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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A truly memorable Mother’s Day gift idea

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

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

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

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

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

Designing for moms with green thumbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garage ideas for the fitness-conscious mom

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

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

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

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

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

Free up home storage space

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

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

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

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

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

Creating a tidier, more comfortable garage space

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

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

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

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

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

A Mother’s Day gift that dad will also appreciate

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

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

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

Include mom in the design process

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

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

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

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

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

A Mother’s Day gift with long-term value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Q & A: The Home Entryway Garage Makeover

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Considering the garage has become the main entry and exit point to the home for an increasing number of people, it’s no wonder improved garage spaces have become more coveted.

For this reason, we thought the term “home entryway garage makeovers” seemed rather appropriate.

Stephen, from Oakville, Ontario (located 30 minutes outside of Toronto) and his wife are among the homeowners who saw the benefits of upgrading such a frequently used area of their house.

The couple also wanted to have a more high-class look to complement the stylish aesthetics of their luxury cars.

A look at one client’s home entryway garage makeover

The home entryway garage makeover by Garage Living for Stephen included the following upgrades:

  • Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating
  • PVC slatwall panels with hook and bike rack accessories
  • GL Premium cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop
  • wall-mounted tire racks and LED garage lighting fixtures
  • an aluminum wall-mounted hose reel and polyurethane garden hose

Stephen was thrilled with his garage makeover and kindly sat down with us to share his experience working with Garage Living.

Before we get to the interview, take a look at this short time-lapse video that shows the efficient transformation of Stephen’s 3-car garage in just a couple of days over the span of a week:

What did your garage look like before the makeover project started? Was it an older garage or just unfinished?

Our house was rebuilt five years ago. It’s a big garage that was drywalled and had a raw concrete floor that had some settling cracks.

What was the impetus to get the garage done? Were you just tired of it and had been thinking about getting it done for a long time?

The cracks in the floor were bothering me and I wanted to get that cleaned up. I have a Mercedes and a Maserati, so every time I drove in there it just didn’t seem like an appropriate home for them.

How long did it take for you to decide you needed to do something about it and start looking around for a company?

We had a list of priorities. We didn’t build the house, we bought it after the gentleman that built it got relocated back to the U.S. There was a lot of work to do on the inside to bring it up to what we wanted. We wanted to get the interior finished first.

Once all that got done, it was time to get the garage taken care of. The garage was on the list, but further down the list. I wanted it to look finished and look like it was a part of the house.

We always drive into the garage and then enter the house about 90% of the time. Every time I drove in, it didn’t feel like a completed part of the project.

How much research did you do beforehand to figure out what to do with the garage and who to talk to?

When I first talked to my wife, I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like. I take the cars to Denny’s Car Wash down the road. One of the car magazines (Autostrada Forum Magazine) there had a Garage Living ad on the back of it, so I noticed that. That was kind of the impetus to get me to start researching it.

Then I phoned a few other companies, including just concrete restoration companies. I had to decide if I was just going to do the floor or do the whole thing and we decided we were going to do the whole thing.

Based on the various companies that I interviewed and got quotes from, Garage Living by far stood out as the most competent. Just the overall value proposition was strong.

So you initially wanted to do the floor, but it sort of grew into this bigger project?

No, I just wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go and if it was worth spending the money on or not. It’s kind of like finishing your basement or putting in a pool – do we do it because it’ll increase the value of the home? Does it not?

We decided that if we ever did sell the house, it would add significant value to the house for anybody with a nice car who also appreciates something like driving into a nice garage. The garage would seem like an integral part of the home.

So you’re looking at it as an investment, too…you’re looking long-term as well.

Yes, we’re looking at it primarily for us to enjoy the garage and then second, I just figured it would make the house a good overall package.

After that, did you go to the website and do your research?

Yes, I looked at a few different websites, including theirs, and called and got Daniel Albo (one of the Garage Living owners).

I had a few companies come out to give me ideas and I didn’t give them any budget. I just wanted to see, with no budget, what would they come up with and what were their ideas and what would they do?

The overall process with Garage Living was by far much more professional. They were more knowledgeable and what Daniel said made a whole lot more sense. With everybody else, I think they were trying to sell it within a certain budget, even though there was no given budget.

Garage Living came up with an excellent design and the way they were treating the garage floor seemed like a much better process. They wanted to come out beyond the garage doors and down the lip. One of the other companies was only coming to the interior of the garage door, which doesn’t look right to me.

