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Bought a house, my fiancé and I are first time home buyers and I get the detached garage, she gets the house. :eek:ccasion14:

Doesn't look like much now, but once I'm done finishing the walls and floor, I can start working on the storage and tool stuff. Its supposed to be a 2 car garage but one Cruze barely fits lol. Mid-size car Vehicle Car Luxury vehicle Automotive exterior
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Not having a garage is one of the biggest complaints about living in an apartment I have. Although my living room is starting to look like one, between the workbench, extra material, benchtop mill, etc that resides currently.

Where are you located? The greenery and lack of snow looks nice, particularly with that drive (looks bad for ice)
 

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Nice, that garage is, for the most part, already set up. It has a work bench, some heavy duty storage and peg board (if you want to go that route for hanging things).
ill definitely reuse some of it, but i want to insulate it and hang drywall, so it all has to come out first. whoever built it must've had a lot of things to hang, because there is a ton of peg board on the wall. ill probably rehang a small portion of that, and keep one of the work benches. my only real problem is the garage door, it opens OK, but the door opener isn't connected and looks like it was self-installed by someone who didn't watch the YouTube video on how to install a garage door opener first.
 

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Not having a garage is one of the biggest complaints about living in an apartment I have. Although my living room is starting to look like one, between the workbench, extra material, benchtop mill, etc that resides currently.

Where are you located? The greenery and lack of snow looks nice, particularly with that drive (looks bad for ice)
ive lived in a few apartments, and i am so glad the one we are moving out of is the last one, especially since its my first upstairs apartment (NEVER AGAIN)

we are just outside of grass valley, california. it does get snow occasionally, but we are just below the average snow line. i plan on getting some de-icer for the cold snaps.
 

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Hmmm, how come I don't have a refrigerator in my garage. Was already 30 years old when I got my first garage, military, then college, then earning enough money to buy a home with a garage. But for whatever reason, waited until I was 60 years old to insulate and heat it, really getting soft.

Looks like you can installed a wider garage door, but they tell me you are suppose to be a certified garage door installer to do this. Always did this myself, they do terrible work. And winding up those springs is practically effortless, not quite like some industrial springs I worked on.

Little nicer to have an attached garage, don't have to walk out in the rain or snow, but maybe you don't have this problem in California. Congratulations in your purchase and new wife. Now have to load it up with kids, LOL.
 

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actually the fridge is for the house, i just dropped it off in there to clean it out. but a mini-fridge mod sure does sound like a good idea... :signs015:

kids are coming some day, but i wanna finish the garage first :grin:
 

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A standard double size garage door is 7 feet high by 16 feet wide, what's yours?
good question, i will measure it tomorrow. i parked the cruze as far as i could to the right and there was probably enough room to park a civic or something else small next to it if those benches and storage racks weren't there. there is very little room in front or back of the car, though.
 

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Actually prefer two nine foot wide doors, center post need only be 16" wide. Son got a new house built with a three car garage. Builder was using a double and a single wide door. Suggested he go to three doors and even drew it up for him. Ha, the only house in his neighborhood that has these. The envy of his neighbors.

Standards around her are either 24 by 24 feet for a two car garage, 24 by 36 feet for a three car garage.
 

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Congrat's on the house and the garage.

Head over to the the Garage Journal. It's one of the best forums out there for everything garage related. A ton of great ideas over there.

The Garage Journal
 
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Congrat's on the house and the garage.

Head over to the the Garage Journal. It's one of the best forums out there for everything garage related. A ton of great ideas over there.

The Garage Journal
Thanks for the site. I too have just bought a house and while my garage is part of the house, I'm always looking for neat ideas.


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That site can be dangerous...it fills you with a lot of cool and expensive ideas. :)
 

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I love neat ideas. You almost need to make your garage plan and then go from there. That way you don't start adding a bunch of stuff you really don't need.


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BEER FRIDGE FTW!

That garage is a GREAT starting point! it will make for a very nice garage and a half, with room to park a car and still work on stuff.

