Garage Living Designer Series: Exclusive Garage Designs

The garage makeover process varies widely for each one of our clients.

Some start their journey with a clear, concise idea of what they want their garage to look and function like.

Others may have a general idea of the aesthetic they’re looking for with their garage. Many of Garage Living’s clients come to us with very little knowledge of what modern garage décor and storage options are available.

Regardless of how fully formed the vision for their remodeled garage is, the goal of anyone enlisting the services of a trusted garage professional is the same – they all want to transform their garage’s appearance into something truly special.

To simplify the process of designing your garage, we’re pleased to introduce the Garage Living Designer Series. It’s a collection of exclusive garage designs inspired by and created for you.

2 red Ferraris parked in a red-themed garage

Performance Designer Series

The inspiration behind the Garage Living Designer Series

Since 2005, Garage Living has completed thousands of garage makeovers across the U.S. and Canada.

All of that experience has shown us what works most effectively when it comes to designing garages (and what doesn’t work). It’s also given us a lot of insight and expertise into what homeowners are looking for when putting their garage redesign together.

For this reason – and because we know not everybody has the time or inclination to fully research their garage décor options – Garage Living has produced seven custom Designer Series themes.

A different dynamic color theme is featured in each Designer Series that infuses a distinct, cohesive aesthetic to any garage.

Each Designer Series garage has its own design board that shapes the product and color palette selection. A design board is also known as a mood board or concept board and provides an arrangement of inspiring images that tell a unique narrative.

Design board showing paint swatches, various slatwall panel colors, textures, and materials

Design board showing paint swatches, slatwall colors, flooring color, textures, and cabinetry colors – Performance Design Series.

Why the Designer Series helps anyone planning a garage makeover

There can be a lot of decisions to make when planning a top-to-bottom makeover of your garage.

The Designer Series saves our clients time by simplifying the design process, providing a focussed starting point with contemporary garage themes.

These carefully curated, pre-packaged complementary color and product combinations conveniently bring the vision of your “future garage” into sharp focus.

While each Designer Series helps guide you through the design process, you’re not strictly limited to the colors and products recommended in each Series.

Customization and design flexibility is a hallmark of Garage Living. We will work with you to make adjustments to your garage’s design and address any secondary needs you may have.

Which Designer Series is right for your garage?

Let’s briefly summarize the highlights and features of each Garage Living Designer Series so you can get a better idea of which one may work best for your needs.

Harbor

blue car parked in garageThe Harbor Designer Series takes its inspiration from the world’s most popular color – blue.

Good things come in blue. The sighting of blue jays, freshly picked blueberries, and the allure of blue eyes. Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can evoke images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy. 

Harbor features nautical colors that conjure feelings of peace, tranquility, and organization. It was the perfect visual concept for one of our clients who chose it as the theme for the garage at their weekend getaway in a lakeside resort community.

Midnight

White Porsche in grey and white themed garage.

You don’t collect cars, you curate luxury. Every vehicle you choose is a refined choice. Like vintage wine, where you keep it should look as finely crafted as what you select.

If these things resonate with you, the Midnight Designer Series may be just what you’ve been looking for when it comes to your garage’s look.

Midnight is an engaging combination of black, grey, and white shades, emphasizing a sense of elegance and simplicity that projects a modern, sophisticated aesthetic.

Midnight provides an alluring place to start and end your next great journey, creating a one-of-a-kind showplace that is an extension of your style.  

Carbon

Charcoal grey Merceds parked in custom garage with dark decor.

Greys are increasing in popularity in the realm of interior design and feature prominently in the Carbon Designer Series.

Carbon is a transitional and timeless blend of grey and black, creating a balanced, finely honed garage look that’s strong and sophisticated.

Carbon provides a brilliant, rock-solid palette that can take center stage in showing off your garage interior. It’s equally capable of receding into the perfect, tasteful backdrop for your star vehicles. 

Barn Board

Jeep SUV in a barn board inspired custom garage.

The Barn Board Designer Series from Garage Living is earthy, warm and natural. Just like you. Just like your home. It’s easy on the eyes, comfortable, and perfectly expresses your style.

Barn Board brings a modern approach to farmhouse-inspired design with warm expressions, distressed wood, and inviting neutrals to form a comforting, grounded experience.

