Get the Car in the Garage this Year

February 13th, 2018

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82% of homes have 2-car garages, or larger, yet only 15% use their garage to park their cars inside.

While garages serve many different purposes, the primary function of the garage is to house cars.  However, for approximately 1 out of 4 Americans, the garage is so cluttered and disorganized it can’t fit even one car.

A  survey done by Gladiator GarageWorks, a leader in garage organization and storage systems, “found that one out of five homeowners have actually gotten into an argument with their spouse about the organizational state of their garage.”

Big Investment

A car is a very large investment for most people.  The average cost of a new car or truck in the U.S. is $33,560.  A vehicle is likely worth much more than the “stuff” stored in the garage.

Parking your car in the garage shelters it from bad weather, preserves the car’s value, protects it from vandalism or theft, avoids accidental damage, and best of all, it can lower your insurance premiums.  Additionally, an uncluttered front of the house could potentially improve curb appeal and increase your home’s value.

It’s time to get the car in the garage.

Get a Game Plan

The garage may mean different things to homeowners.  The Gladiator GarageWorks survey found:

  • – 27% of people use the garage for hobbies.
  • – 23% of people use the garage to work on cars.
  • – 19% of people use the garage for a hobby, such as woodworking or carpentry.
  • – 13% of people use the garage for exercise or sports.

It’s possible to continue to use the garage for the activity of your choice, but the bottomline is that it’s also time to use the garage for what it’s designed for, parking the car.

Three out of four homeowners surveyed said they wished that they had a better organized garage with better storage solutions.

It’s not as overwhelming as you think.  Take it step-by-step and you will soon have an orderly garage that can be used for your activites, storage, and your car.

Organize into “Zones” – Begin by visualizing “zones” with specific areas for sports equipment, tools, lawn equipment, etc.  Once this is established it is easier to start planning the space and organizing.

Wipe Out the Waste – One of the biggest issues with garage organization is the clutter. The garage tends to become a “catchall” for the things that have no space in the home or things people don’t want to donate or trash. Most homeowners have no idea what is even in the garage.  Get touch on deciding what to keep and what to toss, then call a local donation center, toss it in the trash, or have a garage sale.  Get rid of the junk you don’t need.

Maximize the Space – There are a variety of storage solutions available to take advantage of every square inch of the garage.  From overhead storage racks, to car storage racks, to wall hook and basket systems and shelves, the options are great.

Get Organized in 2018

The team at Garage Store can help you visualize the storage options and our professionals can determine how to best use the space you have to organize your things and get your car in the garage.

The garage doesn’t have to be an embarrassing mess!

 



Garage Store is a designer and installer of custom garage organization solutions and concrete coating systems. We are proud to be the approved Gladiator GarageWorks designer and installer for Illinois. We offer full service insured professional in-house contractors for drywall, painting, organization installs and concrete coating systems.  Free Estimates available.

 

Storing Hockey Gear in the Garage [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 1st, 2018

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Meet us at the Chicago Auto Show in February

January 11th, 2018

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If you love cars, you might want to mark your calendars for the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.  The show, which will be held this year from February 10-19, will encompass over 1 million square feet. It is the largest show of its kind in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year’s show will feature indoor and outdoor test tracks as well as many interactive exhibits. The show allows auto makers to “strut their stuff” — from introducing new family sedans and SUV’s to showcasing concept, luxury and even “super cars.”

The show’s South Hall also offers a large area for vendors and exhibitors offering a staggering array of vehicle-related products and services.

We would like to invite you to visit to the Garage Store Booth while you are there. We offer many ideas to organize and beautify your garage, especially if you plan to park your new auto there.  However, any vehicle will look better in a bright and organized garage.  You might start with a concrete coating for the garage floor.  Our epoxy system transforms a dingy concrete floor into a durable, easy-to-clean surface that will add beauty, function and value to any garage.

 

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You might then want to consider adding lighting, cabinetry, shelving and other storage components. Garage Store has the perfect overhead storage systems, tool cabinets, lockers, shelves and specialty storage products that will keep your garage organized with plenty of room for your tools, toys and other “stuff,” while keeping the floor open for parking your car.   We also have sinks, refrigerators and other appliances that can turn your garage into a party “room.”

