Garage Living Helps Christine Da Costa Take The One Room Challenge

Christina Da CostaIf you could choose one messy, disorganized room in your home and have it transformed into a glamorous one in six weeks, which room would you choose? If you’re Christine Da Costa, sought-after interior decorator and published writer in Toronto, you would choose the garage.

Taking on the One Room Challenge™

Christina did more than just transform a garage, she did it as part of an online event for the One Room Challenge™. Created by Linda, a New Jersey home and garden design blogger (Calling It Home), this biannual event is open to only twenty designers and decorators each round. Posting weekly updates to your blog is part of the process.

“Man caves aren’t really pretty so this One Room Challenge™ is not the usual project you will see on a website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms”, says Christine.

“I have never done a garage before. In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation – but my husband and I created the vision of what we (or should I say he) wanted to have”, she added.

Garage renovation goals

Christine and her husband had already been discussing how to improve their garage space, so it made sense for her to choose this room for the challenge. There were seven things she wanted to bring to the garage renovation:

  • Improve organization
  • Increase storage
  • Maximize the use of vertical space
  • Create a clean, odor-free and comfortable environment
  • Design an art wall

Planning the garage renovation

After creating an initial plan, Christine reached out to the designers at Garage Living for help turning her plans into reality.

They provided a detailed 3D floor plan, which showed exactly how Garage Living planned to utilize the garage room’s high ceilings. One of the biggest changes involved adding a car lift to store her husband’s summer car, making room to store a motorcycle and second vehicle underneath.

3D drawings of garage plans for a two car garage.

The floor plan also showed where to install the cabinetry to store tools, bikes, storage bins, recycling bins and a bar fridge. After Christine’s approval, they moved on to the next stages of the project.

Flooring, cabinetry, slatwall, car lift

In week three of the challenge, Christine decided on the garage flooring, cabinetry, backsplash, countertops, and the wall color.

Christine decided on the Floortex™ Coating for the garage floor because of its durability and low maintenance. She chose the Quicksilver colour which Garage used to begin the transformation.

Christine chose Garage Living’s sleek, stylish and oh-so-practical Signature Cabinetry in a charcoal grey. The stainless steel backsplash adds a bit of style and edge to the design while a maple butcher-block countertop adds a touch of homieness.


A car lift was also installed to store an extra vehicle and maximize the storage space in the garage. Christine said that “to watch the car rise is really quite awesome. It’s like a fun elevator with no walls.”

A slatwall was added to the wall beside the car lift. The hanging storage keeps the floor area tidy and is ideal for seasonal items and bikes. If the car lift isn’t being used for a vehicle it is used as an elevator to reach the bikes hanging on the wall – very efficient.

The final reveal

After several weeks of documented planning and renovating the project was completed. Here is a look at the final reveal.

Final reveal of Christine Da Costa garage.

The result? Christine said “I am really proud of how this man cave garage turned out! Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.”

For more information on this garage renovation project, including styling tips and practical advice from Christine, visit her site – Decor By Christine.


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