From Garage To Classroom: Create An Effective Home Learning Space

2020 has thrown a lot at us. One of the biggest challenges for parents and their kids has been adjusting to at-home learning.

Parents have needed to find a workable balance between being full-time teachers (or part-time educators supplementing their kids’ remote learning studies) and their own parental, work, and household responsibilities.

It’s been a lot to deal with.

With a new school year underway, lots of schools remain closed. Even if schools are open in their area, many parents and students are uneasy about returning to traditional classroom settings. As a result, homeschooling will continue on a widescale level across the U.S. and Canada for the foreseeable future.

So what’s the best homeschooling environment for your kids? If you don’t have a dedicated home study room, using the dining room table, living room, or the kitchen as a classroom may not be the most learning-friendly environment for your little ones.

Here’s a suggestion: create a learning space for your kids in your garage. A garage to classroom setup is smart for a number of reasons and you don’t need a large garage to make it happen.

Your kids’ home learning environment matters

Classroom environments have a big impact on how well kids learn. As an early childhood education expert explains here, an ideal classroom environment will “help children feel safe, secure, and valued. As a result, self-esteem increases, and students are motivated to engage in the learning process.”

Learning in high-traffic areas like the kitchen, living room, and dining room can be too distracting for kids. With families spending so much time indoors right now, the abundance of background noise from things like meals being prepared, ringing phones, and conversations makes it particularly challenging for youngsters to focus on their studies.

Letting your kids do their homeschooling from a desk in their bedroom isn’t ideal, either. Supervising them becomes more difficult, for starters.

And the same reasons medical professionals recommend adults not work in the same room where they sleep applies to students – a lack of separation between one’s work and home life leads to poor sleeping habits and lower work productivity.

Why a garage to classroom setup makes so much sense

A garage to classroom setup can provide the perfect space for at-home schooling. It’s a safe environment that’s a part of the home, while still being removed enough from the distractions in the rest of the house.

As an extension of your living space, a classroom area in the garage can improve how your children focus and learn.

A garage classroom also helps establish more structure for their daily studies. They’ll have a consistent, dedicated learning space and not be studying at the dining table one day and then moving to the kitchen for their school work the following day.

Lots of parents have made the “garage to classroom pivot” to accommodate their kids’ schooling needs.

For some parents, they’re just homeschooling their own children. If local social gathering rules allow for it, other parents are getting together with a few neighbors and friends they trust and feel safe with to create garage classroom “learning pods” for their kids, as this mother in Maine did.

How to create your own garage classroom

“How can my garage handle its normal duties as a space for parking, household storage, and function as an at-home classroom?”, you may be wondering.

It all comes down to how well your garage is set up. Since comfort is so important for a learning space, a clean, finished garage interior with modern design features is essential.

Having some flexibility within the garage so you can add something like a learning space is important as well. Anyone who has a multi-purpose garage space knows that good organization is the key to making the garage function at a high level.

A garage to classroom setup can work quite effectively in a garage of any size. This recently remodeled single car garage was well-positioned to accommodate adding a learning space with minimal effort.

garage before makeover

The unfinished garage prior to its remodel.

black car in garage with student desk and chairs

The garage was transformed into a clean, organized, and modern-looking room. Little effort was required to turn it into a comfortable home learning space.

Here’s how to make your garage to classroom setup successful.

Create enough space in the garage

A lot of garages are too cluttered to park vehicles in, which makes them little more than one-dimensional junk storage spaces.

To free up floor space that will allow a part of the garage to be used as a classroom, storage systems like slatwall panels and overhead racks are invaluable.

These storage systems utilize your garage’s walls and ceiling areas to maximize the storage space in the room, which opens up a range of possibilities for other ways the garage can be used. In the photo above, just look at how much floor square footage is freed up by storing all those bulky storage bins in the overhead racking!

The slatwall panels and accompanying hanging accessories make it a breeze to keep the garage more organized. Items like yard tools, power cords, and sports equipment and toys the kids can use when taking breaks from their learning are easily accessible.

Use cabinetry in your garage classroom

A storage cabinet system is perfect for a garage learning space, but not just for the reason you might be thinking.

Sure, cabinets provide you with room to store and organize things like school and art supplies, lesson books, and other learning materials. Our high-quality cabinet drawers are at a kid-friendly height and have full extension drawer glides to make access easy for your little ones, too.

A cabinet system is also useful for a garage classroom in the following ways:

  • incorporate a mounted TV into the cabinet system for watching digital classroom lessons and educational videos, as well as making Zoom calls with teachers and other students
  • the cabinet doors can be used to display your kids’ artwork, which builds their confidence
  • displaying artwork makes children feel more connected to their learning environment
  • they provide a backdrop for hanging up motivational sayings or educational posters
  • use a cabinet sink for a handwashing station
  • cabinet countertops function as a clean work surface and area for displaying and storing school books
  • under cabinet task lighting brightens up the countertop space
  • tablets and laptops can stay charged with the cabinet system’s built-in electrical and device charging outlets
cabinet countertop with school books

A garage cabinet system provides a clean surface to work on, drawers for storing school supplies, and can incorporate a TV and sink.

Make the garage feel more like a classroom

When you’re used to learning in a school classroom, adjusting to a different full-time learning environment isn’t easy for every child.

To make your kids feel more comfortable with their at-home schooling experience, include a few of the core familiar features of a traditional classroom.

Naturally, that includes desks and chairs. If you’re planning on doing longer classroom sessions, one option is to invest in some ergonomic-friendly desks and chairs that are more comfortable to use for extended periods.

Use some small easel-style or wall-hung chalkboards or dry erase boards, which are great for developing a child’s writing, drawing, and reading skills.

Another garage to classroom setup idea you may want to consider is keeping a clock or other type of timekeeping device visible to the students in the room. Some teachers find that using a timer for work tasks gives students a greater sense of urgency while learning and helps them understand things a little better.

Increase the garage’s comfort level

A garage with modern design upgrades is simply a nicer space to spend time in, which makes it a more learning-friendly environment.

Aesthetic upgrades like finishing the garage’s walls and ceiling will make a big difference. Upgrading the floor with a Floortex™ floor coating is a game-changer when it comes to transforming the appearance of a garage, too.

In addition to its high-end look, the floor coating is well-suited for use in a garage classroom setting for these reasons:

  • it has a safe, ultra-low level of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are chemicals found in many products that slowly off-gas
  • the floor surface is easy to maintain and keep clean with just a squeegee, some water, and a mild floor cleaner
  • Floortex™ coatings deliver heavy-duty floor protection from wear and tear, abrasions, and spills, but are also comfortable and clean enough to walk on in your socks or even bare feet

Feel comfortable in the garage year-round

You can also do a few more things to increase the comfort level of your garage.

