accumulating once again in the garage. 

Create a nicer garage interior with these stylish upgrades

With everything we’ve covered about what’s required to achieve a nicer garage interior, we’ll leave you with one final thought: don’t forget that an open garage impacts your curb appeal. 

Neighbors and passersby notice a garage interior that’s messy, left unfinished, and has décor that’s outdated. This is a big reason 52% of homeowners want to own a garage their neighbors envy, according to a Thompson’s Company study.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us this new year to start planning a strategy to create a nicer garage interior you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

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13 Awesome Garage Makeovers That Will Give You Garage Envy

awesome garage makeovers, parked silver car

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

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

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

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

13 awesome garage makeovers that turn heads

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

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

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

1. The underground garage makeover

black Lamborghini in luxury garage

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

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

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

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

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

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

View more photos from this makeover here.

2. The Harbor Blue garage makeover 

open garage with parked white car

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

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

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

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

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

3. The luxury garage makeover

luxury garage with parked white car

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

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

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

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

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

Get a better look at this luxury garage gallery here.

4. The fitness room garage makeover

open garage with fitness equipment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. The his & her garage makeover

luxury home with parked cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get more information and photos from this dual garage makeover here

6. The minimalist garage makeover

white Porsch

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

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

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

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

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

Here is where you can see more from this gallery.

7. The Audi R8 garage makeover

grey audi r8

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

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

Here are a few other interesting details about this project: 

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

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

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

8. The fully rebuilt garage makeover

silver convertible in garage

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

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

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

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

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

9. The driving enthusiast’s garage makeover

blue car in garage with hanging bikes

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

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

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

 Discover more about this makeover on its gallery page.

10. The home entryway garage makeover

blue car in garage with 2 hanging bikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. The basketball court garage makeover

indoor basketball court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. The unfinished garage makeover

tidy single car garage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. The storage-rich garage makeover

storage cabinet system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome garage makeovers are what we do!

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

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

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

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

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How a Garage Transformation Boosts Your Curb Appeal and Home Value

Have you ever thought “I’m embarrassed to open my garage because it’s so messy”?

Is the garage your “shame place”, “the dumping ground”, or “the home eyesore”? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

An Impulse Research survey found that 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.

Considering the average garage door opens and closes approximately 1,500 times annually, that’s a lot of potential embarrassment to endure if your garage is a disaster zone.

That’s why the garage’s interior, in addition to its exterior, should be a big part of anyone’s plans to boost their curb appeal and home value.

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Look beyond the obvious with your curb appeal and home value

When we think of curb appeal, it’s your property and exterior home features that immediately come to mind.

There are many things vying for your attention and time to keep looking their best. Your front door and porch, roof, rain gutters, house siding and masonry, windows, exterior lighting, driveway, lawn and landscaping, fences, and garage doors all require varying degrees of maintenance.

But if you look beyond the obvious when considering what has a positive impact on your curb appeal and home value, you’d realize that your garage’s interior shouldn’t be overlooked, either.

Like it or not, we’re all constantly being judged by others every day. Our homes are, too.

A clean, beautiful garage makes a strong statement to neighbors, passersby, and visitors about the high standards you have for your home’s appearance.

Braun Research surveyed 500 realtors and 88% of them believed that maintaining an organized garage reflected an owner’s pride in their home.

Let’s learn more about why it’s so important to improve how your garage looks and functions. We’ll also provide a few suggestions about what steps anyone can take to boost both their curb appeal and home value.

52% of homeowners want a garage their neighbors envy

A Thompson’s Company study found that 52% of homeowners their garage to be envied by their neighbors. 

Despite that stat, most homeowners still overlook the garage when it comes to making home improvement upgrades.

It seems that garage upgrades fall into that “I’ll get it done someday” category. A Peachtree Consulting survey backs that up. It found that more than 50% of homeowners planned on reorganizing their garage within the next two years.

But according to a Wall Street Journal survey, only 11% of homeowners say they’re satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it.

Why wait until “someday” to make positive changes to your garage? As American author and entrepreneur Janet Daily once said, “Someday is not a day of the week”.

It all starts by clearing out the clutter

A home organization study done by Moen (North America’s top faucet brand) found that the garage was the most cluttered space in homes. 50% of homeowners surveyed by the National Association of Professional Organizers also named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house.

To make any garage truly envy-worthy, the first plan of action is to start eliminating most of that pesky clutter. “Removing junk” ranked as the top answer from those asked how they could enjoy their garage more in that Wall Street Journal survey.

That doesn’t mean making a “lateral” storage move with most of that stuff that’s gradually swallowed your garage floor space over the years. Renting a storage unit isn’t the answer.

They only end up wasting your money and giving you an offsite clutter-harboring space whose contents will need to be dealt with someday (there’s that word again).

3 steps to transform a dysfunctional garage 

In that survey of 500 realtors, 79% of them agreed that garages deserved as much organization attention as any other room in homes.

Transforming a garage from dysfunctional to functional and keeping it well-organized requires three things:

  1. A first step of clearing out the unnecessary items in your garage that haven’t been used in years, are broken, or will likely never get used much. 
  2. Choosing the right garage makeover professional who can show you which storage systems work most effectively and can successfully execute a redesign plan. 
  3. A dedication to keeping the garage clean and tidy with regular maintenance.

