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Garage Organization, Done!

Folks, our garage is fully organized!

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The garage has been a dump ground and workshop for us – it held everything we had during the first week, when we removed the main floor carpet. It has since been our tool shed, material storage, and sometimes paint shop. It feels sooo good to see it finally clean and organized.

This is what we started with three weeks ago:

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You can see that we had a decent starting point – we do not store random stuff here, just tools. We also have bought a couple tool benches and a cart. But it lacked organization – everything was piling on top of each other and it took on average 5 minutes to find anything.

During the last three weeks, we tackled each side of the wall individually – we put up some paint storage, built a ski rack, added sporting storage, and created a mud area. Most recently, we have finished the end wall with new insulation and plywood coverage:

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We had some old pegboard around, so Slav power washed them, cut some to size to fit above the work benches:

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He also built a shelf above the kitchen door opening, which houses our house server and router.

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And this is what our garage looks like today!

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To the right is the southern wall:

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We added another shelf to our paint corner for our growing paint and sealant supplies:

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We added some storage on the southeast corner:

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The freezer and the work shop area occupy the eastern wall:

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This is our wood working bench:

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The second bench is home to our powertools:

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Cables and PPEs are hung behind the kitchen door opening:

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The northern wall contains all our sporting equipment and a mud area. Our DIY ski rack houses five snowboards and two pairs of skis/poles, a true work horse:

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We enjoy the convenience of the mud area offers:

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We are now able to park both of our cars in the garage in case of bad weather:

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There is just enough room for the drivers to get out of the car, thanks to all the wall organization:

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Not so much room for the passenger though. We are working on hanging all the ladders onto the ceiling to make more room on this side:

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Our garage is certainly not done yet. But for this winter, we are thrilled to have everything organized and both of cars into the garage. We can already feel that how much easier our renovation work became with a fully organized workshop and a clutter-free garage. After working every day including weekends for months, we are looking forward to taking time off for the rest of the week, and enjoying some warm fire, cold beer, and conversations on our still-new patio. See you next week, friends!

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Finishing the Garage End Wall

Hi friends! We’ve been busy organizing our garage for a couple weeks now, after being forced to replace our water heater in the basement utility room. The goal is to get the garage ready for parking both of our cars before winter comes around:

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During the last two weeks, we have created an organized paint storage, DIY-ed a ski rack, and added a mud-area in our garage. Things started to look really good in here! With a good momentum, last weekend, we started working on the final wall in our garage!

The eastern/ future workshop wall

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We took down the dry wall and some insulation here to make electrical panel upgrade easier. The old panel is now a junction box, which needs to be covered.

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During the electrical work, we asked for more electrical outlets along this wall. Our plan is to install work bench here, something like this:

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Insulation and Cover

To finish this wall, Slav started by filling in the missing insulation:

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Then he covered the wall with 5mm plywood from Lowe’s:

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We have debated using drywall vs plywood here, and finally settled on using plywood for its durability and less finishing work. This plywood is actually pre-primed, but Slav wants some wood color in the garage, so we mounted the pre-primed side facing the insulation. Every sheet of plywood is 4′ x 8′, perfectly spans the width of three studs.

Slav cut openings fro electrical outlet before mounting them onto the wall:

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This eastern wall is 8’7″ in height. After covering the whole span of the wall, Slav started cutting small pieces to cover the gap on the top.

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After an afternoon of hard work, this is what our garage eastern wall now looks like. We have bought two work benches that fit the space. And our beloved chest freezer is on the right.

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Putting up storage shelves

While Slav was working on covering the wall, I worked on getting rid of this biggest pile of mess:

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Remember our paint storage on the Southern wall? This is the other half of the same wall. Not so hot:

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We inherited from the previous owner this bench seat, which we believe, belongs to  his dodge truck. We kept it thinking that it could make a cool seating in the garage. But four month later, we have not sat on it once. Apparently we just do not hang out in the garage. The poor seat soon became a dump ground:

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We decided to let it go, and I was able to fit the cart and the tool cabinets at this spot:

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When we took down the eastern dry wall for electrical work, we took down a couple white shelves too. We got some simple brackets and Slav mounted them up.