Patriot

Blue Mustang Shelby with white racing stripe in blue and white designer garage.You’re not afraid to show your true colors. You wear your pride like a favorite pair of jeans that are dependable and reliable, just like the cars you choose to drive.

The Patriot Designer Series features a traditional blue, white, and grey color palette that creates a visually stunning yet comforting home space that is a reflection of your values.

Performance

The Performance Designer Series says you’re not afraid to make a statement, especially when that statement honors your love of speed and the finer details when it comes to your cars and where you park them.

The dynamic Performance series is ideal for the consumer whose automotive choices are top-level and engineered with precision and distinction.

Performance captures an adventurous spirit that’s anything but standard, delivering a lasting impression with its bold color palette. 

Tudor

Green sportswear in a green-themed garage.

The inspiration behind the Tudor Designer Series comes from the iconic green color that originates with the birth of the UK motor racing scene.

The finest racing cars from Bentley to Bugatti and Lotus have sported the distinct British Racing Green shade racing in the Le Mans, Grand Prix, and Formula One. So why not bring a hint of racing green home? 

Tudor is a fusion of passion and tradition, where green, white, grey, and neutrals come together to produce a contemporary look.

Tudor Green is also the newest exclusive Floortex™ floor coating color available from Garage Living.

Learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series

To assist in your decision-making process and to learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series, you can download a PDF brochure from the link on each series page.

We encourage you to visit your local Garage Living showroom to view samples of the Designer Series. Please don’t hesitate to ask our professionals any questions you may have about a particular series or anything else related to garage makeovers.

You can also schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living at your convenience. 

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9 of the Best 2020 Luxury Cars We’re Excited About

Garage Living is all about transforming the garages of our clients into highly functional spaces that look incredible.

As a company with a keen eye for stylish design and high-end aesthetics, we’re always interested in the newest luxury vehicles some of our clients might one day be parking in their new garages.

Recent years have seen a boom in the sales of luxury vehicles worldwide, with especially strong showings in the U.S. and Canada.

Considering the strong economies in both countries and the innovative and stunning models that auto manufacturers keep producing, it’s no wonder luxury vehicles are being parked in more and more garages. 

9 of the best 2020 luxury cars to look out for

2020 has no shortage of amazing luxury vehicles to get excited about.

Our list, which isn’t in any particular order, focusses on some of the standout models that have been highly rated by respected automotive journalists. Canadian prices (CAD) are in parentheses.

Take a look at some of the best 2020 luxury cars available right now that add a major “wow factor” to any garage!

1. Lexus LC 500

2020 Lexus LC 500

Consumer Reports named Lexus the most reliable automaker for 2020, not just for luxury vehicles but the entire auto industry. That was based on exhaustive data collected on more than 400,000 vehicles manufactured from 2000-2019. We’re not surprised considering Lexus is a subsidiary of Toyota, a perennial leader in automotive reliability.

The LC 500 makes our list of the best 2020 luxury cars because…well, just look at that photo above! What’s not to love about that sleek front end, burly V8 engine (pushing 471 hp on the standard model), and exquisite interior?

Lexus’ flagship coupe is available in four different versions:

  • LC 500 standard model
  • LC 500h hybrid
  • LC 500 convertible
  • LC Inspiration Series (limited to just 100 cars)

Starting from: $92,950 ($103,450 CAD)

2. Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo best luxury cars

The Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn) was unveiled as a concept vehicle in 2015 and the first fully electric Porsche has finally made its way to market, making quite the first impression in the process. Automobile magazine named it their 2020 Design of the Year.

The car’s name, roughly translated, means “soul of a spirited young horse”, which seems quite fitting. It aligns nicely with the horse featured on Porsche’s iconic logo and reflects the serious horsepower lying beneath the hood. 

The baseline 4S model delivers 522 hp (up to 563 hp with a bigger battery), the Turbo has 670 hp, and the Turbo S packs a whopping 750 hp.

The premium electric vehicle features front and rear electric motors providing all-wheel drive and an 800-volt electrical system that’s touted as having shorter recharge times. Car and Driver magazine expects that the Turbo S model’s driving range will be around 225 miles (362 km), while the Turbo model should be around 270 miles (434 km).

Starting from: $103,800 ($119,400 CAD)

3. Audi R8

2020 Audi R8 luxury car

Available in coupe and convertible versions (the latter is called the Spyder), the Audi R8 was praised by Car and Driver for its “head-turning styling, minimalist cabin, and a V-10 engine that sings’’.