If your garage lacks a few features, cold and hot weather make using the room year-round problematic.

To fix this issue, insulate the walls, ceiling, and doors to boost the garage’s energy efficiency. Vapor barrier might be helpful as well, depending on where you live and a few other factors.

A garage heating system or portable air conditioner will help you maintain a comfortable working temperature in the garage year-round.

And if the weather is pleasant, bring in some fresh air by partially or fully opening the garage doors.

Stay safe

With the new normal, hand sanitization has become a part of everyday life. As part of your efforts to create a safe learning environment, you can set up a hand sanitizing station. This will be even more essential if you have a small group of kids attending classes in your garage.

In the garage featured in this blog post, a bottle of hand sanitizer and tissues are kept on a slatwall metal shelf that’s conveniently located right beside the home’s access door. A mini trash bin sits below it. A paper towel rack accessory could also be hung on the slatwall.

An optional cabinet sink that can be used as a handwashing station gives you an additional way to maintain safe health standards in the garage.

garage classroom hand sanitizing station

Hand sanitizer and tissues are conveniently located beside the garage’s access door into the house.

3 final ideas for a garage to classroom setup

We’ve covered a lot in showing you how to make a garage to classroom setup work effectively and here are three final ideas worth considering:

  1. Put down a colorful outdoor rug as a base for the desks and chairs that helps make your classroom area feel like a more defined space.
  2. Don’t underestimate the importance of good lighting for the learning space. Lots of natural light is great and high-quality overhead lighting will reduce eye strain.
  3. A garage classroom will require reliable online connectivity and in many cases is going to be completely dependent on the internet to function. There are numerous ways to boost your garage’s WiFi signal so that your tablets, laptops, and smart TV have a reliable online connection.

Talk to us about making your garage a learning space

If you’re considering your options for homeschooling your kids, we can turn any garage into a learning-friendly space without limiting its functionality.

Schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living.

We’ll work with you to design a garage to classroom setup that gives you the peace of mind that your kids are getting their education in a safe space right in your own home.

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Garage Wall Ideas: 17 Ways To Improve Your Wall Space

garage wall ideas After years of looking at your unfinished garage walls, you’ve decided that it’s finally time to consider some garage wall ideas to make improvements.

Along with a grey concrete floor, dim lighting, and an unfinished ceiling, those unattractive walls are a nagging reminder that your garage doesn’t look all that different from how it looked when the builder completed work on the home.

And if your garage lacks any decent storage systems there’s probably floor clutter to contend with, which only hurts the garage’s appearance even more.

Try these 17 garage wall ideas 

The walls in most garages have a vast amount of untapped storage potential. And just as they’re underutilized for storage, homeowners don’t take advantage of this sizable amount of square footage to give their garage a more modern aesthetic.

Giving your garage walls some TLC with some wise upgrades can dramatically impact the entire room’s functionality and appearance.

When you’re contemplating how to reinvent your garage wall space as part of a remodeling project, you could look at the walls as a blank canvas. With the right design choices, those walls can transform into something beautiful and unique that also reflects your personality.

Let’s look at 17 popular garage wall ideas that cover everything to do with storage, finishing, and decorating the walls in a garage.

1. Add garage wall insulation

garage wall with insulationYour first step with the walls in a garage should be to add insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Without garage insulation, your home loses a lot of heat when it’s colder outside and makes your air conditioner work harder when the weather is hot. Don’t forget about making sure your garage doors and ceiling are properly insulated, too.

The most common types of insulation for garage walls are fiberglass batts (pictured to the right), spray foam insulation, and blow-in cellulose insulation.

If your garage already has insulation installed, have a professional inspect it to determine whether an upgrade is warranted. Was it properly installed? Is it the right R-value? Does the insulation have water damage? The latter issue can lead to mold problems and make the insulation less effective.

Wall and ceiling insulation is even more important if you’re someone who enjoys spending a lot of time in the garage with a hobby. If you have a heater or some type of cooling system in the garage, insulation helps make the room easier to keep at a comfortable temperature.

Insulation also has soundproofing benefits. That can limit the noise that is audible in the rest of the home from, say, a power tool being used in the garage.

2. Drywall the garage

Insulation for the garage is a great investment, but the sight of exposed insulation and framing studs isn’t exactly visually appealing.

Get the garage one step closer to having a more finished look by hanging drywall. In addition to covering up a garage’s unattractive construction features and things like electrical wiring and a central vac system’s piping, here are three more reasons to install drywall in a garage:

  • drywall is cost-effective
  • it improves a home’s energy efficiency
  • drywall gives you more flexibility when it comes to decorating your garage walls and adding storage systems

Hanging drywall isn’t rocket science, but it is physically demanding and there is a definite skill to installing it correctly so that the wall has a seamless look without joints, tape, and screws showing.

Two other garage wall covering alternatives to drywall are fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) and wallboard panels. Keep in mind that these products are used only for covering and finishing walls and aren’t designed to accommodate hanging storage systems.

3. Paint the garage walls

Once your garage drywall is hung, you’ll want to dress it up with a fresh coat of paint. This is where the decor of the garage can really start to take shape.

If you’re doing a top-to-bottom remodel with a garage makeover professional, the paint color chosen for the walls will be influenced by the colors picked for a new floor coating, slatwall, and cabinetry. Even the colors of your vehicles can be factored into your garage color choices to visually complement them better.

Many homeowners choose lighter garage wall paint colors because they reflect light better, make the room look bigger, and make us feel more comfortable. Neutral colors like beige, tan, and grey are also popular.

If it’s done tastefully, pops of bolder colors on a garage wall (whether it’s from paint or the color of a cabinet system, for example) can add visual interest as well.

4. Have a slatwall storage system installed

items hung on garage slatwall

Slatwall panels provide versatile hanging storage space and give garages a cleaner, finished look.

With a garage’s walls being invaluable for storage and interior design upgrades, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a product that took care of both those needs?

There is such a product and it’s called slatwall. Our slatwall panels and hanging accessories are the best wall-mounted garage storage solution available and give garages a clean, finished look.

This complete wall hanging system involves installing PVC slatwall panels in your garage that are sturdy, easy to clean, and waterproof.

Using a wide variety of hooks, racks, baskets, bins, and shelves, this wall hanging system helps to keep your garage organized and maximize its storage space. Rearranging your stored items is easier with slatwall than it is with other types of wall storage systems, such as pegboard.

