With the base price of most new homes anywhere from $80-$120 per square foot, savvy homeowners understand the necessity of utilizing every available space.
Many new homeowners are sold on a storage space in the attic above their garage, however, they soon find out that garage attic storage is very treacherous when wrestling boxes up a 10-foot attic ladder. Many times, a garage attic ends up being a useless storage area for those with limited mobility.
Marlin Graden, manager of ORG Home Sales for Gingerich Construction Co. in Wildwood, has developed with ORG Home some of the most creative storage solutions for homeowners in Central Florida.
Gingerich Construction has been building and remodeling homes in the area for over 26 years, and the company’s ability to complete custom design projects has made ORG Home a natural fit. While Gingerich Construction offers ORG Home systems for closets, office areas and kitchens, the most popular is for garages.
When Larry Myers, a retired General Motors electrician from Anderson, Ind., moved into his new home in The Villages in February, he realized immediately that he needed additional storage space. After consulting with Graden, Myers installed a full ORG Home garage storage system, which features heavy duty cabinets with full 1-inch shelves and a slat wall system for hanging tools.
Myers said the design and installation was “no problem.” Pointing up to his attic access door he said, “I don’t have to bring Christmas stuff up there.” He also pointed out that the system has allowed him to “de-clutter his home” while providing extra storage for kitchen and pantry items.
Utilizing the ORG Home slat wall and system, Myers created a storage space for his tools behind the doors leading to his air conditioning unit that keeps them organized and easily accessible.
Graden designs most of the systems for Gingerich Construction, and he utilizes 16- to 24-inch deep cabinets that can range from 24 to 90 inches high. The cabinets are available in six different attractive colors with 6-inch legs on the bottom, which allows for easy cleaning and prevents damage in the event of a flooding. Graden pointed out that homeowners in most golf course communities usually ask for a unit to store golf bags and supplies.
Gingerich Construction utilizes custom cabinet installers who can install varying depths of cabinetry with electrical receptacles inside. This is great for storing items that need to be electrically charged as well as utilizing tools in the garage.
The design process utilizes a patented computer layout system by ORG Home, and typically two home site visits — one to measure the job and the other to present the quote. Installation is about two and a half weeks from when the homeowner signs the order. As with most reputable construction companies, estimates are given at no charge.
The ORG Home storage solution system being installed by Gingerich Construction is just one of several new systems in today’s market, and each one is trying to accomplish the same thing — storing more in less space.
Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc., and he is also the host of the “Around the House” Radio Show heard every Monday at noon on My790AM WLBE in in Leesburg.