Spring Cleaning Tips For An Unfinished Garage

April showers bring May flowers.

April showers may also make things a little messy before you can enjoy the blooms of spring. You may find layers of dirt covering your driveway, walkways, and your unfinished garage floor, however, we have some solutions to help you manage spring cleaning with ease.

Respect for the garage

When buying a new house, often the builder’s idea of finishing the garage is to install drywall, tape, and mud it. They seldom paint the drywall and having them pour a concrete floor might be considered an upgrade. If you’re watching your budget and considering other enhancements to your new property, the garage might not receive the attention that it deserves.

There was a time, not that long ago, when the whole family left home to go off-site for education, exercise, shopping, and work returning home later in the day or early evening. We did not spend that much time in our homes, and for the most part we accepted the condition of our homes.

Now, we cannot avoid looking at our dwellings from many different perspectives. When space is at a premium for families who are bursting at the seams; basements, guest rooms, laundry rooms, and garages are prime candidates for expanding, waiting to be repurposed to accommodate home offices, online schooling, and work out spaces.

Clean up time

Bring out the hose, the rakes, and the shovels – that is if you can find them if the garage has become a dumping ground.

With the change of seasons, tennis racquets and other athletic equipment may not have not found their way back to their designated areas, if they ever really had one.

Storing sports equipment and holiday décor can become a revolving mess, and many homeowners dread the seasonal re-organization of this rarely-thought-of space – also known as the garage. Here are recommendations to make the task easier.

Garage spring cleaning checklist

You are only as good as your tools. For this job you are going to need the following:

  • Work gloves
  • A sturdy step stool for hard-to-reach places
  • 4-gallon bucket
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Push broom and a regular broom
  • Squeegee
  • A clean spray bottle
  • Black, permanent marker
  • 5 empty boxes or bins

Label 5 boxes for their eventual destination:

  1. Donate
  2. Elsewhere
  3. Recycle
  4. Trash
  5. Dispose (for hazardous waste dispose at your local waste disposal center).

You will also need various products, in addition to hot water, to help get out stubborn stains.

  • Baking soda
  • Environmentally friendly soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cornstarch or clay cat litter
  • White vinegar
  • Crystal Simple Green

End up with a clean slate

First things first – empty the garage. This is a great time to sort and donate. The key to efficient cleaning is to work from top to bottom, left to right. Sweep the ceiling, corners, and walls, and then close the garage doors and clean it as well. Hose it down and let it thoroughly dry and air out.

Now you can see stains on the cement. In a bucket of hot water, add ½ cup of baking soda and a generous amount of ecologically friendly detergent. With a good push broom, scrub the grimy areas. Rinse and let dry.

For hard-to-remove stains, re-wet the surface and drizzle with hydrogen peroxide or Crystal Simple Green. Neither of these will not harm your lawn or bordering plants when you rinse. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse the garage floor and the broom. Let dry.

Elbow grease may be necessary

Oil drips from cars, lawnmowers, and other equipment stain concrete, because it is porous, but it can also leave slick, slippery areas on the garage floor. To soak up lubricants, apply a thick layer of clay cat litter, or food grade diatomaceous earth. Let it sit for at least 24 hours, then sweep it up and safely discard it with your household trash. Keep watch during the process to ensure that it is lifting the oil as you will see grease seeping through.

Next, add environmentally friendly soap to a bucket of hot water. Scrub the area with a brush or broom, rinse and let dry.

Mold, moss, mildew, and moisture

When it comes to mold and other unwanted organic materials, sweeping alone will not solve the problem. The plant spores must be killed.

In a spray bottle mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar. After spraying the area, scrub with a brush or a push broom. For stubborn mold and mildew, mix a ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of hot water, cover the area and let it sit for about half an hour. Rinse the surface and let it dry.

In colder climates, check to ensure that downspouts were not damaged during the winter, and that rainwater is being diverted away from the home and the garage. Make sure to clean up leaves and other debris, and check rain gutters. Autumn leaves can clog eavestroughs, and trap moisture around your dwelling, which can also cause mold and mildew stains on patios, decks, and walkways.

