Classic car dealer snaps up Aladdin’s cave of 27 luxury cars for £20m

This article shows just how popular collecting Classic Cars is becoming.  The collection purchased included several Aston Martins, Ferraris and Mercedes and were snapped up by local Ferrari specialist John Collins who runs Talacrest in Ascot.

With several recent articles hinting that its a better bet than other kinds of investments what would you go for?

Ascot car dealer John Collins snapped up the incredible collection which includes Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins in one of the biggest private deals in UK history.

Win a pair of tickets to The London Classic Car Show in January 2015

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Garageflex are delighted to be exhibiting at The London Classic Car Show and are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to attend.

It takes place at London’s Excel between the 8th and 11th January 2015 and will gather some of the world’s finest classic cars under one roof and bring them to life!

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, click here and tell us what the problem is with your garage.  We’ll then randomly pick 10 winners after the closing date of 4pm on Friday 5th December who will each win two tickets to the show.

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To find out more about The London Classic Car Show, click here.

Official Rules

1.  This competition is only open to those within the UK
2.  You must be over the age of 21 to enter this competition
3.  This competition runs from 9am (GMT) on Friday 21st November until 4pm (GMT) on Friday 5th December 2015 and is entry is via our Facebook page
4.  After this date and time, 10 winners will be chosen at random and each will win a pair of tickets to The London Classic Car Show
5.  We will be using www.ContestCapture.com to pick the winners randomly
6.  Entrants must comment on the post to take part in this competition
7.  This competition is run by Garageflex UK based at Unit 7a, Westfield Farm, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE, UK
8.  Facebook have not sponsored, endorsed or administered or have any association with this competition and will not accept any liability
9. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this contest

Weather proofing your garage this winter

With winter inevitably on the way, is it ever too early to start thinking about weather proofing your garage?  That’s the topic for today’s blog and something we would like your input on.  So if you have an idea let us know.

Meanwhile, here are some thoughts and tips to keeping your garage a bit more bearable this winter.

Insulate the garage door

Garage doors are built to keep whatever is inside safe from thieves, not necessarily to keep it warm.  So a good place to start is to insulate the garage door with a general purpose polystyrene sheet* or with a Thermawrap sheet*.  In addition, drafts around the door need to be tackled and could be plugged with weather stripping which is easily installed.

Upgrade your garage door

If you are thinking of upgrading your door then consider buying one that has weather proofing included.  This means it will probably have insulation built into the door panels and seals around the edges to keep out the worst of the weather.

Mind the Gaps!

Cold air can find its way into your garage via other holes or cracks so it is important  to block these up either with expanding foam or with some kind of floor covering such as Garageflex panels.  Pipework areas are difficult to insulate but Garageflex can build cupboards to work around them or put panelling over the top with doors for easy access.

Now what about adding heat?

Most garages don’t have a heat source but perhaps if you intend to spend lots of time tinkering with cars or using it as a man cave then invest in a fan heater that will push warm air around the garage and keep frostbite at bay.


And finally the walls

We talked a little about this above but one of the products that Garageflex offer is a wall covering called TekPanel.  This is a sheet of panel which is fitted onto timber battens which helps to insulate the walls, seal over any drafts and provide handy storage with a range of attachable accessories.  Why not take a look at our photo gallery to see how we have transformed our customers garages.

So there it is, some hopefully useful tips to keep your garage snug this winter.  Any ideas you have?  We would love to know!

*Any products not made or distributed by Garageflex can not be guaranteed and as such Garageflex do not take any responsibility for the reliability of these products.

Lee Latchford-Evans talks about his garage makeover with Garageflex

Lee Latchford-Evans, from the pop group Steps, came to us with his garage storage problem.  He had bikes, golf clubs, Christmas trees and a whole host of Steps memorabilia that was cluttering up his garage and in desperate need of the right storage solution.  He wanted to walk into his garage to see everything neat, tidy and perfectly stored away.

He had decided to get some general storage but then searched online and found Garageflex, it was over to us!

Alastair Broom went to see Lee to discuss his garage, provided him with a design that met his requirements and gave him a price.  It was all agreed and the date was scheduled for Lee’s garage makeover.

The team arrived to an empty garage and within 4 days had transformed it by adding our TekPanel walls, fitting a range of cupboards, shelves, bike racks and other storage items.

Lee said “So from what was a dump, wow, look at this transformation.  Three days later, Garageflex have come and they truly have delivered.”  He now has an organised and clutter free garage, he is a very happy customer.  Watch his story.

