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Garage Storage and Organization - 2013 Trends

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 9:58 AM

Happy New Year!  I know, some of you that visit our website and blog, have thought about some type of garage enhancement project, but now that we are in the New Year, the big question is what trend will stand out as the direction of the garage enhancement industry? Will it be to add storage cabinets to your garage, or simply some overhead storage racks? Maybe you just want a nice looking garage floor that is easy to clean.

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Increasingly, we see more customers going for garage lighting upgrades, such as large ceiling overhead replacements or under cabinet lighting.  Other clients, are looking to hide Vacuflow systems and other items they deem unsightly for their overall garage appearance.  We have even helped clients create garage spaces for use as additional business office space, workout rooms, childrens play areas, etc.

OK, so the drum roll please...so then, what is it you ask is the key trend for 2013?  Clearly, the growing trend is not one of the above items, rather it is all of the above.  The fact is, our clients continue to focus on creating a real garage theme to meet additional needs in their household!

Let's face it, the garage is likely the single largest space in today's home.  Adding to that, many homes, built in the last 30 years, lack the storage spaces of yesteryear.  So, homeowners are confronted with a number of challenges, such as growing and aging families that require additional space, to new storage needs and the old garage standard of converting the piles of household "stuff" into neatly stored items that can be retrieved easily when needed.

So the 2013 trend is what we, at Garage Themes, call the full garage makeover.  You have seen it called other things like Man Caves, Garage Mahals, etc.  We have seen a growing client base go for all of the above when it comes to outfitting their garage.  Additionally customers are looking for custom fabrication and unique items to truly customize their garage space to fit their needs.  Ever considered an edge lit display case with color controller to show off your die cast metal car collection?  What about a ceiling mounted motorized storage system to hide those seasonal items that you would like to disappear until the holiday season next year?  How about a garage that fits your sport or hobby passion - like a ski chalet complete with beer bar, wall mural, accent lighting, etc?

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Whether you need a Man Cave (or Women's Club), your garage theme will likely enhance the floor with coating systems or stains, wall treaments and fresh paint, storage systems, such as storeWALL, cabinetry and workbenches.  Add some fresh overhead lighting, workbench lighting and presto, your ultimate garage theme emerges. 

Whatever your garage needs and desires, be assured that 2013 is the year it will happen.

May your garage theme bring in a Happy New Year!

Tags: Garage Mahal, Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Storewall, Epoxy Garage Floors, Man Cave, acid stain concrete, Nice Cars, garage ceiling storage, ceiling racks

New Redline Garage Gear Man Cave to Emerge in West Linn

Posted by Chris Watkins on Monday, 23 May 2011 8:01 AM

Alright folks, we plan to do a feature article on our latest creation but we just couldn't wait to get at least one picture up on this garage as it happens to have some pretty cool transportation sprucing up our work.  :)

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We laid down a stained floor, Redline Garage Gear Cabinets and a color matched custom water heater/furnace partition surround to streamline the look of the garage.  The partion is on full casters so it is easily moved to service the water heater and furnace.  It even has Storewall brand slatwall for hanging various tools and uses Slatboxes for storage of miscellaneous parts, etc

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Phase III is adding the FRP to the wall on the left front garage bay for off-season car washing and detailing.  We have planned some really cool Black FRP with brushed aluminum trim.

Tags: Dream Garages, Redline Garage Gear, Garage Workbenches, Epoxy Garage Floors, Storage Cabinets, Garage Design, Garage Mahal, acid stain concrete

Garage Design - Developing your interior space

Posted by Chris Watkins on Saturday, 28 Aug 2010 2:47 AM

One only has to watch an episode of DIY Networks Garage Mahal or Man Caves to realize that today's garage has gone well past the traditional dumping ground for all your stuff that couldn't find a storage place elsewhere in your home.  In fact, today's garage is much more than an organized space that leaves room for your cars - it has been elevated as an extension to the home, providing many homeowners with a great place to hangout with friends and family.  How about a game of poker, or working on your hot rod, watching TV, playing table tennis or relieving some stress on your pinball machine?

So, designing your garage interior is a great opportunity to ensure your space meets a variety of needs, not just a place to park a vehicle.  Each garage has a unique opportunity to be molded into your dream garage.  Can you believe this is still a garage?For example, a common floor plan layout in many newer homes with two car garages, includes a back alcove offering homeowners a place to add storage and organization systems along with sports and hobby interests.  In fact, in one instance, we partioned off the back alcove to become a large storage location within the garage, then added yet another partition and added two double slider doors and wire shelving to create one large garage closet.  Of course we coated the floor with the latest in polyurea coating technology and presto an instant 450 sq. ft. bonus room with an additional separate 100+ sq. ft. storage center.  Meanwhile, the customer had fun decorating the space in a nautical theme.  What was great about this project - the customer instantly gained usable living space within the home, yet the space still can be used as a garage.

Your Garage Enhancement Company should be able to design your space and give you perspective on what works for storage, organization and more.  Increasingly, customers want to use their garage space as an extension to the home, so garage interior designers need to consider all possibilities when working with their clients.

Tags: Dream Garages, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Flooring, Epoxy Garage Floors, Garage Floor Coating, Garage Floor Covering, Garage Design, Garage Interiors, Garage Walls, Garage Partitions, Man Cave, Garage Mahal

Garage Flooring - Part I, Installing an epoxy garage floor correctly!

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 11:48 AM

Folks, I read a lot of stuff on the Internet about installing an epoxy garage floor that I just don't agree with.  Now, when it gets down to installation details, yes, there is more than one way to skin a cat (sorry for the metaphor), but overall there are many things in common with well installed garage floor coatings.

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In part one of this series, we'll outline the steps necessary for the basic garage floor coating installation process and in part two, we'll discuss each step in more detail to ensure the successful installation of your garage floor covering.

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The typical installation sequence includes:

  • Floor preparation - this is about abrading the floor so that you maximize the ability for the coating system to adhere to the concrete substrate.  The most common methods of floor preparation include acid etching, diamond grinding or shot blasting.  I don't think all methods are created equal, more about that in part II of this series
  • Primer coat - Most systems will call for some form of primer coat.  Depending on the garage floor coating, a coating manufacturer may recommend utilizing a primer such as a water based epoxy. Other coating systems, such as solvent based systems may best be installed with the coating acting as the primer although a solvent additive is added in the correct ratio for thinning the coating for maximum penetration and adhesion to the concrete substrate.  Other coatings function as a self primer, allowing broadcast elements to be added directly to the coating to create the base color for the system.  (Again, this primer step is largely dependent on the coating manufactures recommendation.)
  • Base Coating - Adding the base coat and any broadcast medium is about creating the actual color and look of the garage flooring.  Although there are many different coating colors, many coating installers utilize tan and gray as their base colors and then use various broadcast elements into the wet coating to create the actual color.  There are numerous broadcast elements, but most commonly vinyl chips in various colors and sizes are utilized for garage flooring. Quartz is another option with many colors including vibrant colors for a truly custom look.  Metallic additives are also growing rapidly in popularity and can create a rich showroom look
  • After some additional floor preparation, a clear top coat is later applied over the base color/chip broadcast to seal in the base coating and broadcast agent while creating a very durable finish that is resistant to vehicle and people traffic. Some coating systems utilize two clear top coats, depending on the type of coating.

Stayed tuned as the Garage Dude will further detail the installation process in Part II of this series.

Tags: Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Flooring, Epoxy Garage Floors, Garage Floor Coating, Garage Floor Covering