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Our clients are hobbyists who own a home in a wooded area in Oakville. They wanted their garage organized so that they could park two cars as well as enjoy their woodworking and gardening.
The garage measured twenty feet wide by twenty feet deep, with a ceiling height of eight feet.
The garage had been drywalled recently, but the concrete floor was pitted. They had recently completed renovating the entire home and wanted their garage to reflect the interior.
The existing cabinets were wooden and original to the home, which was 40 to 50 years old. They were falling apart. The space was very disorganized, with equipment and tools scattered. There was only enough room to park one car.
The couple wanted to park both cars in the garage and install storage and a work bench.
Sports and camping stuff, recycling containers, thule, some hanging home maintenance tools, water jugs
Work bench and work area
We installed slatwall with a wood finish on the wall. We started with only partial, but once the client saw how it looked, they requested that the entire wall be finished to make it look like a finished room. The colour also complemented the external stone of the home.
We installed Onex Blue cabinets along entire back wall with adjustable stainless steel legs to accommodate uneven floor and we built a movable workbench which helps with potting.
The walls were painted and we installed trim around windows and doors and painted to complement cabinet and floor colours.
Installed fluorescent lights to improved lighting
Installed “polyaspartic” floor to improve visual appeal, reduce dust, and facilitate easier cleaning and maintenance
- Preparation: Grinded floor and repaired cracks
- Finishing: Base coat, flake coat, seal coat
2 Car Garage – Oakville – TRANSFORMATION
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"We have lived in our home for several years and have renovated every room except the garage. We just purchased a new sports car and it was time to protect it, while at the same time finishing the garage. It was a total mess having been neglected for years. Rick designed our space to allow us to park both cars while still being able to have easy access to all of our sports equipment and garadening tools. The blue Onex cabinets nicely house all of stuff behind closed doors. He even created a moveable workbench for easier access for potting and other hobbies. The floor looks great, it’s brighter, and the entire space is nicely colour coordinated."
When you’ve spent a lot of time and money renovating your home, you want your garage to reflect the aesthetics of the interior.
I was recently called out to a home on Oakville for just this reason. This couple had purchased a 40 to 50 year old home in a wooded area several years earlier. After completing renovations, the inside of their home was exactly the way they wanted it.
They were now empty nesters and eager to get on with the rest of their lives, but one thing was holding them back: their garage.
The problem they asked me to solve was this: She was an avid gardener who needed room to store equipment and plant seedlings, and he was a woodworker with no space to work. They wanted be able to park two cars (including their new sports car) and have room for a work station, storage and better lighting.
When I arrived, I could immediately see the problem. Their existing cabinets were falling apart, the floor was pitted and the light was limited. It was the sort of place you wanted to spend as little time in as possible. However, there was a decent amount of room to work with and the walls had already been drywalled. It had potential, and I knew we could give them a garage that both satisfied their practical needs as well as their aesthetics.
Once the garage was cleared out, we started by installing slatwall on both sides of the garage, but only enough to hang hooks on. The colour we chose complemented the cabinets and floor colours as well as the exterior of the home.
We looked at making it strictly functional, but once they saw the slatwall up, the clients liked it so much, they wanted it floor to ceiling.
The decrepit wooden cabinets were replaced with some sharp-looking Onex cabinets. The cabinets are blue, which is one of 21 colours to choose from. They have adjustable legs because according to code, a garage must slope down a minimum of five inches from front to back. If the cabinets aren’t even, the doors won’t open properly. The back floor was uneven as well.
The cabinets allow them to store their thule, camping supplies, home maintenance tools and more.
Because she is an avid gardener, we needed to create a moveable workbench with lockable castors to go around the garage like a rolling table. With a bit of effort in the winter, everything could be pushed to the side to fit one car. We situated the workbench in front of a large window. It allowed them to be portable, but the table had a natural place in front of the window.
Because the ceiling is relatively low, We selected a lighter coloured floor so it didn’t feel closed in. After grinding the floor down and repairing cracks, we put down a light coloured polyaspartic floor which looks great and is easy to clean.
We installed fluorescent lights to make the garage brighter. To really make the garage feel like a room, we installed moulding the doors and windows in addition to painting the trim.
The job took three days to complete, plus a wait of eight weeks for the custom cabinets to be built.