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This luxurious space nicely complements the client’s Maserati and Mercedes.

When you were doing your research and looking at quotes, how did Garage Living’s website compare to others you looked at?

The website left you with a very professional impression. There are some nice pictures on there of the products and I just thought it was user-friendly. The website was kind of a “landing spot” and the biggest thing was more the process of the quotation.

That included them being out here, the way they showed the materials, talked about what was going to be done, took the measurements, and got back to us very quickly with regard to initial concepts and designs. It was very professionally managed.

In your online review, you said that the overall design Garage Living came up with was no comparison to the other companies.

I thought that the quality of the materials was far better and the overall design was good. It was more the quality of the materials that were going into it, Garage Living’s professionalism, and the context of how Daniel presented the pitch for the project and how he explained the materials. Then we went out to the showroom before making the final decision.

How much of the showroom experience helped you make a decision?

For someone who needs that to make a decision, the showroom is definitely impressive. The decision was made prior to the showroom, basically, just from the content on the website and from the overall impression from interacting with Garage Living, versus the other companies we had quote on the project.

So going into the showroom was more just to look at things like the finishing details and accessories?

We were deciding between the baseline cabinets versus the intermediate or midrange cabinets. We wanted to see them, to decide if it was worth the additional money to go with the midrange, as opposed to the baseline cabinets.

The showroom was nice just to see the tangible quality of the cabinets and the scope of what Garage Living deals with. It just gave you that final touch of confidence in the context of dealing with Daniel and with the company, period.  

How did you figure out whether to go with a baseline or a more premium cabinet model?

It was just the quality of them and the look. When we looked at what the difference was between the two as far as the scope of the project was concerned, we decided to go with the midline cabinets (GL Premium).

Was how you were going to use the cabinetry, like as a possible work area, a factor at all?

No, it’s more aesthetic. The drawers are still empty in a lot of cases. It doesn’t get used that way, it’s more just for the overall look whenever we drive in.

So basically looks, minimal storage, and to keep it tidy?

Yes.

Now you have all this garage storage you never had before. How was it managing the garage storage before?

Before, everything was all over the place. There were just metal shelves from Costco being used with everything stacked on them. It was one of those things where when you move in, the garage is the last thing to get organized and cleaned up.

There was a lot of stuff that needed to be purged and gotten rid of. We used the garage to park cars in, but it by no means made you feel good when you drove in.

Your garage makeover also included a couple of tire racks, which I assume is for your winter tires?

That was also one of the reasons I went to the showroom, was just to see what the tire racks like. I called around to get quotes on storing our winter tires. I always just stored them stacked on the garage floor and also on a Canadian Tire wall rack.

We wondered if they were really worth the money to store tires on or should we just store them at the garage where we get them changed over? When I called around, I found that basically, the racks will pay for themselves within a couple of years, in comparison to having the tires stored at the garage itself.

Was price a deciding factor in your decision to choose Garage Living? 

Garage Living wasn’t the cheapest quote, but I just felt the overall value proposition was better. I felt the project was going to get done properly and in a timely fashion.

It sounds like compared to the other companies, you just had more confidence in Daniel and Garage Living.

Yes. Any questions I asked they were able to answer – and not in a, for lack of a better word, a BS way.

Daniel didn’t come across like a sales guy just pushing something. Garage Living came across like they cared about the install, cared about the quality of the materials, and were very knowledgeable and very professional.

Some of the other companies just seemed like they wanted to get in and out with the quickest solution possible and were just trying to push something on you. All one guy did was undermine and knock other companies. To me, he lost before he even started. He just didn’t have a professional presentation, either.

Was there anything about the other companies that impressed you or made you consider going with them?

No. I was shopping for the best project overall and something I thought was fairly priced for the quality of the workmanship, materials, etcetera.

Your Google review mentioned that you were impressed with the scheduling and overall professionalism of Garage Living. Did that surprise you?

Yes, it actually did. Coming from the trades and having done countless renovations and construction-related projects, finding good tradespeople is one of the biggest challenges. It’s difficult to find people that show up on time and people who, if they’re not going to be there on time, will at least call.

It’s more you’re wasting your time waiting around for people that don’t show up and then you call them and all you hear are excuses. Daniel set the tone for that and every person that we interacted with at Garage Living after Daniel followed through and exceeded expectations.

