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Archive for December, 2017

Is it ever too early to start planning your new year garage?


With Christmas over, our thoughts generally turn to the new year.  Whether it be that much longed for ski holiday, the thought of Spring not too far away or that it is finally time to take the bull by the horns and sort out the garage.

Garageflex - is it ever too early to start planning your new garage?

Starting off

The hardest step is probably taking the plunge and actually getting started on the project.  Especially if your garage space is cluttered, cold and not very nice to be in.  But we think that once the project is completed, you’ll be so pleased that you did it.  Take the example below, the garage of Mr David Flatman who is an ex England Rugby player.  The garage went from cluttered and dark to light and organised.  Or in his words “…a work of art.”

Flatman Before and After Garageflex

What can I do?

The first step is to try and declutter everything in your garage to thin out the amount you have to store.  Then once you have everything you want to keep, we would recommend getting us in at this point to assess the size of your garage and to provide a design and quote for adding in storage to suit your requirements.

What can we offer?

It may be that you have a number of bikes to store, various gardening tools or a combination of many different items.  We have various hooks, racks and hangers that can make storing all manner of items a doddle.

Hertfordshire New Build Garage Garageflex

In addition to hanging items up on your wall to clear the floor, we also offer ceiling storage such as Overhead Racks or Hooks which can free up even more space.

To compliment the space we can also install a floor which reduces dust and new garage doors to stop all those draughts coming in.

Dorset Garage Floor and Threshold Barrier Garageflex

The beauty of our system is that what your new garage looks like is really up to you.  We take your dimensions, items to be stored and any restrictions such as pipes, metres etc., and create a design that works to your requirements.

To see how much this might cost, take a look at our Pricing page which gives you an idea for a single, double or triple garage. 

Of course, not everyone wants to completely re-do the garage and we understand that.  So you can either get one wall done, a floor or even install our products yourself by buying them on our e-store.

Garageflex DIY: Buy Online to Install yourself at home

How have we helped others?

We’ve completed over 900 installations across the UK over the past 11 years.  We get some great feedback and testimonials from our customers.  You can see some of these here.  Below you will a very nice testimonial from one of our clients whose garage we completed in December 2016.  They were absolutely delighted with the finished result.

 

Garageflex Surrey Testimonial December 2016

To book your Garageflex appointment, call us on 01491 579975 or email us and we’ll get  back to you.

Christmas Advent Top Tips – Weekly Round Up 15-21


Following on from our previous blogs for tips 1-6 and 7-14, here’s our list of 15-21.  This selection of tips include ideas for turning your garage into a home gym, toy storage and how to store your wine (and Champagne) the right way.

15th December – How to store your Classic Car

If you are a classic car fan, then this garage renovation could be just what you need to provide you with some inspiration.  Read the full blog here.

Garageflex Top Tips Christmas - Storing your Classic Car Blog

 

 

16th December – Get Healthy, Save Money

Perhaps you’ve had one too many Christmas parties and are now contemplating a fitness routine. A solution could be to transform your garage into a home gym space. Get healthy AND save on the gym fees!

Garageflex Top Tips Get Healthy Save Money, turn your garage into a home gym

 

 

17th December – 5 ways to tidy away toys

Kids toys are one of the many things we are asked to help tidy away. Sometimes it is because they have outgrown the items or the parents need to create a little more space inside the home. So with this in mind, we’ve brought together five ideas to help sort them out.  Read the full blog here.

Garageflex Top Tips 5 ways to tidy away toys

 

 

 

18th December – 6 Tips for storing bottles for Christmas (in your garage)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we are sure you have a few bottles ready for the big day. But how to store them? We’ve got six tips that will help keep them in perfect condition

Garageflex Top Tips: 6 tips for storing bottles for Christmas in your garage

 

 

 

19th December – Bike Storage Ideas

How do you store your bike? Our blog looks at storage ideas to keep your space neat and tidy. Read our full blog here.

Garageflex Top Tips: Bike Storage Ideas

 

 

 

20th December – How to make the garage a safe place for all the family

When it comes to keeping everyone safe, here are some Christmas TopTips to keep the garage a safe place for all the family. Read the full blog for more useful ideas.  Read the full blog here.

Garageflex Top Tips: How to make your garage a safe place for all the family

 

 

21st December – 6 places you could use our storage options (apart from the garage)

Where else can you use our wall storage accessories, apart from the garage of course? Here’s 6 ideas including the Shed, Utility and SummerHouse

Garageflex Top Tips: 6 places you could put our storage options around the home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Advent Top Tips – Weekly Round Up 7-14


Continuing our round up of the latest top tips, below you will find Christmas Advent Top Tips 7 -14.  Tips include things that you shouldn’t store in your garage, how to make it bug-free and some ideas around storing classic cars.

7th December – Organise your garage with dedicated zones

Creating zones in your garage makes finding the items you need, when you need them, much easier. Saving you time that you can put to something else, like wrapping Christmas presents!

