July 13, 2015 by Rick Scully Leave a Comment Toronto is the proud host of the 2015 Pan-Am games this summer. There are two events for kayaking and two for canoeing, and both have men and women competing. The first is a sprint, a fiercely competitive event where the first one to the finish line wins.
If you are just looking for a regular touring canoe or kayak, you can easily find one for under $1000 but if you want high-end competitive boats, you are starting at least around the $3000 mark and depending on the make and customization, you can easily spend ten times that amount.
If you find yourself hesitating to buy a high-end canoe or kayak because you don’t have the room to store it, then think again. You may not have enough room on the floor of your garage to store your kayak but chances are you have plenty of room up top.
If space is at a premium in the garage, consider using a sling to keep your canoe or kayak up off the floor. No matter which solution you think might work best for you, the smart idea is to consult with a garage storage specialist.
Therefore, if you find yourself idling in the stalled traffic this summer, wishing you had a third person for that HOV lane, don’t despair. February 12, 2015 by Rick Scully Leave a Comment With the Chinese New Year approaching, many feng shui practitioners are busy cleaning and preparing their homes to get rid of bad chi (energy) and usher in good luck before the New Year arrives. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art and science that recognizes the impact our environment, and the objects in it, can have upon us.
The goal of feng shui is to create harmonious environments that reflect one’s internal environment by improving the flow of chi throughout the space. While you may be incorporating feng shui into your home, have you ever considered incorporating the principles of feng shui into your garage? Have you ever tried to work in a cluttered space and found it difficult to function or think clearly? Objects that are outdated, non-functional, redundant or rarely used harbour stalled energy and have a negative impact on your energy.
People often treat their garages as a sort of “junk space.” In reality, the garage is the designated space for storing your car. Colour can be incorporated into the space through wall paint, fabric—like a colourful kite or flag—or by finishing the floor with an epoxy or polyaspartic floor coating, designed for garage and basement floors. If you park in the garage, it is the last thing you see when departing home and the first thing you see upon your return. Make sure to tackle all of your home and garage cleaning projects prior to New Year’s Day, as it’s considered bad luck to clean during the first few days of the New Year. February 3, 2015 by Rick Scully Leave a Comment How many times did you awake this winter to discover that your car was covered in ice and snow because there’s no room for it in the garage? Last year, perhaps you promised yourself that you wouldn’t spend another winter forced to park your car outside of the garage.
The primary purpose of your garage renovation might be to rescue your vehicle from the harsh winter weather.
Just as unprotected sun exposure can damage your skin, it can also damage the paint on your car. Renovating your garage during spring means you’ll have a safe place to park your car next winter, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the benefits of an organized garage during spring, summer and fall. Complete the garage survey form to tell us a little about your garage and schedule your no-cost, in-home consultation. December 16, 2014 by Rick Scully Leave a Comment As the year quickly draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to recap some of our favorite garage renovation tips from this past year. If your garage is stuffed to the gills, preventing you from parking your car(s) inside, specialized storage solutions could be the answer to your problems. Tire racks–Specialized tire storage racks come in a variety of configurations, allowing tires to be stored vertically or horizontally, on a wall or overhead. Lawn mower racks or lifts – Riding and push mowers take up substantial garage space, making it difficult to park vehicles inside. Motorcycle lifts – Motorcycles often hijack space needed for the snow blower, or to park a second vehicle. Kayak and paddle board racks – It can be tricky to find just the right place to store these seasonal items in your garage. Overhead pulley systems – Canoes, truck caps and other heavy items which must be lowered onto a vehicle are excellent candidates for an overhead pulley system. The specialty storage solutions outlined above lift bulky items and preserve essential floor space.
Hooks – Use hooks to hang a wide range of items from gardening tools to sporting equipment, like hockey gear and bicycles. Shelving – Shelves fit into the grooves in slatwall, enabling heavy items to be stored securely. Specialty hooks – Many professional-grade garage wall organization systems offer specialty hooks for items like golf equipment, skateboards, snowboards and more.
All hooks, baskets and shelves can easily be relocated, creating endless configuration possibilities.
One of the keys to maximizing storage space in your garage is to find clever ways to make use of “unusable” space.
Standing back and surveying a neat, organized garage almost makes the entire Saturday you spent cleaning it feel worthwhile. Explore these and other garage renovation and organization topics to ring in the new year with a clean, organized garage that will stay that way. October 7, 2014 by Rick Scully Leave a Comment In nearly every garage there are items that pose a serious storage challenge. In response to homeowners’ desires for simple and efficient ways to organize their garages, there is a growing market of specialty items for this express purpose. Specialized storage racks come in a variety of configurations, allowing tires to be stored vertically or horizontally, on a wall or overhead.