That 10-cylinder engine is the same one the Lamborghini Huracán uses, so you know it’s no slouch in the speed department. The standard model of the vehicle runs at 562 hp and the Performance model of the coupe and convertible pushes 602 hp, with “neck-snapping acceleration”, as Car and Driver puts it.

View a gallery that shows how the color of the Audi R8 of one of our clients influenced the color scheme for his garage makeover. 

Starting from: $169,900 ($188,400 CAD)

4. Corvette ZR1

Corvette ZR1 luxury car

As Corvette manufacturer Chevrolet boasts, “The ZR1 has returned to the throne to push the Corvette legacy to its highest point ever. It’s a supercar that’s at once luxurious and overwhelmingly capable, delivering the icon’s fastest, most powerful, most advanced performance in a production Corvette to date. Drivers, hail the new King.”

Look beyond the standard automaker marketing hyperbole, however, and you’ll find an impressive luxury sports car whose 2019 model was named Road and Track magazine’s Performance Car of The Year. That model achieved a top track speed of 212 mph, making it the fastest production Corvette ever.

The supercharged V-8 engine can go 0-60 in just 2.85 seconds and tops out at 755 hp. You can even control the volume of the car with a new exhaust system with four different sound profiles, ranging from the in-your-face Track setting to the quiet-as-a-mouse Stealth setting.

Starting from: $123,000 ($138,595 CAD)

5. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class best luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz is the leader in luxury vehicle sales both in the U.S. and globally. The flagship S-Class is a big reason for that and is a longstanding favorite of luxury car buyers. 

Trusted automotive resource Edmunds named the 2019 S-Class the winner of their Buyers Most Wanted Luxury Large Car award. Car and Driver heralded the 2020 S-Class for its “flawless fit and finish inside and out, creamy-smooth engines, and a distinguished on-road presence” and Carbuzz.com says the sedan “still manages to set the bar for virtually every other competitor at this premium end of the market” in its review.

The full-sized luxury sedan has a spacious interior loaded with the latest car infotainment tech and premium options like a 360° camera system. Extras also include semi-autonomous driving and seats that can do almost everything except drive the car itself (well, not quite…they do have ventilation, heating, and massage capabilities, though).

New for 2020 is a hybrid model (the S 560e), which joins the sedan, coupe, and convertible S-Class models.

Starting from: $95,000 (109,000 CAD)

6. Tesla Model S 

2020 Tesla Model S best luxury cars

If Google searches are any indication, the Tesla Model S is the second-most wanted electric vehicle in the world, trailing only Tesla’s Model 3 (according to data from MotoringResearch.com). 

We do know it has been the best-selling large luxury car in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 and 2019. Not bad for a model that only launched eight years ago.

Other auto manufacturers are trying to catch up to Tesla’s industry-leading electric vehicle driving range. The latest Model S has an impressive 373 mile (600 km) driving range and an acceleration speed of 0-60 in only 2.6 seconds.

The newly launched Taycan is a direct competitor to the Model S, as Porsche tries to cater to car buyers seeking luxury, high-performance, and more eco-friendly transportation.   

Starting from: $85,000 ($113,600 CAD)

7. BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

One of the world’s most popular luxury brands gives its flagship luxury sedan a few relatively minor updates for 2020. Notably, BMW’s 7 Series luxury car gets new headlights and taillights, reworked powertrains, updated infotainment tech, and a refresh of its hybrid model (with the 745e replacing the 740e). 

AutoBlog.com’s review of the 7 Series raved about how “nearly every technological, engineering and performance trick up BMW’s sleeve can be found in this car, making it one of the most sophisticated and advanced vehicles on the road today”.

The in-your-face front grille is fairly divisive amongst some BMW enthusiasts and auto journalists (TopGear.com’s review called it “hilariously, unforgivably ugly”), but the 7 Series remains one of the world’s best-selling large luxury cars for a good reason.

Starting from: $103,645  ($119,800 CAD)

8. Polestar 1

2020 Polestar 1 best luxury cars

Polestar is a rather unknown auto brand here in North America. The company was founded in 1996 and built its reputation as a team on the European racing circuit. Volvo purchased them in 2015 and two years later Polestar’s first high-end electric performance cars hit the market. 

