Posted on December 21, 2013 by Clever Quarters
The holidays are kicking off and, for many of us here in Vancouver, that means family time, lots of food, and fitting in some much needed time on the mountains.
Ski and snowboard equipment is expensive, awkward and, after a day on the slopes, it’s dripping wet. Our modular organization system keeps your gear dry, protected and accessible. Our innovative system is completely height adjustable and easily configurable for snowboards, skis, poles and helmets.
Get organized this winter. Call us for your free consultation 604.464.1999.
Posted on December 13, 2013 by Clever Quarters
We are in the midst of running a contest on all the major social media outlets. The prize is a dream closet (valued at up to $2,000) and it has caused a lot of homeowners to comment on the lack of space in their traditional reach-in closets. It was these comments that have inspired this blog post which aims to encourage homeowners to love their reach-ins.
Reach in closets are common in many homes and are typically not as deep as their walk-in counterparts. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be just as organized. Here are four tips to a better organized reach-in closet:
1. Vertical Storage Makes a Big Difference: In closets with standard shelves and single rod, it can be hard to utilize every inch of space. Find a storage solution or closet organizer that offers a designated place for everything.
2. Shoe shelves work wonders. Slanted shelves or shoe storage cubbies keep disorderly shoe piles at bay. It also makes picking the perfect pair far easier because you can easily scan available options.
3. Utilize all hanging space. Keep blouses, skirts, dresses and suits in great condition by hanging them. A closet solution that offers double or triple hanging capabilities can really maximize space and can be easily adjusted as your needs change.
4. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Our closet storage systems offer accessories such as drawers, tie and belt racks, valet poles, jewelry trays and more. Thinking about your closet as more than just a place for clothes can really help you improve the use of your space.
Your closet can meet your storage needs and look great doing it. Contact us (604.464.1999) for a free closet consultation.
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Clever Quarters
Is your garage floor dirty? Concrete is a very porous surface that can collect a lot of dirt and grime, which can be tracked onto your home’s clean floors.
There are several ways to tackle a grimy garage floor:
1. Pressure Washing: Pressure washing your concrete can help clean up dirt and debris. However, although this may solve a short-term problem, it doesn’t change the retentive nature of concrete.
2. Epoxy Coatings: Painting the floor with an epoxy paint can clean up the garage floor and make it far more difficult for dirt to permeate into the concrete. The issue with this method is that it doesn’t last long…. especially in damp climates and/or high traffic areas. After one or two Vancouver winters, epoxy floors lift and peel and cannot be properly repaired.
3. Polyurethane Garage Floor Coating: Enhanced with resinous flooring technology, Polyurethane garage floor coatings can withstand extreme temperature changes, damp climates and high traffic volume. Polyurethane floor coatings are resistant to stains, spills, and slips and cost as little at $6.5/per sq ft to install. They can also be installed and driven on in the same day.
Looking to clean up your garage floor? Contact us for a free quote: 604.464.1999.
Posted on November 30, 2013 by Clever Quarters
It’s not snowing in Vancouver… yet – but they are calling for flurries next week. So it’s probably time to start thinking about changing over to winter tires.
Tires are dirty, smelly, heavy and awkward. They also require a proper storage solution to ensure that they stay out of the way. And, if you’ve got nice wheels, they need to stay protected from scratches. Here are a few garage storage suggestions that might help:
1. Wall Storage: Store your tires up an off the ground using a wall storage system. This way, tires can be easily accessed but stay protected from damage and out of the way.
2. Overhead Storage: Looking for a more out of the way solution? Maximize the space in your garage by storing tires overhead. Because winter/summer tires are seasonal, they are a great fit for an overhead storage solution.
Tire storage solutions are fast, easy and inexpensive to install. Contact to learn more about our wide variety of storage solutions and custom garages.
Posted on November 29, 2013 by Clever Quarters
Like us on Facebook or follow us on LinkedIn and you’ll be entered to win a dream closet valued at $2,000.
