Palo Alto Multi-Purpose Garage Transformation

I’ve shared plenty of garage organizing inspiration on the blog over the years but today’s project is a bit different. Different how? Well, yes, while it’s a project we’ve helped transform from the studs to glossy cabinets and epoxy floors thanks for our partners at Valet Custom Cabinets, this before and after post is different because you’ll see the reality of how our client’s have grown into this multi-purpose space 9 months after it was completed.

It all started in January 2018 when I organized a meeting with our handyman Robin and Karin from Valet Custom Cabinets at our client’s garage that looked like was in a state of clutter.

Our clients were craving a multi-purpose space that would feel like an extension of their home.  Both kids play hockey and host friends to play video games, husband bikes daily, and wife maintains the busy household and doesn’t want the “clutter” that these activities can bring into the house.

We created a priority wish list for the design, carved out a timeline with Robin, and Karin went to the drawing board.  She hit all of the points on the wish list with this wonderful design…

Once the design was finalized, we back-peddled the schedule based on the install which was 6 weeks out.  Robin needed 7 days to complete his to-do list which included new electrical, a new garage door system, sheet rock, paint, lighting, and a new exterior door. He was scheduled to get started the week before the flooring and cabinets were installed so that our clients could seamlessly transition into their new garage. Taylor, Billy, and I had an organizing session the day before Robin started with goals to empty the space, store items to keep in a POD in the driveway and haul away donations and trash that our clients could live without.

It’s amazing how the full contents of a garage can fit into a small POD with the help of a great organizing team! Our clients were able to lock the POD and keep it in their driveway, as a temporary garage while the construction was completed.

Once the garage was emptied Robin had a blank slate to work with. It was already quite the improvement!

Once Robin’s to-do list was complete the crew from Valet Custom Cabinets came to install the epoxy flooring.  Epoxy is a sealant that has a nice clean glossy look to it. It takes 2 days to install and the garage has to be completely empty with no wheels (bikes or cars) driving on it for seven days.  Because of this it’s smart to add epoxy during a remodel or before you move into a new house if you can. If you can’t, the pain of the process is totally worth it!

Looks great!

Now we are officially ready for Cabinets! At this point it was early March, 2018.

So just a refresher before I share the after photos.

And after! Talk about fresh and new! Between the time the garage was completed in March and December when the after photos were taken, our clients completed a remodel on the bedrooms and bathrooms in the house. They used the garage as an extra living area and storage area so it wasn’t optimal to take photos during that process. Now that the remodel is completed and they are truly enjoying the space.

It is multi-functional with a space for laundry, household storage, hockey storage, seating and lounging with friends, and cycling.

Prior to this makeover our client was spinning in the middle of helmets and piles of boxes.  Now he has a fresh open space to relax in.  The addition of the window in the exterior door helps bring light in and the updated electrical allows for overhead lighting and a proper entertainment center.

The laundry area stayed the same but got an update with overhead cabinets and lighting. If an extra folding area is needed the leather ottoman can be put to use.

These large cabinets hold overflow household items, camping items, sporting goods, etc.

On the end of cabinet row there is a hook for a ladder, and mini slat sections for hiking gear and a mail box.

Genius right? You no longer need a box on the floor collecting the mail that falls through the mail slot with slat accessories like this! This garage belongs to a Palo Alto Eichler where mail slots are commonly found on a garage wall.

Hockey is a huge activity in this household and the key with hockey gear is to get it up and off the floor so it can dry out.  It tends to be pretty stinky otherwise.  The kids helped design these lockers with Karin and they are working out perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this space! It’s a great real-life picture of how a garage upgrade can improve the functionality of the space, especially with a busy family. When I stopped by to take these photos last week my client’s first words when the garage door rolled up were “this is the best thing I’ve ever invested in!” Love it!

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