We thought the exciting Polestar 1 was a good under-the-radar pick for our list of the best 2020 luxury cars. Driving.ca said the built-in-China zero-emissions vehicle “may not just be the best EV on the market today but possibly the best luxury gran turismo”. 

The plug-in hybrid coupe features two rear electric motors and another electric motor under the hood that can combine for a powerful 600 hp. Polestar says the 1 delivers the best electric-only range of any hybrid car on the market.

As in previous years, the production run of the vehicle is limited to 500 units.

Starting from: $155,000 ($208,950 CAD)

9. Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Sure, it’s another Porsche on our list, but it’s the iconic 911 Carrera S. Porsche has eight different models of one of the most well-known sports cars in the world on offer for 2020, ranging from the baseline Carrera coupe up to the Carrera 4S Cabriolet.

We love the Carrera S for its sleek looks, luxurious leather interior, cutting-edge amenities, and incredible handling. And then there’s that legendary power of the car, which has a top track speed of 191 mph, does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, and has a 443 hp engine.

Since the 2020 911 Carrera S was unveiled, the accolades have been rolling in, with Motor Trend naming it one of their finalists for 2020 Car of the Year.

Starting from: $113,300 ($120,000 CAD)

For the best 2020 luxury cars, only the finest parking space will do

Any of the best 2020 luxury cars listed here need something more than a drab, outdated garage space to call home for the coming years.

If you appreciate the beauty of a luxury car, you owe it to yourself to park your vehicles in a luxury garage that’s befitting of the high-end looks of your four-wheeled investments.

audi r8 luxury car

An Audi R8 parked in the remodeled garage of one of our clients.

Garage Living specializes in designing garages that give homeowners ample storage space that’s easy-to-manage, as well as showpiece garages you’ll be proud to show off.

Take your first step towards parking your vehicles in a gorgeous space that gives you the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home. Schedule a complimentary design consultation with us today.

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

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

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

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

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

blue car surrounded by tidy garage interior

20 steps to a nicer garage interior

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

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

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

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

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

1. Toss the junk

The best justification for getting your garage organized is this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

closeup of blue car on garage floor

4. Eliminate floor clutter

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

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

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

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

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

5. Use the garage walls for more storage

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

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

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

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

6. Use hanging storage that’s more versatile

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

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

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

hanging organized tools ensure a nicer garage interior

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

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

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

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

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

8. Cabinets keep things tidy and hidden

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

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

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

silver garage cabinet system

9. Create storage zones so things are easy to find

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

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

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

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

10. Protect the garage floor

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

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

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

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

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

garage floor spill being cleaned up

11. Repaint for a nicer garage interior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Gain parking space with a car lift

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

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

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

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

silver car raised on car lift in garage

14. Upgrade your insulation and add climate control

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

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

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

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

15. Add some unique extras that stand out

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

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

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

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

garage wall base and LED lighting 

steps into home with floor coating

16. Upgrade the garage doors

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

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

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

17. Improve the air quality

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

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

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

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

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

18. Install new lighting

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

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

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

open garage at night with parked SUV

19. Upgrade your garage tech

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

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

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

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

20. Maintain your transformed garage space

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

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

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

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

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

Create a nicer garage interior with these stylish upgrades

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

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

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

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13 Awesome Garage Makeovers That Will Give You Garage Envy

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

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

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

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

13 awesome garage makeovers that turn heads

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

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

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

1. The underground garage makeover

black Lamborghini in luxury garage

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

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

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

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

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

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

View more photos from this makeover here.

2. The Harbor Blue garage makeover 

open garage with parked white car

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

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

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

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

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

3. The luxury garage makeover

luxury garage with parked white car

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

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

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

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

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

Get a better look at this luxury garage gallery here.

4. The fitness room garage makeover

open garage with fitness equipment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. The his & her garage makeover

luxury home with parked cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get more information and photos from this dual garage makeover here

6. The minimalist garage makeover

white Porsch

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

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

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

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

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

Here is where you can see more from this gallery.

7. The Audi R8 garage makeover

grey audi r8

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

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

Here are a few other interesting details about this project: 

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

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

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

8. The fully rebuilt garage makeover

silver convertible in garage

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

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

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

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

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

9. The driving enthusiast’s garage makeover

blue car in garage with hanging bikes

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

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

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

 Discover more about this makeover on its gallery page.