Both riding and push mowers take up substantial space in a garage, making it difficult to park vehicles inside.
Specialty racks allow lawn mowers to be stored off the ground, so that additional items can be stored underneath. Canoes, truck caps and other heavy items which must be lowered onto a vehicle are good candidates for an overhead pulley system. Despite the growing market to accommodate specialty storage, there isn’t always a ready-to-buy solution available at your local home improvement or sporting goods store. A custom-built overhead platform or mezzanine provides the perfect place to store items used infrequently without sacrificing floor space. Foam-covered, heavy-duty chains can be used to create a simple, effective sling suitable for lifting and lowering items like canoes, sports equipment storage containers and truck caps. There are a few factors to consider when discussing tire storage.  One of the most important issues you want to keep in mind is that of protecting the integrity of your tire. One space-saving solution to examine if it works for your garage is that of vertical tire storage.  Storing tires vertically means they are installed in a rack. Whichever option you choose for your seasonal tire storage needs, there is a storage solution that can fit your garage.  When you decide to renovate your garage that is an excellent time to evaluate your tire storage needs and options. Filed Under: Custom Garage Storage Solutions, Garage Storage Solutions Tagged With: flat tire, garage space, home maintenance, overhead platform, seasonal tire storage, spare tires, storage options, storage solutions, vertical storage rack, vertical tire storage rackHow much is a disorganized garage really costing you? Then, once the first cold snap hits for these homeowners, it’s a mad dash to move the piles from here to there and everywhere in between to make room for the car.  Oh, and should the home be equipped with a 2 car garage, too often, there is so much clutter piled up that just one car can be safely squeezed into the remaining space. When designing a storage solution for a garage, we often start with bike storage solutions because bicycles take up a lot of space. To store the bikes over the winter, we try to get the bikes out-of-the-way to allow for cars to park in the garage.
Hanging them from the ceiling is also an option we like to consider, but this storage solution requires at least 11 foot ceilings.
One relatively inexpensive storage solution which works year-round is an automated bike lift on a pulley that raises the bikes to the ceiling and can accommodate up to five bikes.


For storage during the warmer months, many people choose to park one car on the driveway and leave one bay open. It’s not as realistic to expect children to put their bikes on a wall rack every time he or she comes home.
If it’s important that two cars be parked in the garage during bike season, we offer custom solutions to make both the cars and the bikes accessible. We found Rick to be both helpful and knowledgeable in design decisions and formulating an efficient plan for our garage space. Our 100% satisfaction and willingness to further use Rick’s services are the highest marking for this skillful tradesman.
Rick built a workshop for my husband, I wanted to surprise him with a space to have his tools all organized. We are very impressed with the outcome of our well organized and clean garage now that Nuvo Garage and Rick have completed the job both on time and on budget. Garage cabinets are an ideal solution for people who don’t want everything they own on display. As you weigh your cabinet options, the most important consideration is the material used to manufacture it and the strength it offers the garage cabinet to store heavy items. Given that space is almost always at a premium when organizing a garage, naturally we aim to use every inch of available space. Onex steel cabinets come in 21 powder coated colours while Ctech cabinets offer 9 powder coated colours.
We recommend a few brands of garage cabinets including Hercke (good), Onex (better) and Ctech (best).
Fans have been thrilled to watch their favorite athletes with several Canadian gold, silver and bronze medals already tucked away.
The nation will also have an eye on Jazmyne Denhollander, our Canadian women’s hope in the kayak slalom.
It is sleek, strong and generally made of polyethylene or carbon-Kevlar (the same material as bulletproof vests). A high-end canoe or kayak is an investment so you need to ensure you take care of it properly, and that means storing it safely indoors during our Canadian winters. He (or she) can tell help you find the right solutions to keep that high-end competitive boat in the best shape. You can use that time to daydream about the new kayak or canoe you are going to buy at the end of the Pan-Am games. Often regarded the art of placement, feng shui is literally translated “wind and water.”  Feng shui strives to balance the five elements—wood, water, fire, earth and metal–and the energy (chi) that flows from all things—living and inanimate.
Optimizing the flow of chi in one’s home or office can enhance happiness and one’s financial and romantic life. This ancient art of placement can be used to create a garage that welcomes positive energy into your home, rather than blocking it.
