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Masked Bandits are Ravaging My Garage!

mammal-1227460_640The problem of urban vermin like raccoons and the destruction and chaos they can wreak on private property is not limited to homes that border greenbelts. Raccoons are pretty much everywhere in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley area, and most people who have lived here for any length of time have had at least one encounter with the masked bandits. More often than not, they stay out of people’s way, and as long as you keep your garbage safely contained and secured, you won’t find them much of a nuisance. However, if you happen to have the misfortune of having raccoons settle inside your garage, outbuilding or inside your home, you might be in for a very long and frustrating battle.

Unlike coyotes, which construct their own dens, raccoons are squatters. They will simply settle in any spot that is vacant, has enough space (they don’t need a lot) and is in proximity to a reliable food and water source. Ideally, wild raccoons find shelter in hollowed-out trees or even move into dens that have been abandoned by other critters. But here in Greater Vancouver, we are well aware that more and more wildlife habitat is being taken over by humans. This encroachment affects different species in different ways. Some simply move further outward, going deeper into forest land. Others begin to die off in greater numbers because they are unwilling, or unable, to migrate to other locations.

Still others, like raccoons, are extremely adaptable. A 2010 PBS documentary called Raccoon Nation highlights just how unexpectedly resourceful raccoons can be. Raccoons are “far more elusive and wily than most people ever imagined, and more destructive. It seems that the more obstacles you throw in their way, the smarter they get.” The documentary explores the possibility that the more we humans try to create ways to keep them at bay, the more we actually push their brain development forward, making them an even smarter and more resourceful species. Raccoons are incredibly fascinating creatures, but many people find it hard to sympathize with these ornery creatures and their destructive habits and cantankerous attitudes.

please-donate-1421204_640So, instead of settling in a nice hollowed out dead tree, raccoons in the city often make their way into people’s garages and sheds, under their porches and even in their attics. (Yes, raccoons can scale walls made of just about anything, even aluminum siding.) Once inside your garage or home, they are inordinately difficult to get rid of. (Why would you sleep in a tree when you could live in a nice warm, dry garage instead?)

There is a lot of confusion and conflicting information in BC about the rules and regulations regarding the management of raccoons when they have settled in your home or property. Because it’s such a common problem here, we thought we would share some tips and resources and talk about laws and responsibilities regarding the removal of wildlife from private property. Here are a few facts regarding the control of raccoons in all parts of BC:

* The BC Ministry of Environment maintains a list of animals which are either not managed in BC, or are managed to a limited degree. Under its “Schedule B” of “Species Responsible for Management,” raccoons (along with several other animals) may be “captured or killed only for the specific purpose of protecting property unless an open season is designated by regulation.” (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/lower-mainland/wildlife/species/species_lists.htm)

* In the Lower Mainland, there IS a designated open season for raccoons. According to the 2016-2018 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis, raccoon hunting season is from September 1 to March 31. Hunting areas are also defined in this publication.

* Raccoons which have taken up residence in a private home or garage can only be trapped by someone with a trapping licence. The rules for obtaining a trapping license are stringent, and can also be found in the 2016-2018 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis. All animal trapping must be conducted humanely, according to The Agreement On International Humane Trapping Standards which is outlined in the publication.

* There are specific and detailed regulations regarding the hunting and trapping of female raccoons with kits.

* It is against the law to poison raccoons (as well as most other types of wildlife). To do so is a punishable crime.

Raccoons in a garage or outbuilding are easier to chase away than those which haveraccoon-1602859_640 made their homes under your porch, inside your crawl space or, worst of all, in your attic. Sometimes all it takes is some loud, startling noises to scare them off. BC law states that you must use humane methods to rid your property of raccoons. Making noise is considered an acceptable method, although you may have to do this numerous times to drive them away permanently, since they will often return once the noise and human and activity has quieted.  So are tricks like using (certain types of) raccoon repellents around their dens (although some of these methods may not be very effective). As already noted, it is illegal to poison wildlife of any type.

The exception to this is if you happen to have a mother with kits residing on your property. It is illegal to separate a mother raccoon from her kits, unless the kits are of weaning age (12 weeks). Once kits are weaned, the whole family usually leaves on its own. If they don’t, try one or more of the discouragement tactics previously described.

