ROOM TOUR: FIVE- STAR GARAGE

This hard­work­ing space holds two cars, two work­benches, a rolling ta­ble, and a slew of bas­kets, draw­ers, and cab­i­nets.

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The stylish makeover of this hard­work­ing space will help you re­think what’s pos­si­ble.

The garage is of­ten merely a big

repos­i­tory for tools, yard im­ple­ments, and off-sea­son items with nowhere else to go. But Miesje and Dana Corbo of Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, knew it could be more. Work­ing with in­te­rior de­signer Caro­line Dece­sare, they filled their three-car garage with work ar­eas, stor­age, and art. “You spend more time in the garage than in some rooms of the house, es­pe­cially if you’re like me and a lit­tle bit handy,” Dana rea­sons. The end re­sult is a stylish space to sort and store ev­ery­thing a busy fam­ily with four pre­teens might need—and then some.

1 WORK AND PLAY

One bay of Miesje and Dana Corbo’s three-car garage is ded­i­cated to two work­benches and a ta­ble on cast­ers. In this hard­work­ing zone, open wire shelv­ing or­ga­nizes of­ten-used tools (drills, flash­lights, tape mea­sures, etc.) in easy reach of work sur­faces. Framed signs lend a play­ful mood. The other two garage bays, left, are for cars.

2 SORT IT OUT

Like items are grouped to­gether in­side a cor­ner cabi­net. Clean­ing prod­ucts are rounded up in bas­kets, pes­ti­cides are out of reach in an­other la­beled bin, and golf club cov­ers are stored next to golf balls.

3 CLOSE AT HAND

Con­tain­ers suit the size and shape of var­i­ous sup­plies. Shal­low metal draw­ers be­low one work­bench stow hand tools; un­der them, big wire mesh bas­kets hold bulky ex­ten­sion cords, rope, and cases for Dana’s drills.

4 SPACE SAVERS

A cabi­net out­fit­ted with screen doors for a rus­tic look is built into the wall so it doesn’t take up any ex­tra floor space. The Cor­bos mea­sured the shelves to make room for Dana’s golf bags. Hooks get lad­ders and a broom off the floor.

5 WORK SPACE ON WHEELS

An an­tique ta­ble got a new set of cast­ers so it can be moved wher­ever it’s needed. (“It’s also a con­ve­nient place to dump things when you get out of the car,” Dana says.) Deep draw­ers tucked into al­coves un­der win­dows are big enough for all the sports equip­ment the Corbo kids can throw in them.

6 WALL OF STOR­AGE

A mul­tipur­pose cabi­net stacks items from the stained con­crete floor nearly to the ceil­ing. Metal bins (some vin­tage scores, some new pur­chases) store items such as light­bulbs, paint cans, rags, wood stain, gar­den­ing gloves, and seed pack­ets.

7 PARK­ING SPACE

Two sets of draw­ers fit snugly un­der the win­dows along the back of the garage, leav­ing plenty of room for cars. In­dus­trial-style stools of­fer a rest­ing place next to the ta­ble.

8 ODDS AND ENDS

An in­dus­trial ro­tat­ing bin the Cor­bos found at the Round Top An­tiques Fair in Texas holds nails and other small items that can eas­ily get lost. It sits atop a cabi­net with num­bered draw­ers, where Dana stashes such things as bat­ter­ies, hook-and-loop tape, and glue.

9 SMART SINK

The work space boasts a util­ity sink and faucets (for­merly a weath­ered zinc bucket and out­door spig­ots). “Paint and all that stuff is very messy,” Dana says, “and we just deal with it in the garage rather than in the house.” The work­bench fea­tures tilt-out bins sized just right for a ta­ble saw, clamps, and other bulky tools.

Don’t for­get about the stor­age po­ten­tial near the ceil­ing. The Cor­bos added a shelf high on the wall for a dozen black plas­tic totes that store off-sea­son cloth­ing, camp­ing gear, me­mora­bilia, holiday dec­o­ra­tions, and “any­thing we get down once a year,”...

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