The fourth annual RaceDeck Garage of the Year contest has come to a close and it was nothing short of pandemonium!
The RaceDeck crew received a record number of entries vying for the 2021 Dream Garage of the Year, largely due to the over $5,000 worth of prizes on the line for contest winners, with the Grand Prize winner taking home huge prizes from TireRack, QuickJack, and GoodGuys Rod & Custom, plus more!
The hundreds of 2021 entries included garages of all shapes and sizes with the coolest cars, planes, bikes, and toys parked on RaceDeck Garage Floors. Unable to narrow the field to just the top 10, RaceDeck showcased the contest’s top 15 garages, in no particular order, on their Facebook and Instagram pages where you can check out your dream garage. Picking a Grand Prize winner and runner-up proved to be the most challenging task yet, with members of the RaceDeck team heatedly arguing the case of their favorite garage. After a consensus could not be reached, it was decided to choose a grand prize, second place, third place, and runner-up for the 2021 Garage of the Year winner board. Below are our winners and a bit about what made their garages stand out.
FIRST PLACE: GRAND PRIZE WINNER Paul Straub
Paul’s garage is exactly what we are talking about when we say “every cool garage starts from the ground up™”. Paul lives in an airpark community and wanted his garage to reflect is his life style. From motorcycles, cars, plane, and even building cool RC remote planes, this garage has it all. Paul clearly agrees that “Life is better in the garage!”
SECOND PLACE: Steve Brueck
Wood you look at his super cool home garage?! This is one the best looking garage designs we have seen using our Smoked Oak style garage flooring. The wall detail and garage accessories make it feel like another warm cozy (and organized) room in the house, we love it!
THIRD PLACE: John Mason
John’s garage takes us on a trip “back to the 50’s”. This is a dream garage that took years for John to create where his family and friends hang out daily. We’re sure there have been many “happy days” here. In every photo there are so many cool things to see, from John’s incredible car collection to his 50’s diner memorabilia, be sure to check it out.
RUNNER-UP: Michelle Anselment
Michelle’s garage is the picture of the innovation and technology associated with 2021. With multi-patented RaceDeck being the most advanced modular garage flooring system available, it’s great to see it installed in such a high-tech home. High-Tech & Clean is the theme of the future and of this awesome home garage.
Looking to see more garage floor ideas? Check out our photo gallery to see even more real customer garages.
Thank you to all of our entries; everyone at RaceDeck was blown away but the creativity, craftsmanship, and hard work evidenced by each of the entries received. Also a big thank you to our contest partners: TireRack, QuickJack, and GoodGuys Rod & Custom. Looking forward to 2022!
You had a vision of what your dream garage would look like, you worked hard to get it done, and now it’s time to show it off.
Taking awesome garage pictures is the quickest and easiest way to share your finished garage flooring project with family, friends, and your social media followers.
Taking pictures of your garage tiles is easy with modern cell phones or digital cameras—it just takes a little planning to get the best possible shots. Over the years (and through a lot of trial and error) we’ve discovered what makes a garage photo really stand out. Below are a few tips.
Clean your garage and remove any clutter (ex: boxes, stored house items, items on the floor, etc.) Give your floor a good sweep to get rid of any leaves, footprints, or dust from the installation.
Lighting is key! Know which way your garage faces and use the sunlight (or sunset) to your advantage.
Take photos with and without your cars or motorcycle in the garage.
If you have a garage with nice lighting at night, a great shot is from your driveway looking into the garage (capturing just past the door opening on each side at various angles).
Before and after photos are a great way to tell the story of how you created your dream garage – Always shoot the before and after from the same angle and height for a the most impactful transformation photo.
Get shots from many angles and levels. The 4 best shots are typically: Looking into the garage from the driveway from head high level, shot from 1 corner looking in to the garage and out at a lower level (both with and without cars), shots from above looking down into the garage floor are great and a photo that you feel shows what your garage is all about.
Get different photos holding the phone or camera both vertically and horizontally. iPhone users can also get great shots using portrait mode.
With today’s cameras and phones, you can take many great photos! Pick the best 4 or 5 and if needed, imaging editing is also very easy and most devices have an “auto” image editor.
All that’s left is to show off your “Coolest Garage On The Block”!
Who has the Coolest Garage on The Block™ for 2020? It’s Matthew Brown for the Win.
This year’s 2020 Garage of the Year Winner isn’t just Living the Garage Life™, our champion extended RaceDeck® garaging flooring to his shop, too – a massive part of his life as a car enthusiast. Matthew Brown, of Idaho used RaceDeck® FreeFlow® and Smoked Oak XL flooring for what can only be described as his uber-cool garage.
“It’s my ‘fun place,’ where I work on my cars and trucks,” Matthew said. “I used to have a Ford Model A, and my current collection includes my daily driver, a Ford Mustang GT Premium, a recently lifted Ford F-150, and two Polaris RZRs for fun. I also work on the cars of trucks of friends and family here.”
