So many of our clients want to make a BIG change but they don’t have time to manage all of the details. The original inquiry from this client was for purging and the addition of simple storage racks but at the consultation it became obvious that they wanted so much more, they just didn’t have time to get from point A… a basic garage to point B… a polished garage with epoxy flooring and custom cabinets.
Project management is a key to professional organizing and a service that we offer more often than anything else. I knew we had all of the contacts to help this client reach their dream goals so I pitched them 2 action plans, one with the basic request and another with all of the bells and whistles with the promise that we could coordinate everything from storage to drywall to slat walls. Can you guess which one they picked?
This was their garage before. It was very basic, concrete flooring, no drywall, and no vertical storage…
An this is what they ended up with! Tammy from Kuzak’s Closet was their project manager and she handled everything. The first step was to schedule a purging session to conquer all of the piles and take inventory of the items to keep so we could create a storage plan to pass on to Valet Custom Cabinets, our favorite cabinet company.
It took Tammy and Taylor a quick 5 hour session to sort through everything and come up with a detailed list. This client just had a baby and their goal was for everything to be organized into closed cabinets to maintain a uniform look. They also wanted plenty of room to park a car so their tiny one doesn’t have to struggle with the elements of a potential California winter.
After the purging session Tammy scheduled a meeting with Karin, our designer from Valet Custom Cabinets to come and help with a design. I always like to chime in on the designs so Karin always reviews with me before she sends to the client. She is typically spot on so it I’m sure I’m not too much help but I want to make sure everything is perfect.
Once the designs were confirmed we scheduled a meeting with our handyman to come out and put together a bid to drywall and “finish” the garage. I would tell you his name but he is good, he’s really good, and I don’t want him to be too busy to work with us, ha!
After we got the bid from the handyman approved and confirmed the cabinet designs I helped Tammy set up a timeline and we scheduled all of the work to be done within a 7 day period. On day one we had a Door to Door Storage POD delivered to remove everything from the space.
Once the garage was emptied we power washed the floor and prepped it for epoxy. They had a rat issue (very common in California) so we wanted any scent/stick to be long gone.
If Taylor didn’t work at Kuzak’s Closet I would suggest she work for a company that cleans up after murders. I know, it sounds crazy but she LOVES mixing up bleach recipes and deep cleaning.
And don’t get me started on Tammy. She bought this back vac for herself gets pumped at any chance to use it. It’s so ghostbusters, right!
Once the garage was emptied and deep cleaned our handyman worked his magic and finished all of the walls in the garage. It only took him 2 days to drywall and paint (this entire transformation took 7 days total). Once he was done the epoxy was added to the garage floor. Epoxy is a great was to keep your garage clean and helps convert the space to an exercise room or play room down the road.
The epoxy take several days to dry so we had a few days off before the Valet came back to install the cabinets. We opted for a single wall of storage with a slat wall on the back for tools, garden items, and some sporting goods.
Once the cabinets were installed our handyman came back to install a utility sink and a fridge, what a bonus for the space!
He also installed these awesome bike hooks. These clients live in Portola Valley where it’s a breeze to hop on a bike and enjoy the California sunshine! 6 bikes for 2 people is very common in Cali!
Our clients were thrilled with the results and the fact that they didn’t have to be home to manage every facet. Later this week I’ll share another garage that we worked on with Valet so stay tuned!