Finally, check out our vehicle lifts, which will allow you a safe and out-of-the-way place to park your new “super car.”

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So please mark your calendars for your February outing to the 110th Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.  Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ updates for information on our location at the Show and plan a visit to our booth – we would love to meet you.

Update Your Basement with a New Epoxy Flooring System

December 11th, 2017

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Pat loves her 100+ year-old Prairie Style home in River Forest.  However, she has always had a problem with water seeping (or pouring) into her basement during rainstorms.  While she has solved some of her problems with a back-up sump pump and a basement wall sealer, there are still times when water finds its way into her basement.

Because her one-story older home had only one very tiny bathroom, she recently decided to add a bathroom to the basement.  The result is a large, modern room with an easily accessible shower stall (missing from her main bathroom). However, to get to her bathroom, she had to traverse her dusty, cracked basement floor.

After a recent rainstorm, she again noticed a small amount of seepage, and because of the dusty floor, this small amount of water turned into a muddy mess. This made the floor difficult to clean – and made it less enjoyable to get to her new bathroom. Even when there was no water seepage, the concrete never looked “clean.”

Pat decided it was time to find a solution to her basement floor problem.

Garage Store offers epoxy concrete coating systems for basements. (These coatings are also great for garage floors, exterior areas and even commercial spaces.) Because the epoxy permanently bonds to the concrete flooring, the result is a flood-proof system.  Any water that does enter the basement can easily be pushed to the floor drain or mopped up with no muddy residue.  Moisture that can be emitted through “raw” concrete floors is eliminated, preventing mold and mildew problems.  Because Garage Store uses only commercial grade epoxy products, and employs top-notch installers, the floors have a 30+ year life expectancy.

Once Pat had the floor installed, she noticed less moisture in her basement and the unpleasant odor she had gotten used to was gone. She now enjoys going to her basement.  She looks forward showering in her new space, and doing her laundry on a beautiful floor.

She is considering adding cabinetry and other storage units from Garage Store, which will make her basement more functional and attractive – a place she will enjoy for years to come.

Mudroom Makeover

November 13th, 2017

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Winter is just around the corner.  Gone are the days when we could run out the door in short sleeves and sandals.  We now bundle ourselves – and our children – up in coats, boots, scarves and mittens.  For many of us, the laundry room doubles as our mudroom, and the wet mess that comes in the back door can wreak havoc on our once pristine laundry rooms.

It is time for a mudroom makeover.

Here are a few tips to make your laundry/mud room more “user friendly” for all members of the family:

  1. A boot/shoe rack will keep wet boots and shoes off the floor, helping them dry faster while allowing for easy cleanup of the floor.
  2. Large hooks to hold winter coats will keep them neat and make it easy for small hands to hang their own coats.
  3. Wall-hung cabinet systems are perfect for extra paper products and cleaning supplies.
  4. Base cabinets hold things like mittens, scarves and even extra socks. They will also keep small tools and other odds and ends that collect in any home easily accessible.
  5. A countertop added to base cabinets makes a perfect place to fold clothes.
  6. Wall-mounted baskets and bins can hold dirty laundry, wet gloves and scarves and many other items that would otherwise clutter the room.

Whether you have dedicated rooms for laundry, entryway and utility, or combine all three functions in one room, a little imagination and thought can turn any and all areas into organized spaces that will welcome you and your family home, keep your home much cleaner and tidier, and make doing the laundry more of a pleasure and less a chore.

Garage Store has all the storage components that you will ever need to turn any room of your home into an organized oasis.  Call us today at (847) 428-8862 or visit our website at www.garage-store.com to get even more ideas.

5 Steps to an Organized Garage [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 13th, 2017

It’s October, time to put away the pool toys, lawnmower and propane tank and time to pull out the snow blower, shovels, and salt bin.

Throughout the summer, the garage tends to become the dumping ground for a variety of items, causing a cluttered, disorganized area.  Often it becomes so messy that your car no longer fits in its place.