Eight slatwall colors are available that allow you to customize your garage’s design. There are several more ways that slatwall can be used as a decorative garage wall feature:

  • it can cover the entire garage wall and be used in corners and awkward spaces
  • slatwall can be combined with open drywall space
  • another slatwall color can be incorporated into the wall design for decorative effect (like the blue slatwall strip below the grey slatwall in the first photo)
  • ribbon lighting installed on the slatwall creates a unique, more inviting look  

5. Add garage wall hooks or track rail storage kits

Perhaps the most common type of garage wall storage system are hooks that are screwed into the wall studs or drywall. 

Wall-mounted track rail storage kits are also popular and involve installing thin rails a few feet long horizontally on the wall and hanging up items using the included accessories.

The benefits of these two types of garage wall organizer products is that they’re cheap and easy to install yourself.

They do have some drawbacks, however. Unlike slatwall or pegboard storage, you’re unable to change their location since they’re permanently anchored in the wall.

That creates problems when your storage needs change and you want to rearrange where your things are hung. Sure, you can just remove the storage systems from the wall and reinstall them in another spot, but then you’re left with holes and repair work.

Different brands, styles, colors, and brands of these products also tend to get bought over time. That results in a patchwork of storage accessories attached to the garage walls that don’t have a cohesive look and add to the room’s visual clutter.

6. Install garage wall shelving

garage wall wire shelvingOne of the garage wall ideas commonly used for storage is built-in shelving or freestanding shelving units. Often, these two storage systems are of the DIY variety and made with wood.

While they are functional, most DIY garage storage systems don’t look very good. Painting or staining the shelves (and frame if it’s a freestanding unit) can help, but unless you’re a carpentry expert, these projects usually end up with that low-end DIY look.

If you do want to use a freestanding shelving rack, spend a little more to get a sturdier product that looks more professional and can hold more weight than one of those flimsy plastic shelving units.

Another option for your shelving needs is wire shelving that can be mounted to the walls of the garage. 

7. Add tire racks

If you live in a northern climate that gets enough snow to warrant having snow tires, tire racks are a smart buy.

A spare set of tires stored on your garage floor, even if they’re all stacked on top of one another, takes up space that could be put to better use. And if you have multiple vehicles with a second set of tires, that space they’re occupying adds up.

Wall-mounted tire racks provide a dedicated space where an off-season set of tires can be kept, freeing up more room on the floor

If you store your spare tire sets at your local garage or a tire specialist store, the fees you’re paying could be invested in tire racks that would pay for themselves in a short amount of time.

8. Use pegboard wall storage

pegboardFor years, when people thought of garage wall ideas, pegboard would be one of the first things to come to mind. 

Pegboard storage was originally used for merchandising in the retail industry and someone eventually came up with the logical idea that the product could be useful for keeping residential garages more organized.

The design of pegboard (a hardwood sheet with evenly spaced holes) made it ideal for giving home owners more flexibility for how they stored their belongings on the garage wall. It was particularly useful for storing tools in a garage workshop with a variety of hooks and hangers.

Pegboard now looks somewhat dated, however, and has been surpassed by slatwall as a product that gives you a nicer aesthetic, more storage versatility, and the ability to handle higher weight capacities. 

For a more durable pegboard product, you could spend a little more to get pegboard made with galvanized steel.

9. Invest in a custom cabinet system

wall-mounted garage cabinets

This custom cabinet system is completely wall-mounted, giving it a distinct “floating“ look.

Storage cabinets are another smart way to make better use of your garage walls. It’s worth it to spend a bit more for a premium cabinet system that can be customized to match the rest of your interior decor.

The cabinet system pictured above was customized to make it completely wall-mounted, which gives it a “floating” look that really stands out. Garage Living also customized the design by adding drawers below the lockers on the left.

High-quality cabinet systems will last longer, are built with a higher grade construction materials, and simply give a garage a more impressive, professional appearance than any of the low-cost cabinets you’ll find online or in a big-box store.

Cabinets afford you more garage storage options and provide space to keep things organized, hidden, and locked up. Hand tools, power tools, cleaning supplies, car care products, and gardening supplies are ideal for cabinet storage.

And custom cabinets can do more for your garage than just give you more storage room. They can be used for a garage workshop and include specialty options like adding a sink or mounted TV.

10. Hang metallic trim or sheets

For garage wall ideas that have functional and decorative uses, some homeowners favor hanging metallic trim or sheets on their walls.

These products are made with aluminum or stainless steel and commonly have a rugged diamond plate design. The trim can be installed in any number of locations around the perimeter of a garage.

Some people cover their entire garage walls with decorative metal sheeting or may opt for a more subdued look and just add a strip of the trim in the middle of their walls.

Others choose to add metal trim with different styles to the top of their walls as a crown molding or use it for a wall base. 

The eye-catching trim adds visual interest to a garage’s walls, which is why the material also works so well as a backsplash in a cabinet system’s design. 

Metal corner guards are another way the material can be used on a garage’s walls. The guards are decorative and also help keep corners protected from scratches and scuffs. 

11. Add garage baseboard

Let’s get a little deeper into the benefits of a garage baseboard and some additional wall base options. Installing a high-quality wall base in the garage:

  • covers up the gap between the wall and floor for a seamless wall-to-floor transition
  • provides an extra decorative touch that helps complete the look of the room
  • keeps drywall protected from water damage
  • cuts down on drafts
  • helps to keep out pests

You’ll want to stay away from using wood or polystyrene wall moldings because of the excess moisture levels found in most garages. The water that collects on a garage floor from rain and melted snow is another reason to use a more resilient type of wall base.

Vinyl and rubber wall bases are often used, which are sometimes referred to as cove base molding. They typically come in rolls with an adhesive backing. Although this type of wall base product is affordable and easy to install yourself, they don’t necessarily give you all the benefits listed above. 

Garage Living offers a premium wall base solution by applying a Floortex™ baseboard coating to your wall base for striking, unique look. 

The baseboard coating is the exact same mix that we use on your garage floor, which takes the concept of a seamless transition between the floor and wall to a whole new level!

Because Floortex™ coatings completely seal the base of a wall, you get a superior level of protection from pests, drafts, and water damage. Our versatile coatings can also be applied to the steps in a garage.

12. Install wall lighting

garage with wall lighting and baseboard coating

This remodel shows what design touches like adding perimeter wall lighting and a baseboard coating can do to give a garage a unique, high-end appearance.

Wall lighting in the garage traditionally hasn’t been very commonplace. That’s something that is slowly changing as more homeowners evolve their thinking and embrace the fact that the garage deserves to look as nice as the rest of their home.

