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Creating an In-Home Photography Studio

yashica-711794_1920Whether you are an amateur looking to pursue a hobby or a professional hoping to make your workspace more convenient, your garage may have so much potential to become an in-home photography studio. Transforming a garage into a studio takes a little work, but it is certainly worth it in the end. As leaders in unique Orlando garage ideas, we’ve put together this quick guide on how to transform your garage.

Organize

If your garage isn’t already a studio, it is likely used to store other odds and ends ranging from seasonal decorations to equipment for outdoor activities. To make space for your new set up, and so that potential clients are comfortable in the space, it is important to organize the garage thoroughly. Here are some brief organization tips:

  • We recommend using overhead storage to organize all the seasonal decorations that are only used once a month.  
  • From their, wall systems can be very beneficial for outdoor equipment and other items used frequently.
  • Finally, cabinets can be used to organize the remaining items and add a touch of style and sleekness to the garage.

Flooring

If you plan on shooting full-length portraits or newborns, the attractiveness of your flooring will likely matter. You can invest in a backdrop that also covers the floor, or you can invest in a long-lasting solution. Polymer flooring may be beneficial, as it is a neutral option that is incredibly easy to clean.

Find the Lighting

A significant benefit of placing a photography studio in a garage is the potential for natural light. If you plan on using natural light that sneaks in when the garage door is open, find the best lighting first and build your set up based on that. During a time you might typically shoot, stand where your subject might stand and find the right mix of light and shadows.

Set Up

There are a few essential items that every studio needs. Once the space is organized, the flooring is installed, and the lighting is determined, it is time to purchase and position a backdrop. You’ll also need some accessories like stools, pillows, and anything else that fits in well with the kind of photography you are planning to do.

With these changes, your in-home photography studio will be up and running in no time. For more Orlando garage ideas, read our blog. For a free in-home consultation, give us a call at 407-447-8890 or contact us online.

5 Reasons You Need Heavy-Duty Powder Coated Steel Garage Cabinets

2You recently visited a large box store to look at their selection of cabinets for your garage and were not impressed. The materials seemed slapped together on cheap particle board frames, with sagging shelves, and the doors hung crookedly on their hinges. The whole reason you wanted to update your garage was that your friend’s garage looks so much better with his Powder Coated Steel Cabinets from the Orlando garage storage system pros at Garage Design Works. Maybe cutting corners is not such a good idea when it comes to garage cabinets. Below are just a few reasons you may need Garage Design Works’ custom cabinets.

  • Hunt and Peek

When it takes longer to look for a bicycle pump than it takes to air up a tire, something is wrong. If all your bike gear were located in one or two Gladiator Premier Series cabinets, it would be simple to quickly grab the bike pump, air up the tires, and pedal off to your next adventure.

  • Investing in Organization

Sometimes it’s so frustrating looking for a saw, you give up and buy another one. When this happens time and again, you begin accumulating three or four loppers, hand trimmers, hammers, and countless pairs of work gloves, which costs you excess money. Organizing your tools into Wall Gearboxes or Tall Gearboxes with casters will not only clear your garage, but it will also help keep track of what you own and save your time. For every minute you spend organizing, you gain an hour in return.

  • Less Stress

Looking through five mislabeled cardboard boxes for a tool you know you saw last week is frustrating. Housing the tools you frequently use in a Geardrawer will maintain a constant level of organization to help you live with less stress.

  • Maximize the Space

Two open shelves against one wall is not a practical storage system. Storing items in Gladiator Premier Series cabinets and designing the layout to your specifications will save you space. Utilizing all your garage’s available space is Garage Design Works’ goal, and our ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system allows you to store kayaks, canoes, seasonal items, and any other bulky items above the garage door.

  • Safety First

Storing your items in cabinets instead of cardboard boxes piled atop one another does more than improve the appearance of your garage – it makes it safer. Now you do not have to worry about toppling boxes as you search behind them while holding a flashlight in one hand. Also, Florida’s rainy weather causes dampness to enter your garage, which can easily cause mold or bacteria on any natural products (fabric, cardboard, newspaper, wooden boxes) stored on the garage floor. With an easy to clean and durable ArmorSeal Garage Floor System, storing these items in a cabinet will make the managing of mold and mildew easy.