10. The home entryway garage makeover

blue car in garage with 2 hanging bikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. The basketball court garage makeover

indoor basketball court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. The unfinished garage makeover

tidy single car garage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. The storage-rich garage makeover

storage cabinet system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome garage makeovers are what we do!

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

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

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

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17 Essential Goals Savvy Homeowners Have on Their Garage Wish List

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Just 11% of homeowners say they’re content with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it in some way.

That’s according to a Wall Street Journal survey. And a Peachtree Consulting survey found that over 50% of homeowners plan on reorganizing their garage within the next two years.

These numbers aren’t surprising, considering the garage is typically the most disorganized room in a house. It’s also usually the most overlooked room when considering home improvement upgrades.

So what essential ideas and goals should be on a garage wish list for anyone looking to transform this space?

17 must-have goals for your garage wish list

If you’re thinking about upgrading your garage, your garage wish list may only have a few items on it. But if you’re planning your dream garage, why not dream big?

These are some of the most common ways homeowners are looking to make improvements to their garages:

  • gaining more storage space
  • having less floor clutter
  • making the room look nicer
  • creating more parking space
  • adding modern features and conveniences

All of the above are huge benefits of having a garage makeover done. There are other areas that merit attention when planning a garage remodel, however.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of 17 ways to make any garage stand out. Hopefully, you’ll get a few more ideas to make your garage wish list more complete.

With a little extra thought and the expertise of a reliable garage makeover pro, you can far exceed your original vision of how your garage looks and functions once the project is completed.

1. A garage that looks tidy and clean

The biggest pet peeve of anyone who is unhappy with their garage is that it always looks like a mess.

Having garage floor clutter might feel like one of those things in life that you just have to accept. It’s actually not difficult at all to eliminate it. All you need to do is use better storage systems (like slatwall panels) that keep things organized with less effort.

Storage systems can be set up to hang tools and accommodate all of those infrequently used things (such as bulky seasonal items) that are permanently clogging up your garage floor.

Even using more hidden storage space with cabinetry gets rid of the visual clutter that a bunch of items stored on open shelving creates in a garage.

Modern garage storage system additions and dècor upgrades have a huge impact on the appearance of garages. For example, there’s no comparison between how much cleaner a polyaspartic-coated floor looks compared to the typical garage floor, which is cracked, grimy, and dull grey.

And naturally, a clutter-free garage is that much easier to clean.

2. More garage storage space

Any garage wish list will have more storage space as a top priority.

Some homeowners resort to making their garage larger, buying a shed, or renting a self-storage unit to fulfill their storage needs. Choosing any of those options is unnecessary, however.

The main key to maximizing your garage’s storage space is actually rather simple – just choose the right storage systems and utilize the walls and ceiling areas more efficiently.

Your garage’s underused vertical space is your best friend in the battle against floor clutter. Slatwall panels are a great storage solution and can be personalized to your needs with hanging accessories that can be arranged in an endless number of configurations.

Wall-mounted and overhead storage racks for bulky things like tires, patio furniture, storage bins with holiday decorations, and other seasonal items will help to get the most out of your garage’s storage capabilities.

A more organized garage means parking vehicles will be easier, but you can even take advantage of your unused ceiling space to add a car lift for storing another vehicle.

Make no mistake – if you have years of collected junk in your garage, it’ll require a healthy investment of your time to purge your belongings down to only what’s really needed. Once that’s done, though, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a part of your home that’s able to be a lot more functional.

items hanging on garage wall

A garage’s walls have a wealth of storage space just waiting to be properly utilized.

3. Looks that your neighbors will envy

When it comes to curb appeal and garages, your garage doors might seem to be the only thing that affects how neighbors, visitors, and passersby view your house’s appearance.

They’re unquestionably important, considering garage doors can account for as much as a third of a home’s front exterior.

Don’t forget about what’s behind the garage doors, however. Whenever those doors are open, your garage’s interior appearance reveals to others the standards you have for your entire home.

For many homeowners, it’s not something they’re eager to share with the rest of the world. An Impulse Research survey found that 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.

A garage remodel not only takes care of the clutter that makes garages an eyesore, you can also create a unique, high-end look that stands out amongst the other homes in your neighborhood.

Owning a garage the neighbors wish was their own is more common than you might think. Just over half of those who participated in a study by the Thompson’s Company wanted to own a garage their neighbors envied.

