In lieu of a designer spotlight post, today I’m keeping it all in the family (just me!) and spotlighting a very recent LSBA project that I’m so giddy proud over, I can’t not share.
My client’s garage was, well, not great. While the rest of her family’s home is beautifully decorated and ordered, the garage space was a problem child from the get-go.
To start, the previous owners had “kindly” left behind three large items: a work table and 2 desk/storage situations, none of which remotely resembled the kind of storage space my client actually needs, and all of which occupied the majority of the floor space.
Without a plan in place, the default response had been to pile storage tubs on top of the leftover furniture, on top of each other, pyramid style.
Add to that the fact that it’s a garage (think: unfinished floors, weird paint), five or so bikes, a giant freezer, and a vintage garage door. And consider the fact that the instant people resign themselves to the state of a space it pretty much instantly deteriorates x3.
So, starting point then; this was it:
Yup, not great.
The first course of action was, naturally, to go through every thing in that garage at a rate of 1 x 1. (I seem intent on somehow coming out with this post being a giant word problem, what can you do.)
Many car-fulls worth of things were donated. The old owners were invited (ahem) to come and collect their remainders. What was left was hauled away by my favorite junk-haul guys (who won me over the first time I worked with them when they swept up after themselves in a gross garage space–different one–points and free Cokes were doled out).
After that- thank heavens- the space was painted. That alone made it feel like new. And then came the new storage systems and all the organizing.
I’ll bet you want to know what it’s looking like now. Aren’t you?
Like a different space is what.
Let’s talk details, though.
In order to keep the floor area clear for possible child-play on rainy days (which, hello, Seattle), I had them all hung on vertical bike hooks. The extra accessory hooks are the perfect way to keep helmets right next door.
(By the way if it looks like the pictures are moving or everything is slightly off-kilter that’s because they are; houses settle, see. Things shift. It can get weird.)
The lower track has three mesh toy bags for holding all the balls, Frisbees, yadah yadah, which had previously been relegated to an old garbage bin I believe. These are so great and have become one of my favorite garage tools, since they also have a velcro front-opening for little hand retrieval.
Across the street we have ski and snow central: hooks for hanging the boards and skis and poles, plus lots of shelving for ski boots, helmets, storage tubs of winter gear, etc.
I had these totally awkward back closets outfitted in shelves as well, and this one became the home for all things tool/handyman, mostly because my client wants to have the luxury of closing the doors and not having to look at them.
Above the freezer is a space for backstock household items; my client was so excited when she learned this that she immediately went and fetched a pack of toilet paper.
We figured we might as well keep the existing utility shelves around, and so those became camping and outdoor activity-land.
That’s basically the gist. Some finishing touches to be done, but overall two big happies-1 from my client and 1 from me (+ you would equal 3).
And for fun now, some side-by-side before and after action so you can really understand.
Hoping this inspires you to tackle your own not so great area, be it garage or pantry or panty drawer.
YOU KAHN DO EEEEET.
Peace & love.