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Archive for March, 2015

Spring is the perfect time to declutter!


As the sun comes out and the weather gets a touch warmer, now is the perfect time to declutter your garage and make use of this fantastic and precious storage space.   A typical garage has plenty of wall and ceiling space that can be used for storage, and with a little thought it can become an organised space rather than a dumping ground.

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If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself then get someone round to do it for you.  There are specialists who will come in and declutter for you or you can use freecycle which is such a good way to get rid of things and it will be used going forward.  Or we’ve always found that is is amazing what a skip on the weekend can do to focus the mind!

Anyway, here are our top tips to help ‘spring’ you into action!

Find out what works best for you

De-cluttering can feel a bit overwhelming, so make sure you adjust your vision from the big picture to smaller, individual manageable tasks. Some people prefer working in big chunks while others like doing a bit at a time so work out which approach feels better for you. Clear one room at a time and pick out things that annoy you on a daily basis. Schedule time to de-clutter. Even 15 minutes a day will give you time to make a good start.

Clear out your garage

Don’t just pile up things in the garage; the danger here is that once you start to use it as a dumping ground for unwanted stuff it can become a hard habit to break. Once your garage is cleared you might have room for your car, could become an effective workspace for your DIY projects or ensure your sports equipment is better maintained and accessible.

Don’t get blind to things

It’s very easy to forget about things once they’re tucked away in a cupboard or in a box and many people put things on a shelf ‘just in case’ which doesn’t only mean you risk forgetting about them but will also become blind to the fact they’re unwanted. Ask yourself: ‘When will I ever need this again?’ If you can’t think of a quick answer, then it’s time to part ways with it.
Consider donating
Before you throw anything into the rubbish bin think about donating. Every year charity shops see a drop in donations in November and December compared to the rest of the year. Help them fill back up and do your good deed for Christmas.

Get rid of unwanted Christmas decorations

Is your garage a Bermuda Triangle of dusty Christmas decorations from years gone by? Although some decorations will stand the test of time and be used year after year, many become dated or just unpopular and pile up as clutter in your garage. Unwanted Christmas lights can be recycled at household waste recycling centres. Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic not widely collected in the UK and are likely to be covered with glitter which would impact on the recycling process so why not consider donating them to charity or offer them to family, friends or even a local hostel or hospital? You could also use websites such as Freecycle to give someone a free Christmas gift.

Invest in storage solutions

As many of the items you store in your garage or garden shed are bulky and heavy, it makes sense to invest in some heavy duty storage solutions. Consider how to make best use of all the useable space. Try using mounted clear bins and baskets for wall storage – you can stack or hang them and easily identify what’s inside. If you choose a flexible storage system (for example Garageflex’s FlexiPanels) you can rearrange your space whenever you need to.

Mr C, Sandhurst, Berkshire, March 2015


“The difference is hard to describe.  Garageflex transforms an ugly space to a part of your home you smile when entering.  Pure magic really!”

Mr D, Woodley, Berkshire, March 2015


“The garage is the perfect home for my car.  I wanted a clean and tidy environment and Garageflex provided the perfect solution.  It is perfect and very well delivered by the team at Garageflex.”

Home improvements for the classic car enthusiasts


Garageflex: Home Improvements for the Classic Car Enthusiast

The UK classic car industry has boomed over the last few years and is now estimated to be worth over £6 billion. Those dipping their toes into the classic car market for the first time are usually looking for cars to keep rather than just investors looking for cheap deals on classic cars which they can then sell on for profit. Buying a classic car can be a great investment if you’re looking to increase your savings in assets, but also a very expensive one when it comes to maintenance.

If you have an interest in classic cars then you will probably already know that leaving a classic car unused for long periods of time or not storing it properly can do more harm than running it through winter. If you don’t want to find yourself in a position where you have to spend time and money getting your car back into peak condition when spring finally comes round and you want to take it out for a spin, then this might be the right time to consider improvements you can make to your garage that will help you to safely store your vehicle.

