Garage Remodel

Before I left for my duck hunting trip, Michele and I had decided that it was time to clean the garage, and that with my days off after I get back, we would start cleaning and organizing the garage. Honestly, while away I had forgotten about this decision, and upon returning I was looking forward to finishing up the last few things that needed to be done on the deck.
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After I got home, and Michele "reminded" me about cleaning the garage - I was disappointed. I had an idea on what I wanted the garage to look like, but I figured I did not have the time or money to do what I wanted. Michele was motivated, so I "played along". (The garage did need some cleaning after all.)
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The inspiration for the ideas I had for our garage came from a co-worker and friend who has recently bought a new house. The "King-of-Clubs" (a self-proclaimed perfectionist (SEE HERE)) was over at my house, and after looking at my garage, told me that it (my garage) was his version of "birth control" - which made me laugh! I still get a chuckle out of this!! (You need to use your imagination and try to think what a garage (in a home with five kids) looks like.) Not long after, he invited me over to his new house, and I got to see his garage, and the ideas and plans he had for it. Then, just a few weeks ago, he invited me out again (this time to show off (grin)). I got to see the culmination of his plans. (SEE HERE) I was so impressed with how it turned out, I wanted to find a way I could do something similar.
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DAY 1
First, I started cleaning off the wobbly wooden shelving unit I built in the garage when we first moved in. Wobbly in that it was never properly secured to the wall. It was supposed to be a temporary solution to a storage problem. It has gathered so much junk in the past six years I could not believe it. I spent the first day just cleaning off this monstrosity. I still did not believe I would have the time to finish the job I had planned.

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DAY 2
The first thing we did was go to Target and choose an appropriate sized Rubbermaid bins to keep our things in. We ended up choosing the #2245 - 25 gallon - 28 1/2" wide by 19" inches deep and 16 1/2" tall bins. Because they taper just a bit at the bottom, they are only just an "ency-wincey" bit bigger than the 24" shelves I had planned (even though the top of the bin is 28 1/2"). They are very strong, and suited our needs. We went home with 12 of them.
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Once I had it cleared off, I needed to remove the old shelf. I tipped it over and laid it down on it's side. As I then contemplated the demise (and outcome) of the old shelf, I tried to find a way to reuse the actual shelves into the new plans which I could do very easily (If I wanted to). As I started dismantling the old shelf, a brainstorm idea hit me! What if I used part of the old shelf as a workbench (which I did not have)? I got out the tape measure, called Michele to the garage, and together we came up with a brilliant plan! I simply took my skill saw, and "dissected" the shelf in a couple of key places, and voila! I had myself a new workbench!! I hauled the 8' workbench into the place it was to go, secured it to the wall, and spent the rest of the day cleaning up some of the mess from the old shelf (Like my Miter saw, Bandsaw, misc boxes of screws, etc.) utilizing the new workbench!
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DAY 3
The next morning I had to work at 3am - 7am. After work (on the way home) I bought the lumber to build shelves that (instead of sitting on the floor like the old shelf) are going to hang from the ceiling and hold up our new bins. Hanging the shelves from the ceiling would also provide me some additional storage below the shelves for bigger "off season" items like my snow blower (or lawnmower), Christmas manger scene, etc.
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I spent the remainder of the day building and hanging three shelves. I installed the three shelves seen on the left.
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DAY 4
The next day, I tweaked the third shelf, built and installed the 4th shelf. I had some concerns about the weight I want to put on these shelves and the method that they were attached to the ceiling. (I had seen some "separation" between the support boards and the ceiling when I tried pulling downward on the shelves). I spent the next couple of hours crawling into the cockloft of the garage, and shoring up the rafters where the brackets (from below - in the garage) needed some additional support. By the time I was finished, I was able to jump on the shelves, and they do not budge an inch. The rest of the day was spent hanging some pegboard that I bought (when I bought the lumber) and hanging some lights for the workbench. I put the (so far empty) bins in their place and called it a day.
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The rest of the job is going to have to wait, as my schedule does not provide me with any additional time to spend on the project for at least a week.
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I still have a long way to go. I have a lot of cleaning and rearraging to do, but I wanted to get some pictures up so that you have an idea what I have done.

David - the "Father-of-five"

2 comments:

  1. Looks good my friend! I hope you don't have the same problem I did that once I filled up the bins, I needed more room for everything that didn't fit in the bins!

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  2. Oh, we have already thought of that. No problemo! On the thrid garage stall (farthest to the right as you look into the garage) we have the identical shelf planned... (Room for 12 more rubbermaid bins, or room for 4 more bins, and 32 square feet of shelving space.

    I'll show you that when it's done.

    Before it gets too cold, I'll have you out for a beer and a cigar!

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