Garage Design Works would love to assist in renovating your garage into an organized workspace. Give us a call at 407-447-8890 to discuss our line of Gladiator Premier Series cabinets and how these beautiful Orlando garage storage system cabinets can work efficiently in your garage. Our website offers product pictures, garage designs, and blogs full of information on garage designing and organization.

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Trouble Finding What You Need? Have Zones Planned for Your Garage!

real-estate-374190_1920If our home is our castle, the garage is often given the lowly title of the dungeon. It seems everything unwanted and unnecessary is carelessly left on a shelf for “later,” which never seems to arrive. If you finally find a use for one of these items in the garage, locating it is nearly impossible. Garage Design Works has the answer to that problem: planning zones in your garage to give your items a particular area to call home. With our Orlando garage storage system and ideas on organizing, you can transform your garage from a dungeon to a useful, organized extension of your castle.

 

  • Create Zones

 

Go through your garage with paper and pencil in hand and inventory the main items. If you find you have an abundance of yard implements, it would be advantageous, to begin with, a yard work storage zone. A car cleaning zone may be necessary if you have various waxes, cleaners, chamois cloths, hose nozzles, et cetera. If you have a penchant for woodworking, create a particular zone for that project as well. Once the larger areas are established, it is time for step two.

 

  • Miscellaneous Supplies

 

Undoubtedly, you have items that are not easily categorized into one of your zones. These are the items that should be neatly organized in their own space. The solution to those random items is a Gladiator hanging wall system. With it’s patented “slat wall” style tracks to hang specialized hooks, baskets, and bin holders for just the right item. The best part? You can easily move items from one location along the wall to another by just moving the hooks. This functionality is convenient for seasonal items that should be within easy reach for a few months, then stored on a higher hook for next year.

 

  • How to Store

 

Depending on your zone, you may require shelving, bins, a workstation, workbench, or any number of items. Think about your zones carefully before implementing the design. Some projects require multiple outlets – do you have enough in that zone? You may need to contact an electrician to install more – or different voltage – outlets. Next, determine how you will use the zone. Is it simply for storage or will you be accessing it often? Storage designs from Garage Design Works consist of outstanding Gladiator Premier Series cabinets in any configuration including work benches, hanging cabinets, rolling Gladiator Gearchests and Gearboxes, and more.

 

  • Call the Pros

 

Garage Design Works can turn your dream design into a reality with a free in-home consultation. Our team of experts works with you to create user-friendly zones that encompass your main projects and design elements.

Call Garage Design Works today at 407-447-8890 to begin the process of organizing your garage into zones. The result will be worth the effort once you view the garage you planned on paper. The Orlando garage storage system you created will be easy to maintain with a place for all your tools and accessories. For more great ideas on keeping your garage organized and beautiful, read our blog page.

Healthy Home & Your Dirty Garage Floor

broom-1837434_1920There is no debate concrete cannot be cleaned. For this reason, one of the most heavily trafficked areas of your home will experience dust, bacteria, and mold at some point. Your porous concrete floor may harbor organisms and dust/dirt waiting for you to walk barefoot across the surface so they can hitch a ride on you. Garage Design Works has a solution to prevent those concerns with its premier Orlando garage floor, the ArmorSeal Garage Floor System. ArmorSeal is not paint, but several layers of polymer applied to your garage’s concrete floor. The name of the product is more than a catchy title; it truly does seal your floor with an armor-like finish that prevents the gross effects that porous concrete can have. Our ArmorSeal System seals the concrete making it incredibly easy to clean and dust free.

Before your ArmorSeal Garage Floor System is applied, your floor is thoroughly and professionally cleaned to ensure no contaminants are present. In most cases, once the ArmorSeal System is installed it is cleared for foot traffic within 12 hours and vehicular traffic within 48 hours.

Investing in an ArmorSeal Garage Floor System results in a healthier home by reducing dust and creating a surface that is easy to clean preventing organisms and dirt from invading your outdoor paradise. Call Garage Design Works at 407-447-8890 for more information on the wonders of installing an Orlando garage floor ArmorSeal Garage Floor System into your garage.

5 Things That Don’t Belong in Your Garage

It’s great to have a garage to protect your car from the elements. You probably also use it as a convenient place to store all sorts of items. Storing things in the garage sure beats paying for extra storage space each month. But, there’s a downside to this gift of space. There are things that should never find a permanent home in your garage because they add to the clutter, or sustain damage. Even a good Orlando garage storage system isn’t ideal for many of the items below.