Once you have cleaned your garage and removed stains, consider applying a professional sealant to your garage floor which last years longer than DIY brands needing to be re-applied every two to three years.

Take your garage to the next level

A professionally applied floor coating looks great and is easy to clean. Rust resistant garage cabinetry helps to hide clutter and keeps everything organized. Tire racks maximize wall storage space and keep the floor clear.

Better yet, request a free design consultation with Garage Living to learn about our durable, garage floor coating system known as Floortex™. We specialize in a 5-step process to prepare and seal concrete floors. If you want a garage floor that is durable, easy to clean, and long-lasting, then a Floortex™ floor coating is your best solution.

If you already have Floortex™ floor coating in your garage then we recommend using Crystal Simple Green to remove oil, grease, tar, mud, dirt, salt residue, and tire marks. Check out our handy garage floor cleaning and maintenance guide for Floortex™ floors.

Storage solutions to reduce garage clutter forever

Our design consultants assess your needs and create an organized plan with a proper home for everything you put everything you store in your garage. Operating since 2005, they have seen thousands of cluttered garages and can provide a custom solution to solve your storage and organization challenges.

Garage cabinets are great for hiding clutter and keeping smaller items organized. Garage wall storage and overhead storage racks are often overlooked. They can increase the amount of usable storage space in your garage. Not only that, you may realize that this valuable space could also be readapted to a workshop, a craft room, a workout area, or a home office.

Re-think inside the box and let us help you with a new garage perspective.

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Garage Home Gyms: 13 Reasons to Invest in One Today

In this challenging time, the health and safety of our families are of great importance.

With health clubs and fitness centers closed or operating at a limited capacity, you may not need another reason to invest in a garage home gym. But here’s 13 more reasons you should have a dedicated workout space in your home.

1. Convenience

Having a home gym is much more convenient. If you commute to work and back, why spend more time in the car driving to and from the gym? Those minutes of travel time or looking for a parking spot add up over the course of a month.

Maybe you live in a rural area and just don’t have a fitness club nearby.

At home, there’s no commute time or parking issues. Spend more time exercising and less time sitting!

2. Virtual workouts

In a previous article, we shared how Lisa Pineda (Garage Living client) created a home gym workout space in her garage. She created a series of garage gym workouts. See an example below.

There are more resources for working out at home than ever before:

  • instructional exercise videos on YouTube
  • virtual workout classes via Zoom
  • websites with workout tips, exercise routines, and nutritional advice from fitness pros
  • fitness and activity tracking apps for your phone and watch, to keep you motivated

3. Home gyms are healthier

The local gym or community center can be a liability to your health. A recent headline from the Washington Post caught our attention – Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs.

The article says that “studies have found that the surfaces of treadmills, weight machines, and other typical equipment are teeming with bacteria and other infectious germs.”

Numerous studies have shown that most public gyms have poor hygiene standards. Exercise equipment, water fountains, pools, showers, and locker rooms are just a few of the things in your local gym that are loaded with germs.

During a pandemic, it’s probably not a good idea to stand near anyone who is on a treadmill. Most gyms do a good job to maintain their air quality but nothing is safer than your own bubble.

4. Improve your mental and physical health

Maybe you’re already adjusting to being home full-time, taking on extra responsibilities with home-schooling and child care. That’s a lot of added stress. Just dealing with day-to-day life has been trying for everyone.

Having a home gym is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, build muscle, and boost your immune system.

5. Exclusive membership

There are no expensive gym memberships with a garage gym. Say goodbye to expensive memberships and renewal fees. Use that money to invest in the exercise equipment that is right for you.

Fitness clubs do have their place. Some people join for the social aspect but if you prefer the privacy of your own home, then a garage gym is right for you.

6. Your whole family can workout together

From the social benefits to the physical health benefits, sharing a workout makes the hard work more enjoyable.

7. No line ups

It’s leg day. You’re at the gym and all of the leg press machines are being used. You consider asking someone if you can ‘work in’ a set but nobody is lifting the same weight as you. So you wait until a machine becomes free.