They were here on the very day they said they’d be here and we had booked months in advance. It took exactly a week, which is what Daniel said it would take. And from start to finish, the workers were really polite, respectful, and very professional. They did everything they said they were going to do and beyond.

There’s always a lot of stress involved for anyone who’s dealt with the trades. That wasn’t an issue with your project?

Nothing. It was zero stress. It was a pleasure dealing with people that take pride in what they do, as opposed to it just being piece work and wanting to get in and out as quickly as possible. They moved plugs around…even if it was six inches, they moved it. Garage Living did a very, very good job overall. If I did move, I would call them immediately to do my next garage.

Did you have to make any compromises with what you initially thought the garage would look like and what you had in mind?

We actually spent more than what we were originally planning on spending and are very happy that we did so. We didn’t really have a budget in mind. When you start any project, you kind of have a hunch as to what you think it’s going to cost or how much you think you’re willing to spend, and with this one it was similar.

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GL Premium cabinets with silver doors and gray trim configured with tall storage lockers, overhead cabinets, and a stainless steel countertop.

So it wasn’t a big surprise with what the project cost?

No.

What, if anything, could Garage Living have done differently if you had to do this all over again?

I don’t think there’s one thing that they could have done differently to improve the experience.

As I said, the overall experience exceeded expectations and the design was excellent. Even for the photo shoot, they were very respectful of the property and thankful that we allowed them to do it. We were more than happy to have them spend the day and do the photo shoot and the time-lapse video.

If the makeover process hadn’t been such a flawless experience, we would have paid the invoice and that’d be the end of it. But we were happy to have them showcase such a good job and proud that the finished product came out the way it did.

Do you show it off to friends or visitors that come over?

Yes, in fact, I was speaking at a conference the other day and I was showing a few of our customers the pictures of the garage and they were like, “Wow!”.

One of them has a Porsche 911, so we were talking about garages and I said, “Oh, I got a new home for my Maserati”. They asked if I minded telling them how much it was and I told them and they said, “Oh, that’s really reasonable for something like that. I thought it would be more”. They were actually surprised, based on the pictures. In fact, I gave her Daniel’s contact information.

So overall, you’d say your life’s better having the garage completed and you feel better about pulling into the garage now? 

Yes, it bugs me right now that the floor is dirty and needs to be cleaned, but you don’t want to be getting the hose out and making a skating rink in there, so we kind of brush it off. But as soon as the weather turns good, I’ll get the hose out and squeegee it and clean it up.

In the past with your concrete floor, would you just sweep it out in the spring? Do you find this garage floor easier to maintain?

I would shovel the snow out before, whereas now it’s much easier to maintain and keep clean. It looks good, it looks finished whenever you drive in. A week or so ago it was one of those mild, slushy days. When I came home, I got the squeegee down that Garage Living left us at the end of the project and squeegeed the floor, which helped to clean it up.

Was there anything else you wanted to add?

I would say if anybody’s considering doing anything with their garage, regardless of how big or small, that I would call Garage Living. Have them come out to give you some ideas as to what they can do. I think regardless of whether it’s just the floor or a full project like we did, it’ll get done right.

Regardless of how much they’re wanting to spend, the money they spend with Garage Living is a good investment because it gets done properly. I think of it more now as an extension of the home, as opposed to just a garage that’s connected to the house where you park your cars in a space that just didn’t seem like a fitting home for the cars.

So your home’s main entryway space is just nicer now.

I would say 90% of the time we drive into the garage and come into the home through the garage, so it’s an extension of that finished space now.

It feels much better and it’s much tidier. Everything’s got a place with the way Garage Living designed it and the way things are organized. And it’s got that flexibility so if your slatwall storage needs change, you can go back to the showroom and get some ideas as to what other kinds of hooks and accessories you can get.

As we organized things, we found a spot for the hoses on the wall. They’re not normally there in the summertime, but in the wintertime, they’re just spare hoses that we use for various things on the property. Everything’s got its place.

View the Home Entryway Garage gallery to see more photos from Stephen’s garage makeover.

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Luxury Garages: Feeling Luxury the Moment You Arrive Home

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

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

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

Luxury garages: the natural next home renovation step

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

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

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

The Garage Living experience

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

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

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

High standards are paramount

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

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

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

Feel luxury the moment you arrive home

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

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

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

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

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

High-end storage solutions for luxury garages

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

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

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

Beautiful garage flooring

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

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

Understanding our clients’ unique needs

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

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

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

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

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

Luxury garages befitting of dream homes

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

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

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Top 7 Garage Trends for Homeowners to Watch in 2018

As the last week of January approaches, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the garage trends we think bear watching in 2018.