Adding lighting to the garage walls can help supplement your main overhead lighting, but will more likely be used for decorative effect and to make the room look more inviting.  

Some of Garage Living’s remodeling projects have included adding LED ribbon lighting below slatwall panels to give the wall an even more distinct and appealing appearance. The lighting turns on when the garage door opens and can also be activated with a remote switch. 

A number of other wall lighting ideas could include installing sconces to give the room more ambiance and a different look.

13. Create a mini workspace with a folding workbench

A wall-mounted folding workbench can be useful for a few reasons:

  • if your garage is small and you don’t have the room to set up a larger workspace
  • maybe you will only use a workspace occasionally and don’t want to dedicate too much space to one
  • if your budget can’t accommodate buying a new cabinet system with a work countertop

A workbench that stays folded against the wall until it’s needed gives a garage some extra functionality without having much of a footprint in the room. 

Be sure to invest in a reliable product that is sturdy enough for your needs, has secure safety mechanisms to prevent the workbench from being lowered unintentionally, and provides you with enough surface space to work.

14. Protect your car doors with wall bumpers

wall bumperWe all know how expensive it is to get any sort of auto body repair or touch-up work done, so wall bumpers may be a smart addition to your garage walls.

Wall bumpers will help protect vehicle doors from dings and scratches that occur when entering or exiting your car or truck.

They’re very practical for small garages, especially some older single car garages that are so narrow you wonder how in the world they fit the huge cars made during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. 

The protective bumpers are ideal even for larger garages that have several vehicles being parked in the space.

15. Have overhead storage racks installed

Most of the space in the upper areas of garages is underutilized. To maximize the room’s storage capabilities, you need to take advantage of every possible part of the room, including the upper walls and ceiling space.

Overhead storage racks take care of this. They’re installed on the wall studs and ceiling joists and provide convenient room to store:

  • bulky items
  • things you don’t use regularly (like storage bins with holiday decorations)
  • out-of-season items you don’t want taking up floor space

Our adjustable overhead storage racks are made with heavy gauge steel that can safely support up to 600 lbs and have a powder coated paint finish, so they’re built to last a long time. 

16. Hang garage wall art

performance garage with ferrari wall art

This garage owner’s passion for Ferraris is tastefully reflected in the art on the left-hand side wall.

If you’re going to the time and expense to have your garage remodelled, you’ll want it to reflect your personality.

This can be accomplished a number of ways by adding framed photos or some other type of artwork that reflects one of your passions, whether it’s a car brand, a favorite sports team, or anything else.

For example, the garage pictured above utilizes the Performance theme from Garage Living’s Designer Series. The homeowner drives Ferraris and has a deep passion for the auto brand.

The Ferrari images on the wall, along with the red wall paint and red and black cabinet colors, gives the garage a bold look that beautifully complements the owner’s luxury cars and shows off their love for the automaker. 

The key is to not overdo it with your garage wall artwork. You don’t want the wall to look too busy with a bunch of photos hung up, as that can make the room feel visually cluttered.

17. Add a wall-mounted hose reel

Wall-mounted hose reels are the last of our garage wall ideas. If you have a water connection in the garage, a hose reel installed on the wall is the best way to:

  • keep garden hoses organized
  • extend the life of your hoses
  • keep hoses off the garage floor where they’re a tripping hazard

Invest in a high-quality hose reel, such as the rust-proof aluminum alloy hose reel sold by Garage Living that comes with a 10 year warranty.

This versatile hose reel can be mounted either perpendicular to the wall or parallel to your wall and is the only hose reel on the market specifically designed to allow for either left or right-hand rewinding.

Transform your garage walls and interior

We’ve been making garage interiors across North America look beautiful for a decade-and-a-half and can transform your space with many of these garage wall ideas.

Garage Living will work with you to design a one-of-a-kind garage that looks incredible, operates more efficiently, and improves your home’s comfort level. 

Schedule a free design consultation with us today.

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Luxury Car Garage Storage: 5 Ways To Create a Stunning Garage

If you own luxury cars, chances are that you live in an upscale home. 

The garage tends to be the last area in luxury homes to get remodeled, which makes the room stick out like a sore thumb in two ways.

First, there’s the fact that a boring, shabby-looking luxury car garage storage space is the wrong type of setting for parking high-end vehicles.

A Porsche or Lamborghini are works of art and beautiful artwork isn’t displayed in a setting that looks cut-rate. Even magnificent cars like those will lose some of their visual “wow factor” when parked in an unfinished garage that lacks any appealing décor.

Second, having an unattractive garage that doesn’t match the same high design standards that have been established throughout the rest of your house only detracts from your home’s overall visual appeal.

Garage remodel or car storage facility?

Some luxury car owners who keep adding to their collection of vehicles end up turning to luxury car storage facilities when their garage can no longer handle their storage needs.

Creating the perfect luxury car garage storage space right in your own home is easier than you might think.

One of our clients recently discovered this when we remodeled their garage so it would better complement the high-end appearance of their luxury vehicles more and give them more car storage space. 

Solutions like installing car lifts, adding some cutting-edge décor, and upgrading the storage systems transformed the garage into a showroom-quality space. We’ll get into more details about the remodel below.

Drawbacks to luxury car storage facilities

There are two main drawbacks to using a luxury car storage facility – cost and convenience.

Expensive

Using luxury car storage facilities is expensive and any type of rental arrangement is never a tangible investment that provides any long-term benefits for the renter.

We expect that if you can afford luxury vehicles and have enough of them that offsite storage is being considered in the first place, however, that the extra expense of storing your vehicles isn’t an issue. Even still, regardless of how much money is in your bank account, no one likes to waste money.

Those security guards, climate control costs, and a more upscale aesthetic compared to a standard car storage facility don’t come cheaply. Neither do the extra services many luxury car storage facilities offer, such as valet delivery, monthly vehicle status reports sent to the car owner, car-washing and detailing, and regular vehicle maintenance.

Here are the approximate starting prices for keeping a single car at some luxury vehicle storage facilities in a few select cities:

  • Dallas: $275 USD
  • Miami: $380 USD
  • Detroit: $320 USD
  • Toronto: $325 CAD
  • Vancouver: $300 CAD

Inconvenient

Another big negative of not having enough luxury car garage storage space at home and having to use a remote storage facility is the inconvenience.

Even if a car storage facility has vehicle pickup and drop-off services, you need to schedule an appointment. Also, most vehicle owners are uneasy with anyone outside of their family driving their car – especially if it’s very expensive!

