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Garage Cabinets Portland - 2013 the year for Man Caves

Posted by Chris Watkins on Friday, 19 Apr 2013 4:33 PM

I have been laughing at myself lately as clearly the Garage Enhancement industry is continuing to trend toward design and installation of truly unique havens within home and business.

Why do I laugh you say?  Well, when Garage Themes was born back in 2007, our tagline was "Your Exclusive Garage Outfitter."  That continued to evolve into our current tagline of "The Possibilities are Endless..."  Trust me, they are when it comes to storage and organization.  

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But that isn't what has me laughing, actually it is more of a smile - when I talk with clients and potential clients, I simply say, we build Man Caves.  It never fails to get a smile or a chuckle out of someone.  The reason is simple - People can really relate to the concept of having a special place all their own - somewhere they can escape or hang out with family and friends and Man Caves is one metaphor that has really captured that perspective in the minds of many all over the country.

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The Garage Enhancement industry is starting to mature and more importantly, shows like Man Caves, Garage Mahal and a host of others show off what is possible with spaces that are often unused or under utilized.  These are not always a garage, but are often among homes built in the last 30 years.

So it has become, building a Man Cave is what we do and customers really love it and we love building these places and spaces too!  When I look at the project horizon, I think Man Caves and Gal Lair's are the big home improvements for 2013.  Being the exclusive agent for Redline Garage Gear in the Portland Metropolitan area has sure helped and given us the opportunity to offer garage cabinets among many other offerings to build that awesome man cave or other truly unique space.

Here's to your Man Cave in 2013!

Tags: Man Caves, Garage Mahal, Garage Cabinets Lake Oswego, Garage Cabinets West Linn

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

Garage Cabinets - Redline Garage Gear For Your Garage Theme

Posted by Chris Watkins on Saturday, 22 Sep 2012 6:05 AM

OK, I'm guilty, It's really fun meeting with clients that are looking for a home for their nice cars, afterall, our business was developed with a goal of helping customers build their dream garage theme.  

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Our latest garage cabinet installation teamed the perfect car and cabinets for a great storage and organization combination for a Mustang enthusiast family.

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Afterall, today's garage offers something for everyone - whether your a car or motorcycle enthusiast, a hobbiest or simply need more organization in your life, utilizing Redline Garage Gear cabinets puts a great organization system in your garage or other utility spaces in your home.

Redline Garage Gear offers some key features not found in competing products such as our exclusive 10 gauge steel cabinet mounting rails which mount cabinets on the walls and ensure that no cabinet parts are on concrete where moisture can attack.  Additionally, wall mounted cabinets make it easy to keep the garage floor clean.  With a cabinet design which doesn't require backers, mold and fungus issues between wall and backer spaces are eliminated.  With a lifetime manufacture warranty and your Garage Themes dealer installation, we make it easy to complete your garage organization project in as little as a day with a solution design to last for years to come.

Tags: Storage Cabinets, Dream Garages, Redline Garage Gear, Garage Cabinet, Garage Design, Garage Mahal, Man Caves, Garage Themes

Complete Garage Makeover - Garage Mahal, Man Cave

Posted by Chris Watkins on Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 5:26 PM

Here are some photos of a recent garage project we performed for a client in Portland, OR.  We have developed considerable expertise in cost effectively remodeling garage interiors.

This project included new Redline Garage Gear storage cabinets, integrated workbench, under cabinet workbench lighting, flourescent upgrades for the main garage lighting, various storage walls, polyaspartic floor coating system and of course a full paint refresh on walls and ceiling.  

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Above picture was taken before we worked our garage magic.

 

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We like to think the Porsche Carerra 4 lives a much happier existence and of course our client is much happier knowing his Carerra has a new home. Of course the Aprilia roadbike isn't complaining either.

 

Tags: Dream Garages, Man Caves, Garage Flooring, Storage Cabinets, Garage Design, Garage Interiors, Garage Mahal

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