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The board at the bottom is shorter to accommodate the height of the tool cabinet, when it fully opens:

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With the wall covered and all the storage boxes lifted off the floor, we are ready for setting up our workshop wall! Organization is my favorite activity – I can see some peaceful evenings here with a glass of red wine and music… It looked like we are somehow on track to finish the garage this month, as we had planned!

DIY Ski Rack

Happy Friday, friends and family! We are enjoying our first Colorado Fall here, which is gooooorgeous. The night temperature falls below freezing now, but we are able to stay cozy thanks to our new roof, furnace and tankless water heater. Interestingly, our garage did not get as cold as we thought it would be. We have not had any freeze in the garage.

Unlike our neighbors, who dread the soon-to-be winter, we are looking forward to it with open arms. That is why we moved here! An early snowfall a couple weeks ago really got our hopes up – we dragged our winter gear out of the storage to make sure that they are in good working order. However, with five snowboards, two pairs of skis, and many pairs of boots and snowshoes, our basement living room immediately became a winter gear dump ground. We need a ski/snowboarding storage badly.

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Pick a Design

We searched up and down on the internet for ski/snowboard storage systems, and were surprised how expensive they are, especially given that the constructions are very simple – in the form of vertical or horizontal racks. One of the design which we both liked is this one. It offers a minimalist design, and it is flexible. Both side of the rack are independent from each other, so we can mount them with any distance in between, in order to accommodate the location of studs and the distance between bindings. Most importantly, the design is so simple that we can make it ourselves.

The sites selling it has shown the dimensions, and we found a good instruction video for building something similar:

Decide the Location

We picked the opposite wall to our paint storage for the ski rack. This is the northern wall of the garage, and living room and kitchen are behind this wall. Icleared everything away from the wall and removed all the nails on it:

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I then taped out where we want the ski rack to be:

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The rack will be mounted higher to allow some storage underneath. You can see from the photo that we have an air compressor, a power washer, a box fan, and our loyal shop-vac below the rack. This corner has its own outlet and faucet, connections needed for using these equipment. So it is convenience that we can connect any of them right at the spot.

As you can see, we planned for five shelves, which required us to compress the spacing between the dowels from 12″ to 10″. It should still allow us to take down and put up snowboard with ease. We also cut down the length of the dowels from 16″ to 14″ to make the rack narrower.

Just to throw it out there, we also liked the design showing in the video below, and this video did a great job explaining how to build it. If we had more space in the garage, or we were building this rack for a cabin, we would have chosen this design.

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Slav started with a couple 2″x 4″s and some 1 1/8″ dowels and followed the video instruction. We do not have fancy wood-working tools like the guy in the video does, but with a basic drill, a saw, and some wood glue, Slav still did a decent job:

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He mounted the ski rack on the studs with 2’8″ in between, a perfect distance between his snowboarding bindings.

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This is what it looks like when they are loaded:

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For boots, Slav mounted a 1″ x 8′ x 1″ horizontal board on top. It is nice to see every gear polished up and ready to go!

Creating a “Mud-area” on the Northern Wall

Another thing we really need is to create a “mud-area” in the garage, so we can leave our winter shoes out of the kitchen. We’ve had these hanging shoe organizers from Real Simple for years and like them. So Slav hung them next to the kitchen door. He also hung a pair of vintage skis for keys and coats. Along with a big floor mat, This half of the northern wall became a “mud-area”:

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I wish for a real mudroom someday, but for now, we are just thrilled to have this setup so we can keep our kitchen clean. We squeezed out the last bit of storage by mounting another 1″ x 8′ x 1″ horizontal board on top of the mud-area for fishing and camping gears.

After many big renovation projects, a simple DIY and some organization makes me feel really good. It is relaxing and energizing. It feels like a break. We are spending rest of the week nights next to our fire pit and with some cocktails, and this weekend, we will start working on the last wall in our garage!

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