Contest closes December 31st, 2013, only available to residents of the Lower Mainland.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Clever Quarters
The holidays are coming, and with them come the accumulation of more stuff. Every year around the holidays, MetroVancouver.org runs a ‘green angel’ campaign encouraging residents of the Lower Mainland to think twice before purchasing stuff. Gifts that lack longevity end up in landfills and don’t always have the impact we’d hoped for.
This year, give the gift of a better life and a better home by becoming better organized.
For more than 10 years we have helped clients in the Lower Mainland increase the comfort and value of their homes through:
High-end garages: The right garage storage solutions can transform your garage into an extension of your home. Whether you’re looking for a garage with a ‘wow’ factor, a home-gym, collector car showroom or hobby shop, we offer a variety of flooring, cabinetry and organizers to create the garage of your dreams.
Quality closets: Reduce the stress of sifting through your closet each day. With a well-organized closet, you can see your entire wardrobe at a glance. Dress better and faster with less mess and stress.
Clever entryways: Create a better first impression and make coming and going a breeze with an attractive, functionally designed entryway.
Pantry & laundry rooms to be proud of: Get organized in the rooms that need it most. Make chores like cooking and cleaning easier by transforming your pantry and laundry room into orderly spaces.
Delivering custom solutions at a fraction of the cost of our chain competitors, we are a local company with a long-standing reputation for 5-star service and quality.
Give a gift that will continue to pay off. Call us for your free consultation – 604.464.1999.
Posted on November 4, 2012 by Clever Quarters
A rose by any other name is still a rose but a garage by any other name is…whatever you want it to be.
Your garage is such a large and glorious space that it’s a shame to confine its use to parking cars and storing boxes. And, even though it’s trendy, there’s no reason to forfeit all control of the space to the man of the house. A garage is so much more than a Man Cave.
There’s room in your garage to accommodate the custom needs of your entire family. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
To help you get those creative juices flowing, here are a few new ways to use your Flex Room or Multipurpose Room, AKA your Garage:
Why lug your Christmas decorations up and down from a dusty, musty (and kind of creepy) attic every holiday season?
Your garage is an ideal place to store summer camp gear, fishing gear, sporting gear, winter tires, patio furniture and just about anything that needs a between-seasons home.
Tuck away turkey roasters and Thanksgiving-themed oven mitts in enclosed garage cabinets, hang bikes and golf bags on wall mount garage organizers and store large and heavy items such as lawn mowers and barbecue grills overhead storage.
Garage overhead storage units can hold weights of up to 800 pounds, and a heist can help you lift items of up to 250 pounds. Why trip over a kayak lying on the floor of your garage when you can keep it out of everyone’s way overhead using a heavy lift garage hoist system?
The Garage is the New Mudroom and the New Front Entrance
If you’re like me, you might not even remember the last time you used your front door to enter your home. So why are you still hanging up coats and putting away boots in the front hall closet?
Your garage is an ideal place to store shoes, boots, coats, scarves, backpacks and more. In cool temperatures, you can put your child’s lunch in his backpack the night before — and not worry about forgetting it in the refrigerator on your rush to get to school.
In the winter, your garage can serve as a second refrigerator (or freezer on some days) and can be a source of dry goods storage year round.
But that doesn’t mean you have to clutter your garage with cases of Coke and packages of toilet paper. Your garage can serve as your home’s well-organized storage hub.
Sturdy, spacious garage cabinets are the perfect place to store sale items you purchase in bulk, occasionally-used kitchen appliances such as waffle makers and mini-muffin pans and almost anything that’s taking up too much space in your kitchen.
You may not have room in your yard for a shed and it is not such a safe choice to store your expensive sport gear. And a pre-built shed may not adequately protect expensive items from weather damage or theft.
Store your garden tools, bikes, sports gear and other valuables in your garage. Garage wall organizers keep such items off the floor and out of the way.
