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Garage A Go-Go
October, 2012, Page 64
Photo courtesy The Garage Organization Company of Arizona
Give the “man-cave” a makeover with these fetching and functional additions.
When it comes to versatile rooms, nothing beats the garage. Beyond being simply a place to park one’s car, the garage holds potential as an aspiring musician’s studio, a hoarder’s storage room, or a blue collar beer lounge.
Whatever the purpose of your garage, there are some essential style issues to consider, starting with the door. Bullfrog’s Garage Door Company in Surprise offers customized Woodie Plank doors that run a visual gamut from carriage-house-style doors that appear to open outward to modern models of pure red cedar planks. Constructed of warp-proof metal with chemically-bonded wood veneers, Woodie Planks have the classic look of wood with the strength of steel.
Once you get past the door, organize your garage’s contents with one-of-a-kind items like contoured cabinets (pictured) and motorized bicycle racks from Garage Organization Company of Arizona. The motorized bike lift leaves floor space while protecting your wheels. “It’s one of the hottest products we have,” says company owner Todd Mansor. “You can store two bikes flat on the ceiling, which saves them from getting knocked around. Somebody who’s got a $4,000 carbon bike doesn’t want to get it all banged up.”
But if you must stack things on the garage floor, it might as well be a sturdy, stylish floor with primo coating from PremierGarage of Phoenix. The company “has the most extensive line of flooring available in the market right now,” according to spokesperson Lyndsey Waugh. “We offer more than 20 floor-coating options. You can see the sheen in our floors.” Their resinous flooring is chemical-, stain-, and slip-resistant, and comes in a variety of solid colors, terrazzo, and granite. All palettes are possible, from glittery desert dust to solid-sheen “Oxford Gray.”
Of course, no one wants to spend time in a garage that feels like an inferno, and that’s where air conditioning units from Mesa-based Magic Touch Mechanical come in. For garages, Magic Touch rep Challen Hansen recommends a ductless mini-split system from Lennox, Mitsubishi or Fujitsu. These compact cooling systems are connected to a condensing unit outside, and blow cool air into the garage through a wall-mounted device. “Usually, with garages, we have a big, uninsulated door. It’s essentially a hole in the house... you wouldn’t want to run this AC unit all the time, because it wouldn’t be energy or cost efficient,” Hansen says. “It’s a spot-cooling experience.”
Overhead Storage Systems
Perfect for keeping floor space clear for handiwork or garage band practice, these overhead racks measure 4 x 8 feet each, with a minimum storage space of 27.5 inches and a maximum storage space of 39.5 inches (racks can be cut down). Storage systems start at $99, and a motorized lift can be added for hands-free storage.
The Garage Organization Company of Arizona
Lennox MS7C Mini-Split Air Conditioner
This ductless unit is Energy Star-qualified, meaning it meets or exceeds EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. Noise pollution’s no worry, either: The indoor unit runs as quiet as 26 decibels, or slightly louder than a whisper. Small on space, the MS7C is big on convenience – it evens comes with a remote control. Call for unit and installation pricing.
Magic Touch Mechanical
942 W. First Ave., Mesa
Woodie Plank Garage Door
Made by Tempe-based 1st United Door Technologies, this garage door features 3/8-inch thick Inland Red Cedar siding laminated to a 1 3/4-inch thick, two-sided steel insulated door. Doors can be custom-ordered, with features like a carriage house-effect, which makes the door appear to open outward through the use of dual vertical overlay boards. Call for pricing.
Bullfrog’s Garage Door Company
PremierGarage’s selection of floor tiles and coating is huge, but highlights include their PremierFlex line, grated-but-stylish tiles with good traction. Water and other liquids drain through the tiles, making them ideal for garages and commercial spaces. PG’s line of durable decorative chip flooring is garage-suitable, providing a high shine along with the ability to endure extreme temperatures. Call for pricing.
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