On the other hand, if you discover raccoons in your attic, you will most likely need some outside help to get rid of them. Even if you manage to drive them out, they will probably return. You’ll likely require professional help to rid your attic of the pests. Regulations regarding humane removal and discouragement tactics still apply, as does the law forbidding separating a mother from her kits.

The rules regarding dealing with raccoons (and other types of wildlife) are complicated, complex and sometimes sound contradictory. They can be difficult to interpret, and fines for violating wildlife regulations are expensive. The best thing to do if you have a raccoon problem is to call a company that deals with wildlife removal (there are a handful in the Lower Mainland). Such companies are familiar with all the wildlife regulations. They are also registered and licenced to trap and remove raccoons humanely and to put measures in place to keep them from returning. Often, these measures are all that will be needed to rid your home of the pests.

At Tailored Living, we can’t help you get rid of raccoons in your garage. We can, however, help you organize it. Whether you want to create more efficient garage storage or you want to transform it into a Man Cave, Tailored Living has an extensive variety of products and solutions to help you get the garage you’ve always wanted.

 

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Five Garage Design and Remodeling Trends to Watch for in 2017

tl_garageflooring12-2_tIf you’re trying to finish your Christmas shopping and baking, don’t worry… there’s still time. However, we’re already looking forward to 2017 and what it will bring in terms of design trends. We’re especially excited about how far the humble garage has come in the New Millennium, which, now 17 years in, isn’t all that “new” anymore. We expect to see several trends in garage design and garage remodeling in the coming year, particularly these five:

1) More tech: Technology is everywhere, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t using it in some way. Garage tech is gaining momentum and is poised to become commonplace in the next 20 years. For now, there are lots of ways homeowners can retrofit an existing garage with tech gadgets of all kinds. How about laser guided parking? For as little as $40, you can purchase a device that will guide a car’s driver into his parking spot in the garage and keep him from hitting the back wall. It’s just one of many tech gadgets currently available specifically for use in the garage.

2) More “smart:” Not only is the 2017 garage going to get techy-er, it’s also going to get light-bulb-1511911smarter. Many homeowners have already adopted smart technology into their homes, and they’re discovering that what works there also works in the garage. The newest garage doors are just one example, starting with getting rid of that pesky garage door opener. Smart garage doors can be controlled through your smartphone, and some can even be controlled remotely (like when your neighbor phones you on vacation in Mexico to tell you that you forgot to close your garage door). Smart light bulbs are also finding their way into garages. These LED bulbs turn on via motion detector and self-adjust depending on how much sunlight is available to augment their illumination during the day time. They cost approximately 4 to 10 times more than ordinary bulbs, but the energy savings will eventually offset the cost of the initial purchase.

3) More re-purposing: Upcycled is the new “new,” and re-purposing items and materials for the garage is becoming more and more popular. Re-purposing can be done in all kinds of ways in the garage: using cast-off wood from demolition projects to remodel, re-designing and finishing old and salvaged doors and other garage accessories, and even little things like using empty coffee cans for rope dispensers.

tailored_living_garage_746_edit_t4) More efficient storage/less buying: Homeowners are becoming much more aware of the problems associated with consumerism and, at the same time, growing increasingly intolerant of clutter in the garage. This, coupled with the fact that it costs money and/or time to dispose of anything here in Greater Vancouver, homeowners are simply buying less stuff that they’ll have to store or dispose of later. They’re also becoming more efficient when it comes to garage storage by taking advantage of all available wall, floor and ceiling space for creative storage of everything from tools to winter tires to seasonal decorations.

5) More multi-use: There has been a continuing trend over the last two decades to make tailored_living_garage_717_edit_tspaces as functional as possible by creating more multi-use spaces in the home. That philosophy has trickled over into the garage. The Man Cave – garage is one of the most popular garage upgrades and we anticipate more of these in 2017. Larger, rural properties with free-standing garages are adding guest quarters to their garages, either attic or loft-style, which still leaves room for vehicle parking, another trend that we predict will rise in 2017.

Ready to join the wave yourself and create a multi-use garage? Tailored Living has all the products and accessories you need, plus great advice and free in-home consultation to get you started.


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13 Tips for Preventing Garage Fires

mancave-8October is Fire Prevention Month, with the week of October 9 – 15 having been devoted specifically to fire prevention education and awareness. We think this is the perfect opportunity to talk about garage fire prevention. While most home owners are very conscious about keeping their homes fire-proofed and checking their smoke detectors regularly, they often overlook the garage when it comes to fire prevention measures.