With wall-mounted garage organizers racks, you never have to trip over a rake or bump into a set of golf clubs again.
Well-built houses last for centuries. But some of their designs don’t hold up over the years.
You can add a lot of extra space to a reach-in closet with a custom garage organizer, but it make still not accommodate all of your clothes and accessories.
Garage storage cabinets measure 24-inches deep and can accommodate two rows of hanging space.
If someone in your family enjoys woodworking, another likes to make pottery and someone else wants space to create the greatest invention since the iPhone, a custom design for your garage can create workstations to fit all of your needs and desires.
Fill in the blank. There are myriad ways to use your garage space. Whether you seek a traditional use — workshop or guys’ hangout — or something as innovative as a dance studio, consult a design consultant to get a custom garage organization that meets your family’s style, budget and imagination.
Of course, installing decorative garage flooring system, makes your space a truly finished space. With garage flooring not only makes maintenance of your space simple and keeps free of stains and clean.
Finally, when you have everything organized stored off-the-floor finally you make the space to bring back your cars to the garage.
Posted on November 2, 2012 by Clever Quarters
The great thing about working at home is that your daily commute time is about 30 seconds — the time it takes you to travel from your bed to your desk.
The bad part about working from home is finding a place to work. If you work from home, you need work space in your home office.
Ideally, you can use or convert an entire room in your house into a home office. But, even a lot of highly-paid executives don’t have entire rooms to call their own. So, don’t let lack of space cramp your office style. But do make whatever space you have count.
Let’s say, for example, that your bedroom has to double as a home office. Create a distinguishable space for your office –don’t let your dresser double as a desk or use your filing cabinets to store your sweaters. It’s better to make a tiny corner of your room your “office cubicle” than to mingle work and home areas.
If you’re creating a home office on a budget, there are a lot of ways in which you can economize — buying used rather than new office furniture, for example — and some luxuries that you can skip altogether until your income rises to the level of your good taste.
But don’t give this vital area of a successful home office short shrift: organization.
If you’re not naturally organized — if you habitually lose pens under piles of paper and haven’t met a cord you couldn’t tangle — seek a free custom home office design consultation to help to get your home office organized.
Because it’s one thing to keep a messy desk in a downtown office — you can shut off the lights, shut the door and ignore the mess until the next morning. But, if you’re making a mess in a space that you also eat or sleep in, you’ll never achieve separation from your work. You will — in spirit, at least — be working around the clock.
Even if you’re normally pretty organized, you may also want to seek help from a professional office organizer. You might keep a tidy desk, but how do you keep electrical cords out a teething puppy’s reach or make certain that your toddler can’t pull heavy objects down on him? A visit with a professional design consultant can help you create the space you need and the safety you demand in your home office.
Here are 5 things you will gain by working with a professional office organizer:
And, if you choose to let us complete the home office installation for you, you’ll get a lifetime guarantee on our work.
Want to keep your home office organized? Kristin Long, a professional organizer and guest on HGTV’s Mission: Organization offers these tips:
Label everything and put everything back in its place at the end of your work day.
Because we know how much our business means to us, we respect how much your business means to you — and will strive to create a home office for you that meets your high standards as well as our own.
Contact us today to schedule a free custom office design consultation.
Posted on November 1, 2012 by Clever Quarters
When you decide to redesign or organize space in your home, including your bedroom closets, garage, kitchen and home office, your next step is to consult with a professional designer and organizer.
Although most designers offer free consultations, ask before you make an appointment so you don’t get any unwelcome surprises. And, to get the greatest benefit from the visit, here are some things to consider before and during your consultation:
It’s fun and exciting to transform a cluttered, poorly designed or inefficient storage area into a beautiful area that fits your lifestyle, taste and needs. And, with a design consultant’s help, your ideas can come to life.
