"Meet our garage designers" - Espace Garage Plus

It seems that tidying up your home is something everyone is doing these days. A tidy home can be a more comfortable, stress-free home. But what about your garage? Is it really possible to tidy up a garage? For sure, organizing a garage can be an intimidating project. How do you sort all the different items of different shapes and sizes? So many things are only used during a certain season, so how do you ensure this important part of your home can accommodate the needs of your family’s activities, along with one or two vehicles?

If you’re a little ashamed of opening your garage door in front of the neighbours, the answer is a custom garage makeover.

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"To the conquest of the residential garage" - Espace Garage Plus

When we launched Espace Garage Plus in 2006, we wanted to offer the residents of the Greater Montreal Area turnkey solutions that would give them back their garage. All too often the garage is neglected space, it was the last space of the home to be conquered and organized. It was a constant battle between the vehicles that we wanted to park, and the numerous seasonal items we wanted to store there. First the closet became the walk-in, then the basement become the home theatre, now it is time to attack, and upgrade the garage.

With hundreds of makeovers under our belt, it is clear that Espace Garage Plus is meeting a real need for homeowners. Now, the dream of “more space in your garage” has become a reality for all those who have entrusted us to the design and makeover of their garage.

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"The best season for a garage makeover" - Espace Garage Plus

The truth is you can start your garage makeover any time throughout the year. There is no better season than the other, but we definitely see an increase of requests come in the spring, and even more in the fall.

Suddenly, you need to create additional space. You need a solution. Winter is almost at your door.

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"Free up the garage" - Espace Garage Plus

The inside of your garage looks like a scrapheap on a bad day. There’s not even enough space for a stroller, let alone a car. The item you desperately need is hidden beneath piles of junk. The time has come to reorganize.

First, tackle the contents and make three piles, keep, donate, and toss. Once you’ve cleaned up the mess, sort the items you want to keep into different categories (sports equipment, DIY materials, tools) for easy identification and retrieval. The next step is crucial: Prepare a space that’s orderly, practical and multifunctional. Make sure that your reorganization plan incorporates all current and future needs. What’s your budget? Do you plan to keep your car in the garage? Will you need additional storage space? Would you like to have well defined areas for various activities such as gardening, DIY projects and auto repairs?

By Jacqueline Simoneau, originally published in CAA Touring, Winter 2013

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"Park it! De-cluttering and organizing your garage" - Espace Garage Plus

Do you drive into your garage and close the door behind you as quickly as possible to avoid humiliation? Are you missing out on physical activity for simple fact that digging out your gear is too hard, too much work and possibly dangerous due to stuff falling on top of you? It’s probably the most dreaded area of the home to tidy up: the garage. It’s the home’s junk drawer, with everything from lawn care tools to sports equipment, season items, kid’s toys, car tires, accessories and on-an-on. However, when properly organized, the garage can be one of the most functional areas of the house. Below are practical tips to help get your garage in tip-top shape. And who knows – maybe you’ll proudly keep the garage door up when you’re done.

Take inventory – The first step in organizing your garage is knowing exactly what it is you’re dealing with. What’s really in your garage? Despite the surface items you might see, there could be all kinds of stuff lurking behind it. So, the easiest thing to do is pull absolutely everything out of your garage. This will help you itemize as well as see the actual workable space available. Sort through it all, grouping similar things to make putting it all back a little easier. Then you can start to purge – what items are old, broken, or no longer used? Create two additional piles: one for donations and one for garbage. Toys that are still in good condition, as well as certain tools, old bikes, and even clothes can all be donated to charity. Meanwhile, trash can be brought to the local dump or you can call 1-800-GOT-JUNK to have them pick it up. Also, always remember to dispose of old paint, batteries, cleaners and other potentially harmful substances properly. Your town or city can provide more info. Once your garage is completely empty, come up with an efficient layout of the space.

By Jennifer Cox, originally published in The Suburban on March 17, 2010

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