According to car restoration experts, the best place to store a classic car is an airy and dry barn but not everyone has that luxury of space, especially if they live in an urban area.

Here are some tips to help owners or future buyers keep their classic cars in tip-top condition.

Keep things dry

Damp is the enemy of any classic car as it causes rust, ruins the electrics and damages the interior. A leaky and cold garage will do your car no favours whatsoever and it would also make an unpleasant environment to carry out day-to-day maintenance and repairs. Just imagine having to drag yourself into a damp garage during the winter! Thoroughly insulated wood or brick garages are preferable to pre-cast concrete units as those materials allow the air to circulate better, so if you’re building a new garage you might want to consider these options. However, if these materials don’t fit in with the rest of your building’s design or you already have a concrete garage, you can still take steps to improve the existing space.

By installing heating in the garage, you can stop condensation build-up, however if you’re planning on taking the car out for a spin once a month to keep the engine running then bringing a cold car into a warm garage will immediately cause condensation. The heating will also need to be on continuously to keep the space dry which can end up being quite expensive.

Installing a good ventilation system will significantly reduce humidity at little cost and is a more effective way of solving the problem. An extra precaution would be to enclose the car completely in a plastic bubble and provide low volume ventilation airflow by using fans to even out the humidity. Obviously, only the air within the bubble is controlled so everything else within the garage such as tools and stored parts would remain unprotected.

Rolling it

Installing insulated roller garage doors might seem like an expensive investment but they are worth every penny. Not only do they maximise space both inside the garage and on your driveway but can also be manufactured to exact specification offering a tight seal all round to dramatically improve insulation.

Insulated double skin aluminium or steel doors are not only weather proof but are also reliable when it comes to security, protecting your car from any attempted break ins.

Going up

If you’re planning on adding more classic cars to your collection in the future but you don’t have enough space then a car lift could solve that problem. Apart from being ideal for vehicle storage in tight spaces, it will also be a useful tool for when you’re carrying out maintenance work on the car. From our experience the ideal roof height for allowing plenty of space for maintenance and storage is approximately 3.3m.

Going down

A car pit would be an alternative to a car lift with almost zero ongoing costs, however there are a few things you need to consider before you start digging. Car pits are normally built before the garage floor goes in and you have to make sure that you’re on soft enough ground to dig deep enough. You will also need to make sure the base is as strong as the garage floor as the edges of the floor will need to be re-cast over the brickwork for support. It is entirely up to you to decide whether you will install a lift or a pit. Just keep in mind though that if you end up moving house, you will be able to take a car lift with you to your new property, which isn’t the case with a car pit!

Those bright lights

It’s important to choose the right type of lighting in your garage in order to ensure there is crisp white light evenly distributed in your garage space which is vital for carrying out any maintenance work. Installing high performance LEDs in the ceiling will deliver balanced illumination throughout your garage and will eliminate any dark spots.

You should also consider installing a security light outside your garage with a high detection range as it can act as an added deterrent against intruders.

Classic car enthusiasts know that classic cars are more than just an investment so make sure you’re protecting yours to keep it in top condition for years to come.

Classic car dealer snaps up Aladdin’s cave of 27 luxury cars for £20m


This article shows just how popular collecting Classic Cars is becoming.  The collection purchased included several Aston Martins, Ferraris and Mercedes and were snapped up by local Ferrari specialist John Collins who runs Talacrest in Ascot. 

With several recent articles hinting that its a better bet than other kinds of investments what would you go for?

 

Ascot car dealer John Collins snapped up the incredible collection which includes Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins in one of the biggest private deals in UK history.

 

 

Make your garage tidier – a My Renovation Magazine article from Alastair Broom


GarageTek’s Managing Director, Alastair Broom, is a columnist for My Renovation Magazine.  For February, we looked at making your garage tidier and this involves thinking about where all your metres, cables and machinery are kept.  Is it better to have a separate plant room or would it be easier to have doors that open to reveal it all with easy access.  Find out more by reading our article here.

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