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Clever Quarters
Did you miss National Clean out Your Garage Day Sept 8? That’s OK. You don’t have to wait another year to tackle the clutter in your garage.
Here are three Any Day, Any Time Tips for organizing your garage:
Some people like to convert their garages into offices, playrooms and “man caves.” And those are great ideas. But, if you want to leave room in your garage for its intended purpose — housing your car — move storage items to the walls of your garage.
Consider vertical shelving or, if you’re especially clutter-prone, vertical cabinets so you can close the door on unsightly items.
Sarah, the author of a blog called Thrifty Decor Chick, found that getting items off the floor of her garage wasn’t enough. She shoved so many things on open shelves that she ended up with about as much mess on the walls as she used to have on the floor.
According to Fox News, Sarah solved the problem by investing in closed-storage pieces. There may still be a mess behind the doors, but no one has to see it.
Learn about how you can take advantage of genius solutions on garage overhead storage, garage wall organization solutions and how you can simplify your life using heavy duty garage cabinets.
Even if you don’t mind a little — or a lot — of clutter in your garage, there’s a critical reason to clean up the mess: Safety for you and your family.
Antifreeze stored on the floor or your garage may spill. This can be toxic — even deadly — to your dogs and cats. Static electricity from the flick of a light switch can cause propane tanks to explode, and ladders can topple over and injure your loved ones, according to garage safety tips from the DIY Network.
Some items, such as gas barbecue grills, should be moved out of the garage (a shed that stands at least 10 feet away from your house can protect it during the winter).
Get any other hazardous items off the floor and, if the walls of your garage don’t provide enough storage, consider overhead storage solutions.
We mean this literally. Cardboard boxes are ideal for moving, and you may want to hang onto some specialty boxes — the original packing boxes for your computer or TV — but paper containers are a fire hazard and won’t protect their contents from water damage.
So, unload the cardboard boxes. Find safe, durable containers for the items in the boxes that you really want to keep.
As to the rest, throw it out.
Organizing your garage is not just about finding room for all of your clutter. It’s about eliminating the clutter you don’t need.
Need help sifting through the good, the bad and the ugly? Not sure where to begin on a makeover for your garage? Our team of professional garage organization experts will be happy to help.
Posted on May 15, 2011 by Clever Quarters
Space, space, space, there’s never enough space. That’s the way the Fane family felt about their house this past winter. After enjoying a fantastic holiday with their one and a half year old daughter, parents Gwynne and Matthew struggled to find room to fit all her newly acquired toys.
Having moved from their small apartment downtown into a much larger house to accommodate their growing need for room, the Fane family quickly realized that it’s not how much space you have, it’s how well it’s organized.
“Our garage is very narrow and has a couple of design challenges that I worried would be show stoppers for the Clever Quarters crew” explains Gwynne. “But their design consultant was determined to make it work; he mocked up several options until we got the one that worked best for how we intended to use the space”.
Transforming their single car garage into storage and a playroom for their daughter, Gwynne and Matthew couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “We absolutely love our newly renovated garage”, said Matthew who shares the space with his daughter. “The cabinets have enabled me to organize everything that was in the garage already and lock it away so that little hands can’t get into them”.
Storing everything into orderly locked cabinets has made it possible to transform the space into a dual function room that can be used for storage and as a playroom and an extension of the home.
Posted on April 19, 2011 by Clever Quarters
More than twelve hundred Metro Vancouverites entered our draw over the past few weeks. The draw closed on April 14th, and on April 18th we selected 3 entries at random. In addition to Peter, 2 other entries, one from Langley and one from Vancouver, were drawn in case the winner was not available to accept his prize in the next 24 hours. Fortunately for Peter, he picked up our call and chose a full garage makeover on the spot.
When asked how he feels, Peter stated “This was the best news I’ve had for years!”
One of our designers will be visiting his house to consult with him about his garage functional requirements, his preferences and architectural style. We will then custom design and install Peter’s dream garage and will keep you posted with the before and after images.
