Garage Gets Locker-Style Storage

A baker’s rack on the side wall features colorful labeled containers.

Repurpose the Baker’s Rack

We move the family’s baker’s rack to the left wall and load it up with colorful containers to hold various everyday items.

The best part? Each container includes items from a common category, so the family can easily find what they need when they need it!

Insulate the Attic

There’s no insulation above this garage, so we’re going to add some to help make it more comfortable.

Rockwool insulation is a great choice for Stephen and Katie’s house because it’s fire resistant.

And that can give the couple some peace of mind since a blaze already cost them one home.

Install a Cor Camera

Stephen and Katie can keep an eye on their children with this indoor camera from Côr.

In addition to organization, we’re also adding security to this garage with a pair of Cor cameras. Later we’ll mount one outside, but first we need to position one inside.

After Danny drills the mounting holes with the template, he drills a slightly larger hole in the soffit for the camera’s power cord. Taping the cord to a stiff piece of wire makes it easy to push into the attic where we can plug it into an outlet before we mount the camera.

We also:

  • Built a drop zone to the left of the door
  • Built shelves over the garage door
  • Built a rack for lawn/garden tools
  • Built cube shelving on both sides of garage door
  • Sprayed the garage with Miss Muffet’s Revenge to keep spiders away for up to a year

Post-Production Thoughts

“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford (right) and Chelsea Lipford Wolf visit with Stephen and Katie Ward after working for days on their garage.

Like so many garages, Katie and Stephen’s had become a dumping ground for all the stuff that simply had no home.

To make the chaos worse, much of it was a reminder of the fire that initiated their move to this house.

After some cleaning and hard decisions, we used the areas on either side of the garage door for household tools and odd-sized items that need to be accessible but not seen.

The side walls offered space for seasonal items, tools for yard work, and that baker’s rack outfitted with custom baskets, which is ideal for all the little things a family accumulates.

But the focal point of this garage has to be the locker system we created along the back wall. In addition to the handy drop zone, there’s tons of shelving in a variety of sizes and heights, so anything and everything fits.

The vertical dividers help keep it all organized and add a pleasant look, which is only enhanced by Katie’s color choices for both the lockers and the entry door.

The back door now looks like an entryway and the garage that was once an embarrassment is now a happy destination.

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Garage Gets Locker-Style Storage