In your home gym there are:

  • no line ups for machines
  • no sign-up sheets
  • no schedules to work around

You’ll experience fewer hassles and get through your workouts in less time.

8. Your garage is a great place for a home gym

Now that every spare room in your home has become an office or schoolroom, the garage is a brilliant place to create a home gym.

You won’t be using that guest room for company any time soon, so make the best use of what you have. A dedicated workout space is practical and requires no set up such as moving furniture out of the way. If you have a large enough garage, you may be able to work out and still park your vehicles comfortably.

9. You may actually go to the gym, now

A survey of 5,313 American gym members by Statistic Brain Research Institute found that:

  • 63% of memberships go completely unused
  • 82% of gym members go to the gym less than 1 time per week
  • 22% completely stop going 6 months into their membership

There are pretty good odds you will use your own gym more often.

10. No gym rats

If you’ve ever gone to the gym regularly you’re familiar with the gym rats. Some like to grunt loudly while others scream out so you know they are lifting an insane amount of weight.

You might find it amusing at first but this routine grows old quickly. Another favorite gym user is the sweaty monster that never wipes down the equipment after using it.

With your own gym, you make the rules.

If you are that person – the beloved gym rat – everyone will be happy you chose to build a home garage gym instead!

11. Your garage is versatile

Your garage can be so much more than just an indoor parking space. It can be used to store sporting equipment, garbage, recycling, yard tools, bikes, spare tires, etc. Surprisingly, many people use the garage to store empty boxes and useless clutter.

With expert planning and great design, your garage can become a multi-purpose space – a workshop, fitness room, or even a home classroom.

12. Customization

Whether you want to use the space for lifting free weights, cardio machines, kettlebells, or yoga, you can customize the space for your fitness regimen. Setting up a garage gym is easier than you might think.

The problem with many garage gyms is that they look terrible. The drywall and floors are usually unfinished. The storage space is inadequate or nonexistent.

Refinishing the entire garage properly, with a new floor, slatwall storage, and cabinetry can take a garage from mediocre to amazing!

Long after the pandemic is over, a garage gym can be a valuable extension of your home’s living space and enjoyed for years to come.

13. You’re the boss

You can set your own hours of operation. It’s your home gym so you can use it 24/7, whenever you want. You’ll love the convenience.

Contact us to learn more

Your garage is capable of being one of the most versatile spaces in the home. The key to unlocking its full potential is to have it designed with your lifestyle in mind.

Garage Living can help you transform your garage into a home gym space that is designed for your needs. Request a free in-home or virtual design consultation today. There’s a whole lot more living in your garage to discover.

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How To Transform Your Unfinished Garage Into More Usable Space

woman in garage working out on exercise bike

Your home garage provides room for parking vehicles and organized storage. Some people use it as a hobby space or a home gym.

A home garage should be able to do all of these things. Does yours?

Unfortunately, excess clutter in many unfinished garages makes this impossible. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve your home in some way, start with transforming your garage.

According to a Wall Street Journal survey, only 11% of homeowners don’t want to improve their garage in some way. Owning a home with an organized garage is something most homeowners want. They just never get around to making it happen.

Begin the new year by getting organized, starting with your garage. Here are several ways to transform your garage into a usable space that you can be proud of.

Get rid of the junk

If your garage is filled with junk, you might be among the 24% of homeowners who are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open, according to an Impulse Research survey.

A cluttered and unfinished garage is a common sight in many homes.

Why do we let the valuable space in our garage fill up with worthless junk? Most of us would prefer to park our vehicles in the garage instead of the driveway.

Clutter multiplies quickly. Before long, it is out of control. Try following the “one year rule” when you tidy up your garage. If something hasn’t been used in the last year, do you really need it?

Get rid of the junk in your garage. It will free up floor space and make it easier to keep things tidy.

Upgrade your garage floor

If you still have a dusty, unfinished garage floor, it’s time for an upgrade. An attractive, finished garage floor has a huge impact on transforming your garage.