According to the US Fire Administration, garage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar losses per fire than fires that start in all other areas of the home. Just look at these sobering statistics:

* According to 2007 statistics (the most recent year for which complete stats are available), approximately 3% of all home fires in BC originated in the garage.

* The total annual cost average of damages in garage fires in BC is $4,821,040.

* A significant number of garage fires are related to chemicals (i.e. gasoline, motor oil) that are ignited by sparks from vehicles or electrical equipment. Others are related to faulty wiring and exacerbated by flammable chemicals stored in the garage.Burn Baby Burn

* A majority of residential single-family homes with garages do not have smoke detectors in the garage.

* Although residential arson fires are rare, garages are frequently targeted in home arsons.

With all of its flammables and potential fuel sources, garages should be getting more attention when it comes to fire prevention. You can start with these easy tips:

1) Be mindful of potential sources of sparks. This includes your car’s engine and battery, power tools, power cords and outlets and any appliances that are plugged in (spare refrigerator, deep freeze). An accident or electrical short in any of these things have potential to start a fire. Try to keep them away from flammables.

2) Keep your garage door open if you’re working with power tools.

3) Check power cords and outlets regularly for wear, tears or exposed wiring. Keep power cords secured to the floor if possible and close to the walls.

4) Don’t block or cover up power outlets. Give them room to breathe.

5) Don’t overload outlets.

6) Unplug any tools or appliances that aren’t being used.

7) Keep highly flammable items away from potential sources of sparks.

8) Get rid of old car batteries, “empty” motor oil containers and propane bottles (they’re never truly empty) and other potential flammables that don’t need to be saved. (Almost all of these things can go to recycling in Greater Vancouver.)

9) Don’t smoke in your garage. Don’t leave butts in the garage.

10) Regularly go through items stored in the garage and get rid of things you don’t need. Everything in the garage is a potential fuel source. Even though some things ignite and burn faster than others, you should assume that anything you keep in the garage is a potential fuel source. If you don’t need it or don’t plan to use it again, get rid of it. (See recycling in Greater Vancouver, #7)

11) Always keep garage floors clear of debris. Don’t store items on the floor if possible. Hang them, put them on shelves or inside cupboards or work benches. You can even suspend items from the ceiling. Check out our garage accessories page for some practical, surprising and inexpensive ways to store items off of the garage floor.

12) Install a smoke detector in your garage. (It will not only save your garage; it might save your entire home.)Smoke Alarm

13) Ensure that the door from the garage to the house is fire-rated and well-sealed.

Tailored Living can not only design your custom dream garage, we can also make your space practical and efficient with storage solutions that fit your lifestyle, keep you organized and ensure that you have a proper place for everything in your garage.


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Why Tailored Living Metal and Stainless Steel Garage Cabinets Are the Best of the Best

metal garage cabinets with carMetal garage cabinetry offers some excellent benefits, not the least of which is aesthetic value. They look amazingly contemporary and lend themselves to a variety of design styles and concepts. In addition to being exceptionally good-looking, metal and stainless steel garage cabinets offer more durability than traditional cabinet materials like engineered wood. If you’re planning to update your garage and you’re looking for lasting value, or you’re selling your home and want to get a leg up on other home sellers in your neighbourhood, steel is the way to go.

metal3 cabinet lockingOf course, there are lots of options out there in metal cabinetry, including over-the-counter cookie-cutter models. However, there is a reason why Tailored Living has chosen its industry-tough product as part of its garage cabinet lineup. Actually, there are several reasons why our product beats every other competitor’s product on the market:

* Fully-welded 18-gauge steel frames provide superior support for cabinets, accessories and contents.

* Double-walled steel doors provide a barrier between contents and the elements, like wet Lower Mainland weather. Locks come standard, so you can store valuable content inside and not worry about security.

* Optional under-cabinet LED lighting available with integrated valance so you get light wherever you need it, whether it’s for working on that hobby project or spotlighting your favourite sports memorabilia.

* Two different options for countertop/workbenches: bamboo or stainless steel. Either choice will last for years and stand up to wear and repeated use (even blows from tools).

* Convenient cut-outs in base cabinets for cables and electrical cords.

* Option of steel legs or casters for floor cabinets.

* A variety of cabinet choices designed for functionality: sporting equipment, tools or multi-use.

* High quality powder coat finish provides superior scratch and stain resistance plus easy clean up.

