Before and After: From Hillside Eyesore to Gorgeous Garage

For many of us, the garage is the first place we experience when we come home. If it’s cluttered or visually displeasing, that can immediately sour our moods.

We believe that your home is your haven. So does Santa Barbara design consultant Nicole Kypreos, who helped her client transform her garage into a welcoming entrance to her home. Here’s how Nicole described the process:

The Problems

Cluttered Unsightly Garage Before

The garage was an eyesore every time our client arrived at her home.

Beauty and the beast – This mid-century home had been purchased and remodeled a couple of years before. The unfinished garage did not match the beauty of the exterior of the home and garden. The property is perched on a hill above the street. Each time the garage doors opened, it displayed this eyesore to all. There was literally no storage and the space had ugly obstructions.

A dysfunctional space – This is a secondary residence and used as a retreat by the owner. Beauty and tranquility are some of her goals for this space. The client is a writer and needed to archive papers in a manner that would be easily retrievable for future reference.

The solutions

California Closets Garage with Bike Rack - After

The new system’s custom cabinet and wall storage.


Curb appeal – We started by working on a design that would not only function to store her possessions but would have curb appeal as well. We chose a finish that matched existing exterior architectural elements. We covered unsightly obstacles with cabinets and carefully furnished them to maximize the storage capacity. For example, one eyesore became a “broom closet”.

California Closets Garage Storage System

Plenty of storage space designed for our client’s unique needs.

Custom storage - Then we designed storage solutions for her specific needs (e.g. sporting goods, paper storage and retrieval, and a staging area for goods coming and going from the car trunk) that addressed the space needed for her belongings and the body dynamics (how comfortable she would be when performing tasks in this space).

The design

Modern and practical – The main color is Pearwood to match the ceiling planks on the front porch (an element visible from the street). We introduced Frosted Lucite doors in two areas to reflect the frosted glass overhead garage doors. Modern bar pulls were added to doors and drawers to emphasize the modern aesthetic of the client. We included baskets for athletic gear (not shown), bike racks, lateral file drawers near a surface that had task lighting for ease in document retrieval, and a slat wall to hang beach chairs.

The client’s experience

California Closets After - Custom Garage Storage Solution

A totally different garage – a wonderful makeover!

Our client loves that she no longer cringes when pulling up into her garage! It sets the tone for a peaceful, harmonious retreat. She really appreciated that the cabinets were designed for her needs, not just basic cabinet boxes that she would then have to make work.

What do you think of this design? Would it work for you in your garage? Let us know in the comments!

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets

Ginny Snook Scott



Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.


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