With the leaves piling up outside and snow just around the corner, it’s time to clear the clutter, get organized, and get that car in the garage.

 

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Step One – Sort and Purge

Go through each item in your garage, create piles to donate, trash and keep. Categorize the items based on the season you use them.

Step Two – Group Items to Keep

Organize the items you plan to keep into categories, small items that can fit into bins, large items that need shelves and even larger items that need floor space.  Determine which items fit together, i.e. sports equipment in a bin, summer tools on a shelf, and large power equipment on the floor.

Step Three – Call Garage Store Illinois

Call us for a free estimate to help you figure out how to organize and store the items you are keeping.  We can customize storage options that will work for each season.  Our overhead storage shelves can help free up floor space for large items.  We can also create a shelving area for boxes and bins.

Step Four – Schedule your Garage Makeover

Our team can come and get the shelves, wall units and storage cabinets assembled and set up in your garage.  We can create a space that works specifically for you and your family’s needs.  We carry a variety of shelves, bins, and overhead storage options that will get all your stuff put away neatly and so you can find it and access it easily.

Step Four – Put the Car Away

Once everything has its place and is in its place it’s time to pull in the car.  Now that your items are all organized you can put things away without creating more clutter and you can easily find other items you might need.

Step Five – Enjoy

Relax and enjoy your new space and no longer worry about the clutter in the garage.  Easily put away your Halloween décor this year and effortlessly find your Christmas décor. You no longer need to worry about cleaning the garage.

 

Keep Your Vehicles Safe and Warm this Winter

September 13th, 2017

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When you open your door and see your breath for the first time, you know that summer is really over.  The crisp mornings and cool evenings may be a welcome relief after a long, hot summer, but we all know what comes after autumn…

For many of us, by the end of summer our garages can look like a toy/sports equipment warehouse.  With bicycles, sports paraphernalia, gardening equipment and outdoor toys, it is likely that the family autos have been relegated to the driveway.  And while that may be fine when the weather is warm, it may be another story when we are chipping ice off the windshield or digging the car out after the first big snow.

But what to do with all that stuff?

b ball caddyGarage Store Illinois has the answer.  Their technicians can evaluate your belongings and suggest storage options that are as unique as you and your family. They have so many specialty products that they can find a solution for almost every storage need.

Here are just a few examples from our catalog:

A Project Caddy gives you a combination of shelving, hooks and a storage gag.  Perfect for the handyman in the family.

The Ball Caddy holds many different ball sizes.  Elastic bands allow access the balls while keeping them safely corralled.b project caddy

What could be better for the golfer in the house than a golf club caddy that not only holds the golf bag, but also balls and shoes.

The 30” and 48” shelves are perfect for cleaning supplies, auto fluids and many other small to medium sized bags and bottles.

Wire shoe racks are the perfect solution for keeping muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house until needed.

The deep 24” shelf provides easy access to small items that once cluttered the garage floor.

b mesh basketThe 24” mesh basket can handle all of those odd-sized articles, including small balls and other items that might otherwise fall off a shelf.

The 24” wire basket gives easy access to automotive supplies and other difficult to hang objects.

These and many other storage options are available at Garage Store, where a trained technician can help you design a garage that is perfect for your family, and help organize your garage so your car stays snow and ice free during the long winter ahead.

Call Garage Store for all your storage needs (847) 428-8862.

Skip the Slips with Garage Store’s Stair Repair

August 15th, 2017

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Whether you are planning to sell your home soon or just want to have one of the most attractive homes in your neighborhood, curb appeal is important.  Picking just the right shade of blue, red, green (or other color) for the front door often starts the process. For many, adding the right plants and having a well-manicured lawn completes it.

But what about your front porch?

Most houses today are built with the same boring grey cement porch and steps.  Over time the cement may become pitted, cracked and stained.  Adding a Welcome mat does little to enhance the look of the dreary porch.

While tearing out and rebuilding an ugly porch is expensive, messy and disruptive, revitalizing an existing porch with a commercial grade UV-stable concrete coating installed by Garage Store may be the perfect solution.  These outdoor coatings are designed to handle harsh winters, hot summers and pounding rain.