A garage floor coating will protect your floor and make it much easier to clean. It will also increase the value of your garage. Without getting too technical, your main choices are epoxy or polyaspartic.

A polyaspartic floor coating, like Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coating system, provides the best protection. It can be applied in less than a day, even during the cold winter months.

New garage floor with white Range Rover driving into garage on snowy day.

Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coating system can be applied during cold winter months.

Without adequate protection, your garage floor will begin to crack, crumble, and wear away over time. Pitting is one example of how the surface degrades, as many small indentations start to show on the floor. Spalling (where the surface crumbles or flakes away) is another example.

Floortex™ floor coatings are engineered to keep your floor looking like new, for years to come.

Garage cabinetry helps prevents clutter

Not everything has to hang from the walls in your garage. Adding cabinets is a great way to store:

  • tools
  • smaller items
  • trash and recycling bins
  • a shop vac or compressor
  • valuables or dangerous chemicals you want locked up

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

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

Use the garage walls for storage

Garage walls are commonly used for hanging storage, but not to their full potential.

Maximize the storage space in your garage by using slatwall panels. They are precisely cut to fit your garage’s dimensions (including cutouts for wall switches, outlets, central vac tubing, etc).

The horizontal groove design and the slatwall accessories make it a breeze to organize your things. As your storage needs change, you can move your hooks and shelves around with ease.

garage slatwall panel wall storage in garage

Customize your wall storage with over 40 slatwall accessories.

Slatwall panels aren’t just for better functionality, either. They give an unfinished garage a clean and polished look. Choose from eight colors to match your cabinetry or flooring.

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

Overhead storage for seasonal items

Not only are most garage walls underutilized, so are their ceiling spaces. You only have to look up in most garages to discover more storage space.

plastic storage bins in garage overhead storage racks

Storage bins in heavy-duty overhead storage racks are a great way to hide clutter.

Overhead storage racks help to keep your garage floor clutter-free. Their durable construction lets you store heavy items. They are also adjustable and come in different lengths.

Here are a few items that are perfect for garage overhead storage:

  • patio furniture
  • sporting equipment
  • storage bins (great for hiding clutter)
  • holiday decorations
  • winter tires

Double your parking space with a car lift

If space is at a premium in your garage, it may be difficult to park more than one vehicle. Off-site vehicle storage might seem like your only option, but that can be expensive in the long run.

Consider investing in a 4 post car lift that enables you to double your parking space.

double car lift with parked cars

Car collectors will love the convenience of having vehicles nearby and ready to drive.

Car lifts are also useful for storing cars that are only driven during certain times of the year. With an attachment, your lift can also store:

  • boats and jet skis
  • snowmobiles
  • all-terrain vehicles
  • other bulky seasonal items

And if you like to work on your vehicle, a car lift is the best way to get underneath it easily.

Hire an experienced garage remodel company

Creating a nicer garage interior with more usable space is worth the time and expense. To achieve this goal, who you choose to do your garage makeover will be the single biggest decision you’ll make with the project.

There are a number of important things to look for in a garage remodel company. Successfully and efficiently executing a plan for a garage makeover requires years of expertise.

Garage Living installer applying slatwall panels to a garage wall.

A Garage Living installer applying slatwall panels to a garage wall.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Garage Living has completed thousands of makeover projects across the U.S. and Canada. The professional, high-end look of the transformed garages pictured here and on our website are the result of all of that experience and because of the high-quality products we use.

Bring us your design ideas. We’ll work together and within your budget to make your garage a destination that gives you enjoyment every time you drive into it.

Love your garage space!

Don’t be embarrassed about your garage. Be proud of having an organized garage with more usable space that also looks great.

Don’t forget that an open garage impacts your curb appeal. Neighbors and passersby notice a garage interior that’s messy, unfinished, and has décor that’s outdated. This is a big reason 52% of homeowners want to own a garage their neighbors envy, according to a Thompson’s Company study.

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

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The Garage Floor Winter Protection Solution Your Home Needs

Garage floors work hard when dealing with constant foot and vehicle traffic. They also have to contend with exposure to dust, dirt, mud, spills, automotive fluid leaks, and rainwater.

