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Improve the Space of Your Home with a Garage Conversion

Thinking of doing something interesting with your garage space, but not quite sure what that something is yet?

Garage Design Works has several cool Orlando garage organization ideas to stimulate your creative imagination. You can transform your garage into living quarters, a place to play, somewhere to get in shape, or a custom entertainment venue. The following ideas are just a few ways to update a boring garage.

Guest Home or Studio Apartment

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel room, you know they are typically small with minimal furnishings. By converting your garage into cozy living quarters, you can offer family and friends a comfortable place to stay while visiting. Alternatively, you can create a studio apartment to rent to students or professionals seeking affordable housing. Renovations include installing kitchen and bathroom appliances for convenience and opting for chic garage storage cabinets such as those made by Everett. These durable cabinets are ideal for storing dishes, utensils, towels, and other necessities.

Kid’s Indoor Activity Area

Kids have lots of energy to burn throughout the day, and this energy is fine for outdoor play. When brought indoors this boisterous play time can cause annoying disruptions. Solve this dilemma by creating a space for kids to exercise and play freely. The first step of this plan is installing a protective floor covering made of strong high-grade epoxy in a designer color of your choice. Epoxy floors are easy to keep clean. Next, add durable play equipment such as slides, tunnels, and forts to encourage imaginative play. Encourage exercise by including items such as climbing bars, a jungle gym, punching bags, and thick floor mats.  

Home Office

office-1078869_1920Working from home doesn’t always mean you have a peaceful place to complete your desired tasks. Local coffee shops are poor substitutes for having your own workspace. Creating a home office in your garage gives you a quiet place to think, write, hold important phone conversations, and do your own thing without interruption. Besides a desk, chair, and storage cabinets, you’ll want to install overhead ceiling storage systems to maximize your interior storage space.  

Home Workout Space

Forget about gym memberships. Design a home gym that includes all your favorite workout equipment on hand and ready to use whenever you like. If you’re wondering where to store smaller exercise accessories and clothing, wonder no more. Contemporary vertical storage wall solutions smartly utilize wall slats, hooks, bins, and baskets to keep all your stuff neatly organized. Tall metal cabinets can easily substitute for traditional storage lockers.

Want More Conversion Ideas?
Garage Design Works has plenty of ideas to help with Orlando garage organization and conversion. We’ll work closely with you on your dream garage conversion from design concept to installation. Contact us online today for a free consultation.

Stockpile Organization for an Extreme Couponer

couponExtreme couponing is a great way to consistently save money on a wide range of useful food and personal care items. Putting the time and effort into clipping coupons and purchasing items in bulk can help you build a large stockpile of home supplies that can last for six months or more. Once you have a stockpile, it can easily grow so large that it turns into an overflowing annoyance. If you’ve run out of storage space for your stockpile, it’s time to consider implementing a smart Orlando home organization plan, and your spare garage can play a big part in this plan.

Map Out Garage Space

Start your stockpile storage plan by reviewing the entire area of your garage. Visualize the ideal place to set up a pantry style storage system. You may decide to use a corner space, or devote an entire wall to your stockpile. After making your decision, decide where you want to put all the other items already stored in the garage. Most of your garage space can still be used for storing crafts, tools, sports equipment, etc.

Avoid Clutter with Vertical Storage

Vertical storage systems such as the popular Gladiator slat wall system, make full use of the empty space on garage walls. Instead of installing a few wall shelves, you can install slats that allow numerous rows of hooks. The sturdy hooks hold lightweight and heavy items, and items are firmly secured to the wall until you need them. Removing this extra clutter makes it much easier to build your stockpile storage space.

Garage Storage Cabinets for Stockpiles  

Many couponers use metal or wooden tiered shelves to store bulk goods. This storage method makes it easy to see items at a glance. However, all items are exposed to anyone who walks into your garage, and various packaging can look a bit chaotic.

If you prefer something more aesthetically pleasing, and every bit as practical, garage storage cabinets are an excellent alternative. Cabinets designed for your garage are made of sturdy metal, keeping out dirt, debris, and critters. With goods safely tucked away behind closed doors, only you and your family know what’s inside those spacious interiors.

Keep Food and Other Items Separate

When you visit your local grocery store, you’ll notice that food items are stored separately from items such as household cleaners and pest sprays. This is done for safety and convenience. You should take care to store packaged food items and canned goods away from non-food items. Packaged food items are particularly vulnerable to strong odors seeping from goods containing chemicals. A closed cabinet system is ideal for long-term protection of food goods.  