* Because Tailored Living installs its cabinets using its own, dedicated and trained contractors, it is able to offer a lifetime guarantee on all of its metal cabinets. You won’t find a guarantee like this from a big box chain store.

When you purchase cabinets (steel or otherwise) over-the-counter, more often than not it’s like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. It might fit, sort of, but you’ll always know by the gaps and cabinet doors that open in the wrong direction that it wasn’t made for your particular space. Custom garage cabinets made for your exact dimensions ensure that you get the best possible use of the space that you have. No awkward gaps, no empty corners, just efficient and durable storage for your lifestyle.

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Wonder how stainless steel cabinets might transform your garage from utilitarian to actual living space? Request a free consultation, where you can see in three dimensions the possibilities.


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Seven Luxury Garage Accessories Dads Will Drool Over

man working with tools in garageFather’s Day season is always a great time of year to highlight the ultimate Man Cave: the garage. It doesn’t really matter what guys (dads and non-dads alike) like to do in the garage, whether its tinkering with engines, building stuff or just hanging out. There are all kinds of luxury garage accessories out there that dads can’t help but drool over. We’ve picked out seven of our favourites. What guy wouldn’t want one of these:

1) Automotive elevator: Only a two-car garage? “Two car” might be relative if you install an automotive elevator. This way, you can stack cars two-high, so a two-car garage might become a four-car garage. It’s a great way to store your classic car or the sports car that only comes out storage in the summer.

2) Automotive lift: Every guy who likes to work on cars can appreciate how much easier it would be to have one of these. You’ll be able to throw your hydraulic jack away.

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Photo by Elizabeth Espichan

3) Bar: There’s no rule that the garage is only for cars. Or for that matter, that bars are only for basement rec rooms. Turn your garage into a neighbourhood hangout with a bar, counter and bar stools. Install a beer tap and get ready for the influx of new friends you’ll make. If you can’t afford to convert your whole garage because you still need someplace to park the car, how about a mini bar instead? Install a small cabinet to hold your favourite spirits and a mini fridge for beer and other cold drinks.

4) Gym: Even a small, single-car garage can be transformed into a gym with rack, bench and weights. If you are lucky enough to have an exceptionally-large garage, go crazy and put in a basketball or racquetball court for the ultimate home athletic centre.

black car in garage5) Flooring: This is a luxury that is much more affordable to indulge in than an elevator or bar. Tailored Living’s PremierOne floor coatings cover your existing concrete floor, protecting it from potential damage due to moisture and other elements. Plus, it looks amazing! It even makes a great garage gym floor. Even more affordable is Tailored Living’s PremierTrax interlocking floor tiles. These durable tiles are laid right over your existing floor. Installation can be completed in a matter of hours and there is no wait time to get back inside your garage (and maybe set up your weights and bench).

6) Entertainment/gaming centre. Call it a Man Cave if you like, but there’s nothing cave-ish about a garage that doubles as a place to hang out with the guys, complete with built in big screen TV, DVD player and gaming console. Throw in your favourite beat-up couch, popcorn and beer and you have a party just waiting to happen.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

7) The ultimate workshop: Whether wood work, welding/metal work or automotive repair or restoration is your thing, your garage can be the ideal workshop. Build in work benches, tables or equipment. Add pegboard, slatwall or gridwall and you’ll have a place to hang tools and other things you need.

 

 

 

 

These are just a small handful of ideas. Even if a car elevator is out of the question, you can still get a great garage makeover at an affordable price. Tailored Living offers free in-home consultations and can work with you to create a customized garage space for whatever you like to do in the garage.

 


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Ten Common Garage Pet Hazards

shimi-and-bella-1410823-1279x852It’s not always easy to see things from the perspective of your pet. Not only are humans viewing the world at a totally different height than their cats and dogs, they also experience the world differently with their senses that humans do. Dogs have poorer eyesight than people, so they experience and explore their environment through their sense of smell. Cats use both their superior night time and peripheral vision and their heightened sense of smell to interpret the world.

When it comes to the garage, there are all kinds of hazards that pets may come into contact with. Not only may humans not be aware of what some of these hazards are, they may not even realize they are there. However, your pets will. If you don’t take proper precautions and preventative measures, you could end up with a very sick pet, or worse.

Tailored Living/Premier Garage’s commitment to customer satisfaction also extends to the four-legged members of its customers’ families. Because spring and summer bring warmer weather, which also tends to put pets in a much more explorative frame of mind, we wanted to share with our customers ten of the most common pet garage hazards and what you can do to keep your pets away from them.