And garage floors in homes that are located in snowy northern climates have an even bigger workload. Winters take a greater toll on those garage floors with all the snow, ice, salt, sand, and de-icing products that get brought inside by your vehicles and footwear.

Learn more about what you can do to give your home the best garage floor winter protection.

Here’s what the winter can do to your garage floor

Having an ice-cold, messy, and slippery floor isn’t the only effect winter has on your garage.

Most garage floors are unfinished, meaning they’re just bare concrete without a top seal. Concrete is actually more porous than people realize. Without a sealer, garage floors are more prone to foundational deterioration from water and chemical de-icer.

A garage floor will expand and contract when the temperature rises and falls. This natural process will endure more stress when excess water seeps into the concrete (especially via surface-level cracks) and goes through repeated thaw and freeze cycles.

Melted snow that mixes with road salt will recrystallize within the concrete, which puts additional stress on the floor. Eventually, this all results in existing floor cracks getting longer and deeper and new cracks forming. Pitting and spalling can also occur, which involves larger areas of a floor’s surface crumbling or flaking away.

Unfinished cracked garage floor with road salt damage

Unfinished garage floor with road salt damage and cracks.

Sand may be useful when it’s spread on the roads, but it’s definitely no friend of the garage floor. The very reason sand is being used for winter driving safety is why it’s bad for a floor. The abrasiveness that gives the sand its functionality for tire traction wears away at your floor’s surface, whether it’s bare concrete or has a topcoat.

And we can’t leave out road salt. All of those unsightly white salt stains and deposits on the floor will not just make a mess of your clothes, they also do damage even before seeping into the concrete. Salt that is left on the floor can cause discoloration and also acts as an abrasive.

What are your garage floor winter protection options?

When you’re considering winter protection for your garage floor, you have four viable options.

1. Garage floor coatings

An epoxy or polyaspartic floor coating is the way to go if you’re looking for the most effective garage floor winter protection solution. They will help protect your floor from the ravages of winter and offer decorative benefits that add visual appeal to a garage interior.

Epoxy floor coatings cost less than polyaspartic coatings but aren’t as durable. One reason is that a polyaspartic coating’s adhesive base coat forms a stronger bond with the concrete than epoxy coatings will. Both epoxy and polyaspartic coatings add a top coat seal that protects a garage floor from water, chemical, and abrasion damage.

One drawback of epoxy coatings is that they need to be applied in a specific temperature range, which means applications can’t be done in colder weather. On the other hand, polyaspartic floor coatings like Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coating system can be applied in temperatures as low as -40°F.

2. Garage floor sealers

man applying garage floor sealerA sealant can be used on a garage floor to produce a clear, thick film that covers up a floor surface’s imperfections and adds a protective layer against abrasions and water and chemical seepage into the concrete.

Sealers provide a glossy finish, but any aesthetic benefits will be diminished if the color of the concrete below it is unevenly matched or if the floor shows evidence of surface repair work.

3. Winter snow mats

The cheapest way to protect a garage floor in the winter is to buy a winter snow mat (also known as a water containment mat), which comes in a variety of sizes.

The mats are typically made with durable rubber or vinyl and can hold gallons of water from melted snow, ice, and road salt that falls off your vehicles. The water can be removed with a squeegee or wet vac.

As a less permanent method of garage floor winter protection, floor mats can move around if they’re not heavy enough or anchored to the floor. Cheap floor mats can also tear quickly, especially when a vehicle’s tires are turned too much while driving over them.

4. Garage floor interlocking tiles

Interlocking PVC or rubber floor tiles are another way to protect a garage floor during the winter. They’re cost-effective, can be installed quickly, come in a variety of designs, and are easy to replace if a tile is damaged.

Self-draining floor tiles channel any water from melted snow and ice to the concrete underneath them. It’s wise to seal the floor or have some type of drainage system in place before laying down the tiles. Solid floor tiles will collect any moisture on their top surface and it should evaporate.