Garageflex Top Tips Orgnise your garage into dedicated zones

8th December – 5 ways to perk up your garage

Looking for some Top Tips to perk up your garage? Look no further.

Garageflex Tips - 5 ways to perk up your garage

9th December – 7 ways to bug-proof your garage

Bug proofing is one of the reasons that our customers ask for a full garage transformation which includes wall, ceiling and flooring. So here are 7 tips to help bug proof your garage.  Read our blog on creating a bug-free space here.

Garageflex Tips - 7 ways to bug proof your garage

10th December – 10 Amazing Garage Design Ideas

We have been seeing some great garage design ideas out there recently and so thought a blog about the best 10 things you can do in your garage was just crying to be written!  To read the full blog, click here.Garageflex Top Tips: 10 Amazing Garage Design Ideas

11th December – Garage Flooring

Concrete floors can be dusty, dirty and damp. But Floor Tiles can create a modern garage feel with minimum effort.  To order yours, click here.

Garageflex Top Tips: Update your Garage Floor

12th December – Home improvements for the classic car enthusiast

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.  Read the full blog here.

Garageflex Top Tips - home improvements for the classic car enthusiast

 

13th December – Creating your own DIY Corner

Imagine your own corner of the garage to do DIY. It doesn’t have to be a dream as it is very easy to create a space for keeping all your bits and pieces as well as a workbench to work at.

Read more of our blog by clicking here.

Garageflex Top Tips: Creating your own DIY Corner

14th December – 8 things you should not store in your garage

There are certain things that you think would be ok to store in the garage. But check out our list for items you should definitely NOT store here.

Garageflex Top Tips 14th December - 8 things you should not store in your garage

 

Keep a look out for the next series of Top Tips.  Or you can follow us on our Facebook page to see them as they are published.

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An interesting garage floor combination


Last week our fitters were down in Ringwood in Dorset fitting out a double garage.  As well as our fantastic bespoke storage that is tailored to each individual garage that we see, the customer was keen to do something different with his floor.

Our Design Consultant, Abi Leonard, went down to see the couple to discuss their requirements further.  To answer the brief of the floor, Abi suggested using a combination of smooth and raised disk floor tiles with a mixture of colours and patterns.  The customer agreed with this and the rest of the garage design that Abi outlined and quoted for, and the job was booked in.

As you can see from the photos in this case study, the floor really works and creates a real pop of colour against the white walls of our FlexiPanel.  In addition, our fitters installed a threshold barrier against the garage door.  This creates a barrier against water, leaves and other debris coming into the garage.  It also reduces down draughts making it a much nicer place to be on a cold Winter’s day.

To find out how your garage could be re-designed, contact Abi on 07467 941025 or download our brochure now.

Christmas Advent Top Tips – Weekly Round Up 1-6


This year, we thought we would treat you to a range of different top tips for every day of December.   So here’s tips 1 through to 6 which range from how to brighten up your garage to decluttering.  We hope you find them interesting and useful.

1st December – Getting started on Decluttering     

This December, we’ve decided to give you some top tips and ideas every day. Today, we are kicking off with four very simple tips to get you started on the decluttering.                                               

Christmas Advent Top Tips 1st December Decluttering your Garage

 

2nd December – Creating a brighter garage

How do you create a brighter garage? Our Christmas Advent Top Tips give you food for thought.

Garageflex Christmas TopTips - Creating a Brighter Garage Space

 

3rd December – Banish your clutter to the ceiling

With the lead up to Christmas and the thought of all the lovely things to come into our homes, it might be time to have a declutter of your home. But where can you put the things that you don’t need in the house? We have the answer.  Click here to read our blog, or on the image below.

3rd Dec Banish your clutter to the ceiling

4th December – Storage Ideas for the Smaller Space

As much as we would love it, most of us don’t have a huge triple garage to put all our clutter in. We have to make do with a small space in the garage, shed or basement that can serve as a storage area along with other uses. Click here to read our blog, or click on the image below.

4th December_ Ideas for a small space

5th December – Clearing your Floor

Today’s tip is all about clearing up your garage floor and what you can do to have a tidy and organised space.

5th December Garageflex Top Tips Clearing your Garage floor

 

6th December – Making your garage a safe place for all the family

Making the garage a safe place for all the family Garageflex

Keep a look out for the next series of Top Tips.  Or you can follow us on our Facebook page to see them as they are published.

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Christmas Opening Hours


Christmas Opening Hours Garageflex December 2017

Our offices will be closing at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  We will not be open between these dates.

However, if you find that you might have some time over the festive period to see one of our Design Consultants to discuss your garage, then please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to arrange an appointment for you during this time.  You can call us on 01491 579975 which will divert to Alastair Broom’s mobile during our office closure.

If you are looking for storage accessories, our e-store is always open.  Or you can still email us or download our brochure here.