4. A reliable pro to do your garage makeover

Unless you’re super handy, a major garage remodel is not exactly the kind of home improvement project you want to DIY.

It’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed about how to successfully pull off a successful garage makeover. That includes worrying about finding a contractor that can do the job right.

As with any home improvement project you’re undertaking, hiring a professional with expertise, trustworthiness, and great products will result in a completed project you’re completely happy with.

You need to work within your budget, of course, but remember that first-rate work and high quality products are worth the extra cost.

Garage Living has been specializing in garage redesigns for 15 years, with thousands of completed projects under our belt across North America. That kind of experience and our high quality of work has made us an industry leader in garage makeovers.

5. A durable, nicer-looking floor

How your garage floor looks can make or break the room’s overall appearance.

Let’s face it, any garage with a concrete floor that’s grey, stained, pitted, and cracked (which describes most garage floors, unfortunately) is fighting an uphill battle when it comes to projecting an appealing look.

Applying floor paint to an ugly garage floor is the equivalent of treating the symptom and not curing the disease, to quote the old expression.

DIY epoxy floor coating kits will produce better results than floor paint, but are still vastly inferior to polyaspartic garage floor coatings.

Here’s why a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™ should be on the garage wish list of anyone planning a makeover:

  • polyaspartic coatings provide superior protection for the concrete surface
  • they’re extremely durable and long-lasting
  • coated floors are sealed to protect from long-term damage caused by water and chemical spills
  • a Floortex™-coated floor is easy to clean
  • the shiny surface and customized colors give your garage a stylish appearance that complements your interior décor
  • the decorative flakes provide improved traction

silver car parked in garage

Great garage makeovers start from the floor up!

6. An organized space where things are easy to find

“Garage organization” might seem like an oxymoron to those with category 5 garage catastrophes on their hands.

Messy garages end up frustratingly costing you hours of wasted time every year trying to find things. When your garage is set up with a proper organization system that simplifies how things are stored, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to correct the problem.

Establishing storage zones that keep things together by category helps, as does making your most often-used items more accessible.

For example, let’s say you live in a northern climate. From the spring until late fall, yard and gardening tools should be hung on an easy-to-access spot on the slatwall. Bikes and sports gear that are frequently used during this time of year would also be candidates for prime slatwall storage space.

When winter comes, rotate out the things stored on those wall hanging spaces and replace them with items like snow shovels and winter sports equipment.

For the most infrequently used items in the garage, put them up high and out of the way in overhead racks. Something like bulky plastic storage bins filled with Christmas decorations will literally only need to be retrieved once a year from the garage. Why let them take up floor space against the garage wall for 10 or 11 months of the year?

Hand tools often get lost because they’re small and don’t have a dedicated storage area. In addition to the aggravation of not being able to find that one tool needed for a particular job, lost tools end up getting repurchased. With a cabinet storage system, tool organization worries become a thing of the past.

When everything in your garage has a home, there’s less guesswork involved finding things. The chances that your belongings will get put back in their rightful location are also greatly improved.

7. Plenty of parking space

A garage’s main purpose is for parking vehicles, yet according to a Sparefoot survey, just under half of the 1,000 homeowners polled said they had problems parking in their garages

A U.S. Department of Energy study found that 25% of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all. A third can only park one car. There’s a good chance your garage wish list includes headache-free parking as a goal.

Dealing with your clutter opens up your garage once again to accommodate vehicle parking and enjoying all the benefits that come with garage parking. Remember that your vehicles should own the space on your garage floor, not a bunch of dusty, seldom-used clutter.

And don’t settle for just enough space to barely squeeze your cars into the garage. Freeing up all of your floor space enables you to drive in and out of the garage (as well as enter and exit vehicles) comfortably.

To supplement the amount of garage parking space that’s available, consider getting a car lift. This convenient and easy-to-use product can store one car on an elevated platform, while allowing you to park another vehicle safely below it.

8. More garage functionality

In addition to parking and storage, garages are prime candidates to be used for other purposes that make them an even more functional part of your home.

Many of our clients have asked us to design garages that made room for:

  • a workshop outfitted with custom cabinetry
  • doing vehicle maintenance (which 25% of homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal used their garages for)
  • a home gym
  • working on crafting projects
  • doing gardening tasks

Heating and air conditioning systems can be added to any garage to make the room more comfortable when the weather is hot or cold.

