Is your dad or husband difficult to shop for when it comes to gift giving? Here’s a unique gift idea that you might not have considered – a new garage for dad.
Treating dad to a complete garage makeover for Father’s Day or his birthday will be one of the more thoughtful gifts you could give him.
For dads who love spending time in the garage tinkering, a garage remodel makes a lot of sense. And if your garage space is long overdue for an update to its décor and needs to function better, investing in a garage makeover makes even more sense.
Why a new garage for dad makes the perfect gift
Homeowners have typically focussed more on home improvement projects in the kitchen, bedroom, basement, and bathroom before turning their attention towards the garage.
That tendency has changed somewhat in recent years, however, and garage makeovers have become a hot home improvement trend.
More homeowners realize that it’s worth investing in one of the hardest working spaces in your home so that it looks and functions its best. Incorporating dad’s needs into a garage remodel is very easy to do.
Here are five great reasons a new garage for dad will be the perfect gift he won’t soon forget.
1. Dad won’t expect it
Think back to some of the more memorable gifts you’ve given or received. The ones that really stand out do so usually because the recipient was taken by surprise with the gift and actually needed and wanted it.
A remodelled garage for dad definitely checks all three boxes. He won’t see this unique gift idea coming and will be thrilled with the effort you’ve put into such a thoughtful gift.
Any dad will appreciate having a nicer garage space. Perhaps he’s been considering making a few upgrades himself for awhile and just hasn’t gotten around to it.
Frankly, leaving a garage makeover to professionals like Garage Living is for the best. Many aspects of a garage redesign require special expertise in order to achieve the best-looking results. You’ll also end up with a completed project that’s safer than what you might get with a DIY job.
Dad can leave the hard work to the experts and simply enjoy his beautiful new garage space.
2. Tailor the garage to dad’s needs
A custom garage makeover means just that – custom. That means you can have the garage designed to accommodate dad’s needs and interests, in addition to the rest of your family’s requirements.
To take care of the clutter on your garage floor, have slatwall panels installed so dad can hang his tools and all sorts of other things on your garage’s underutilized wall space. Slatwall storage’s versatility makes it easy to change things around when your storage needs change.
A slatwall storage system is also perfect if dad loves sports and could use some help keeping all of his sports equipment tidy. If he enjoys hitting the links, there’s a hanging golf rack available for dad’s golf bag and accessories.
If dad’s always wanted a garage workshop, including storage cabinets with a sturdy countertop to the garage redesign can add a functional workspace that’s all his to enjoy.
Does dad love tinkering around with the family’s vehicles and doing his own maintenance on them? You could set the garage up with a handy 4 post car lift. Not only is a car lift a great way to add more parking space in your garage, it also allows anyone to work safely underneath a vehicle.
To ensure dad is totally satisfied with the garage remodel, be sure to give him a say in what features he’d like to include.
Tailor your garage design so dad’s needs are accommodated with storage solutions like a hanging golf rack.
3. Dad will be more comfortable
Anyone can get used to their garage being a dirty, cluttered, and poorly lit space that just isn’t pleasant to be in. For decades, we were conditioned to think that this space wasn’t worthy of the same high aesthetic standards we have for the rest of our home.
That’s a thing of the past now. Just spend a little time in a recently transformed garage that a talented team of garage makeover professionals have handled. You’ll see that a garage is truly capable of being a beautiful space in your home.
A fresh floor coating, for example, makes a world of difference in how a garage looks and feels. It’s a must-have feature when having your garage for dad designed.
All of the aforementioned upgrades will enhance dad’s comfort level within the garage, which will only add to his enjoyment of the space.
4. The whole family benefits
The motivation for undergoing a garage remodel might be that it will make a great gift for dad. Let’s face it, though, getting a garage makeover is a win-win for both dad and the rest of the family.
We’re sure dad won’t mind if the rest of the family’s needs factor into the design decisions.
If you have kids and they play sports, it’s a given that their sports equipment and accessories aren’t neatly organized on your garage floor. Elevate those loose footballs and basketballs onto your slatwall panels with the appropriate hanging accessories.
And mom’s needs can be addressed, too. You can have your garage designer create “his and hers” areas in the garage if needed, just like we did for Bryan Baeumler’s home for HGTV’s The House of Bryan TV series.
A clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing garage space benefits dad and the entire family.
5. Garage makeovers add value to your home and life
A functional garage that comfortably provides a space for parking vehicles is one of the most desired features homebuyers look for.
Getting a garage makeover now provides dad with a great gift and adds value to your home, but not just in the eyes of a potential buyer years from now.
For many years to come, a garage makeover helps dad and the entire family get more out of your garage space than you were getting before.
That improves your life because your garage is able to store things more efficiently, is easier to keep organized, and is a more welcoming, comfortable space.
Gift dad with the garage of his dreams
Giving the gift of a remodelled garage for dad requires a lot of planning. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements in order to get dad’s gift ready in time.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Owning 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
higher resistance to road salt and most household chemicals and automotive fluids
faster application turnaround time
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.
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.