I wish I had that kind of space... my townhouse garage is a cozy 10 x 20. I have, however, built it into something functional for working on stuff OR parking a car, either or, not both at once:



The small bench on the left folds down flat to the wall. I made the bench on the right, it's 3 x 8 and folds UP so the mirror of a car fits underneath it when it's stowed, and it has gas struts to help lifting the load (it's HEAVY).

At the rear up top are floor cabinets mounted on the wall (deeper with heavier shelves than the matching wall cabinets), to the right is an upright cabinet, all these cabinets are mounted to 1/2" ply and supported by an internal 2x3 running inside, this allowed em to fasten them however I wanted and still hit the wall studs. This leaves a nice large space for my 56" tool chest.

Up top on the left are two more floor cabinets wall mounted on 1/2" ply, under which you can see a hook which holds my light 5' step ladder. In this pic I had just installed my IR heat lamp, a patio heating unit, suspended from the cabinets using a custom piece of steel angle. Behind that is my router table.

Up top on the right are my tire racks with two sets of summer tires (my Eco and wife's BMW) as well as a widened rear wheel for my Vette... which is a project I've had on the back burner for about 7 years now. Oh well.

Not seen in this pic is a shelf that runs along the top of the garage side to side in front of the door opener. The ceiling has a drop in it, a perfect storage spot.

This is what it takes for a geek to survive in a TINY garage. You've already got 50% more space than I do by the looks of things, so your garage can easily be 50% cooler than mine. :)
 

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Congrat's on the house and the garage.

Head over to the the Garage Journal. It's one of the best forums out there for everything garage related. A ton of great ideas over there.

The Garage Journal
That site can be dangerous...it fills you with a lot of cool and expensive ideas. :)
OMG you just killed me... that site will be the death of my wallet, and the birth of my new garage :dazed052: I have been so busy with the rest of the house and moving and a new job that it will be a month or so until I really dig in, that should give me time to properly plan the build.
 

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OMG you just killed me... that site will be the death of my wallet, and the birth of my new garage :dazed052: I have been so busy with the rest of the house and moving and a new job that it will be a month or so until I really dig in, that should give me time to properly plan the build.
Check out the "Garage Gallery" and you will be amazed at some of the creations. You have your great working garages, and then you have your showpiece/ hangout areas that are nothing more than a living room with a hot rod parked in the middle of everything.

Also go into the tools section and read about the discussion of the fall of Sears and rise of Harbor Freight and the people who spend thousands of dollars on Snap On boxes and tools. It's pretty insane on how people spend their money.

Yes...Great Site. It's like a drug dealer that's selling tools. LOL
 
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Best photo I could find of a garage I built in 1969, lot was only 75 feet wide, so had to put it in the back yard. Concrete was 9 bucks a cubic yard so poured it myself clear up to the road. With grade A studs costing around 45 cents, and 2 by 8's just as cheap, total cost for the garage and concrete was something like 900 bucks.

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Was going to finish the interior, did run natural gas and 240 V out there, but a job change stopped this project.

Here is one more photo, yep, those are my kids, use to be anti-fiberglass with boats.

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More recent, gosh 15 years ago is a back yard garage. Large enough to store a vehicle, but mostly to get junk out of my main garage like bicycles, lawn mowers, garden tools. Had an old garage door opened I rebuilt so push a button going out of the back door of my main garage so walk out to an open door. Store bought sheds use barn doors. This one also cost me 900 bucks. My design criteria was to minimize waste. Ha when watching construction workers around here, throw away more than they use. Only had a small box of blocks left over, that window cutout is part of a shelve.

Building code would allow me to build a 24 foot square, now I wish I did this, can always use more space, or maybe get rid of more junk.
 

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Oh man I can't wait for spring. I keep the heat off in my garage because there's no point heating a room I'm never in for longer than 30 seconds to put the garbage out there. Once it gets warmer I'll be able to sit out there and fool with it for the first time.


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