Steps of the TRANSFORMATION
- young professional couple with small children
Current Garage Situation:
- only able to park 1 vehicle
- all items for storage on the floor around perimeter
- concrete block construction
- allow for both cars to be parked in garage
- store leftover house siding that was currently under tarp at side of house
- Installed two 4 x 8 overhead steel storage racks for light seasonal items
- Installed 2 tire racks for storage and easy access to out of season tires with rims
- Constructed custom wood ceiling storage shelf over garage doors to accommodate long house siding
- Created custom ceiling mounted "sling" for easy access to Thule
- Installed 2′ band of slatwall on right and rear walls and 4′ on left
- Framed walls under slatwall with 2" x 3" wood studs at 16" centers (to accommodate installation of slatwall
- Installed "lockable" hooks, baskets and shelves to organize and store all garage items (bikes, tools, strollers, gardening and car supplies)
Time to Complete:
- 2 days
2 Car Garage – Oakville
Tire Rack Storage
Bike Storage – Camlock Hooks
Overhead Garage Storage
All of our items are neat and secure and easy to access, and we can finally get both cars in the garage!
Simple. Practical. Affordable.
This busy professional couple with young children was frustrated with being able to park only one car in their two-car garage. A variety of large items had taken over the spot where the second car should’ve been parked. With winter approaching, the family sought a quick, affordable garage organization solution. They requested a garage renovation that would make room for their second vehicle while also accommodating their seasonal gear and other large items.
The family enjoys spending time outdoors. They needed to store their bicycles and sports equipment. Bulky items like strollers and large riding toys for the children also had to be accommodated. These items were taking up valuable storage space along the perimeter. The garage also housed ladders and gardening tools. To maximize the space in this two-car garage, it was essential to clear as many of these items as possible off the floor. However, doing so presented a challenge.
My first order of business was to create essential floor space by installing slatwall along the perimeter of the garage. However, the walls were comprised of construction concrete block. Screwing the slatwall directly into the concrete block wasn’t an option. Instead, I framed the walls with wood studs first. Once the framing was in place, I installed a 2′ band of slatwall on the right and rear walls and a 4′ band on the left garage wall.
Next, I installed Camlok™ lockable hooks, baskets and shelves into the slatwall. This space-saving solution created a neat, organized system for storing the family’s gear. Bicycles, tools, strollers, car supplies and garden tools no longer stole limited floor space, yet were still easily accessible. To reclaim additional floor space, I installed
4’ x 8’ steel storage racks in the overhead space. This provided an area where the family could stash light, seasonal items.
Three other items proved to be a bit challenging. The family needed to store a Thule roof box, seasonal tires and several long panels of vinyl siding. Rather than just finding a place to stow the Thule roof box, I created a custom, ceiling-mounted sling. The sling stores the Thule, provides easy access to it and makes mounting the roof box on the family’s vehicle a snap. To accommodate the tires, I installed two tire racks. The racks provide above-floor, easy-access storage for off-season tires and rims. Lastly, to make room for the long panels of siding which were previously stored outside, I constructed a custom ceiling storage shelf above the garage doors.
In just two days, the garage was transformed into an orderly space which accommodated more items, yet permitted the family to park both cars inside the garage. The entire project cost $3500—even with the custom shelving that had to be constructed. Now, this busy family is thrilled that they’ll be able to bring both cars in from the cold and have space for all of the things that are important to them.