Because our makeovers result in the garages being so clean, modern-looking, and tidy, it’s even ideal for use as an entertainment space. You can have your buddies over to watch a sporting event on the TV that’s mounted in the garage’s cabinet system.

9. An easier to clean garage

When you think of most garages you’ve ever been in, the word “clean” is not exactly the first word that comes to mind to describe them.

You’ve heard the expression “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”? Well, just like floor clutter, a musty smell and dirty floor don’t need to fall into that category in every garage.

That’s the old way of thinking. Modern garages that have gotten the makeover treatment look so much cleaner because their décor has gotten a refresh and they’re simply much easier spaces to maintain.

It starts with the elimination of floor clutter and all of that useless stuff that hasn’t been touched in years. Getting rid of that junk has a direct impact on the garage’s cleanliness in these ways:

  • there are fewer things for dust to collect on
  • less clutter reduces the likelihood of pest problems
  • an empty garage floor without obstacles is easier to sweep and give a deeper cleaning
  • the garage’s airflow improves

People that own houses are a lot more conscious about the air quality in their homes these days. That’s why an increasing number of homeowners have added ventilation system upgrades to improve the exchange of air in their garages.

Have you ever tried to clean an old sheet of drywall? Good luck. PVC slatwall panels, on the other hand, can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth.

How about spills on the garage floor? Previously, they’d be difficult to clean because the floor surface might not be intact or spills that weren’t dealt with quickly would set into the unprotected concrete.

One of the nice features of a Floortex™ floor coating is that it not only provides great flooring protection, you can also easily clean up spills involving most household and automotive fluids.

Bonus Floortex™ features: The topcoat seal minimizes the amount of dust and debris produced on a concrete floor from wear and tear. The decorative flake design also makes dust and dirt less visible.

man wiping up oil spill

Floor coatings create less dust than bare concrete floors and are easy to maintain.

10. More convenient garage features

Quality of life improvements in the form of more modern, convenient features should be on every garage wish list.

We’ve already mentioned adding climate control systems and a TV to the garage. That’s just for starters. Here are some additional ideas:

  • keyless garage entry
  • smart home tech products
  • outlets for charging mobile devices
  • floor drainage
  • extra electrical outlets (including higher voltage outlets for power tools or a car lift)
  • a sink for cleaning up
  • more vertical space by raising your garage door’s opening height with a high lift conversion
  • improved WiFi

11. High quality garage storage solutions

There are a lot of cheap products for the garage out there that don’t stand the test of time.

Thin pegboard wall panels with unimpressive load-bearing capabilities that chip easily and flimsy storage cabinets that quickly rust and start to buckle immediately come to mind.

Then there’s the DIY shelving or repurposed kitchen cupboards that are found in a lot of garages. You can do better than this!

Invest in higher quality storage solutions for your garage and you won’t be replacing those storage systems for a good long while.

Garage Living’s slatwall panels have an industrial rigid cellular PVC construction with a 5/8″ thickness and load capacity of 300 lbs per panel.

Cheap garage cabinet systems don’t last because they commonly use lower gauge steel manufactured overseas. These steels are less sturdy and rust quicker than higher grade steels made in the U.S. and Canada.

All five lines of our cabinet systems are constructed with high quality materials, including powder-coated finishes to protect against rusting. Our heavy-duty overhead storage racks are also powder-coated to prolong the life of the product.

12. Garage décor and storage system customization

Anyone planning a garage wish list has a specific vision for how they want their garage to look. They want it to reflect their style and have all the features and functionality they’ll ever need.

Satisfying these requirements doesn’t happen with off-the-shelf storage systems and products found in big box stores. The professional handling the makeover needs to have the ability to customize your garage design.

Having a variety of colors and styles to choose from for the flooring, slatwall, cabinets, and garage doors are an obvious must-have.

Look beyond these obvious décor-related considerations for more ways to make a garage space unique.

Can the cabinet system you have in mind be customized to accommodate things you want to hide in the garage like a central vac system or electrical panel?

If the colors you want for certain parts of your project aren’t among the standard offerings available from your garage makeover pro, can they come up with a custom color that meets your needs?

How about creating a more seamless look between your garage floor and walls by adding a coated application to the wall base and steps into your living space?

Garage Living can do all of these custom features and much more. Just ask us. One of our teams even created an indoor basketball court in a large garage!