However, it’s difficult to create order in your garage without a system for organizing your space. Keep this in mind as you clean and de-clutter your garage and then assign each remaining item a designated space. The walls are often unfinished, and the floor of an older garage may be stained, cracked or otherwise compromised. Modular interlocking floor tiles offer a less permanent way to introduce colour into the garage floor. Once that period has passed, you can attack any areas you weren’t able to finish prior to the start of the year. Complete the garage survey form to tell us a little about your garage and schedule a no-cost, in-home consultation to discuss your specific garage needs. Trudging out in the harsh elements to brush away snow, chip off ice and warm up your car is the last thing you want to do on a busy weekday morning. The months seemed to fly by, and your plan to organize or renovate the garage never quite happened. Bulky items, like lawn mowers, snow plows, motorcycles and canoes take up considerable room in a garage. Worse, vehicles can get scratched when the door is opened, or while the lawn mower is being moved.Lawn mower racks store push mowers off the ground, so additional items can be stored underneath. A professionally-installed motorcycle lift can safely store the bike off the ground, reserving premium garage floor space. If not properly stored, expensive paddle boards and kayaks are easily scratched or toppled. However, a variety of smaller items also pilfer valuable space when stored at ground level.
High shelving provides the perfect storage space for items that should be kept out of the reach of pets and children, like automotive fluids, household chemicals or flower pots. But what happens a week later, once the entire family goes back to using the garage as a dumping ground? Winter tires, luggage carriers, leftover siding, lawn mowers, snow blowers, truck caps, motorcycles and other bulky items command a huge chunk of the already limited real estate in a garage.
Paddle boards, kayaks and canoes and sports equipment carriers, like Thules, create additional storage dilemmas. Eventually over-sized items can take over the garage, leaving one or more vehicles outside during cold, Canadian winters. To determine which tire rack is right for your space, first create an overall plan for your garage organization.
Worse, vehicles often get scratched when the door is opened, or while the lawn mower is being removed from or returned to the garage. During the cold winter months, a motorcycle stored inside the garage may take up space needed for the snow blower, or to park a second vehicle.
Wall racks typically come in two styles: padded metal bars or straps which hold boards in place. Additionally, on-the-shelf storage solutions may not be practical for the layout of your garage. Store-purchased units don’t always accommodate your unique space or fit your specific needs. Finding one that can safely accommodate your space and lifestyle can be a bit more challenging. Storing items around the perimeter of the garage floor eats up valuable space and makes it difficult to park vehicles inside.
This article is for those who choose to utilize their garage space for seasonal tire storage. As you probably know, it is never a good idea to store the tire vertically in the same spot over an extended period of time.  Storing a tire on its running surface (with or without rims) tends to leave a flat spot in your tire that may result in damage the tire.
Most people want their bikes stored for the winter but want easy access to them during the spring and summer months. Typically, we store them vertically on the back wall off the front tire as they take up only about three feet of space, with two feet in between for the handlebars.
We aim to have at least 6.5 feet of clearance from the floor to allow for movement throughout the garage without having to worry about hitting your head or the top of a vehicle. This solution works best for racing bikes and men’s bikes because the square frame sports a horizontal bar running parallel to the ground.
Rick gave us a number of ideas that we had not considered and that worked well for our garage. He has converted freshly built, relatively usable, three car parking garage into the high capacity, clean, versatile storage and two car & boat facility. I can park in the garage now, which is really nice after the nasty winter we’ve been through. As well, they offer safety for small children or pets as cabinets protect them from having access to things like sharp tools and toxic chemicals. The materials used will affect how secure the cabinet and how much weight it can bear on its shelves and in the drawers.


To do this, cabinets that are custom fit specifically to the space in your garage means that you can maximize the use of garage storage area within the space, as opposed to using pre-fabricated sized garage cabinets which may under use the potential storage space available. Any of these cabinet choices are sturdy, look great, are resistant to animals, won’t rust and are easy to clean and maintain. This is important because garages have sloped floors for proper drainage but cabinets need to be level and square (or plum) to work properly so adjustable legs are the key to level cabinets which will stay safely upright even after they have been filled with heavier storage items. Here is a chart outlining the various cabinet features and how they compare with each other.
Without a doubt, Canadians will be watching their every move, not just for racing, but to also check out the latest and greatest equipment. Again, like the kayaks they are made out of lighter materials such as Kevlar and carbon fiber. It will be sleek, light and will be safe and accessible thanks to your new garage storage system. This is accomplished through the use of colour and the mindful placement of objects in one’s living and work spaces. A garage renovation specialist can work with you to develop a garage design suited to the needs of your family. If carving out space in the garage to park your car(s) feels impossible, consult with a garage renovation specialist who will design a plan for you. Worse, it can leave you rushing to get to work or to get the kids to school on time, making winter travel even more dangerous. Garage organization and renovation services are in high demand and have been growing in popularity in recent years. So whether you need a simple wall organization system, overhead storage, garage cabinet installation or customized storage solutions, your garage renovation specialist can help your dream garage become a reality.