Garageflex Christmas Opening Hours 2017

 

 

Garageflex support Ride East Africa group cycling through Rwanda and Tanzania


We were delighted to support a group of cyclists who have just cycled through Rwanda and Tanzania as part of a Ride East Africa challenge.  The team who completed their challenge on Friday, December 3rd, were supporting four African and UK charities through Charity Links and were hosted by the team at The Slow Cyclist.

Garageflex supports Ride East Africa cyclists challenge

Starting at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the team made their way through Tanzania taking in the Serengeti and some local wildlife.  They then pushed on through to the border with Rwanda before finishing up in Musanze among the jungle volcanoes.  A big congratulations to everyone who took part and were involved.  To read their journeys blog, click here.

We loved this shot below of the team showing off their Garageflex shorts!

Garageflex support cyclists cycling Tanzania to Rwanda with Ride East Africa  Garageflex support cyclists cycling Tanzania to Rwanda with Ride East Africa

Anon, December 2017


Professional, excellent service transformed my horrible garage to a light useable and practicable good looking space.

Christmas Advent Top Tips: 9th December, 7 Ways to Bug-Proof your Garage


Unfortunately bugs are a part of most spaces in our homes that do not get used very often.  And garages are no exception.  Which of you haven’t gone into your garage to find a few spiders hanging around or worse mice and rats.  For us, that’s one of the real bug bears, along with cluttered garages, but you can do something about it.

Our 7 tips will get your garage bug-proof in no time.

 

Garageflex Christmas Top Tips: 7 ways to bug proof your garage

Food

If you keep any food in your garage, make sure it is properly sealed in an air-tight container.  That includes pet supplies too.  Mice and rats like nothing more than an easy meal and will soon set up home if there is a continued supply.

Declutter

Ensuring that you don’t have excess items cluttering up the space leaves no room for critters to take up residence unnoticed.  If everything is either packed away in boxes or stored neatly in cupboards then chances are you will spot any visitors before they multiply.

Store items off the ground

Not only does it keep your floor clear and make it a safer place for you and your family, it makes it easy to keep an eye out for any droppings or spillages.  Invest in some wall and ceiling storage as shown below and you’ll be able to identify issues and act quickly.

Keep everything off of the floor in your garage

Don’t keep piles of old clothes or newspapers

Clothes and newspapers can be a breeding ground for rodents and bugs as they can be used to build nests and keep them from prying eyes.  If you need to keep this kind of item in your garage, it is best kept in storage boxes with a sealed lid so you can be sure nothing can get in.

Give your garage an airing!

Most of us regularly open the windows in our houses to give our rooms some fresh air.  An added benefit of this is that it also blows away any cobwebs and this can be of benefit in the garage too.  Especially on a windy day!

Seal the doors

Make sure that bugs can’t get through any gaps around your doors.  Consider filling in any gaps or installing a threshold barrier which has the added benefit of keeping water and leaves out too.

Threshold barriers stop water, leaves and bugs from getting into your garage

And Finally…

All of these things are a great way to keep bugs and rodents out.  But to guarantee it, we would recommend fitting our FlexiPanel wall cladding, a ceiling installation and laying a floor.   This way, you are almost sealing up the whole garage allowing no space for bugs to linger and hide. 

Find out more about our Garage Makeovers.

Christmas Advent Top Tips: Banish your clutter to the ceiling


With the lead up to Christmas and the thought of all the lovely things to come into our homes, it might be time to have a declutter of your home.  But where can you put the things that you don’t need in the house?  We have the answer.

3rd Dec Banish your clutter to the ceiling

First of all, let’s talk decluttering

For a quick fix look for items in your home that are seasonal and only used in the Spring and Summer.  This could be clothes, toys, outdoor furniture etc. that could easily be put away until the Spring.  Or it might be that the kids have stopped playing with some of their toys, why not make some space for the new ones arriving in a few weeks.

Of course there are bound to be some broken items, bits and pieces that are lost or items you don’t think you’ll use again.  For these you could see whether they are worth re-selling either as complete sets, for parts or that could go to a Charity Shop.  For anything that definitely can’t be recycled then the bin is probably the best place for it.

So once you have your pile of stuff to store away, where exactly can you put it?

Let’s look at the space available

Most of us don’t have enough storage space in our homes so perhaps a garage, shed, utility area or basement might  be the answer to this issue.  There are many different storage options you could decide upon, be it shelving, cupboards, hooks or racks.  And all of these are good options but as this blog is primarily about utilising your ceiling space so let’s focus on that for now.

Most ceilings look like the before image below.  Plain timber beams across the roof, perhaps with a loft ladder or workings for a garage door.  But add in some storage and the storage area you have access to considerably rises as shown in the after image.

Ceiling Storage before and after

The after image below shows one of our Overhead Storage Racks that was installed as part of a wider Garageflex makeover but there are plenty of options you can install yourself without having a big garage transformation.  Think hooks, hoists and racks.

Ceiling Storage Hoists

Garage Ceiling Storage Hooks Ceiling Storage Overhead Rack

 

 

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