It’s impractical to keep luxury cars parked in a different location where you can’t appreciate and admire their beauty.

We’re not saying all luxury vehicle storage facilities are bad. They’re useful if your garage is small and expanding the size isn’t an option or if the maximum number of car lifts are installed in it. And they make sense if you’re just a really serious auto enthusiast whose collection has outgrown even a large home garage.

Unless any of the above issues apply to your situation, however, there is no reason you can’t have your car collection stored right under your own roof. 

Here are five ways to create a stunning garage for your luxury vehicles.

1. Add car lifts to store more luxury vehicles in your garage

double car lift with parked cars

Car lifts are a more practical and cost-effective storage solution than undergoing a garage expansion project or keeping some of your cars at a storage facility.

Any construction project that involves expanding the size of a garage is going to be expensive, messy, lengthy, inconvenient to your family, and require dealing with local zoning laws. 

Adding one or more car lifts to a garage is the best way to increase your home’s available parking space.

The ceiling space in most garages goes unused, which car lifts take advantage of (provided the ceiling is a minimum height of about 10 feet).

By allowing a vehicle to be parked on a raised platform above another vehicle, you double each available parking space in the garage with each lift that is added. A 2-car garage effectively becomes a 4-car garage, for example.  

The spacious garage featured here is approximately 1,120 square feet and can store six vehicles, so there is a wealth of luxury car garage storage space if the homeowner adds to their auto collection.

A double car lift setup helps keep most of the ample garage floor space open, which makes driving in and out of the garage and parking easier. It also creates more space for other non-traditional garage uses, which we’ll get into later. 

Car lifts are also ideal for parking vehicles that aren’t driven on a regular basis, such as a luxury sports car or classic car owned by someone living in a northern climate who wants to store it for the winter. With a car lift, your lesser-driven vehicles won’t take up the garage’s prime parking spots.

When you can conveniently keep all of your vehicles right in your own garage, why waste money on luxury car storage fees?

2. Showcase your luxury cars

luxury cars on car lifts

Car lifts create more parking space and let you to display and showcase your luxury vehicles. Pictured are a Corvette ZR1, Lamborghini Aventador, and Porsche GT2 RS.

Car lifts have more functionality than just creating more garage parking space – they’re a great tool that allows you to showcase your vehicles, too.

Elevating some of your cars creates a more impressive sight than if you had a collection of, say, four or five cars parked at floor level in a garage. The vehicles parked behind other vehicles are less visible and their true beauty can’t be fully admired.

In a way, you could look at car lifts as display platforms that enable high-end car collectors to display the vehicles they cherish to their best effect, especially when surrounded by tasteful upgrades to the garage’s interior décor.

A luxury car garage storage space that uses car lifts also stands out because although lifts made for residential use aren’t exactly new, they’re still fairly uncommon in garages. These impressive devices are a talking point in and of themselves, even without an exotic sports car parked on them!

If your garage is as large as this one, you could even have an extra car lift or two installed during a remodel to accommodate vehicles you’re looking to add to your collection. 

3. Make your garage interior luxurious

Most homeowners don’t associate the word “luxurious” with a garage interior, but that’s only because the concept of high-end garage décor is relatively new. 

Garages should look as nice as any other part of the home, especially since so many of us primarily enter and exit our main living space through the garage.

Upgrading your garage interior creates a nicer-looking transitional space. It also creates a true extension of your home’s living space that makes you feel more comfortable. And when you factor in owning luxury cars, there is even more reason to make your garage look gorgeous!

As seen in the “Before” photo below, this garage had a dull, monochromatic look and needed some decorative flair to upgrade the room’s aesthetic.

Before the garage remodel

Garage Living added a Nightfall Floortex™ floor coating with decorative flakes and a glossy finish that adds visual appeal to the room and nicely complements the cars’ high-end look. This durable polyaspartic floor coating provides superior protection to an epoxy floor and is easier to maintain.

In addition to providing wall hanging space, the surrounding grey slatwall gives the room a tidy, consistent look. The lower black slatwall strips provide a nice visual contrast and incorporate LED ribbon lighting for extra visual interest.

Here are some more décor-related upgrades that were part of this luxury car garage remodel:

  • Numerous pot lights replaced the outdated incandescent bulb lighting to brighten the room and showcase the luxury cars in the best light – literally!
  • A fresh coat of white ceiling paint gives the garage a clean look, makes the room feel more relaxing (one of several benefits of using white paint), and reflects light better.
  • A Floortex™ baseboard coating around the garage’s perimeter creates a more seamless aesthetic between the floor and walls of the room.
  • A GL Custom Steel cabinet system adds a further infusion of high-end style to the garage’s appearance. A pressure washer and its two hoses are kept hidden behind some cabinet doors to preserve the room’s tidy look.
  • New garage doors were installed to upgrade one of the home’s most noticeable exterior features and boost curb appeal. The doors have obscure glass panels that provide privacy while allowing natural light in.

To get more examples of what a garage interior is capable of looking like, browse through our Designer Series. It has seven exclusive themes of pre-chosen color palettes and design materials that help simplify the garage design process for you.

After the garage remodel

4. Keep the garage organized and maximize its storage

A luxury garage won’t look so luxurious if it’s untidy, so investing in high-quality storage systems is a must.

We offer numerous solutions that allow homeowners to maximize their garage’s storage space. Working with garage remodel pros like Garage Living allows you to make the best use of the room’s storage space and have it designed accordingly to fit your family’s needs.

We’ve already mentioned how our storage systems contribute to the modern, stylish look of luxury garages. Here’s how they maximize your storage space and give garages more functionality.

luxury garage cabinets

High-quality garage cabinets contribute to a luxury garage’s upscale look and expand your storage options.

Garage wall storage

Your garage walls are your biggest asset when it comes to finding more garage storage space. As you can see in these photos, slatwall creates lots of hanging space for bikes and other types of sports equipment, ladders, tools, apparel, and anything else capable of being hung up.

Overhead storage

Just as car lifts get more use out of a garage’s underutilized ceiling space, so do overhead storage racks. They’re ideal for storing bulky items like storage bins and out-of-season items that you don’t want sitting on the garage floor.

Garage cabinets

Garage storage cabinets expand your storage options and provide space for keeping valuables and hazardous materials that you’d prefer to be locked up. This garage’s cabinet system is wall-mounted and was customized to include drawers beneath the locker doors.

A stainless steel countertop, sink with a pullout faucet, and a mounted 4K TV gives the garage extra functionality as a workspace.