  1. Frequently Used Items

Any items that you use on a daily, or weekly basis are better left inside the home. For one thing, it’s inconvenient to walk into the garage each time you need certain things. If there’s no extra cabinet space for your favorite crockpot, for instance, adding kitchen shelves is a better solution. Keep in mind that the more cluttered your garage gets, the harder it is to find what you need.

  1. Important Documents

Think twice before you place that box of important family documents in the garage. Crucial documents such as birth certificates, your marriage license, legal, financial, and medical paperwork can easily sustain moisture damage in that environment. Also, documents in garages are easier to steal. The best way to safeguard these documents is to place them in a durable file or fireproof box and stash them in the bedroom or home office.

  1. Food Items

Creating a pantry inside of your garage may seem like a good idea at first, but then you realize you created an open invitation for clever neighborhood pests. Don’t be surprised to see your prized pantry raided by cats, rodents, raccoons, and curious squirrels. Additionally, heat and humidity from the outdoors can cause food to rot.

  1. Fragile Clothing

You have a beautiful wedding dress that you want to preserve so you find room in the garage for it. Not a good idea. Any type of delicate clothing item can be ruined by humid, hot, or cold garage temperature conditions. Find alternative storage areas for fragile clothing.

  1. Cherished Photos

That collection of irreplaceable vintage family photos should never be stored in your garage. The chemicals used to create photographic images can wilt due to moisture or humidity. It would be a shame to throw out treasured memories because of stickiness or mold.

A contemporary Orlando garage storage system can easily store numerous items, but some items should remain inside the home. As your local garage organization experts, Garage Design Works can help you sort out what should and shouldn’t go into your garage. Call us today at 407-447-8890 for a free in-home consultation.

How to Manage Garage Storage With Children

kid-1241817_1920(2)When you have children, it’s inevitable that your garage will become a de facto storage area for all sorts of their items, such as clothing, accessories, and toys. This space tends to get cluttered quickly because your garage also houses your car, your household tools, and a wide array of items that have nowhere else to go.

Instead of putting up with a jumbled mess that puts your children and possessions at risk, create a safe kid-friendly storage solution by following these helpful Orlando garage storage ideas.

Create a Kid Zone

The first matter of business is designating a section of your garage as a kid zone. This can be a wall, or an entire side of a garage if you have enough space. Try to put as much space as possible between this storage area and your vehicle to avoid safety hazards and accidental vehicle damage. Once you’ve chosen a spot, it’s time to pick a storage solution that best suits your needs.

Wall Systems

Wall storage units are popular with garage owners because they offer easy and convenient storage for tight spaces. Most rack designs have square grids, but our Gladiator hanging wall systems have “slat wall” style tracks that allow you to have versatile options when storing an array of items. We have our small item bins for things like crayons, legos, or craft items. Our mesh baskets are ideal for easy viewing or items that need to be aired out from the beach or park. If your family is big into sports, our ball caddy will come it handy when trying to wrangle them all in one space. Each ball caddy can hold up to 9 full-size basketballs!

Cabinets

If your garage has enough room, you can opt for our already assembled Gladiator Premier Series Cabinets or our designer Everest White Cabinets to fit within the scope of your garage design. Either option gives you cabinets that can either be affixed to wall or movable in case you wanted to rearrange later on. You can add another level of personalization to your children’s space by giving them their personal locker.

Overhead Storage

When you run out of space on the floor and the walls, why not create more space by using your ceiling? Overhead storage is an efficient way to organize your children’s larger heavier items that are either seasonal items like clothes, sporting equipment, or road trip gear. Our ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system provides exceptional strength up to 800lbs and has 9 shelf sizes and 2 height adjustment ranges. Custom sizes are available for lofted and angled ceilings.

These are just a few of the creative Orlando garage storage ideas offered by the team at Garage Design Works. Call our team at 407-447-8890 today to schedule an appointment to get expert advice on creating a kid-friendly storage space in your garage.

Creating a Laundry Area Within Your Garage

ban-fYou walk into the darkened garage, groping for the light switch with a huge laundry basket piled high with clothes. As you slide along the wall feeling for the light switch, your bare foot slams into something sharp. The laundry basket drops to the floor, breaking a lamp in need of repair and you realize you need to call Garage Design Works to customize a laundry station for your garage. Their Orlando garage ideas transformed your neighbor’s garage, and the new layout seemed so perfect. Below are a few ideas on what you can ask about when you contact Garage Design Works.

