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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 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

Acid Stain Concrete - Personalizing your garage, basement or patio

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 10:09 AM

Today, decorative concrete has grown into a huge industry with many options for homeowners and businesses.  To coin a Garage Themes tagline, "The Possibilities are Endless..."  I am always amazed at the multitude of options available to beautify concrete.

One of the increasingly popular concrete options is utilizing acid stain to create a decorative finish.  There are many options for using concrete acid stain and the video below will take you through all phases of a recent project we completed for a couple as part of an overall remodel to the basement of their 1920's home.

Now that the acid stain floor is complete, the project can continue with some fresh paint and mouldings along the floor and columns
to complete the finish.

Tags: acid stain concrete, Garage Flooring, concrete acid stain, Garage Design, patio design, basement floors, Man Caves, garage mahals

Dream Garages - Designing your Special Space!

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010 3:59 PM

Building your dream garage should be a fun and simple process given the options available to homeowners today.  There are a multitude of garage flooring solutions, cabinets for garages and garage organization solutions.  Additionally, many garage storage accessories exist to ensure your space not only functions well, but looks good too!  garage mahal

Considering most homes built, within the last 20 years, have very limited storage spaces, the garage has become the dumping ground for many; the end result being that unsightly disorganized space.  Today, most homes have a two or three car garage, and among those garages, most have at least one, if not more, garage door openers.  Have you ever considered that you probably utilize the garage as the main entrance to your home?  Yet, did you have a busy day at the office only to come home, click the remote for your garage door opener and drive into a bland, dark and cluttered parking space?Retro Garage

Now imagine that same space, with adequate and safe lighting, storage cabinets and storage wall accessories such as bins, hooks and baskets.  Take that a step further with fresh paint, and garage

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accessories that help you style the space.  This can include everything from easy to clean floor coatings, to neon signs, sports memorabilia and more.  Ever thought about driving into your garage space that represents a 1950's or 60's theme, complete with custom designed garage flooring, retro gas pumps, and your favorite sports team colors.  You can even design a space to work on your favorite hobbies while hanging out with friends and family.

Don't let your garage be that boring space that looks like the neighbors, turn it into something fun and usable, while adding investment value to your home.

Tags: Dream Garages, Garage Storage Cabinets, garage mahals, Man Caves, Garage Organization Solutions