Get fast Orlando home organization help for your home stockpile by contacting Garage Design Works online now.

Creating a Magnificent Mudroom in Your Garage

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Creating a mudroom may sound messy, but it’s a separate space that helps keep your home more organized and free of clutter. While making Orlando home organization plans, consider adding a mudroom to your garage. Despite the name, a mudroom can be a cozy place to store items used daily, seasonally, or occasionally.

Mudroom2Why Garages Make Great Mudrooms
Your garage is a part of your Florida home, yet, it has the benefit of being detached from the home’s main interior. Traditionally, mudrooms are secondary entryways to the home, and families tend to use them more than the main entry. Since the garage offers a second entry into the home, it’s a natural place to set up a mudroom. Choosing efficient storage solutions is the key to making your mudroom appealing to everyone in the home.

Mudroom Hooks and Racks
After choosing mudroom design, your next task is to figure out how to create storage to handle coats, hats, shoes, boots, and other everyday items. Wall slat storage systems are a dream come true for homeowners with limited garage space. These systems include attractive horizontal slats attached to walls and special hooks designed to work with the slats. Unlike regular hooks, wall slat hooks come in numerous shapes and configurations. With an assortment of hooks installed, you can easily hang dry or wet clothing, sporting equipment, bicycles, and handy tools on the wall. Add storage bins and caddies to increase vertical storage options. Mudroom3

Mudroom Individual Storage
One of the neat things about mudrooms is that you can create individual storage spaces for each member of the family. Open cubbyholes are popular, but durable garage cabinets offer more privacy. Consider installing a row of tall, sleek Everest cabinets side-by-side, with double doors that open to reveal several shelves of storage space. Each family member decides what to place inside their cabinet, and cabinets can sit on the floor or hang on the wall to optimize floor space.

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To make your mudroom a cinch to keep clean, opt for a heavy-duty epoxy coating system in designer patterns and colors. Epoxy systems are scratch-resistant and stain-resistant for hassle-free maintenance.

Need Help Designing a Mudroom?
Garage mudrooms are an ideal solution for keeping your home free of dirt, debris, and clutter. Garage Design Works offers customized Orlando home organization plans for mudrooms and more. Call us today at (407) 447-8890 or drop us an online note to set up a free consultation.

Make Your Garage the Life of the Party This Summer

cocktails-1149171__340The time for summer celebration is here, and you’re ready to host summer parties, picnics, and barbecues. Turning your garage into a party hub for family and friends is a great idea. Now all you have to do is make your garage space suitable and safe for festive gatherings. The best way to approach the task of transforming your garage is to create a sensible Orlando garage organization plan. The below helpful suggestions can make the work behind the change go smoother.

Clear Out the Clutter

A garage is a great place to store stuff, especially when home storage space is limited. Over time, things that you may no longer need or want accumulate in the garage, causing unsightly clutter. The first step in the organization plan is to begin reorganizing by going through your garage, section by section, removing items that should be discarded or stored elsewhere.

Where Should the Remaining Stuff Go?

Okay, the extra stuff is gone, but you still have plenty of items that need to remain inside the garage. What are you going to do with it?

The solution is to expand storage capacity inside your garage as much as possible. Since this space is going to double as a party room, storage options should be attractive and functional.   

Choose Durable Chic Storage Cabinets

The days of tacky garage storage are long gone. You can now choose garage storage cabinetry that looks chic and offers full customization. The Everest White Cabinet Series is a good example of this new era of storage solutions. Made of heavy-duty welded steel for strength, they are sleekly designed, creating an upscale look for your garage. Imagine your party guests delightful surprise seeing contemporary cabinets with a cool coastal vibe in your garage.

Selecting cabinets that share the same design gives the space a seamless uniformity. Depending on your storage needs, cabinets can be all the same size, or you can mix sizes for maximum efficiency. Either way, modern steel cabinets give you plenty of storage options for organizing a variety of items.

Protect Guests from Danger

One of the many benefits of cabinet storage is that you can use it to keep dangerous materials out of sight. Closed cabinets placed high on the wall can store products containing chemicals and harmful toxins. You can do the same for sharp tools and items that cause injury when mishandled. These items are going to be safely out of sight from kids, pets, and mischievous adults.

Protect Flooring

Once you open your garage to summer parties, accidental spills of food and drink are bound to happen. Prevent permanent floor stains and make cleaning loads easier by protecting the floor with a high-grade epoxy covering. You can easily make this a part of your Orlando garage organization plan. Need help upgrading your garage for summer fun? Contact Garage Design Works today at (407) 447-8890.