Huge congrats to Matthew, who proved his garage is anything but typical. Which reminds us that the year 2020 was anything but ordinary. That goes for our Garage of the Year contest, too. RaceDeck had so hundreds and hundreds of cool garage photos submitted for this year’s contest, so instead of highlighting the top ten like we usually do, we chose 25!
The Garage design ideas featured some killer toys, rad rides, and the best garage floors we’ve ever seen. Entries ranged from massive garages fully outfitted with lifts, to man caves, to garage gyms and everything in between. Designs were colorful, muted, wild, classic, and completely original. We were blown away at how many of you love the garage life as much as we do!
If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you’ve seen us showing off the limitless creativity we received for cool garage ideas but here’s a shout-out to everyone in our top 25 in one place. Just take a look at these radical rides and RaceDeck garages (in no particular order) – and keep your ideas and photos coming. After all, 2021 could be your year to have the Coolest Garage on the Block™!
Highlights From the Top 25:
Bill Pierce of Houston, Texas
has a man cave garage floored with our multi-patented TuffShield Diamond® style garage flooring. See photos below!
Jon-Paul Mickle of Louisiana
has a garage and shed floored with our multi-patented CircleTrac® style garage flooring. Check out the transformation of this cool little space!
James Martin of Arizona
has a man cave/garage painted in Harley orange, black, and gray. He chose RaceDeck because it was “the sharpest-looking product on the market.”
Peter Framson of Maryland
has a garage that’s a converted 1960’s Civil War-era “bank barn.” Peter and his wife have done two garages with RaceDeck flooring and had a blast each time!
Scott Stekr of Colorado
has a cool home garage and woodworking shop that’s floored with our multi-patented Free-Flow® style garage flooring.
Allen and Sasha Crisp of Florida
have a four-car garage used extensively for vehicle service and repair, but their RaceDeck flooring means they keep it showtime ready. “RaceDeck is the right, and only, choice for us.”
Steven Hossa of Illinois
keeps his supercharged Range Rover Sport and Ford Raptor on the best, RaceDeck checked floor out there.
Ron Schaepkens of Michigan
now has an impressive RaceDeck garage floor that dramatically contrasts with his cars. Ron used RaceDeck’s black diamond plate TuffShield and aluminum diamond plate.
Frank Mewborn of Georgia
built an addition onto the house that serves as his shop/man cave. His hobby is building café racers, and he says he picked RaceDeck garage flooring because it’s nothing but the best.
Kendi Endra of Rhode Island
says her two beautiful cars, including her dream car, the King of Corvettes, deserved a “cool abode” and installed RaceDeck flooring that allowed her creativity to flourish.
Daniel Allen of Pennsylvania
chose a retro-style industrial look with a complementing RaceDeck floor pattern to define parking pads for his “dueling Germans.”
James Broyles of Pennsylvania
is a Corvette junkie, who used stunning RaceDeck flooring for his garage renovation in preparation for a new Corvette HTC.
Victor Neeley of South Carolina
loves his RaceDeck flooring and inspired his brother-in-law to design with RaceDeck garage flooring, too.
Mike Rosedale of Illinois
is a long-time satisfied RaceDeck customer who built a fantastic six-car garage their neighbors refer to as “Garage Mahal.”
Robert Stewart of Southern California
designed his garage with RaceDeck flooring as a Pandemic Project. He chose RaceDeck garage flooring because it creates a fantastic showroom floor and is customizable for any design style.
Stephen Fantasia of Texas
bought four 100th anniversary Harley Davidsons in 2003 and decided to transform his garage using RaceDeck flooring into a fully functional personal bike workshop.
Lester Stanley of Massachusetts
gets a nod for turning up the volume on his heated and air-conditioned garage featuring RaceDeck flooring that he loves, in part, because he says spills are effortless to wipe up.
Josh Boyer of Pennsylvania
says his wife hated his garages before RaceDeck, and now she’s pushing him to finish more. He loves the way RaceDeck garage flooring transformed his space.
Darryl Clark of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
says he chose RaceDeck because it was the only floor that would support his four-post lift.
Kenneth Rutter of Illinois
used RaceDeck for the second time and recommends it to everyone he knows.
Rich Stomp of North Georgia
says when he has friends over who admire his cars (especially the Ford GT), they always ask about the RaceDeck flooring. “It’s a great product and dresses up the garage.”
Richard Lorio of Chicago, Illinois
has a nearly 1,000 sq. ft. home garage with wall-to-wall RaceDeck Free-Flow graphic tiles that show off the “Ford guy’s” cars – and is a place of refuge for him.
Guðmundur Árni Pálsson and Maríu Höbbý of Iceland
have an incredible, huge multi-level garage that includes a collection of cars and motorcycles, plenty of activities, and not to mention an elevator. More about this next-level garage here.
The owners/designers of the top 25 garages featured here received some coveted RaceDeck Swag, and our top winner, Matthew, took home a grand prize package that will include a feature of his garage in an upcoming national ad campaign for RaceDeck. Thanks to everyone for sharing the most awesome garage floors we’ve ever seen! Here’s to seeing your spaces right here next year.
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