13. Better garage lighting

What good is having a beautiful new garage interior if it’s difficult to see?

Upgraded lighting is a cost-effective (and just plain effective) way to improve the appearance and comfort level of a garage.

LED light fixtures or pot lights will significantly improve your lighting coverage and be more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. Undercabinet lighting in cabinet systems provides useful task lighting.

How about adding some perimeter LED lights below the lower strip of your slatwall panels to boost the room’s ambiance and create a distinct look?

Lighting upgrades don’t just help to show off your makeover – parking becomes easier, finding things is less of a chore, and it makes the garage safer to navigate in.

empty and organized garage

New pot lights and LED light strips below the slatwall panels make this garage a brighter space with more ambiance. A security camera mounted in the back corner of the garage on the right provides peace of mind and will deter burglars.

14. Improved garage and car security

The best car theft prevention measure you can take is to park any vehicles you own in the garage. Garage parking also protects against weather-related damage and other potential problems, such as body damage from tree sap.

If you’re using an ancient garage door opener, consider upgrading to a newer model that’s more reliable, secure, quieter, and energy efficient.

Many modern garage door openers come with high-tech features like enabling remote garage door access via a smartphone app. This allows you to control and monitor your garage door when you’re away from home. You can use the feature to let delivery drivers drop off packages inside the garage instead of risking having them stolen by a “porch pirate”, as is becoming commonplace nowadays.

A garage security system with one or two low profile cameras protects one of your home’s more vulnerable access points and deters burglars, without detracting from the room’s appearance. It’s a smart investment that ensures your valuables stay safe and provides you with some peace of mind.

15. A safer garage

So far, we’ve explained how reducing tripping hazards with less floor clutter, better lighting, and more secure storage systems makes your garage safer.

A polyaspartic coating’s smooth floor surface is another way to make a garage safer, with better traction and no worries of walking on a damaged, uneven surface.

Don’t just stop there!

Locks can be added to a cabinet system’s drawers and doors. That not only protects valuable tools, it keeps kids safe from hazardous items in the garage.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years. Ideally, they should be tested monthly or, at the very least, once per season. Having a fire extinguisher close to the garage is another good idea.

Having backup emergency lighting in the garage is another safety measure worth considering.

16. Better energy efficiency

Better energy efficiency in the garage isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also good for your wallet (well, not initially, but in the long run).

You don’t have to break the bank by adding a fancy solar panel system to power your garage. Simply upgrading the room’s wall and ceiling insulation will make a big difference in the energy efficiency of the entire home.

Insulated garage doors with a bottom seal minimizes the transfer of warm and cold air in and out of the garage. Door insulation also limits the transfer of noise between the outdoors and the garage.

If your garage still has old single pane windows, upgrading to energy-saving windows is worth a look.

To reduce drafts, use weatherstripping around window frames. Apply sealants or foam insulation around wall outlets and light fixtures, pipe inlets, and air ducts for additional draft protection.

Maybe the access door into your living space could use an update. Besides replacing it with a more energy efficient door, you could add weatherstripping around the frame and make sure the door sweep is doing its job to keep drafts out.

17. Upgrades that add value to your home

Anyone putting together a garage wish list and having a pro transform their garage not only wants to improve their home, they want to add value to it, too.

Cosmetic and functional upgrades for the garage do just that. If your family and neighbors are ultra-impressed with how your new garage looks, imagine how prospective homebuyers will view it in the future.

Messy, unattractive garages with insufficient storage can be dealbreakers for buyers. A Braun Research survey of realtors found that garages ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics.

An attractive, organized garage that stands out from the pack is a feather in your cap down the road when it comes time to sell your home and set an asking price.

Year after year when you look at lists that tell you which home improvement projects deliver the best return on investment, adding new garage doors is consistently rated as one of the best.

suv parked in garage at night

Garage upgrades add value to your home and create a space you’ll love driving into – every time!

Transform your garage wish list into your dream garage

Wouldn’t it be nice for a garage to be a space you actually look forward to driving into every time, not a part of the home that makes you cringe whenever you look at it?

We specialize in making garages home showpieces that truly feel like a desired destination and an enjoyable extension of your living space. You too can experience the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home.

Show us your garage wish list and we’ll begin the collaborative process that will lead to a beautiful garage that you’ll cherish for years to come.

All it takes is a few seconds to schedule your free design consultation with us.

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