 

World’s most amazing garage ideas

We have been seeing some great garage design ideas out there recently and so thought a blog about the best 10 things you can do in your garage was just crying to be written!  So here goes, these are Garageflex UK’s top ideas if you want some inspiration for your garage.

1. Don’t just put in stairs, add in a slide too

If you are building a garage below your house or you already have stairs, why not incorporate a slide into the staircase too?  We thought this was a great idea and also keeps any little ones happy as well. Win win all round!

2.  Park in just the right place

Ever put your car in the garage and found the door banging into another car or the wall?  These two images show just how you can ensure you park in the right place to stop this happening.  Either you can use a parking guide which has a ramp which your front wheels hit or you could think about outlining your car parking space with a different colour of floor tiles.  Or both.

  

3.  Get rid of those ladders out the way

Though great things, ladders can be hard to store.  And this was what happened to Magician Paul Daniels who couldn’t find quite the right product for his garage.  He purchased one of our Ceiling “T” Racks and then set about creating just what he needed with a little bit of creativity.  He then posted a video about his project and we think it looks smashing!

4.  Change your garage into something else, home gym anyone?

Garageflex helped a customer change his garage from a dusty and cluttered place into a slick home gym. The team also worked around existing pipework and a boiler to ensure the client still had access should the need for servicing or repair arise.  This transformation took just 4 days.

5. Wine o’clock!  I’ll just head downstairs for a bottle

What an innovative use of space which we think would work fantastically in a garage. 

 

6.  Make things easy for yourself

If you need black bin bags or kitchen roll close to hand, then a dispenser like this could be ideal.  Whether you need it for spills or general tidying, nice to know its always there when you need it.

7.  Have a cool breeze in your garage

Ok so not particularly suited to the changeable UK weather but a great option for the summer months is this cool breeze garage door idea.  The idea is that it keeps the bugs and flys out but lets a lovely breeze in and the screen opens right the way across so it makes getting in and out of the garage easy.

8.   Create a tool wall

Perfect for keeping everything to hand and in the right place.  This is a wall completed for a client in Tonbridge Wells.  You can see that the main wall has been panelled in TekPanel where brackets and hooks can tidy the tools. Then the wall next to the door has some TekTrak fitted which is simple to put up and offers a variety of flexible storage solutions.

9.  Have a custom-made sign created

We love this personalised garage sign, perfect for the man or woman in your life.   This one has the engraving on reclaimed slate and we found it on Notonthehighstreet.com.

10.  Organise your bikes

There’s nothing worse than having lots of bikes taking up space and creating a trip hazard.  Think about how you could store them more efficiently, whether it be a wall rack or on the ceiling.

So that is our top ten design ideas for the garage.  If you like what you see, come and talk to Garageflex at www.garageflex.co.uk or phone 01491 579975.  We should point out that we don’t offer numbers 1, 5, 7 and 9 though!

Garage Makeover – September 2014

When this client in Primrose Hill asked us for help covering his garage pipework we didn’t realise just how big a job it was.  As you can see from the “Before” shot, the pipework was substantial in this garage but the client wanted it to look tidier but needed it easily accessable.  The Garageflex solution was to panel the walls but build doors so that the appliances and pipework could continue to be accessed, plus it reduces the noise and eliminates drafts.  For more garage makeovers, visit our photo gallery page.

10 ways to increase your house’s kerb appeal

A not so recent article in the Telegraph talked about the need and impact of kerb appeal for the residential home, discussing the reasons behind it and some top tips to get your home looking fantastic.  Here at Garageflex, we whole heartedly agree that making your house look smart and appealing is the way forward but what about your garage?

Quite often the garage is reserved for everything that you don’t want cluttered around the house so becomes a dumping ground.  But it doesn’t have to be like that.  With a few tips and some great storage ideas, you can have your garage looking as slick as your house.

1. Put aside some time to go through everything in your garage and get rid of unused or unwanted items. This makes it much easier to organise the things you want to keep and donate all your unwanted items to your local charity or sell on ebay (one man’s rubbish and all that…)

2.  With the items you want to keep, think about where they should live and put them with similar things marking boxes with labels to be clear and easily be able to find them again

3.  Look at bulky items and decide whether you need to think about storage, Garageflex can help you with this and provide some ideas and costs

4.  Look at your floor, could it benefit from being upgraded?  Again, Garageflex have floor tiles and resin floors available which really bring everything together to get the slick look you want

 

5.  Ensure your garage door is clean, squeak free and working properly.  If not, get someone in to repair it or give it a fresh coat of paint.