Multipurpose space

With an organized garage, you can use it for things besides parking vehicles and home storage. Making your garage work harder (and more efficiently) as a storage space opens up opportunities for using the room as a workshop, exercise space, or even as a home relaxation area.

5. Make your garage more secure

It’s a wonder that so many luxury cars get parked in driveways instead of the garage. This is usually because there is too much clutter in the garage, an all-too-common issue that causes about 25% of homeowners to park outdoors most of the time.

luxury garage interior

Protect your luxury car investments by making your garage as secure as possible.

Not only are cars and trucks left exposed to the elements, but they’re also much more vulnerable to theft and vandalism. 

Once a garage is organized so you can park indoors, there are numerous other ways to keep your luxury cars safer when they’re parked inside:

  • Install smart wireless security cameras with motion sensors outside your garage doors and inside the room that can be accessed through your smartphone.
  • Invest in a good garage alarm system.
  • Keep the garage doors locked (which sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many homeowners fail to do so). A keyless garage entry system is also worth considering.
  • Upgrade your home’s exterior lighting around the garage to provide better lighting coverage that will deter burglars.
  • Limit the garage interior’s visibility from the outside by using opaque treatments on windows or window coverings.
  • Upgrade your garage door openers to take advantage of convenient features like smart MyQ technology that lets you monitor and control your doors remotely via a smartphone app.
  • Invest in a sturdier, more secure exterior garage access door.

Create your one-of-a-kind luxury car garage storage space

Garage Living specializes in designing one-of-a-kind luxury car garage storage spaces just like this one. 

We can help you get a lot more out of your garage, both in terms of how it looks and functions. And we can accomplish this in less time than you might think. 

In as little as 3-5 days, we can complete a full garage remodel. A flooring project can be done in only 1-2 days.

Schedule a free design consultation with us to get your dream garage project started.

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See more photos from this garage and get more details about what went into the remodel by viewing this gallery. You can also take a highly detailed 360° tour of the garage by visiting here.

How a Garage Remodel Helps You Find Your Home Comfort Zone

Audi R8 inside a remodelled garage in a home

Home comfort is everything.

That’s one thing we’ve all been reminded of this year as “the new normal” has led to us all having an abundance of at-home time.

Anything that improves our comfort level at home during this stressful and challenging time is especially important and valuable.

Spending most of the day inside your living space the past few months has likely made you appreciate the things about it that help make it truly feel like “home sweet home”.

All of this extra time at home has probably also highlighted some of the ways that your house can be improved to serve your family’s needs better.

If you’re undecided on which area(s) of your home to upgrade, why not focus on the garage? It’s often an area of the home that gets overlooked when makeover projects are being considered when it actually should be a remodeling priority.

Now is the best time to invest in your home comfort

There is never a bad time to invest in your home’s functionality.

If you really think about it, however, there has never been a better time to invest in a home improvement project than right now for two reasons.

First, low-interest rates make financing a home improvement project more cost-effective at the moment.

And second, home comfort should be a priority right now because, for the foreseeable future, many of us may not be able to return to our workplaces and schools. Unfortunately, social activities like traveling, going to sports events, attending parties, and eating out at restaurants are also restricted or completely off-limits as well.

That means the majority of our day will continue to be spent at home, so why not look for ways to make your living space the ultra-comfortable sanctuary it should be?

The home improvement market is booming

More homeowners have recognized the financial and philosophical practicality of upgrading their homes this year to improve their quality of life.

A new Bank of America survey found that despite the economic downturn, more than 70% of the 1,054 homeowners who responded had started a renovation project this year and planned to do more home upgrades next year.

The story is the same in Canada, which has seen high demand for building materials and contractors with no shortage of work as homeowners make upgrades to their living spaces.

Before the pandemic, just under half of homeowners (48%) had a renovation planned in the next two years, according to TD Bank’s recent Home Equity Trend Watch survey. A third of those homeowners were planning to spend more than $50,000 on their upgrades.

Here’s how a garage remodel can help you get closer to finding your comfort zone at home.

Does your garage help or hinder your home comfort level?

Ask yourself: how does my garage make me and my family feel?

Is the garage contributing to your level of home comfort or is it detracting from your overall enjoyment of where you live?

Can you function in your garage or is it overrun with clutter? Is the décor in your garage visually appealing or is it woefully outdated? Perhaps the garage has never had its interior finished and things like exposed insulation, framing studs, rickety DIY storage systems, and dull grey flooring make you cringe every time you enter the room.

If you’re like most homeowners, there’s room for improvement in this space. Consider these statistics:

  • Only 11% of homeowners are satisfied with their garage and don’t want to improve it. (Wall Street Journal survey)
  • 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open. (Impulse Research survey)
  • A 2-car garage in an average-sized house accounts for approximately 13-15% of the home’s overall square footage.

Instead of having a sizable part of your house not being fully utilized, an eyesore, and upgrades to the room something that never gets checked off your home improvement to-do list, make right now the time when your garage finally gets transformed.

Turn your garage into an extension of your living space. Make it a meaningful room in your home that is tailored to fit your lifestyle and reflect your aesthetic taste, while providing an optimal level of functionality.

“Garage living” is all about improving home comfort

Some of our clients wonder why we’re called Garage Living. Our name actually has everything to do with home comfort.

“Garage living” is a philosophy. Garage living is about bringing your dream garage concept to life and creating a luxurious, welcoming space that is customized to enhance your home’s comfort.

The modern garage has evolved well beyond the role of the dark and drab utilitarian space that it has inhabited for the last century.

Any garage can – and should – multi-task in order to maximize the room’s functionality. And it can look stylish while doing so!

Better organization in your home spaces means more comfort

It’s impossible to enjoy your garage when the room’s functionality has been restricted due to clutter. An overstuffed garage is harder to clean, too, so you’re even less inclined to spend some of your free time in such a dusty, dirty space.

messy garage with clutter

Before: cluttered and unfinished garage

Messy garages are an all-too-common problem, as these statistics show:

  • 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all, largely due to clutter. (U.S. Dept. of Energy study)
  • The garage was named the most cluttered space in the houses of those who participated in a home organization study conducted by faucet maker Moen.
  • 50% of homeowners named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house. (National Association of Professional Organizers survey)
  • “Removing junk” ranked as the top answer from homeowners who were asked how they could get more enjoyment out of their garage. (Wall Street Journal survey)

Clearly, enjoying your garage more starts by getting rid of the clutter that not only makes any room less functional but is also a well-known source of stress in our lives.

After: organized and tidy garage with plenty of storage.

To get your garage where it needs to be in terms of better organization, set two goals for yourself that are simple, yet highly effective ways to keep a space tidier. First, make sure anything being stored in the garage has some degree of practical functionality. Second, give anything that meets that standard a proper home.