7 Tips to Keep Your Garage Workshop in Working Order

craftsman-garage-and-shed3The garage is an ideal place to set up a workshop. Most garages have space for a workbench and assorted tools. However, if you want to make your workshop more efficient, an organization plan is your best bet. Enjoy these helpful Garage Design Works tips for optimizing Orlando garage floors, walls, and ceilings.

  1. Create a Designated Work Area

It’s hard to do your best work when you’re competing with sports equipment, bikes, luggage, toys, and other items not related to your work projects. If you’re shoving things out of the way to reach your workbench, it’s time to create a clean, organized work area. Set storage parameters, and remove unnecessary items from your workspace.

  1. Install a Slat Wall Organizing System

When looking around your workshop, you see too much clutter, and there’s not enough maneuvering room. Wall slat systems were designed to solve this common problem. Consider installing a Gladiator hanging wall slat system that uses tracks and hooks to create new storage areas on garage walls. Tracks are sturdy enough to hold small, medium, and large tools and supplies freeing up floor space for creating, planning, and building.

  1. Update Flooring

Cleaning the garage floor after you finish for the day can be a hassle. Stains can be hard to remove on concrete. A protective epoxy such as high-quality ArmorSeal flooring finish makes floor cleaning a breeze.

  1. Organize Tools According to Use

Are you tired of searching for tools during a project? Organize your tools using slat wall hooks and sturdy rolling cabinets, keeping them within easy reach when needed.

  1. Light Your Work Area

If you rely strictly on natural lighting, consider boosting the lighting in your work area. When you’re working with power and hand tools, a mistake can cause physical injury. By adding two or more ceiling light fixtures near your workbench, lighting conditions improve considerably.

  1. Install Additional Electrical Outlets

Stringing numerous power extension cords along the floor is a tripping and fire hazard that should be avoided. Installing one or more additional electrical outlets on a wall near your work area can alleviate the need for extra extension cords. It’s best to let a trained electrician do the installation.

  1. Install a Ventilation System

Many garage workshops lack adequate ventilation. A fan isn’t powerful enough to remove most fine dust particles, debris, and fumes from the air you breathe. Likewise, for open windows. Safe ventilation is achieved by installing industrial-strength systems that remove air impurities as you work.

Garage Design Systems can give you more ideas for organizing Orlando garage floors and walls. Contact us today for a free garage workshop consultation.

Keep Your Garage Clean This Summer with Organization

modern-garage-and-shed.jpIs your garage an eyesore that is filled with useful and useless stuff? Summer is a great time to take on a complete garage makeover project. Cleaning out your garage and getting rid of things you no longer need is only the first step. The real fun is choosing how to use Orlando home organization ideas to make this space more efficient. Once everything is organized, you’ll find it a cinch to keep your garage neat and clean year-round.

Separate Items into Piles

The first thing you should do is separate the items you want to keep from those you want to discard. Carefully consider why you want to keep certain things. Ask yourself if these items are going to be used within the next year. Some items may have sentimental value, and you should make a separate pile for those things. Any items that are not of value in any way, shape, or form should be tossed or given away.

Making Decisions About Organization

You’ve got your keep, and sentimental piles all sorted out. Now it’s time to decide how you want to organize these items. Since the floor of your garage has a limited amount of space, you should consider ways to expand storage capacity. Cabinets are a natural remedy to garage storage woes. Modern storage cabinets such as the Gladiator Premier Series, are built to withstand various temperature conditions of your garage. The great thing about these types of cabinets is that they come in a variety of sizes and configurations, and provide quick and easy access to stored items.

There’s a lot of flexibility in how cabinets are arranged, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to cabinet placement.

Large Storage Cabinet Ideas

Large storage cabinets are like mini closets. You can fit a lot of similar items into a tall two-door cabinet, making them easy to find in one place. Big cabinets typically have one fixed shelf and one or more adjustable shelves for versatility. These are ideal for storing sentimental items, extra clothing, recreational, sports, and exercise gear.

Small Storage Cabinet Ideas

Small items tend to take up gobs of garage space, and get scattered about, creating clutter. Ideally, these things should be hidden from view when not in use. Solve your clutter problem by storing these items in a small floor and wall cabinet. If you care about style and function, the Everest white cabinet series may be just what your garage needs. Storage ideas for these cabinets include arts and crafts supplies, paint supplies, canned food goods, and small tools.