  • Every inch counts: Adding a small countertop across the back of the washer and dryer wide enough to hold detergent, fabric softener, and other essentials will keep these items off the floor where they can become water damaged or pose a walking hazard. A larger area the width of the washer and dryer will act as the perfect location for folding clothes.
  • Laundry baskets: If shelving is out of the question, consider a Gladiator hanging wall system with a series of baskets for detergents and other cleaners. Even a small wall space can be outfitted with a slatted wall system.
  • Gladiator Everest White Cabinets: These versatile cabinets can fit snugly under a countertop or adorn a wall. Garages are often taller than other areas of the house. Take advantage of the excess wall space and march Gladiator cabinets to ceiling height. Store spare parts to fix the appliances on the upper shelves and necessities on the lower shelves where you can access them quickly.
  • Hanging rod: Clean clothes wrinkle if left in the basket too long. Use an area beside the dryer as a dedicated space to hang clothes. Be sure the rod is far enough from the wall that the hangers have room to hang straight and that it is strong enough to hold several loads of clothes.
  • Design around appliances: If you are shopping for a new washer and dryer, keep in mind the design of the appliances as you plan your laundry area. Top-loading machines will not have as much area if you plan a shelf above the machines. Front-loading machines now have the option of being stacked, allowing for a smaller amount of floor space to be utilized. This configuration gives more room to add shelving, a Gladiator Modular Geardrawer or Gearbox, or Gladiator cabinetry. You can even splurge with an oversized laundry sink in that area.

The Garage Design Works team would love to work with you to design the laundry area of your dreams. Give us a call at 407-447-8890 to speak with one of our expert Orlando garage idea designers. Our blogs can help you decide which products might be best suited for your needs.

Build Your Hobbies in Your Reorganized Garage

photo-1995691_1920Your wife just found a fishhook in the carpet and is distressed. This is not the first time she has been upset by your hobbies invading the dining room. Where else can you work on fishing lures, though? It seems the house is just not big enough for your family, pets, and your hobbies. Garage Design Works has a plan on how you can keep everyone in the house happy with Orlando garage storage and organization plans that will convert a portion of your garage into an area where you can enjoy your favorite hobbies.

Room to Grow

Some hobbies, such as model airplanes, have tiny pieces requiring small bins that can easily fit inside a Gladiator Gearchest; working on these models often takes place in a chair at a countertop. Others, such as all-terrain vehicles, take up large sections of floor space and their upkeep entails heavy lifting and large hand tools that can be stored in a Gearlocker. Determine the amount of floor space necessary for your project, then cheat it outward because it always spreads out more than you imagine.

Tool Storage

Gather all the tools you will need for your hobby and picture how you can organize and store them. Do you need open shelving? Closed Gladiator Premier Series cabinets and a work station? A rolling Modular Gearbox? Small bins or large containers? A visit to Garage Design Works can open the door to choices on the best organization for your project.

Understand Power Requirements

If your hobby involves bodywork and welding, it may make sense to hire an electrician to install a 220-volt outlet. Many hobbies require multiple power tools; ensure you have plenty of outlets near where you plan on working. A good design allows an outlet every six feet along the wall. Ensure your outlets are at the height you want so you are not constantly bending under a tabletop to plug in a soldering gun, for instance.

Lights

The latest in technology are LED lights. These bright lights are energy efficient and quite powerful. Installing lighting over your project area is a must.

Your garage’s versatility is endless. With a two-car garage, you can easily dedicate one-half of the garage to hobbies and the other half to parking the family car. If you wish to work on your project and maintain two cars in the garage, planning the layout with the experience of Garage Design Works is crucial. Our ideas can outfit your hobby area with all the accouterments necessary while maintaining a level of organization that will allow multiple vehicles to remain in the garage. Give the Orlando garage storage team at Garage Design Works a call at 407-447-8890 for a free consultation, and read our blog page for an abundance of clever ideas on how you can organize the garage of your dreams.

