4 Top Home Improvement Trends

The verdict is in: Desired trends among today’s home buyers include closet space, laundry rooms, and multipurpose rooms, according to the National Association of Home Builders 2018 survey. Send your home’s value soaring by making these popular storage-related home upgrades.

  1. CUSTOM GARAGE CABINETS

Today’s home buyers want a secure place to store their car. They expect a one- or two-car garage to offer enough storage space for their verhicle(s) plus anything else they wish to store in there. A great way to keep the garage clean and attract buyers looking to maximize the storage space in their homes is through custom garage cabinets.

We recommend cabinets that mount off the floor instead of cabinets that sit on the floor. This way, home owners can easily sweep and mop underneath the cabinets, which keeps the garage clean. To complement garage cabinets, and further keep the floor space free for car storage, add an overhead storage system.

  1. CUSTOM CLOSETS

Storage space is in demand all year round – for winter coats and boots, spring and summer sports equipment, and much more. To add value to your home and command a better price, think custom closets. Rather than just offering a large square footage with a token closet rod, custom closets deliver tailor-made storage solutions that make organization easier. A custom closet designer can help you maximize your storage space throughout the home.

  1. PANTRY & LAUNDRY ROOM CABINETS

The pantry and laundry room tend to attract clutter. You might find you spend more time cleaning up these spaces than you do using them. To nix the clutter, maximize space, and make your home as attractive to buyers as possible, install custom cabinets that truly meet your needs. For a pantry, consider pull-out shelves or custom tall pantry cabinets for cleaning equipment. In the laundry room, try laundry room cabinets that double as hampers or hide a pull-out ironing board.

  1. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS

Instead of making that third bedroom a home office, then putting guests on a lumpy pull-out sofa, make the most of your unused bedroom by turning it into a multi-purpose room. Invest in a Murphy bed that folds out to a bed and converts to a desk for daily use. Stylish, sleek, and comfortable, Murphy beds can help you make the most out of limited space – without sacrificing style.

Want to talk more about any of these in-demand home upgrades? Are you convinced it’s time to move forward and seeking a quote for your home? Contact us –  we would be happy to help!

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Explore Your Garage Storage Options

You may not spend every waking hour in the garage, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and ignore the clutter piling up so that you can’t even park your car in there anymore. If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s time to explore your garage storage options. With a little bit of planning and help from a garage designer, you can transform this catch-all room into a productive storage space.

ASSESS YOUR NEEDS FIRST

Step into your garage and take a good look around. Assess both the existing storage solutions and the items piled around the garage. Are there any bare walls that could benefit from added garage cabinets and shelving? What items can you toss, donate or sell to free up space in the garage?

Decide what stays and what goes. Then take measurements to determine how much shelving and cabinet space you think you need to store the items you plan to keep. A garage designer can help you estimate and measure correctly.

GATHER ALL YOUR SPORTING EQUIPMENT

You probably store sporting gear in the garage. Gather all loose items together and assess how much storage space you should dedicate to sporting equipment. Keeping these related items together on one wall is a good idea, just as it makes sense to store all your camping gear together and holiday decorations all in one place.

Small items such as hockey pucks, tennis balls and badminton birdies can be stored together in hanging wire baskets. Mid-sized items such as basketballs, soccer balls, ice skates, baseball mitts and kneepads can be grouped together in larger wire bins. Bulky sporting equipment such as golf bags, hockey sticks, tennis racquets and baseball bats can hang from hooks inside garage cabinets.

MAKE QUALITY A PRIORITY

The last thing you want is to spend time redoing the garage only to have shelves collapse or cabinet doors warp. Seek out garage storage systems that are built to last.

For example, one-inch-thick, thermally fused laminate shelves carry heavy loads without sagging over time. The heat and pressure applied to this type of shelving joins the wood layers together to create a permanent bond. Thermally fused laminate shelves are virtually unbreakable in any reasonable residential or commercial application.

In addition, an off-the-floor hanging cabinet design protects your garage storage system from damp conditions so common in garages. Quality hardware and finishes add style and make you proud to show off your garage.

If you think you could benefit from a cleaner, more organized garage, please contact CornerStone Closets in Baltimore today. Our garage designers can help you transform the space into your favorite room in the house.

 

Top 3 Garage Storage Ideas to Give you More Space

The garage is one of the top five spaces homeowners request help getting organized from professional organizers. Garages can quickly get out of hand when you try to store too many different things in the space, and lack the basic storage items to really organize everything you have in there. Learn the top 3 garage storage systems you need to keep the garage organized and reduce your clutter.

