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Q&A with Chris Leonard

Welcome style and simplicity into your garage with fantastic organising solutions from GarageTek. After entering the South African market three years ago, GarageTek is now a fast-growing brand associated with design brilliance and practicality. Owner Chris Leonard tells us how the idea came to be and offers some insightful garage makeover tips. Top tip for people looking to declutter their garage? Create zones in your garage – namely hobbies, sports, DIY and storage – this way you’ll soon work out what isn’t needed. Most importantly, be ruthless. If something hasn’t been looked at for years dump it. It’s taking up valuable space. Inspiration behind the GarageTek idea? Garages typically take up 10% of the total floor space of the home. They can also be the most underutilised and unpresentable room of the house. With garages becoming integrated into the modern home, it is often the first point of entry for the owner and more importantly their visitors. So why not transform this space into an aesthetically pleasing and functional space for the entire family to use? Do you only specialise in garage makeovers? We don’t just stop at garages – we have also helped people organise their storerooms, laundries, basements and lofts. What does your signature yellow stripe signify? Yellow is a fresh colour. We also refer to it as the yellow safety strip. The GarageTek system has safety at its core – everything up off the floor, out of reach of little hands, and lockable cabinets for paints, solvents and other toxic substances usually found in garages. All products are load tested to ensure they are fit for purpose. Tell us more about the safety station product line. A fire extinguisher and first aid kit are two must haves for any garage, which is why we’ve included them in the safety station. If they are not already in the garage, I always make a point of highlighting their importance to the owner. 3 words to sum up the GarageTek brand? Smart, stylish, storage. What’s next? The launch of our online DIY solution in the next 4 - 6 weeks, and our new national franchise network in the next 12 – 18 months. Head Office and Showroom: Unit 1 134 Kushke Road, Meadowdale, Johannesburg. 0800 GARAGE. Showrooms opening soon: Pretoria, Ballito, Cape Town.