We would also like to express thanks to those who entered our draw. Please stay tuned for future contests or promotions.
Once again, congratulations Peter!
Posted on March 15, 2011 by Clever Quarters
We have launched Clever Quarters, the provider of premium custom closets and storage solutions, in March 2011 in Metro Vancouver in time for the spring cleaning season to get your home organized and styled.
We offer custom design solutions, particularly storage cabinets and organizers for closets, entryway, basement, home office, media room, pantry, and laundry. Clever Quarters serves clients in Metro Vancouver, and Fraser Valley.
Our products lines will continue to focus on garage cabinets, flooring, and organizers and will shift under Clever Quarters over the next few months.
“We have a lot of happy customers from our garage product line who wanted solutions for the rest of their homes” explains Askari, the General Manager. “It made sense to expand our service offering to other interior spaces.”
Some of the most used parts of each home also tend to be the most overlooked by way of design. Poor design leads to under-utilized, inefficient, and unorganized spaces, which impacts everyday living.
“We start and finish our day by reaching in our closet to get dressed. We spend a fortune accumulating our wardrobe. Yet when it comes to keeping it organized, the closet tends to be an area we pay minimal attention to.” states Askari. “It impacts how prepared we are for the day and how quickly we can get ready.”
We address this issue by bringing function and style to the various quarters of each home. Professional designers visit homeowners for a free consultation to determine functional requirements of the space and the style. If the design is accepted by the client, we design and build the solution.
Posted on January 27, 2011 by Clever Quarters
An incredible 7,800 sq. ft. immaculately decorated country estate is up for grabs May 5th as the ‘Country Life’ Grand Prize for this year’s Children’s Hospital Choices Lottery. Situated in the picturesque confines of South Langley, this heavenly home is valued at over $2.4 million and features a state of the art entertainment center, a kitchen that would make any professional chef swoon, spacious bathrooms with top of the line fittings, an indoor hockey rink and a completely outfitted custom garage makeover donated by Clever Quarters featuring:
Visit the show home and enter to win a dream garage of your own worth over $5,000. BC Children Hospital Dream Lottery Grand Prize Home 19871 1 Ave Langley, BC Hours: Open 11am to 6pm daily http://www.bcchildren.com/grand-prize-choices/high-point-equestrian-estates-country-life/
Posted on January 16, 2011 by Clever Quarters
Lush Cosmetics, a manufacturer of some of the world’s finest soaps and oil based bath products, takes workplace safety very seriously – especially when it comes to slippery floors.
Chris Smith, Lush’s Facilities Manager for Western North America, sees slip-and-fall related injuries as a major problem for cosmetic plants, where slippery build-up on the floors can create a hazardous working environment for employees.
In fact, according to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), some sixty thousand workers in Canada get injured annually due to slip and fall accidents. This number represents about 15% of the “time-loss injuries” accepted by workers’ compensation boards or commissions across Canada. Per CCOHS, statistics show that the majority (over 60%) of falls happen on the floor resulting from slips and trips.
That’s why, earlier this winter, Chris contacted Clever Quarters about low maintenance, anti-slip, commercial flooring options. “Each of our production rooms has a different type of slippery build-up. The previous flooring was dangerously slippery and hard to clean, wasted time and money in maintenance” said Chris.
The plant’s flooring was a safety issue, but Lush couldn’t halt production to install new flooring. “We understand that our industrial, commercial and institutional clientele can’t just close-up for renovation as it would be very costly and impact their commitment to their customers. So, as was the case with Lush, we worked within their schedule to get the job done, without impacting production” said Askari Sabbaghi, President of Clever Quarters.
