There is nothing more irritating than leaving a message in a voicemail, asking to be called back and never having the call returned. Some companies in our industry, completely ignore this simple request from consumers interested in their products and services. Go figure.
It is the $10,000 question. In fact, there are two ways. Either you do it yourself or you entrust the design and remodeling to an expert just like you would for any room in your house.
Since 2006, we have designed and customized hundreds of residential garages. Numerous remodelling were profiled over the years, independently of each other, and all types of resident owners looking for the Holy Grail of residential garage remodelling. Here are the four major types: Read more!
With the arrival of 2013, we begin our sixth year of operation as custom residential garage designer.
The popularity of epoxy as a solution for residential garage floor covering, with its resistance to abrasives and most chemical products, continues unabated over the years. This two chemical components product has been mainly used in industrial, commercial and institutional environments wherever a seamless flooring sealed to the edges is needed. It is often not necessary to apply more than one coat or two of epoxy in these contexts to obtain a suitable floor covering. On the other hand, in the environment of the residential garage we opted for a three-coat 100% solid epoxy with complete color flakes saturation to offer you the greatest possible resistance as your vehicles have very little leeway and run essentially in the same place. We have called this finish Espazzo to make a nod to the famous terrazzo.
Perhaps no part of the home is more valued today than the garage. From sheltering vehicles safely from weather to storing household items, sports equipments, gardening tools and other seasonal accessories. But the history of the residential garage is an up-and-down one, since its conversion from the stable and carriage house days.
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In an article published in the Maison section of La Presse (www.lapresse.ca/maison Montreal, Saturday, November 24th, 2012) under the title “The secrets of a successful project” (“Les secrets d’un projet réussi.”), journalist Lucie Lavigne delves into the secrets of residential renovations by calling upon three experts: an architect, a general contractor and an architect/contractor. All three agree that a well executed project costs between $175 and $200 per livable square foot, including labour and material costs, sanitary installations and custom-made built-in furniture/storage; but excluding taxes, designer’s and structural engineer’s fees and the cost of major appliances.
In most of the garage projects we undertake, there’s at least one electrical panel that needs dealing with. Sometimes, we even find a veritable bank of panels, outlets and junctions boxes, all of which need to be addressed somehow. We’ve even seen electrical installations so imposing, they look like an electrical substation for the whole neighbourhood. Sure, from time to time, we see homes where the contractor took the time and effort to integrate the panel in a practical esthetically pleasing way. But more often than not, they’re an eyesore. So when it comes time to upgrade and renovate the garage, our clients invariably ask us to do something to hide those ugly utilitarian beasts.
Almost all recently built homes we visit when putting together a free estimate have temporary wooden stairs, built as access to the home from the garage, at the time of construction. These stairs are rarely replaced by something more permanent later on. Either the homebuyer didn’t realize it when taking possession of the home, or the contractor didn’t pay much attention to this detail when finishing the construction. Either way, these wooden stairs suddenly become a focal point when it comes time to renovate and upgrade the garage. Our clients inevitably ask us to replace the old wooden one with a nicer staircase that matches the look and feel of the new garage.