If your garage feels like it’s too small to handle your storage needs, using better storage systems and working with a garage design professional will certainly help.

The best garage organization solutions

3-car garage with cabinetry and two car lifts

The best way to maximize your garage’s storage space is to make more efficient use of the garage’s wall and vertical space, which are two areas that commonly don’t get utilized to their full storage potential. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Slatwall storage involves hanging PVC panels on the walls to create space to hang tools, bikes, ladders, power cords, and more to keep your floor clutter-free and make items easy to locate and keep organized.
  2. Overhead racks add useful out-of-the-way storage space for bulky, infrequently used items that can eat up a lot your flooring square footage (which can make parking more difficult).
  3. Speaking of garage parking, you can create more home parking space by installing one or more car lifts to accommodate all of your family’s vehicles.

Another popular storage solution for the garage are cabinet systems that give you even more storage versatility.

Decor upgrades make garages feel more comfortable

3 people discussing garage decor

Getting your garage to the point where it’s organized is great, but having a less cluttered space really draws your focus to the room’s decor.

In most garages, that’s not a good thing.

Considering the garage is the home’s main entry and exit point for about half of the people who own a house, it’s odd that more thought isn’t given to the room’s interior décor.

By making some changes to surround yourself in the garage with appealing colors and other stylish design elements, you’ll appreciate the enhanced level of comfort you feel as a result.

How to make your garage look amazing with a garage remodel

Garages often have a mishmash of storage systems that don’t create an aesthetically cohesive appearance. Garage Living’s storage systems are designed to not just help you stay organized, but to create a professional, high-end look in the garage that stands out.

Wall storage

Our slatwall panels, for example, add a more finished look to the garage’s interior and come in seven colors, which gives you some flexibility to compliment the garage’s other features aesthetically.

We also offer over 40 types of hanging accessories to handle a wide range of storage needs. This eliminates the need to use additional wall hanging systems and products from various manufacturers that can detract from the clean, unified look of the room.

Garage cabinetry

Garage cabinetry also provides this dual benefit of functionality and a garage décor upgrade. For example, high-quality cabinets like our GL Custom Steel system add a touch of class and style to any garage.

Garage flooring

An important component of your garage’s visual upgrades has to include the floor. A stained, scuffed, cracked, and dull-looking grey floor surface simply won’t cut it in any garage where feeling comfort is your goal. Have a durable polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied that adds visual interest to the floor surface and complements the rest of your garage’s décor.

Interior design

New drywall, fresh paint, and lighting upgrades are additional garage makeover ideas to consider. You could also transform the look and feel of the garage by making changes to allow more sunlight in, which is an effective way to boost your mood organically. This could be done by having garage doors with glass panels added, installing a skylight, adding a side window or two, or enlarging the garage’s existing side windows.

Designer Series garage themes

To simplify the process of putting together the décor for your garage, we recommend taking a look at our Designer Series. It includes seven themes of pre-chosen color palettes and materials that create an attractive, unique look for garages.

Patriot Designer Series garage

The blue/grey/white combo of the Harbor or Patriot themes features a soothing color scheme that might be perfect for a garage you anticipate spending a lot of quiet time in. Maybe the bolder Performance theme aligns more with your aesthetic taste or perhaps you’d prefer the more understated, minimalist black and grey blend the Carbon theme offers.

Why not make the garage your go-to home comfort spot?

Once you’ve got your garage’s organization and decor issues resolved, the room becomes a much more viable area in your home to turn to as a space to relax and enjoy.

There’s no reason the garage can’t become one of the go-to comfort spots in the home for anybody in your family.

Have your garage designed to create space for lounging with a good book or podcast, exercising, or working away on a hobby project. Our cabinet systems are tailor-made for garage workshops!

3 men watching F1 race in garage socializing

With the right makeover touches, a garage can even be used as a social space when visitors come over. Incorporate a TV into the cabinet system to enjoy sporting events with your friends on the weekend, add a ping pong table, or use the garage as a hosting space for a poker night.

There are a wide range of possibilities for using your garage as an extension of your living space, which boosts your well-being and happiness.

And don’t just stop with the recommendations we’ve listed so far. Here are a few more ideas to make your garage more comfortable:

  • Install climate control systems to extend the amount of time you’re able to use the garage when the weather cools down or heats up.
  • Add insulation or upgrade the garage’s existing insulation to improve both your home’s energy efficiency and the efficiency of the garage’s climate control systems.
  • Boost your home’s WiFi reception so any smart devices being used in the garage have a reliable network connection.

Your comfort zone is at home

Make your living space the best it can be by redefining your garage and making it part of your home remodel plans. A flooring project can be installed in just 1-2 days and a full garage transformation can be completed in as little as 3-5 days.

You’ll reap the benefits of having a garage that ups your home comfort level by looking nicer and accommodating your family’s needs better.

Bring us your dream garage ideas and Garage Living will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind, beautiful space.

Schedule a free design consultation with us today.

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5 Reasons to Shop Local for Your Garage Upgrade Project

man and woman discussing a garage upgrade projectThere are more options for your spending dollar than ever before.

Online spending accounted for 16% of total retail sales in America last year, which was an increase of 15% from the previous year.

Big-box stores are everywhere across North America, offering tempting prices and the convenience of one-stop shopping.

The rapidly evolving retail landscape makes it even more important to think about what it means to shop local and support small businesses.

And “shop local” doesn’t just mean supporting small businesses in your community – it also includes buying domestically-made products.

It’s a simple fact that where you shop and what products you buy end up having a big impact on the community you live in.

Small businesses account for two-thirds of the new jobs created annually in America. In Canada, 70% of the workforce is employed by a small business (defined as a company with less than 100 paid employees).

If you’re planning a DIY garage upgrade project using products purchased online or from a big-box store, here are five reasons to consider letting a local small business handle the job.

1. When you shop local, it benefits your community more

A report from the U.S. Small Business Association and the U.S. Department of Labor found that 68% of the money spent at locally owned businesses stayed in the community.

Research firm Civic Economics did another study that showed only 13.6% of purchases made at large retail chains got recirculated back into the community. Very little of any online purchases consumers make is from a local business, so that money being spent could literally end up anywhere in the world.

When you shop local, most of the revenue generated by businesses you patronize goes right back into your community. This occurs not just via spending at other local businesses, but by more tax dollars being invested in your area’s public services and community organizations.

A healthy local economy has a positive ripple effect by spurring further economic development that creates more new jobs.

