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newbsauce 11-16-2009 10:31 AM

Renovating the Mancave/Garage
 
Well, my girlfriend has been complaining that I should renovate the bathroom since my last thread here:
http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/renov...-7-days-54678/

So, I did what any man would do... I started work on the garage! :thumbup: Now, being a car guy the garage is of high importance to me.. so I spent about a month doing this.

Beginning:
http://i37.tinypic.com/et8vt5.jpg
http://i34.tinypic.com/fehoxj.jpg

I patched the big hole, and pulled down the pegboard... and found some HORRIBLE wiring.
http://i35.tinypic.com/200bv7.jpg
http://i37.tinypic.com/15hdfrk.jpg

So while fixing everything up, I added four 4' t4 fluorescent lights, rewired the garage, and purchased some interlocking tiles.

Here's the final pics. To give you an idea of how bright it is, the top pic was taken at night with no flash:
http://i35.tinypic.com/2jeza4z.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/2nuqels.jpg

As part of my compromise.. I am starting the bathroom today. I still need to finish painting the molding, doors, and install my coleman garage shelving units (see below). Oh well, I guess that will have to wait until the spring.

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/image...rage_group.jpg

Scuba_Dave 11-16-2009 10:38 AM

Nice - light makes a big improvement
I would have put a window in wall to let some natural light in
I have some T-8's - 3 bulbs 96w total that will go in my garage
I wasn't even aware that they had T-4's, I see 4' as around $50 each ?

newbsauce 11-16-2009 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 353713)
Nice - light makes a big improvement
I would have put a window in wall to let some natural light in
I have some T-8's - 3 bulbs 96w total that will go in my garage
I wasn't even aware that they had T-4's, I see 4' as around $50 each ?

lol good catch.. in the midst of typing four (4) lights and four (4) feet.. I typed T-4.. they are T8s. There WAS a window originally (see left corner of first pic), however the previous owner walled/sided over it. I didn't have the heart, balls, or time to cut my way out and install a window.

sbmfj 11-17-2009 01:22 PM

nice job. Light really does make a huge improvement. I like the floor tiles as well; do they float, or are glued to the floor? Thanks for sharing your project.

Scuba_Dave 11-17-2009 01:25 PM

How does the flooring go down?
Does it just lay down....glue down ?
Do you park the car in there.....some people don't after they clean it up
And what's all the green jugs down the end ? :)

What have I done 11-17-2009 04:51 PM

not to take you away from your bathroom project, but garages are important!:yes:

have you seen www.garagejournal.com Its all about guys and their garages. some guys have way to much $$ but there are definately some ideas there.

its the 3rd website I visit each day diychatroom is of course the 1st

newbsauce 11-18-2009 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 354302)
How does the flooring go down?
Does it just lay down....glue down ?
Do you park the car in there.....some people don't after they clean it up
And what's all the green jugs down the end ? :)

The flooring is a floating 1x1x.4" interlocking garage floor tile laid in a 2x2 pattern. I had a hell of a time deciding between doing this flooring and the "epoxy" route. Ultimately, I decided I liked the overall design of this style better.

Yes, I do park my car in there. The whole purpose of cleaning up the garage was to park my turbo miata project car in there :thumbsup: As for the jugs, the PO of the house decided to leave me a "present" of about 15 full used oil jugs. I've been gradually depositing them at my local advanced auto. They sure do love me.

DBRhino 11-18-2009 07:01 PM

Looks good!

NewImage 12-09-2009 01:51 PM

Sweet, that looks awesome. I can't wait to be able to start working on my pole barn. I have to build the wife something first though to get all of her horse hay, grain, and tack out of there first though which probably means a riding arena with stalls, tack room, etc. So probably 5 more years before I can move to this phase of my house.


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