"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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"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 Beauty and The Beast" - Espace Garage Plus

This is the garage makeover story of a homeowner who wanted to completely renovate his single garage to make it the den par excellence for his high caliber sports car. The car was his prized possession which he affectionately called “The Beast.”  He liked to pamper it in his spare time and wanted to park it in an appropriate environment. The request was not overly complicated, basically he wanted us to do everything possible to make this garage a “Beauty” that would complement The Beast. He wanted a suitable home for his car with all the amenities for its pampering. Piece of cake.

Once the 2D modeling and budget were approved, we tackled the most difficult task of the project which was to finish the base of the walls. The project entailed subway-style ceramic tiles around the perimeter of the garage to protect it, similar to a commercial car wash.

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"Tire, this bulky item" - Espace Garage Plus

If there is one thing that is guaranteed, it the changing of tires in the Spring and again in the Fall. It is a fact of life where we live. Of course, with tire change, comes tire storage. For all those who use the services of their car dealership or mechanic, no problem. For those who choose to store their tires at home, the problem persists.

What to do with these four, eight, even twelve tires? Stack them in one corner of the garage? Store them underneath the balcony or the terrace? In the shed? The basement?

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"The art of wall organization" - Espace Garage Plus

One of the keys to a residential garage makeover lies in the effective use of available wall surfaces to hang anything that cannot be stored any other way other than piled up behind closed doors: bikes, shovels, brooms, rakes, skis and long handle tools.

To properly organize a wall, instead of individual hooks, badly anchored into drywall that always fall and leave huge holes, we prefer to use PVC slatwall panels specially designed to organize all available wall surfaces.

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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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"Who doesn’t need a standing sink in his garage?" - Espace Garage Plus

Even if it takes a bit of space, nobody can deny that a standing sink is a very handy item to have in the garage. Made either of plastic or stainless steel, it is usually the main water source in the garage, other than the hose. For washing and cleaning all sorts of items, from gardening to painting, the standing sink, with its generous size, is a very practical feature to clean up a mess.

Unlike the hose, it offers hot and cold water which is essential for cleaning up.

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