These are just five things that can help bring the wow factor into your garage.  For more information, contact Garageflex.

5.  Think about whether you could install some storage in your garage

Speak to Garageflex about how we can maximise the storage in your garage, giving you back your ten minutes per day to do something fun.

As featured on Double Your House for Half the Money

Double your house imagery

You may have seen Garageflex featured on the Channel 4 show Double Your House for Half the Money on 20th August.   We were absolutely delighted to be involved in the design and installation of Mr Johul’s garage makeover and of course to meet the fantastic Sarah Beeny.

We were approached by RedHouse TV to fit out Mr Johul’s garage and to make it into a clean, tidy and organised space.  All three walls were clad with our patented TekPanel and a tiled floor was laid.  We also fitted cabinets and accessories which fitted in with his lifestyle.  The owner, Mr Johal loved it, as did Sarah Beeny and you can find out more and view the episode in Sarah’s scrapbook.

Read more.

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Recent before and after shots of a garage makeover – August 2014

Here are two shots of the same garage showing before and after.  The before shot shows the garage in quite a chaotic state with bits and pieces everywhere, this could be quite dangerous too if there were things on the floor to trip over.  The after shot, which is after Garageflex have been in to do their magic, shows a clean, crisp and clutter free space.  Perfect for those laundry days!

However, its not just laundry that can take place in the garage, we’ve helped some clients create home gyms, workshops, ‘man caves’ and even somewhere to store the car!

Why not order our online brochure and find out more or you can visit our photo gallery for more before and after shots.

10 Amazing Garage Design Ideas

We have been seeing some great garage design ideas out there recently and so thought a blog about the best 10 things you can do in your garage was just crying to be written!  So here goes, these are Garageflex UK’s top ideas if you want some inspiration for your garage.

1. Don’t just put in stairs, add in a slide too

If you are building a garage below your house or you already have stairs, why not incorporate a slide into the staircase too?  We thought this was a great idea and also keeps any little ones happy as well. Win win all round!

2.  Park in just the right place

Ever put your car in the garage and found the door banging into another car or the wall?  These two images show just how you can ensure you park in the right place to stop this happening.  Either you can use a parking guide which has a ramp which your front wheels hit or you could think about outlining your car parking space with a different colour of floor tiles.  Or both.

  

3.  Get rid of those ladders out the way

Though great things, ladders can be hard to store.  And this was what happened to Magician Paul Daniels who couldn’t find quite the right product for his garage.  He purchased one of our Ceiling “T” Racks and then set about creating just what he needed with a little bit of creativity.  He then posted a video about his project and we think it looks smashing!

4.  Change your garage into something else, home gym anyone?

Garageflex helped a customer change his garage from a dusty and cluttered place into a slick home gym. The team also worked around existing pipework and a boiler to ensure the client still had access should the need for servicing or repair arise.  This transformation took just 4 days.

5. Wine o’clock!  I’ll just head downstairs for a bottle

What an innovative use of space which we think would work fantastically in a garage. 

 

6.  Make things easy for yourself

If you need black bin bags or kitchen roll close to hand, then a dispenser like this could be ideal.  Whether you need it for spills or general tidying, nice to know its always there when you need it.

7.  Have a cool breeze in your garage

Ok so not particularly suited to the changeable UK weather but a great option for the summer months is this cool breeze garage door idea.  The idea is that it keeps the bugs and flys out but lets a lovely breeze in and the screen opens right the way across so it makes getting in and out of the garage easy.

8.   Create a tool wall

Perfect for keeping everything to hand and in the right place.  This is a wall completed for a client in Tonbridge Wells.  You can see that the main wall has been panelled in TekPanel where brackets and hooks can tidy the tools. Then the wall next to the door has some TekTrak fitted which is simple to put up and offers a variety of flexible storage solutions.

9.  Have a custom-made sign created

We love this personalised garage sign, perfect for the man or woman in your life.   This one has the engraving on reclaimed slate and we found it on Notonthehighstreet.com.

10.  Organise your bikes

There’s nothing worse than having lots of bikes taking up space and creating a trip hazard.  Think about how you could store them more efficiently, whether it be a wall rack or on the ceiling.

So that is our top ten design ideas for the garage.  If you like what you see, come and talk to Garageflex at www.garageflex.co.uk or phone 01491 579975.  We should point out that we don’t offer numbers 1, 5, 7 and 9 though!