"A perfect garage allows for more than just parking" - Espace Garage Plus

Every room in a house has a purpose, a raison-d’être that makes it as unique as it is essential. Some are set in stone (or marble), like kitchens and bathrooms, while others are more flexible, like the extra bedroom that doubles as an office. As for the garage, it’s a bit of a unique case.

Often overlooked, the garage can be an unexpected point of interest as well as a great investment when designed right. “A residential garage shouldn’t be overlooked as it, unfortunately, too often is. Homeowners tend to forget that they paid for it when they bought their house, and it’s also the largest heated room of the house,” says Roberto Wilson, co-founder of Espace Garage Plus, a custom garage designer in Terrebonne.

By Ursula Leonowicz, originally published in New Homes + Condos section of the Montreal Gazette on Saturday June 1, 2019.

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"’Tis the season to get the garage organized" - Espace Garage Plus

The garage is often the biggest room in the house, yet it becomes the catch-all for everything from tools, kid’s toys, seasonal items, bikes, yard and garden equipment and who knows what else. Often there’s hardly room for a car. It can quickly become a messy storage area that does nothing but raise your blood pressure. “People buy stuff over the summer and put it all straight into the yard. They don’t take into consideration that there isn’t room left in the garage to store those things so, come fall, they realize they have way more stuff than the beginning of the season,” said Roberto Wilson, co-founder of Espace Garage Plus.

“Fall is the motivation season because snow is coming and homeowners need to bring all of their stuff back inside, and that’s when panic sets in. They call us up and look for a miracle,” he chuckled. There are different options when it comes to organizing a garage. Today, consumers can find a myriad of systems and DIY kits that they can build and install themselves. These

By Jennifer Cox, originally published in New Homes + Condos section of the Montreal Gazette on Saturday October 12, 2019.

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"6 Tips & Tricks That Really Work" - Espace Garage Plus

Garages tend to become dumps for just about everything. Because they are big open spaces, they’re easy targets for that suitcase that won’t fit in the closet, the rollerblades your daughter doesn’t want to throw away yet, and the sewing machine you need to give back to your neighbour and anything else that doesn’t have a set place.

Follow these 6 tips & tricks to clean your way to a neat and organized garage.

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"7 Clutter-Busting Garage Storage Solutions" - Espace Garage Plus

Our garages play a very important role in our everyday living. Of course, they protect our vehicles from the elements. But more often than not, they also become dumping grounds for tools, cleaning products and seasonal gear.

These 7 tips can help you make the most out of this often overcrowded and underused space. Built-ins, slatwalls and other smart storage solutions can help you eliminate clutter and keep your garage tidy.

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"Please hide this electrical panel" - Espace Garage Plus

In most garage makeovers that we design, there is always at least one standard electrical panel to consider, if not a whole wall of boxes and panels. Some of these electrical installations are so imposing that it gives the impression that the residence has its own hydroelectric dam at its disposal.

Sometimes, the electrical contractor has taken exceptional care to organize the panels cleanly and clearly. But often not.

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"Elementary my Dear Watson" - Espace Garage Plus

There is nothing more irritating than leaving a voicemail asking to be called back and never hearing from the company again. Some companies completely ignore this simple request from consumers interested in their products and services.

We always take it upon ourselves to be available during our office business hours to take your calls. If you need to contact us outside of these hours, leave a voicemail and we will make sure to call you as soon as possible once we are back in the office.

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"How to efficiently store your bikes in the garage" - Espace Garage Plus

After your winter or summer tires, your bike is probably the most volume-consuming item you would store in your garage. Imagine having to hang a box off the wall – a box that measures at least 72” long by 44” high by 24” deep. And when you think about it, there aren’t that many ways to hang a bike. Either you hang it by its frame, which is the method that requires the least amount of depth space, or you hang it by its front or back wheel.

In summer, it’s less of a problem. You probably just park it somewhere in the garage using its kickstand… unless of course you have one of today’s more specialized bikes made of carbon or some other super lightweight material, in which case the bike probably doesn’t even have a kickstand.

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"The benefits of an upgrade" - Espace Garage Plus

It is not unusual that, while meeting with a client to evaluate their needs and to see the configuration of his garage, we are asked to also quote a full upgrade of the garage. A fair number of garages, mostly in newer built homes, have only a minimum of finishing.

We aim to evaluate the finishing, or renovation needs that would be necessary before installing the different components of the makeover.

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"The garage essence" - Espace Garage Plus

By definition, a garage is a space located in a house – it can be sometimes an annex building – for parking and protecting vehicles from the weather.

In addition to this primary function, the garage is also used to store a variety of items, products, sports equipment, tools among other things that are typical of modern active families. Occasionally, the garage can also serve as a workshop to meet the needs of the DIY projects and home maintenance. Long considered the last room of the house, the garage has always been the forgotten relative of residential renovation.

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"What is a free estimate?" - Espace Garage Plus

By definition, a free estimate is the price evaluation of a makeover project and is mentioned verbally during an appointment in your garage.

The experience we have gained over the years evaluating hundreds of projects allows us to give you a good idea of the estimated budget required for your project, give or take a few hundred dollars.

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