The economies in both the U.S. and Canada are strong right now. As a result, economists expect consumers in both countries to increase spending on home improvement projects in 2018.

Whereas it used to be an overlooked area of the home when it came to making improvements, more and more homeowners are discovering the importance of upgrading their garage space.

7 garage trends to get excited about

There are many opportunities available in the garage to make significant upgrades. There’s no need to settle for the status quo of drab garage spaces that lack character and enough storage space. Your garage has the potential to provide so much more than that.

From infusions of style to better functionality to the conveniences of modern technology, these are the exciting garage trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

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Smart garage technology allows you to operate and monitor your garage door from anywhere with a smartphone.

1. Smart garage technology

Statista reports that 32% of U.S. homes currently use some form of smart home technology. By 2022, that’s expected to rise to 53.1%. Media research experts Nielsen report that in Canada, 46% of consumers either own or intend to purchase a smart home tech product in the next two years.

Smart home technology such as smart thermostats, wireless security cameras, and smart speakers with an integrated virtual assistant are rising in popularity for the convenient features they provide.

Smart garage technology is also becoming more popular. Nowadays, you can operate and monitor your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone app linked to your garage door opener. This technology has actually been around for a few years already with LiftMaster’s MyQ Technology.

You’ll also see homeowners enjoying increased connectivity between their garage and the rest of their house. Here are some examples of the smart garage tech products available:

  • smoke detectors and fire alarms
  • radon and carbon monoxide detectors
  • moisture detectors
  • garage lighting

2. Charging stations

Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more affordable each year. Government rebates in many parts of the U.S. and Canada also help to offset some of the vehicle cost for buyers.

The batteries in these high-tech vehicles are also being improved to provide further driving ranges on a full battery charge. All of these factors are making these cars a more attractive option for consumers.

If you own an electric vehicle, a home charging station is a must-have addition to your garage. Relying solely on public charging stations just isn’t practical or convenient.

It stands to reason, then, that the growing popularity of eco-friendly cars in 2018 will translate into higher demand for installations of home charging stations.

Home charging stations come in two main types:

  • Level 1 chargers connected to a standard household outlet for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • more powerful Level 2 chargers for battery electric vehicles

3. Modern garage doors

One of the most cost-effective ways to contemporize your home’s exterior look is to upgrade your garage doors.

Garage doors can account for up to a third of your home’s front exterior. The prominent role they play in your home’s exterior appearance means that faded garage doors with an outdated style won’t go unnoticed.

More and more homeowners are finding that one of the best ways to boost your curb appeal is with a modern garage door look. New garage doors also deliver one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.

Full view aluminum garage doors combine an aluminum frame with glass panels to provide a bold, eye-catching aesthetic.

Durable steel garage doors can also be designed with classy, modern touches, such as having beautiful window designs incorporated into the doors in a number of configurations.

4. High quality garage flooring

No list of modern garage trends would be complete without addressing the foundation of your garage – the floor. A lot of homeowners take their garage floor for granted and wouldn’t consider it a major priority when it comes to making garage upgrades.

Homeowners who are plugged into the current garage trends know better, however. Giving your garage floor a complete makeover with a modern polyaspartic coating makes a huge difference in how your garage looks and functions.

Polyaspartic garage floor coatings like Floortex™ enjoy several advantages over epoxy floor coatings:

  • better application versatility (it can be applied even in cold weather)
  • higher impact and abrasion resistance
  • longer durability
  • higher resistance to road salt and most household chemicals and automotive fluids
  • faster application turnaround time
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Don’t underestimate the huge upgrade in looks and functionality that a high quality garage floor coating provides.

5. Better garage energy efficiency

Eco-conscious homeowners are continuously looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One of the most impactful ways to do so is to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

If your garage’s energy efficiency has been an afterthought up until now for you, you’ll find lots of opportunities within the garage to make improvements.

Older garages either have little or no wall and ceiling insulation. Fully insulating your garage’s surroundings will have a major effect on your home’s energy efficiency and lower your monthly hydro bill.

And don’t forget about your garage door when it comes to insulation upgrades. You’ll find that today’s garage doors provide much better insulation than older garage doors did. You may also find yourself quite surprised at just many custom insulation options modern garage doors offer.