Need Organizing Help?

Garage Design Works can make your Orlando home organization project go smoothly. Contact us today online or at (407) 447-8890 for free advice on summer garage makeover ideas.

6 Ways to Vertically Organize Your Garage

65330_123373534382968_7267339_nGarage storage used to be limited to placing boxes, bins and all sorts of items on the floor, stacking things outwardly until you’ve run out of usable storage space. Thankfully, it has significantly improved with the help of Garage Design Works. Their Orlando garage organization experts give you better options for storage management.

One of the best methods for maximizing garage storage space is using the concept of vertical storage. For instance, installing Garage Design Works patented “slat wall” tracks are a clever way to create numerous customized storage options in a sleek way.

Versatile Hooks

There are a wide variety of hooks that work seamlessly with slat wall organizing systems. The type of hooks you choose depend on what kind of items you want to hang on the wall. The upward loop of the cradle hook holds a garden hose securely in place. The big hook is ideal for storing yard blowers and trimmers. Alphabet hooks such as the “J” and “S” hook make it easy to hang small and tall items.

Small Item Bins

Figuring out where to put all those small items that tend to collect in your garage can be a hassle. Small bins hanging on a slat wall are just what you need to hold your collection of nails, bolts, tiny parts, and screws for upcoming projects.

Vertical and Horizontal Bike Hooks

Instead of parking your bike against the wall, you can opt to store it off the ground with either vertical or horizontal hooks. For vertical storage, lift the bike up on its rear wheel and slide the front wheel into the hook. For horizontal storage, the hooks extend outward to hold the bike frame.

Golf Caddy

Keep golf clubs and gear neatly organized with golf caddy storage bins and hooks. Each bin is large enough to hold your golf bag with the clubs tucked inside. Directly underneath is a smaller storage area for your favorite golf shoes.

Mesh Baskets

Mesh baskets are attractive because they’re sturdy, yet flexible, and you can see everything stored inside at a glance. These slat wall baskets comfortably hold sports equipment, kids’ toys, hobby magazines, and other items used regularly.

Storage Bin Holders

Standard storage bins have multiple uses, and they work wonderfully with a slat wall system. The storage bin holder features two large metal arms, and bins sit securely inside open slots. When bins are filled, the weight of gravity ensures they stay put.

Need help with creating a customized vertical storage plan? Sifting through stored cluttered in your garage and figuring out which storage option is best for all that clutter isn’t fun, which is why Garage Design Works is ready to assist you with creating a custom Orlando garage organization plan. Call us today at 407-447-8890 to find the best organizing options to fit your needs.

Don’t Let Your Garage Ceiling Limit Your Storage

banner-rackAs you ponder how to handle your impending Orlando garage organization project, you’re making decisions about what type of storage systems work best for your needs. You may already have your eye on a particular cabinet and wall units, but what about the ceiling?

The garage ceiling is a hidden gem when it comes to efficient storage solutions. Are you scratching your head wondering how a standard, loft or angled ceiling can be of use? The answer is the ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system which is specially designed to be capable of holding small medium and large-size items you use during certain times of the year, or occasionally.

Overhead Storage is a Game Changer

The quickest way to free up garage space and organize clutter is to move items up off the floor. An overhead storage decking system can be customized for standard and non-standard garage ceilings. This system includes a series of individual open shelves constructed of sturdy steel, and these shelves have four adjustable brackets, which hang from the ceiling. Metal overhead shelves come in various sizes and often have weight capacities of up to 800 pounds. Imagine what you can do with such a system.

Perfect for Large, Bulky Items

Spare tires, snow blowers, yard work tools, inflatable pools, folding lawn chairs and other items take up lots of space, even when you do your best to keep big items organized. Installing several overhead shelves instantly solves this dilemma. Reinforced steel easily holds one or more tires, along with all those other “too big to stuff into a cabinet” essentials. Once they’re up there, you’ll need a ladder to retrieve these items, but you’ll be glad you have the extra storage space to keep them out of the way.

Make Room for Your Car

Organizing your garage using overhead storage means you can finally clear a path on the garage floor for your vehicle. If you have a double car garage, you’ll be able to fit both cars inside. The extra security and peace of mind ceiling storage offer are well worth it.

Non-standard Ceiling? No Problem! Garage Design Works ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system comes in multiple shelf sizes, and unit height is easily adjustable to maximize your storage use. If you’d like to find out more about Orlando garage organization and overhead storage systems, contact Garage Design Works today at 407-447-8890.