These coatings resist fading and come in an almost infinite array of colors – designed to coordinate with your siding, your door and even the plants in your yard.

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But why stop at the front porch?

Continuing the coating down the sidewalk or on your patio will add even more of a “punch” of color and beauty to your property.  The concrete coatings are not only beautiful, but can repair cracks and pits, providing a surface that is safe and comfortable to walk on. The coatings also reduce the risk of slip and falls, which will make your homeowner insurance agent happy.

Call Garage Store today at (847) 428-8862 to hear how you can enhance the curb appeal of your home – economically and without the disruption of tearing out your existing concrete.

Don’t Wait for a Flood to Consider a Polymer Floor Coating

July 13th, 2017

 

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When Laura bought her home in Plainfield, Illinois, she was happy to have a finished basement.  It gave her teenage son the perfect place to hang out.  However, after only a couple of months, her sump pump failed during a rainstorm.  While the water did not reach the walls, the carpet was soaked, and had to be removed. She decided not to replace the carpet, but to call Garage Store and have a polymer floor installed. Two years later, after another water issue, she could not be happier with her decision.

Laura realized that even without a flood, her carpet could harbor mold, mildew and allergens that could pose a health risk to her son.  In fact, when she moved in, she did notice a “musty” smell in her basement.  Her dehumidifier seemed to be working overtime.

The decorative epoxy floor coating system she chose significantly reduced the humidity that had entered through her concrete floor, and often made the carpet feel damp. Today, after two years, the “musty” smell is completely gone. The floor is as beautiful as it was when it was installed.

The installation team from Garage Store came in, removed the remainder of glue and debris that had been left behind after the carpet was removed. They carefully prepared the floor to accept the epoxy coating. Because they professionally installed the coating, the floor can be expected to last over 30 years!  The cost was competitive with other flooring options, but when the longevity of this floor is considered, versus other options, including carpeting and tile, this is an extremely cost-effective option.

Laura has been pleasantly surprised about how easy the floor is to clean and maintain. The flooring keeps dust levels down. A damp mop is all that is needed to keep the floor clean and shiny.

The best news, however, is that her son, who suffers from allergies, can spend his time in the basement without any issues, keeping him both healthier and his mother happier.

While Laura is not happy that it took a flood for her to find the perfect basement flooring option, she is happy she called Garage Store.

If you are looking for a floor coating for your basement, garage, or even your patio or porch, call Garage Store to hear about their epoxy flooring systems at (847) 428-8862, or visit their website.

The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

June 7th, 2017

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Whether your father is a golfer, a gardener or a “gearhead,” the one thing that will warm his heart (and maybe convince him to raise your allowance) is a clean and organized garage.

During the Spring, Christmas decorations, snow shovels and winter gear are often moved over to accommodate gardening tools, the lawn mower, bicycles and other warm weather gear. The winter is also a time when some things get dumped in the garage—just to get them out of the house. This can make the garage a really big mess.

If your dad’s car has been relegated to the driveway because of all of that “stuff,” he would probably appreciate a clean and tidy garage—one that has room for his car.

The best way to clean the garage is step-by-step:

  1. Pull everything out of the garage and evaluate.
  2. Throw out anything that is broken or not worth saving.
  3. Move things back into the house that should be there.
  4. Donate things that are no longer needed, but still usable, e.g. the tricycle that junior has outgrown.

Now it is time to evaluate what is left and figure out the best storage solutions. It is also time to decide on how the garage will be used.

Does dad like to work in the garage? Consider a work bench and cabinet system.  Is he a gardener? There are many options for storing gardening tools.  Does he like to entertain? An epoxy floor coating will make the space more like a room.  Adding an all-weather refrigerator will give the family a place to store extra food and beverages for those family gatherings and parties.

No matter what your dad likes to do – even if it is just finding space to park his car – Garage Store has the answers. Stop by our store or browse our website for ideas that will make your garage the envy of all your neighbors, and give dad the best Father’s Day gift ever!