If you’re wondering if you can paint a garage floor in the winter to protect it, don’t waste your time. Floor paint provides virtually no garage floor winter protection. It is purely cosmetic.

The best garage floor winter protection: a polyaspartic floor coating

Man in winter coat stepping out of blue vehicle in large 3-car garage with garage cabinets.

So between all of these garage floor winter protection options, what’s the best choice to make? It’s a polyaspartic floor coating.

A Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating delivers the best floor surface protection available for home garages. 

Floortex™ coatings protect garage floors from winter salt, melted snow, ice, and de-icing chemicals. It also protects your floor from damage that can occur from scratches, abrasions, automotive fluid leaks, and household chemical spills.

Garage Living can also give your garage a baseboard coating that creates a unique, seamless appearance between your walls and the floor, as well as sealing up any drafts or areas where water can do damage.

On top of all of these protective benefits, a Floortex™ floor coating looks great and can be customized with a color that complements your garage’s décor. The decorative flakes we use also give the floor added texture, which can provide better slip resistance when the surface is wet.

The advanced proprietary floor coating process Garage Living’s professionally trained installers use with our state-of-the-art equipment ensures every floor we refinish will last for years to come.

And because polyaspartic floor coatings have a quick curing time, it can take as little as a day to complete a floor coating application at any time of the year.

How to keep a garage floor clean in winter

Floortex™ floor coatings are very low-maintenance, but even they need some regular cleaning over the course of the winter.

Use a squeegee or shovel to remove as much snow, slush, and water from the garage floor as you can. When the garage floor is dry, give it regular sweeps to remove as much salt residue, loose sand, and other types of abrasive debris as possible. Don’t just sweep everything out into your driveway – scoop it up so it doesn’t eventually end up back on the floor.

When the spring arrives, the garage floor can be more thoroughly cleaned with a hose, squeegee, and a cleaning product that won’t harm the coating (Garage Living recommends Crystal Simple Green).

To reduce the amount of mess that gets tracked into your garage in the winter, you could remove as much ice, slush, and snow as possible in the driveway before parking inside. Another option is to clear off the vehicle once you’re parked in the garage and use a shovel or squeegee to push all that wet stuff outside.

Let’s face it, though – miserable winter weather doesn’t exactly inspire the will to be that proactive with keeping your garage floor clean. You’re usually just looking to get into your warm house as soon as possible.

Get the best garage floor winter protection solution

Man in winter coat standing in garage leaning on hockey stick.

There is no better time of year to be parking your vehicles inside your garage than the wintertime.

And when you have the best garage floor winter protection like a Floortex™ coating, there’s no need to worry about the long-term damaging effects winter can have on your flooring.

If you’re unable to park inside your garage because it’s disorganized, Garage Living can help with that, too. We have storage and organization solutions that will eliminate floor clutter and provide you with more room to park in a covered space.

Schedule a free design consultation with us today.

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7 of the Best Luxury Cars and SUVs 2021 Has To Offer

As the year comes to an end, car enthusiasts will be paying attention to what new vehicle models have arrived in auto dealerships or are coming soon.

Garage Living takes an interest in what the best luxury cars and SUVs hitting the market are because we love cars and know a few of these beauties will be parked in some of our clients’ remodeled garages.

2021 has no shortage of great luxury vehicles to offer. Let’s take a look at seven of the best of them (in no particular order), based on ratings and reviews from a number of respected automotive magazines and websites.

Prices are in U.S. dollars with Canadian dollar prices (CAD) in parentheses.

1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

best luxury cars Mercedes-Benz S-Class

It’s no surprise that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered one of the best 2021 luxury sedans available. Mercedes-Benz is the most popular luxury car brand in the world and its flagship S-Class line (featuring four different models), is a big reason why.

Motor Trend magazine praises the 2021 S-Class as “a statement of engineering excellence and technical expertise”.

The sedan gets a significant redesign for 2021 both inside and outside. Although the sedan is larger than the previous year’s model, the reworked aluminum/steel hybrid construction makes its overall weight a little lighter. Other highlights include improved safety features and upgrades to its already state-of-the-art interior tech.