Here are a few additional ways having more small businesses helps communities:

  1. Small businesses donate 250% more than large businesses to local charities and community organizations (from an OnDeck survey).
  2. Consumers get a wider variety of products to shop for and see more pricing competition between local businesses.
  3. A town or city with lots of small businesses has more of a unique, individualistic look compared to a community that is populated with large retailers whose stores all look the same.
  4. The vast majority of small business owners and employees live in the town or city where they work and are more invested in the well-being of the community.

2. You get a more personal and satisfying customer service experience

One of the biggest benefits of supporting a locally owned and operated small business is you typically get a more personal customer service experience.

Garage Living prides itself on the fact that we really get to know our customers. This helps us get a better understanding of their needs so we can customize our designs to fit their lifestyle.

garage design consultation in Garage Living showroom with man and womanOur consultative approach involves visiting our clients’ homes, evaluating their garage’s layout and storage potential and taking measurements, and establishing a proper needs analysis. It’s all part of what we call the “Garage Living Experience”.

Throughout the full-service consultation, design, and installation process Garage Living offers, we remain attentive to our customers’ needs. In addition to the years of garage design expertise we bring to the table, this personalized, face-to-face working relationship is why so many of our clients give us great feedback after their makeover is completed.

Hiring a professional company like Garage Living instead of DIY’ing your garage makeover means the job will get done right, without having to go back later to fix mistakes.

There are many ways a garage makeover can go wrong, starting with the products that are used. Too many homeowners make the mistake of buying cheap garage storage cabinets online or from their local big-box store.

Garage floor resurfacers are another product it’s easy to make a bad buying decision with. Inexpensive floor paints or epoxy coating kits are far from premium quality and simply don’t look as impressive or stand the test of time like a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating.

Our roster of products are of the highest quality and built to last. Garage Living also uses our own certified installation staff, not subcontractors. You can rest assured that any installation and floor coating application work we do in your garage will fit perfectly, look immaculate, and be safe for your family.

One more good reason to shop local and hire a garage makeover specialist is you’ll have more freedom to customize your garage’s appearance. Take a look at a few of the many awesome garage makeovers Garage Living has added its custom touch to.

3. North American manufacturing is more eco-friendly

Locally and domestically-made products are more eco-friendly than products made overseas for two main reasons.

First, North America adheres to stricter environmental guidelines when it comes to air pollution and waste disposal in the manufacturing process.

The U.S. and Canada were ahead of the curve in banning manufacturers from continuing to use lead, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals in their products.

Next, consider the carbon footprint that comes with shipping any product from outside of North America via the air and sea.

seedling held with two hands

Foreign-made products available on Amazon are either shipped directly from a third-party vendor anywhere in the world to online shoppers or shipped to one of the company’s many huge distribution centers around the U.S. and Canada.

Non-domestic products sold by big-box retailers similarly get shipped overseas to a large warehouse before then being shipped off to each store.

All of that international freight movement creates a much larger carbon footprint compared to locally or domestically-manufactured products.

An additional reason to shop local is the ridiculous amount of packaging that often comes with shipments from online purchases. We’ve all ordered products from Amazon and had many of them shipped in a box that is far bigger than seems necessary. And what’s with all the bubble wrap in that shipping package?

The cardboard can be recycled, but even that process has a carbon footprint (as does the manufacturing of these two things in the first place, obviously). Discarded plastic bubble wrap will just end up in a landfill where it can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

4. Local businesses use more high-quality, locally sourced products

Garage Living quality sealThe term “locally sourced” is most commonly associated with food products like locally grown produce and vegetables. It can also be applied to any product that is manufactured locally, however.

Generally, large retailers are so profit-driven that they place a higher priority on how low a price a product can be sold to a consumer for over whether or not it’s actually a well-made, quality product.

Small local businesses tend to care more about offering their customers a better quality product. That means using a larger percentage of locally sourced products compared to big retail chains.

“We have been successful in securing local manufacturers and continue to solidify relationships”, says Garage Living Vice President of Product Development Corbee Dutchburn.

For decades, products made in the U.S. and Canada have had a better track record when it comes to quality than many similar types of products that are made overseas. A higher level of quality control during the design and manufacturing process is a big reason.

“Manufacturing in North America is very competitive and the quality is meeting and surpassing our high-quality standards. This adds value to Garage Living products and stimulates our economies”, says Dutchburn.

Take garage cabinets, for example. The inexpensive cabinets available in home improvement big-box stores and on a lot of websites are usually made overseas. They typically use low-quality, heavily recycled steel that rusts quickly and feels flimsy. Cheap hardware is commonly used and they have poor craftsmanship (such as the welding used on the cabinet joints).

man and woman shopping for garage cabinets in a local showroomAll of these manufacturing shortcuts result in a more affordable product, but come at the expense of a product’s functionality and durability.

There is simply no comparison in quality between the storage cabinets you’ll find in a big-box store and Garage Living’s line of storage cabinets. Our cabinets are made in the U.S. and Canada using high-quality North American steel.

The rigorous testing, superior craftsmanship, and higher overall level of quality makes a huge difference in how long our cabinets last, how much nicer they look, and how they function. We also stand behind all of our work and products with a written warranty.

For Garage Living, using high-quality North American-made products has been paramount in helping us become an industry leader in the field of garage makeovers.

5. U.S. and Canadian labor standards are higher

Here’s a final reason to shop local by supporting small businesses and buying domestically-made products – the U.S. and Canada have high labor standards.

With products made in many foreign countries, we have little to no idea what kind of labor standards are in place and whether or not local labor laws and regulations are enforced.

That lack of transparency can often find workers overseas making very little money and not enjoying things like raises, paid overtime and vacation time, and the health benefits the majority of North American workers receive.

Stricter U.S. and Canadian labor standards mean workers are treated more fairly and have access to human resources departments to address any workplace concerns.

Child labor laws in our countries eliminate any worries of kids being exploited for cheap labor, which is something we’ve all heard and read about in other countries all too often.

Workers in the U.S. and Canada also work in safer conditions. This includes things like getting proper safety training for material handling and operating power equipment, having more workplace health and safety inspections, and proper protective equipment being readily available.

Shop local for your upcoming garage remodel

2-car garage remodelled by Garage Living blue EscaladeSupporting a local small business with the products you buy and the services you use is an investment in the economic health of your community, state or province, and country. 

Schedule a free design consultation with us to plan your garage makeover.

In addition to supporting a local small business and ensuring the job gets done right, you’ll get the Garage Living Experience of incredible customer service, competitive pricing, years of garage design expertise, and top-quality North American-made products.

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