5 Things You Can Organize with Garage Cabinets

62147_120913564628965_7013557_nWhen you need extra space to stash household items, your garage can be a lifesaver. Sometimes there just isn’t enough storage space inside your home for life’s necessities, which is why you need a creative Orlando home organization solution. The trick to efficient garage storage is making sure items are properly categorized, and then having the right storage pieces to organize it all so you can find it quickly.

These common household items can be organized inside your garage:

Pantry Items

Pantry items can quickly fill up kitchen cabinet space, especially when you buy in bulk from a wholesale club like Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s. Perhaps you pass up supermarket sales on canned goods because there’s nowhere to store those extra cans. Setting up a separate pantry in the garage can easily expand your food storage options. Everest White cabinets have a smooth modern finish and plenty of shelf space for small and large cans. Larger units make it simple to assign different types of canned foods to separate shelves.

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Tools

Tools and garages go together like peanut butter and jelly. Most likely, you have a bunch of tools ranging in size, small, medium, and large tools. Unfortunately, tool storage often becomes a chaotic mess that can cause you not only frustration but waste your time trying to find that particular tool you need to do a task. Durable cabinets such as those offered by Gladiator Premier Series can help you turn that tool chaos into a neatly organized and easily accessible station. You can mix and match a storage bench with various sizes of modular floor and wall storage cabinets, which makes finding the right tool a cinch.

Home Gadgets

Some households gadgets are a staple to your everyday functioning, while others are used less frequently, and those can be stored inside your garage. Moving items such as vacuums, carpet cleaners, space heaters, crock pots, and clothing steamers to garage storage units provide more storage options throughout your home.

Toys and Games

The desire to have fun is a natural human trait. However, numerous games and toys cluttering up rooms and closets become an unwieldy eyesore. Consider creating a toy and game fun center in your garage. Designate wall unit shelves to board games, digital games, stuffed animals, dolls and kids craft items.

Luggage

There’s no getting around the fact that luggage is bulky. Closets are the most common place for luggage storage, yet it takes up the usable room you can use for other items. Tall modular storage units can take the place of closets, giving you easy access to carry-on bags and rolling suitcases for trips.

Are you worried about how to get started with all this cabinet organization? Get fast assistance with your Orlando home organization planning from Garage Design Works. Call us at 407-447-8890 today to get started.

How to Repurpose Your Garage for a Music Rehearsal Space

drums-246840_1920Getting your band together for rehearsal in your garage may be a cliché, but it’s often the best option available if you want to save money on renting studio space. There’s a big problem with choosing a garage – the sound of loud music can drive neighbors crazy. In addition to Orlando garage storage ideas, Garage Design Works has some great tips to help you plan and create a satisfying music rehearsal space.

Do You Want to Record Too?

Carefully consider if you want this renovated space to be used only for rehearsals, or do you want to be able to record music suitable for streaming as well? It’s important to know the answer to this question before investing in a garage redesign. Creating a soundproof recording space requires more planning and investment than a standard rehearsal room.

Measure the Space

Measure the garage from corner to corner to get a sense of its proportions. Measurements can help you make important calculations for equipment space needs and how much paint, insulation, flooring and storage supplies are needed for the transformation.

Do a Thorough Review

Take stock of the entire garage area, including its shape. Is it rectangular, square, or does it have an irregular shape? Shape effects room acoustics. Other things you want to make a note of are the number of existing electrical sockets versus the number of desired sockets. Does the room need more lighting? Consider what type of lighting you want. You should also determine if the space is adequate for the equipment you use. Creative storage solutions may be required make it all work.

What is Your Budget?

Be realistic about the amount of money you can spend for this renovation. It may not be possible to achieve everything on your wish list. Pick the items that are most important and include those in your budget. Any money left over can go towards those extras you want.

Forget About Egg Cartons

You’ve probably heard that lining garage walls with leftover egg cartons is an easy way to soundproof your music space. Sorry. That’s pure myth. While egg cartons do absorb some sound, they don’t stop sound from flowing outside.

Soundproofing Design Ideas

Effective soundproofing requires design strategies that work. Walls, ceilings and floors should be layered with soundproofing materials. If you want to go all out, you can build a room within a room. The inner room is your rehearsal space, and sound is absorbed by insulation materials placed between the inner and outer room walls.

Garage Design Works, the Orlando garage storage experts, can help you plan a cool music rehearsal space that won’t bother your neighbors. Call us at 407-447-8890 today to get started.