Starting from$94,250 ($109,000 CAD)

2. Porsche Macan Turbo

Porsche’s popular Macan line of SUVs includes the baseline Macan, the S model, and the GTS, but it’s the top-of-the-line Turbo that we’d really love to park in our garage.

Car and Driver magazine hails it as “the single best driving crossover on the planet” and it claims to have more cargo and passenger room than any other sports vehicle. The 2021 model offers slightly more power than the previous Turbo model and pushes 434 hp with a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds.

The Macan line is positioned as a direct competitor of Mercedes-AMG’s sporty GLE 53 and BMW’s X3 M40i SUV.

Starting from$85,950 ($96,500 CAD)

3. Jaguar F-Type

best luxury cars and SUVs Jaguar F-type

Another of our picks as one of the best luxury cars of 2021 is the Jaguar F-Type, which comes in four coupe models and four convertible models.

Introduced in 2013, Car and Driver calls Jaguar’s newest line of two-door roadsters “arguably one of the most underappreciated sports cars” available.

The F-Type gets a major facelift for 2021 with an exterior redesign, new infotainment upgrades, and an engine overhaul. Horsepower-wise, the F-Type has a top-level output of 575 hp with the R model and the entry-level coupe and convertible engines delivering 296 hp.

Starting from$61,600 ($73,000 CAD)

4. Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Aston Martin’s Vantage is considered a world-class luxury sports car and the new Roadster allows auto enthusiasts to get the top-down driving experience in this specific model.

The Roadster’s roof operates faster than any convertible folding roof ever made. It can be fully lowered in 6.7 seconds and raised in just one tenth of a second more.

Both the coupe and convertible produce 503 hp, with the latter’s 0-60 mph sprint speed of 3.8 seconds clocking in at just a fraction of a second slower than its hardtop companion.

Starting from$150,000 ($192,000 CAD)

5. Audi RS5 Sportback

2021 Audi RS5 Sportback

The RS 5 Sportback is nestled comfortably in the middle of Audi’s RS line of sporty sedans. Its 444 hp engine can’t match the impressive 591 hp performance the RS 7 Sportback engine dishes out, but it still has plenty of power to offer for fans of high-performance sedans.

A front-end redesign and additional exterior styling tweaks for the four-door RS 5 Sportback and the RS 5 Coupe have gotten the thumbs-up from auto journalists.

Interior features are highlighted by luxurious Nappa leather sports seats with massage functionality and a cutting-edge infotainment system powered by a 10.1-inch touchscreen.

Starting from$75,400 ($87,400 CAD)

6. Lincoln Navigator

2021 Lincoln Navigator

If you’re looking to buy a large luxury SUV, you’re probably considering popular models like the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX8 and the model that is perhaps most synonymous with large luxury utility vehicles – the Lincoln Navigator.

Three rows of seating provide plenty of room for comfort and the vehicle’s Perfect Position technology allows seats to be adjusted 30 ways. The rest of the vehicle’s interior is as luxurious as ever.

The Navigator’s robust V-6 engine generates 450 hp, which is capable of towing up to 8,700 pounds.

Starting from$77,480 ($92,500 CAD)

7. Porsche 911 Turbo

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Concluding our list of some of 2021’s best luxury cars and SUVs is the sleek Porsche 911 Turbo, which is available in four versions (including two Cabriolet convertible models).

When the baseline model of a luxury sports car has an engine packing 572 hp, you know the highest end model will be an absolute beast (in this case, the top-of-the-line Turbo S engine clocks in at a stellar 640 hp).

Starting from$170,800 ($194,400 CAD)

Get your garage ready for one of the best luxury cars and SUVs

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Any of the above best luxury cars and SUVs need a home parking space that complements their high-end, stylish appearance.

Garage Living specializes in making the finest vehicles on the market look right at home in your home.

We can customize your garage with interior colors and materials that accentuate the beauty of your vehicles and give you the feeling of luxury every time you enter your garage space.

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