  1. USE GARAGE CABINETS FOR ALL-PURPOSE STORAGE

As a general rule, only large items that you use regularly (like the lawnmower) should be stored on the floor of the garage. Everything else should be organized off the floor using a storage system – and cabinets are an easy and flexible option. Garage cabinets can accommodate many different products, allowing you to safeguard potentially dangerous items from children and pets, and keep occasionally used items out of sight.

Create groups of like items — think children’s/sports, home and garden, utility, tool, or hobby — and store each group of items in its own cabinet.

  1. INCORPORATE OVERHEAD STORAGE FOR OCCASIONAL-USE ITEMS

Overhead garage shelving is the perfect place to put items that you only need occasionally, such as seasonal-use items. Overhead storage shelves can run around three sides of your garage and are easily accessed with a step stool.

These shelves are ideal for large, lightweight things like a kayak, portable cooler, or camping gear. Avoid placing heavy items on overhead garage shelves, since they can be difficult to lift down on your own.

  1. SLATWALL

Slatwall hangs on the wall and sits flat.  Not your grandfather’s pegboard, slatwall’s versatility lies in the accessories that can be added to it – such as hooks, baskets, and even hose and bike racks.  By using slatwall in your garage, you can store items such as tools, perhaps over a designated workbench area, to bikes and ladders.  This versatile garage accessories is completely multi-functional for many different categories of items typically stored in a garage.

To get the most out of your garage storage areas, we recommend a combination of these systems, and we are here to help.  Call CornerStone Closets for a free quote to get you on the road to garage organization!

Three Styles of Garage Storage Systems

Hobbyists, gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, and tool junkies know how the right tool for the job always seems to get lost at the exact moment that you need it most. With these three custom garage storage systems, you never have to search for the perfect tool again – as long as you remember to put every tool back in its place when you finish using it!

SLATWALL

Commonly used in retail stores, slatwall panels accommodate hooks, baskets, and other elements that can help you get organized. These wall panels sit flush with the garage wall and allow you to hang pre-fabricated storage elements from the slats.

Slatwall easily accommodates those long-handled yard tools that clutter the corner of your garage, bicycles that take up too much floor space, and coils of rope, extension cords, and many other items. It’s clean, elegant, and attractive looking. If you want the garage to look nice and still be functional and organized, this is a great organizational choice.

PEGBOARD WALL

Another popular option for garage storage systems, pegboard is inexpensive and can be used to hang nearly anything. Similar to slatwall, It works well over a garage workbench for handheld tools, and can also accommodate long-handled tools like rakes or shovels. Pegboard comes in a full range of colors, so you don’t have to get stuck with boring brown.

Once the pegboard is installed, you can simply slip hooks through the holes in the pegboard and hang your items from these hooks. The weight-bearing capacity of pegboard is lower than that of slatwall, so plan accordingly when determining where to place different garage tools.

 CUSTOM GARAGE SHELVING

For those heavy or bulky items that can’t go on the wall, custom garage shelving is a nice option. Overhead racks allow you to store items out of the way, and work well for bins of seasonal items that you only need to access on occasion. Lower custom garage shelving is the perfect place to store leftover paint, old jars of nuts and bolts, and other little things that you want to have easy access to and cannot hang on the wall. The best shelving arrangements work with slatwall and pegboard to open up your access to tools, reduce clutter, and keep the garage floor free.

Mix and match these three styles of garage storage systems to create the perfect place for all of your items. Consider working with a professional garage storage company who can plan, design, and implement the project from start to finish. When it’s all done, you’ll love how everything is clean, organized and easy to reach – and how much more floor space you have in the garage.

The Best Custom Garage Storage Systems

There are a lot of options for garage storage out there, but how do you know which one is the smartest? When you shop for the best custom garage storage systems, you should keep in mind that it is highly subjective. The right system is one that is not only built well, but allows you to do what you want in your garage, while you spend a minimal amount of time staying organized.

EVERYTHING HAS A HOME

The problem with garden-variety garage storage is that it usually does not give you a place to put everything you have. That is the biggest difference between custom garage storage and the build-it-yourself kits you buy at the store. With the latter, if you have some pieces of outsized equipment, like skis, you are out of luck. It really is important to have a place for everything in your custom garage storage scheme. If you do, you will enjoy a garage that can be easily kept completely clean and organized.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE

Smart garage storage is not just tidy, it is also easy to use. You can put things away just as you imagine using them. Garage organization experts can help you design a garage cabinet system that makes reaching the items you use on a daily basis simple to grab in a hurry. They can help you prioritize your possessions to put the things you will need infrequently on higher shelves or in overhead garage storage. The ultimate result is less time spent hunting for a tool or trying to put things away.

FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE

The point of custom storage is to give you the garage cabinets and other systems that work for you. You may need a workspace to build furniture or fix up old cars. The right garage storage system will give you all the space you need for the things you want to do. No more wasting space on organization that suits someone else’s needs.

LONG-LASTING

The words “custom” and “built to last” often go hand in hand for a very good reason. You need garage storage that will last as long as you intend to live in the home. Smart storage is tailored to your current needs, but also flexible enough to grow with you and your family. With quality materials and craftsmanship, you can get cabinets, slatwall and overhead storage that will take all you can put on them and are still ready for years of use.

As it turns out, discovering the smartest garage storage system is a snap. When you put your home’s specific needs first, you can find a system that is designed to work for you without having to compromise on organization or quality.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Garage Storage System

It’s fall y’all, and with it comes the dawning realization that something is very wrong with your garage. Piles of boxes and loose household items are strewn from one end to the other. You may not need any convincing that garage organization is a practical investment for your sanity. However, these three reasons also show you adding custom garage storage systems actually make your life better.

DECREASE CLUTTER

You already know that you need to get a handle on the clutter in your home. Many people use the garage as the catch-all place to put everything else that does not have a home. With garage storage cabinets, voilà, everything will now have a home. Most garage storage options take advantage of the walls, and even the ceiling for maximum efficiency. Cabinets give you a place to put pet food, gardening supplies and sports equipment. Add shelving for bins you would like to reach quickly. Consider slatwall storage- panels with slats to place hooks and other accessories- as a handy place to put yard tools and even bikes. Do not forget about your ceiling. Install overhead storage to give you a great spot for seasonal decorations and other lightweight items.

GET SQUARE FOOTAGE BACK

With all the clutter put away, you can see how beautifully empty your garage floor looks. Is it not a sight to behold? Now you can fulfill a part of the American dream that includes enjoying your garage while you still have a place to park your car. No longer do you have to worry about a cascade of toys, balls and kids’ scooters falling when you move your car. Instead, you will have effective garage wall storage systems that give you plenty of room to park one or even two cars, with more space to get in and out.

INCREASE HOME VALUE

When you walk by the homes of your neighbors, you can tell which ones are proud of their garages. They are happy to leave the garage door open on a sunny day to enjoy the nice weather. Do you yearn to be one of them? Give your home the curb appeal it deserves. You will appreciate a decent improvement on your home’s resale value by making your garage look tightly organized and professional. In this way, you realize that garage organization systems are more than just an expense. They are a monetary investment that will absolutely pay off for everyone who takes advantage of them.

When you take the time to consider a garage organization system, you have nothing to lose but clutter and frustration. Garage organization gives your garage back to you, with a nice increase in your home value to boot. It is not hard to weigh out the cost of a new garage storage system against the benefits you get from it. Your satisfaction in your home is worth it.

 

Is an overhead garage system the right solution for you?

Even the most organized garage storage system could probably stand to get a little better. When you look up, do you see a blank ceiling? If so, you need to learn how overhead storage may solve many of your garage organization problems. With overhead garage storage, you can cut the clutter on your garage floor, create a solution that is easy to operate, and have the entire system installed in an afternoon.

HOW OVERHEAD STORAGE CUTS CLUTTER

While you most likely have some heavy pieces of equipment that you need to store in the garage, that is probably not all you store in there. If you created a list of all the categories of your garage storage, you would find a number of things that are lightweight but bulky. These include sports equipment, outerwear, camping gear, holiday decorations and more. You typically do not put these things on the walls because they do not fit well in shelving or bins, unless your storage options are particularly large. Those possessions are perfect to store in overhead storage, because their use is seasonal and they do not weigh much. When you put them overhead, you free up much more space on the floor.

HOW THEY OPERATE

If you imagine that overhead storage will be impossible to manage, you would be surprised to learn how easy it actually is. You can select from overhead garage storage systems that are operated by hand, and those that are motorized. They can be raised and lowered with hand-crank cables and a pulley system. You lower them and remove the items you would like to reach. At the same time, you can add out-of-season gear and then raise the storage back up. No more hurting your back from trying to access out-of-reach storage.

HOW TO INSTALL OVERHEAD STORAGE

There are kits for overhead storage that purport to be very effective and easy to install on your own. However, of the many things you might choose to do with your garage, installing overhead storage is something you want to have done by a professional. The system will not be easy to use if you install it incorrectly, and it could be unsafe if you have not secured it properly. Consider it an investment in your happiness. Experts usually only need a couple of hours to perform a full installation, even for a complex system. In a morning or afternoon, you could dramatically expand your garage’s available storage.

You may have been searching for the solution to your garage storage concerns, while the answer sits above your head. When you add overhead garage storage systems to your lineup, you get a plan that makes neatness both easy and effective.