For a riding mower, a motorized lift will lift and lower the riding mower with the push of a button.
However, specialized kayak and paddle board racks provide safe, attractive storage for these items.Overhead, wall-mounted and freestanding racks are available. A wall organizer system is the key to maximizing garage storage space by storing items vertically. Perhaps you have high ceilings, oddly configured corners, poorly placed appliances and other dead spaces that create storage challenges. However, with a bit of forethought, large, unwieldy items can be stored inside the garage while still leaving room to park vehicles. Boards and kayaks propped against the wall or around the floor perimeter can easily be scratched or toppled, posing a tripping hazard. Depending on the size and style chosen, a metal wall-mounted rack can accommodate from one to four paddle boards.
To ensure that your system operates safely and will not damage your ceiling, have your unit professionally installed. However, a custom-built, overhead storage platform offers greater possibilities and more flexibility. A garage renovation expert who is experienced at building custom solutions can design a sling that meets your storage and use needs. Depending on your needs, you may decide you don’t like your tires sitting on the floor all winter and would feel much better if they were on a platform out of the way.  Also remember that whatever tire storage solution you are pondering, at least moving them off of the floor frees up some more floor space for you to use.
For many moutnain bikes, suspension bikes and women’s bikes, the frame is angular which makes it more difficult to store because it will also hang on an angle and this makes it a little less secure.
When the kids come home they can easily ride their bikes up and roll the front tire right into the rack. Since this is not nearly as simple as rolling a bike into a floor standing bike rack, the wall racks make for a better winter storage solution for the bikes. Rick transformed it within a week into a pleasant, well-lit and insulated space with attractive storage and quality finishes.
For many Ontarians who grew up along the shores of the Great Lakes or spent time camping in Muskoka, some of the most anticipated events are the canoe and kayak racing. It is literally a thrill a minute as upsets and almost-upsets can change the lead in a heartbeat. You don’t have to be an Olympic level athlete to enjoy the benefits of top-of-the-line equipment; many recreational boaters are also looking for high-end products.
In fact, they have gotten so much lighter that the Olympic committee put in minimum weights for these boats to keep the competition fair -10 kg for a single canoe and 15 kg for a double.
Eliminate energy-draining garage clutter by ridding the space of items that no longer serve a purpose.
Knowing that donated items will benefit those less fortunate can be a powerful motivator to finally release unneeded items.
Wall organization systems that use corresponding shelves, hooks and baskets create a designated space for everything in your garage from bicycles and sporting equipment to gardening tools.
Feng shui recognizes the strong impact colour can have on mood and physical and emotional well-being.
After our last blast of wintry weather, perhaps you’ve made the same promise to yourself again this year. Ontarians are eagerly awaiting Wiarton Willie’s prediction of whether spring is on the horizon. Schedule your garage renovation consultation in February to ensure your project will be started as soon as spring arrives. Do you avoid tackling small projects around the house because finding a screwdriver or wrench is a small project in itself? This often occurs because only one person in the family is charged with the responsibility of keeping it clean.
Tires should be stored horizontally, unless they are being stored in a rack that can store them vertically, while keeping them suspended to avoid flat spots. Make sure that the rack is installed by someone who understands how to safely install a shelf capable of bearing heavy loads. Another option is a wall-mounted rack that uses heavy straps to hold one or more paddle boards in place.
A garage renovation specialist will work with you to create a solution that meets your exact needs.
Consult with a garage renovation expert to determine how to best integrate such solutions into your space. Storage of things are now where they should be and we can fit 2 cars in the garage which is fabulous particularly in the winter. While probably less expensive, the price tag often reflects their respective strength and flexibility. There are few Canadians who have not spent at least one afternoon in their life paddling their worries away, so you can be assured these events will be among the best attended. Lockable storage cabinets provide a safe, concealed space to store tools, household chemicals and other items.
Incorporate relevant colours connected with the five elements of the natural world, listed earlier.
Wiarton Willie’s forecast of what’s to come is out of your hands, but the fate of your garage isn’t. Starting early allows plenty of time for consultation, design and the ordering of products.
Lastly, simple overhead rack systems are also available to store one or more paddle boards. If you are a fan of these sports, the following are a few things you need to know about the events, the equipment, and how to store your new boat.
If everyone contributes to the hard work of cleaning and organizing the garage, they are more likely to work toward keeping it that way.



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