By the way, almost all of the substances that are hazardous to pets are also toxic or harmful to people. While you know better than to drink antifreeze, your toddler may not, so these tips are also useful for parents of young children:

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1) Ethylene glycol: This substance is the chief ingredient in antifreeze, a liquid which almost every pet owner knows is lethal to pets, even in very small doses. What many pet owners don’t realize is that ethylene glycol can be found in many other products besides antifreeze. Some of the most surprising include brake fluid, some paint and stain products, agricultural fungicides, caulking material, glass cleaner and numerous other types of cleaners. Don’t assume that the nasty scent of these products will turn pets off, either. Ethylene glycol has a sweet flavour, and it only takes one lick for a pet to get hooked. Ingesting even a little bit almost always results in pet death within hours, and a great deal of suffering leading up to it.

How to avoid it: Always store antifreeze and other chemicals out of reach of pets. High shelves are a good solution; a closed cabinet is even better. Cats can climb, so keep this in mind when selecting a storage spot. Make sure to re-cap all containers when non in use. Never leave antifreeze or other chemicals in a catch pan. Store all chemicals, including antifreeze, in their original containers. Make sure the containers are always clearly labelled.

2) Diethylene glycol: This compound derived from ethylene glycol can be just as deadly, though it does so differently than ethylene glycol. It is found in many of the same products as ethylene glycol, particularly in solvents. It, too, has a sweet taste and so is attractive to pets and sometimes children.

How to avoid it: The same principles apply here as for ethylene glycol: keep it out of reach of pets and kids. Better yet, keep it behind closed cabinet doors.

3) De-icing salt: It’s commonly used in winter time to melt snow and ice on roads, and it’s very effective but is notoriously corrosive to the metal in vehicles. Many people don’t realize that it’s also bad for cats and dogs. It contains the same kind of salt that is in table salt, and table salt in excessive amounts is bad for everyone, pets and people alike. However, de-icing salt also contains other ingredients. These ingredients can cause damage mouth and throat burns. In bigger amounts it can lead to liver failure and death.

Even if you don’t keep de-icing salt in your garage, you carry it in on your tires any time it is used on local roads. Both cats and dogs have been known to lick their paws after walking on de-iced roads and sidewalks and then get sick and even die. Thankfully we don’t get much snow and ice here in the Lower Mainland, but you should still remain watchful in the winter time.

How to avoid it: If you keep a supply of your own de-icing salt, make sure it is kept up high or in a cabinet or pet-proof container. Hose down your garage floor after bad weather when you know you may have tracked salt in on your tires.

4) Car Battery acid: Car batteries contain sulfuric acid. It is unlikely that a pet will ingest battery acid by licking it off the garage floor, although it’s not out of the question. The more likely scenario is that a pet may accidentally walk through it and then like it off of its paw. Contact with sulfuric acid on any part of the body can cause burns to the skin. If it is ingested, it can burn the mouth and throat. It may even lead to death.

How to avoid it: Don’t store car batteries in your garage. If for some reason you must, make sure that they are sealed and not in a place where they can be easily knocked over. Keep them in a closed cabinet if possible. If your pet does accidentally come into contact with battery acid, you may actually see burns on its skin.

5) Rodent bait: Rat and mouse poisons contain a whole host of different ingredients, all of which can cause illness or death in pets. Different types contain different ingredients, but the most common kinds contain blood thinners (anti-coagulants). If your dog or cat ingests this type, it can lead to internal bleeding.

How to avoid it: Choose a non-chemical mode of ridding your garage of unwanted rodents, such as traps (there are lots of different types on the market). If you must use rodenticides, use only those that have measures in place to prevent pets from accessing the poison inside the device. You can also choose rodenticides that are toxic to rodents but not to other animals, although this kind of claim may not always be reliable. Watch for signs of poisoning like abnormal bleeding, hematomas (bumps on the skin containing blood) or other abnormal behavior. Exposure to rodenticides can successfully be treated in pets if caught in time.

6) Fertilizer: The basic ingredients in most fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) are themselves dangerous if ingested. Fertilizers may have a long list of other ingredients and additives that are equally or even more toxic.