Additional upgrades to weatherstripping around your garage’s windows, main door, and access door to your heated living space will also contribute to better home energy efficiency.

6. Garage workshops

Because garages nowadays can be designed to look so much better, there’s an incentive to spend more time inside of them.

Garage workshops help you get even more functionality out of your garage space. If space allows, they’re the perfect spot for creating a workspace that allows you to indulge in your passion for woodworking, repairs, and general tinkering.

A private garage work area that lets you make more noise and more of a mess than in your basement is becoming increasingly common in homes. Garage cabinetry can even be designed with your workshop’s needs in mind.

If space is an issue, a functional garage workshop can even be set up by outfitting your garage with a foldaway workbench.

7. More garage storage space

Finding more garage storage space is one of the garage trends that really never goes out of style. It’s a valuable asset that all homeowners can never have enough of.

Clearing the clutter from your garage floor makes it easier to park vehicles inside. You’ll also minimize tripping hazards and be able to keep your garage more organized with less effort.

Two of the best garage storage ideas to help you achieve this are PVC slatwall panels for hanging items and overhead garage storage racks. They’re both designed to maximize your garage’s storage space, as well as its storage versatility.

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Finding more room for garage storage (such as with these slatwall panels) is a garage trend that really never goes out of style.

Get onboard with 2018’s hot garage trends

Which of these hot 2018 garage trends appeal most to you? Will you prioritize better looks, functionality, or convenience when making improvements to your garage this year? Perhaps all three of them rank highly for you in terms of importance.

Creative, forward-thinking garage makeover professionals like Garage Living can transform your space by helping you get onboard with some of the exciting garage trends of 2018. Schedule your free in-home design consultation to get started.

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7 Ways To An Organized Garage

With the New Year’s celebrations and holiday season for many of us now over, our attention turns to the traditional New Year’s resolution.

A lot of us view New Year’s resolutions as a pain. Others welcome the opportunity and challenge to better themselves by using the new year as a motivator for personal growth and improvement.

Getting in shape, eating better, learning a new skill, and volunteering more are all popular New Year’s resolutions. Getting your home organized is another big one. So why not start with the garage?

Clean, new garage with Mercedes vehicle.

Garage improvement strategies that are proven to work

Why focus on your garage over other disorganized spaces in your home? Well, it’s commonly the untidiest room in homes.

In a National Association of Professional Organizers survey, 50% of homeowners said their garage was the most disorganized area of their house.

Your garage also takes up a sizeable portion of your home’s overall square footage. Therefore, you’re unable to get as much value from your garage space if you’re not using it to its full potential.

Your garage should be used for parking vehicles, not storing clutter. Consider that the majority of homeowners now use the garage as the primary entry and exit point to their house. Why not clear the clutter so you can park inside easier? You also wouldn’t have to look at stacks of junk you’ll never use on a daily basis.

Don’t settle for the status quo of having a garage that lacks visual appeal and is too messy to function properly. It should be viewed as an extension of your living space that’s as comfortable, useful, and aesthetically pleasing as any other part of your home.

These seven proven garage improvement strategies can help you to achieve your New Year’s resolution of finally getting your garage in order.

1. Declutter first

Decluttering, the first of our garage improvement strategies is simple, but can be time-consuming. Clearing out all that unnecessary junk will make it easier to evaluate your garage space and determine what type of storage systems and improvements it will really need.

Before and after photos of garage makeover by Garage Living.

Getting your cluttered garage in order is easier when you use these garage improvement strategies.

Garage clutter doesn’t just clog up your floor and limit the space’s functionality, it also:

  • makes it harder to find things
  • attracts dust and limits airflow (which lowers the air quality in the room)
  • creates tripping and fire safety hazards
  • attracts pests (like mice and insects) who like to create nests in anything with paper or fabric

Once you’ve tossed, donated, or sold whichever items comprised all of your clutter, you’ll have a clearer sense of what you own. Now we have to find somewhere to store all of it besides the garage floor!

2. Maximize your garage storage space

It’s almost impossible to store items like garden tools and sports equipment on your garage floor and not have the space look disorganized.

Without a proper garage organization system in place (or a few of them), your garage’s storage capabilities will never be fully maximized. The solution is to turn to areas of your garage with underused storage space – the walls and overhead.