No down time was a huge selling feature for Chris, but more so was the unique product attributes and the above and beyond service he received from Clever Quarters. “The Clever Quarters team assessed our old plant flooring and took the time to learn how we use the space. The new floor is easy to clean and the staff and senior management are very pleased with the finished product” Chris beamed. “One staff member even described it a 900% improvement, he was elated at how easy it was to walk around without slipping” he continued. “Not only would I recommend Clever Quarters to friends and other businesses, but also when I renovate my garage, I’ll be contacting them for sure”
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Posted on January 9, 2011 by Clever Quarters
A professional race-car driver by trade, Shane Bourel knows the importance of a garage that’s both functional and aesthetically appealing.
Used as a place to entertain guests, play video games, poker and fix his race-car and bike, Shane’s garage is nothing short of a work of art.
Designed by Clever Quarters, the garage features a dramatic black ceiling and was designed to build in his TV and an 8’ workbench stainless steel workbench with drawers for his tools. Shane’s garage uses garage floor coating in Graphite ¼” finish and powder-coated garage cabinets in Granite color with stainless a steel counter-top.
Thrilled with new space, Shane said that his experience was ‘exactly’ as he’d expected and ‘the final result was excellent’. One of the most distinguishing factors to Shane was Clever Quarters’ space design process and ability to presenting him exactly how his space would look.
‘When I first saw the computerized mock up, it looked terrific and I quickly agreed to proceed. Other companies only vaguely described how my space would look. The install only took a couple of days and every detail was quickly taken care of.’
Shane frequently showcases his Clever Quarters Garage. In fact, a recent newlywed, Shane even hosted overflow younger guests in his garage during his wedding reception.
A truly spectacular space, Shane is pleased to say that his garage is something to ‘be proud of’.
Posted on December 20, 2010 by Clever Quarters
Earlier this year, Pat and Ted Serne faced a challenge many homeowners face. After moving from their Coquitlam townhome to their new home in Surrey, they quickly realized – you can never have too much storage space. Although their current house is considerably larger than the last, they needed to become better at using their garage to store their things.
‘After buying a new home and having the basement completely finished, we realized we didn’t have enough storage space’ said Ted. ‘The garage seemed to be a collecting zone for everything we couldn’t find a place for.’
Ted, a handyman, hobbyist and talented woodworker, spends much of his time in the garage building things for his five grandchildren. He and Pat also use their garage to store their two cars, motorbike and camping gear. So the growing clutter occupying his new garage meant that he had no space for hobby work, little own to park.
After getting a few professional quotes, Pat and Ted toured the Dream Home Lottery show home featuring a spectacular garage donated and installed by Clever Quarters and decided to make a phone call.
‘The Clever Quarters designer that worked on our garage was very professional and gave us a quote within an hour and a half’ said Ted. ‘Best of all, by the end of his visit, we had a complete 3D diagram to help us visualize our new space.’
The garage was completely transformed in less than two days and consisted of:
Pleased with the results, Ted commended the install crew for not only helping him layout the garage organizers that enabled him to get ‘everything off the floor’ but also for offering guidance on how to organize his space for his lifestyle.
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Posted on September 3, 2010 by Clever Quarters
On November 3rd, some lucky winner will be the proud new owner of a country estate valued at $2.3 million.
Nestled in the rolling hills of South Langley, the 7,000 plus square foot Children's Hospital Dream Lottery prize home boasts six bedrooms, mountain views and a custom garage four car garage.
A donation to a worthy cause, this custom garage took only three days to install and features:
Take a virtual tour. Click here.
Visit the showhome: BC Children Hospital Dream Lottery Grand Prize Home19871 1 AveLangley, BCHours: Open 11am to 6pm daily
Posted on August 16, 2010 by Clever Quarters
Welcome to the Clever Quarters Blog. Here you’ll find information about the products and services we offer including: garage flooring, garage cabinets and storage organizers, as well as interesting articles, ideas and tips on how to use your space to its full potential.
Interested in getting the garage, home office, laundry room or mudroom of your dreams? Then you’ve come to the right place. We help homeowners transform their ordinary spaces into extraordinary extensions of their homes.