It’s disorganization and not a lack of space that causes 80% of household clutter, according to a Soap and Detergent Association study. 

So which storage systems have the biggest positive impact on a garage’s functionality?

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The garage is your home’s most useful storage space

Forget the attic or basement – realtors say it’s the garage that’s the most desirable storage space for homebuyers.

The garage is so highly valued by homebuyers for storage because if it’s designed properly, it can be your home’s most useful storage space.

Using slatwall, specialty storage racks, and a cabinet system in the garage will enable you to maximize storage space and stay organized with less effort.

This allows you to get more functionality out of the space, whether it’s for more storage, parking, or setting up a garage workspace.

If you’re one of the 20-30% of homeowners who are unable to use their garage for parking due to clutter, you’re just not utilizing it to its full capabilities. There are numerous other reasons you should be parking in the garage as well.

Yard tools, sports equipment, holiday decorations, bulky storage bins, seasonal items, and many more things can all co-exist in an organized manner when stored in the garage, while taking up literally 0% of your floor space.

The value of a high-end garage interior look 

When your garage is open, it’s the only interior part of your home that anyone who’s in the vicinity outside can see.

While people (hopefully) won’t be lurking around outside your home waiting to get a peek inside your living space, you never know who may be looking your way when your garage doors happen to be open.

You could be driving in or out of your garage or just putting out the garbage and recycling.

Your garage’s appearance doesn’t rely solely on how tidy it is. It’s also about what the room’s décor and design elements convey to anyone who sees your garage.

Instead of doing “the quick open and close” with your garage doors because you’re embarrassed about the state of your garage, wouldn’t it be refreshing to actually want neighbors or passersby to peek inside?

Take the garage floor for example. Upgrading it can definitely have an effect on your curb appeal and home value, in two significant ways. 

Neighbors and passersby may not fully notice the showroom-quality appearance of a polyaspartic-coated floor from a distance. They will, however, be able to tell that your floor is something more than the standard dull grey, unattractive surface found in most garages.

A durable Floortex™ floor coating will also protect your cement floor for years to come, making it a sound investment.

A garage interior is capable of turning heads by utilizing colors and décor features that can be customized for a bold or more minimalist aesthetic. A garage can even be designed with colors that will accentuate the colors of the vehicles parked inside it.

Anyone who does get a closer look when your garage is opened up will be very impressed with what you’ve done with the space.

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Garage doors are your home exterior’s most visible feature

While we’ve been focussing on the garage interior, any blog post about boosting your curb appeal and home value would be incomplete without calling attention to the garage doors.

Your garage doors are one of the most prominent exterior features your home has. They can take up as much as one third of a house’s front façade and are often the first things visitors notice about a home.

Modern garage doors have more color, material, and design options than ever before, which is a major asset when creating a dynamic exterior look for your home that will turn heads.

Here’s one more benefit new garage doors provide – they pay long-term dividends when it comes to raising your curb appeal and home value.

New garage doors have one of the best returns on investment of any home improvement upgrade. Typically, 80-90% of your costs for new doors will be recouped.

Other ways garage upgrades increase a home’s value

New garage doors aren’t the only garage upgrade that pay off when it’s time to sell your home. All of those interior garage upgrades will make your house more enticing to prospective buyers.

After all, who wouldn’t be impressed walking into a room that’s typically disorganized and drab and instead finding an ultra-tidy space with an appealing, modern look? 

A nice garage interior may even be the home feature that wins over a buyer who otherwise wasn’t even aware that a garage could be kept so tidy and have such a high-end appearance. 

When purchasing a home, 80% of buyers factor in the garage when making their decision, according to the previously referenced Impulse Research survey.

And consider that in that survey of realtors, 82% of them said that disorganized garages have a negative impact on the first impression of buyers looking at homes.

Take pride in your garage to boost your curb appeal and home value

Instead of being embarrassed about how your garage looks to others, why not have the home on your street whose curb appeal and garage are the envy of the neighborhood? 

The great impression others will get from seeing your fabulous garage is only the bonus this home improvement project provides, however.

You’ll get even more enjoyment from the pride and satisfaction that comes with owning a garage that’s truly a beautiful extension of your living space. 

You can make it happen by relying on an experienced and trusted garage makeover expert like Garage Living to handle your project.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today.

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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?

Choosing a gift that improves someone’s driving experience or their garage space will find your recipient appreciating not just your thoughtfulness, but the originality of your gift.

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.

1. 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 boring 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.

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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Admittedly, this gift isn’t the most practical choice. It is, however, one that will be super fun for the person on the receiving end!

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 in one driving session to take out for a few laps (in case a spin around the track in just a $320,000 Lamborghini Huracán Performante isn’t scratching your adrenaline rush itch).

Supercar driving experiences have grown in popularity in recent years, so you should 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!

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5. 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.

6. 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, allowing you to park another vehicle safely underneath it.

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

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7. 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, especially when the weather is bad.

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!

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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.

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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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