Slatwall storage panels

Adding slatwall panels to your garage walls will greatly open up your storage possibilities for anything in your garage that’s hangable. Items like power cords, tools, bikes, and ladders can be hung with all sorts of versatile slatwall accessories, which helps you maintain an organized garage space.

Overhead storage racks

For heavier items, overhead storage racks that utilize your garage’s vertical space are the way to go. Whether you’re storing tires, large storage bins, out-of-season items, or anything else that’s bulky, look for heavy-duty racks that can safely support a lot of weight.

garage improvement strategies woman moving storage bin

Add overhead storage racks to your garage’s underused vertical space to keep bulky items off your garage floor.

Garage cabinets

Garage cabinetry is another effective solution for creating more storage space in the garage. Be sure to do your homework, however. Choose a well-made cabinet system that’s built to last and fits your needs, like GL Custom Steel cabinets.

3. Upgrade the garage floor

If you decide to follow just one of these garage improvement strategies, make it a floor upgrade. An attractive garage floor has a bigger impact on the space than you might think.

This type of upgrade is done by applying a floor coating to protect the concrete and provide a clean, consistent look for your garage floor. We recommend Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings, which are superior to epoxy floor coatings.

new garage floor, gray cabinets, man in blue shirt

A polyaspartic floor coating offers much better durability and resistance to impacts and abrasions than epoxy coatings. It’s also more resistant to automotive fluids, salt stains, household chemicals, and tire markings. It goes without saying that all of those attributes are incredibly beneficial in a garage space.

Floor coatings that use decorative flakes in their application process, as Floortex™ does, also add a stylish aesthetic to a garage.

4. Boost your curb appeal

Our garage improvement strategies have focussed on your garage interior so far. What about the exterior? Considering the significant profile your garage doors have on your home’s exterior, it makes sense to evaluate them, too.

Older garage doors that are warped, cracked, or have a faded paint job significantly detract from your curb appeal. They also lack the much better insulation features and overall build quality of modern garage doors.

upgraded full-view aluminum garage doors on suburban home with green grass

It’s never been easier to customize your garage doors to complement your home’s exterior décor than it is nowadays. Whether you want a classic look with steel or wood garage doors, or the modern aesthetic of full view aluminum garage doors are more to your liking, there’s a door choice to be found that will boost your curb appeal.

5. Push the limits of your garage’s functionality

Any of the above garage improvement strategies will make a huge difference with how your garage looks and functions. You can push things even further, however.

If you don’t have a garage door opener, or your current opener has seen better days, now’s the time to upgrade. Modern garage door openers are quieter and more reliable than the models of the past. Many models also have convenient features like MyQ Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone.

Another way to make your garage more useful is to increase the amount of space you have to park. There’s plenty of great reasons for parking inside a garage and a car lift enables you to do so.

6. Create a multi-purpose garage space

Expanding on the idea of enhancing your garage’s functionality, you can also create a multi-purpose space that lets you use the garage for more than parking and storage.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting in shape has to be one of the most commonly broken ones. Everyone knows someone (or is someone) who wasted money on a barely used gym membership.

For most of us, exercising is a chore. Having to drive to a gym to do it just gives you one more reason not to go. Take care of two New Year’s resolutions at once by creating a garage fitness room.

 

Combine your getting-in-shape and garage improvement New Year’s resolutions by creating a garage fitness space that incorporates slatwall storage.

You can work out conveniently on your own schedule…and won’t need to wonder if those sweaty exercise machines have been properly cleaned.

Other multi-purpose uses for your garage are to use it for crafting or as a workshop. The garage gives you some privacy and lets you tinker away to your heart’s content. Garage cabinetry can be incorporated into your workshop design to help you get the most out of it.

7. Maintain your transformed garage space

Once your garage space has been transformed, you need to make an effort to maintain it. Luckily, keeping it organized will be easier with some of the suggested storage and organization systems in these garage improvement strategies.

But you’ll reap the biggest benefits from the garage improvements you’ve made by still decluttering and cleaning regularly. Every two or three months should suffice for your garage cleaning needs.

A more thorough cleaning (including washing your garage floor) should be done at least once a year.

Be the envy of your neighbors with these garage improvements

According to a Thompson’s Company study, 52% of homeowners want to own a garage their neighbors envy.

Getting your garage organized is an attainable, worthwhile New Year’s resolution to make. Follow these garage improvement strategies and talk to the trusted professionals at Garage Living to make it happen.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation to get started.

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