Create a Game Plan for Ongoing Garage Organization

write-593333_1920(1)You have probably cleaned your garage on several occasions, but within a few weeks, it is obvious the work you put into cleaning is slowly falling apart; someone has a half-completed mechanical project in one corner, your children have deposited equipment from multiple sports along one entire wall, and it looks like mice are living in the dog’s food bag. How could this happen so quickly? Garage Design Works has the following tips on cleaning your garage and keeping it organized with an Orlando garage storage system.

Plan

No matter how well the long items – rakes, skis, fishing poles, edger – fit together lounging in a corner, trying to untangle one of the items from the others is a hassle, and they all end up falling to the ground or scraping down the wall. A series of specialized hooks on a Gladiator slatted wall system is definitely a better idea. Plan how you want to group items – by season, by use, by family member, et cetera – and draw out a diagram of where those items will be located and how you plan on storing them.

Dig Out

The clutter that has accumulated in your garage is very likely necessary items intermingled with a “to-do” bevy of broken or misplaced parts. Remove everything from the garage and look at your items critically; will you ever use the tandem bicycle? What about the ice cream maker? Many of your unused items take up a huge amount of floor space that can be better utilized. Create three areas: donate/sell, toss, and keep. Call a local non-profit organization to pick up the donated items, bag the tossed items, and arrange the keep items in the groups you imagined during your planning step.

Call Garage Design Works

Working with professional garage organizers will save you time and energy. The Garage Design Works team considers your needs and ideas before formulating a plan to store everything neatly and orderly. Custom cabinets from Gladiator, slat wall systems with specialized hooks and bins for your tools and equipment, Gladiator workbenches, cabinets and stations for project areas, ONRAX® Enduro-DeckTM overhead storage for seasonal items…the possibilities are endless!

Store it in Style

A good tip on storing your items is to determine how and when you use something. Long term storage above the garage door in an ONRAX Enduro-Deck system can keep seasonal items and even canoes and kayaks from being weather-beaten. Smaller items can be stored in clear containers atop a high shelf. Big items are difficult to store, so determine how often they are used. Bikes you ride every day can easily hang from bike hooks at shoulder level. If you ride every other month, store your bikes on a higher hook in a corner where they are less accessible but still within reach. Everyday items need to be easy to reach and grouped according to use. For instance, sports equipment for Little League can be placed in a clear bin at waist height near the garage door. When it is time for the game, simply open the car trunk and pop in the container.

Because your input is essential in executing your garage makeover, it will be much simpler for you to maintain the level of cleanliness and organization Garage Design Works created for your garage transformation. Give our Orlando garage storage system team a call at 407-447-8890 to schedule your consultation today, and read our blogs for clever ideas on how to make your garage a showcase.

Creating an Organized Workshop

A messy workshop undoubtedly halts proffice-worker-1149557_1280ogress to your project. Searching for the right tool can be a pain if your toolbox is disorganized. Even getting around your garage on a daily basis can become a hassle with your floor packed with tools, boxes, and other items. While organizing your workshop is completely individualistic and based on your specialty and preferences, the specialists at Orlando garage ideas have a few ideas in mind to get you started.

Garage Cabinets

From storing electrical parts to precise screws or bolts, you’ll want to look into one of the many Gladiator Premier Series Cabinets. Trust us, we understand how annoying it can be to misplace a screw, fuse, or electrical part that can take an absurd time to find. With that being said, these organizational products will help you streamline your garage.

Overhead Storage

It’s easy to run out of space on your garage floor, so why not use the ceiling? The ONRAX Enduro-Deck system can provide the space that you need to finish your project, find the item you need, or the ability to travel across your garage without bumping into boxes or tools. Worried that you won’t be able to reach your things? The ONRAX system can drop 45” from your ceiling, providing you the ability to get the things you need when you need them.

Wall Systems

Getting gear from your garage shouldn’t become a headache. It’s easy to misplace a tool in clutter, so why not hang it on the wall to make it as visible as possible? Gladiator hooks and wall accessories allow you to place your bike, fishing pole, weed trimmer, or even sledgehammer in clear view for future use. A ball caddy is also great to for storing athletic equipment.

There may be an abundance of untapped space in your garage, whether it’s your ceiling or the walls. Creating this organized workshop, you can kiss the days where you had to scavenge for tools goodbye. Have any questions on these products and how they can work for you? Check out our selection or contact the specialists in Orlando garage ideas, Garage Design Works, at 407-447-8890.

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