Date: July 25, 2010 | Story: Diane Carroll | Styling: Diane Carroll |
Shortly after moving into their newly built dream house in Northwest Arkansas, the Jones family realized that one of the spaces they used most frequently wasn’t as dreamy as they hoped it would be. While the new home has a welcoming front door, they soon noticed that the way they most often entered the house was through the garage. Since being greeted by a messy assortment of gear wasn’t the homecoming they envisioned, they opted to organize the garage as neatly as any other room in their new place.
The family contacted Gene Webb, owner of NWA Garage Solutions, who designed a series of storage cabinets, workbench areas and a modular wall system to accommodate their needs. “Like most garages, there was a lot of wall space that could be put to better use,” says Webb.
Organizing bikes, toys and sports equipment for the family of five was the first step, and Webb devised a slatted system to wrap around two walls of the three-car garage, allowing hooks, baskets and shelves to easily slide in and out and stow gear at kid-accessible heights.
For home, lawn and garden items, he created storage closets with a cherry-wood finish. For tools, he added a pair of workbenches wrapped around a corner with the same slatted wall system backing the benches, making it possible to keep frequently used items within reach.
To complement the well-organized walls, Webb applied an epoxy coating with a granite-like appearance to the floors, creating a surface he says is “seamless, easy to clean, durable, and even oil and gas resistant.”
The final assessment, according to the Joneses, is that arriving home is much more pleasurable than it used to be. “It’s the last room you see when you leave, and the first room you see when you get home,” says Webb. “It’s worth making that a good experience.”
Design, floor coating, storage systems NWA Garage Solutions, Rogers