How to avoid it: Keep fertilizer bags closed. Better yet, keep it in pet-proof containers. Store it behind a closed cabinet door if possible.

engine-oil-can-2-1463613-1279x17057) Cleaning and automotive fluids: These types of liquids contain ingredients that are harmful to pets if ingested. Even if not ingested, some can cause burns to the skin, should your pet come into contact with them. They may even emit fumes that are dangerous to pets if not stored properly.

How to avoid it: Always keep automotive fluids and cleaners of any kind out of reach of pets and in a cabinet if possible. Make sure all containers are completely closed/sealed and clearly labelled. Always store them in their original containers.

8) Carbon monoxide: This is an obvious danger, yet people don’t always associate carbon monoxide poisoning with pets. If a pet is left inside of a closed garage with a vehicle that is running for even a few minutes, it can lead to death.

How to avoid it: Don’t run your vehicle in your garage, or if you do make sure that the door is open.

9) Power cords: Some cats and many dogs (especially puppies) love to chew things, and electrical cords are no exception. Animals have been known to chew right through electrical cords. The obvious danger is electrocution, but other materials in cords can also be harmful to pets.

How to avoid it: Ensure that any electrical cords (such as the one to your deep freeze) cannot be accessed by your pets. Roll up and secure any extra length of cord.

10) Clutter: A garage full of clutter carries all kinds of risks to pets. It may hide things that you aren’t aware are there, like rodent traps and even wild animals. Precariously-stacked piles can topple over and trap or crush pets.

How to avoid it: Keep your garage free from clutter. Be careful when stacking items, like boxes. Keep things organized and have a designated place for everything in your garage. Know what’s in, behind and around any stacked items.

The best way to keep pets safe from garage hazards is simply to keep them out of the garage. If your dog likes to hang out with you while you are tinkering around in the garage, just make sure you don’t leave him there unsupervised, and bring him inside with you when you’re done. Never leave an animal in the garage overnight. Besides all of the above dangers, pets can suffer hypothermia or heat stroke in a garage very quickly. Veterinarians agree that the garage isn’t a good place for cats and dogs.


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Home Bicycle Storage Ideas for City Dwellers

Bike hoist suspends a bicycle from a garage ceiling

A bike hoist suspends a bicycle from a garage ceiling

In many urban areas, particularly in places like Europe and Asia, cycling is the normal, preferred form of transportation over cars and other vehicles. While this is far from the norm in most North American cities, cycling is growing in popularity as a form of transportation. Here in Vancouver, the number of people who cycle to work or school regularly is on the rise. There are lots of reasons for this, one being that new infrastructure is being built in such a way as to encourage cycling (and discourage driving and the added pollution and congestion that comes with it).

Another reason, particularly when it comes to people who live and work in the city, is sheer lack of space. With city land growing sparser, there are fewer parking spots available for cars. Those that are available are expensive. Storing a car in a city residence is also problematic, and it is next to impossible to store or park more than one vehicle if you live in Vancouver. No wonder more people are cycling as a primary form of transportation than ever before.

We know it’s a lot easier to store a bike than a car, and less expensive too. For that reason, we thought it would be helpful and informative to share a couple of Tailored Living’s bicycle storage ideas. Specifically, we want to highlight two of our favourite accessories for storing a bicycle. The great thing about these accessories is that they can be adapted to and installed in a variety of different areas of the home, not just in the garage (because not everyone in the city has a garage). Not only that, but you need not have a big living space to make these bike storage accessories work.

* Bike hoist: This particular bike storage system lets you take advantage of otherwise unusable space on the ceiling. It can be installed in a garage if you have one, or it can be installed in your home’s entry way, storage room or even the roof of a deck or patio. This suspension system lets you raise and lower easily, as needed, and can be adjusted to fit bikes of all sizes and designs.

* Bike rack/specialty hooks in slatwall: Slatwall can be applied on any wall surface, whether it’s a garage or a wall in a storage area inside the home. The bike rack can be quickly and easily inserted into the grooves in the slatwall. It can be placed in any groove, so adjusting for height and for accommodating other things around it is simple, and it can be readjusted later on should you find the need to re-configure the area. The rack pictured here even allows you to conveniently store bike accessories (water bottle, spare inner tube, helmet, etc.).

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Speaking of slatwall, Tailored Living has all kinds of accessories besides bike racks/hooks for use with slatwall. This versatile system takes hooks, baskets, shelves and specialty hooks (for hanging items like sports equipment) for storage of a whole range of different household items.