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Old 04-22-2019, 10:11 AM   #1
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Is your garage used for more than a place to keep your vehicles out of the elements? Is it organized or a complete disaster?
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That's funny. Mine started as an attached 2-car and then became a one car and apartment for my elderly dad. Then my daughter took over that apartment until she finished college and got married. Then all of that was removed and it became my shop for my business. That was retired and now it stores all of the left over and is gradually being cleared out to become my shop again for hopefully an online business.

Needless to say, my garage space has been the most versatile space in my home.

As a note, converting a garage to living space in a cold climate has its challenges.

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It is a tool shed, storage area, extended pantry and holds 2 sets of wheels in the winter months so I guess it must be halfway organized.
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Like most MEN, my garage is organized so I can find things, but, for anyone else to go into it and find something, well, good luck!!! At one time, I was able to get my wife's car and my truck into our very small 2 stall garage. That ended when my son drove through the garage while learning to drive. I then converted it into tool storage and a partial workshop. In fact, my garage looks a lot like the one in Cricket's photo.
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Somehow my father managed to do it. From the time he had the garage built until the end of his driving days he kept just enough room in there to park his car. At times you could barely open the car door in there but somehow the car always fit.

I am just finishing up a 2 car garage that has been on the to-do list for many years. It isn't even completed yet and in my mind I have already re-purposed the space for either a larger shop area or living space for in-laws.

I think the vehicles are headed for car port space on either side of the garage.
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I have a 2 car attached and a single detached. You would be hard pressed to find room for a pedal car


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I didn't grow up with a garage and my first two houses didn't have one so when I finally got one I was adamant that it' primary use be for vehicles and other uses secondary. Our first house with one was oversized in both width and length and it was glorious. When we had the old farmhouse it had a modern detached unheated/uninsulated garage. Since the basement was useless as a workshop I took one of the bays for a workshop. It was obviously only 3 season but the seasonal changes of humidity, aggravated by melting snow from the vehicle in the other bay was really tough on the tools. Our current attached garage houses vehicles but they change by season; SUV and pickup in the winter and m/c and Miata in the summer. Not having to brush and scrape in the Great White North is something I've earned dammit.
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Is your garage used for more than a place to keep your vehicles out of the elements? Is it organized or a complete disaster?
The attached garage is where the daily drivers reside.

Also has the snowblower, the hardtop for the Jeep, and a workbench for minor projects, like painting & polyurethaning. Also keep stuff that is temperature sensitive there in a cabinet, like paint.

The barn is where the projects and repairs are done. Love the barn.
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Two car garage, extra deep bays as it is part of a partially finished basement. One bay contains my wife's DD and the auto maintenance fluids & parts. The other bay (deeper of the two bays) contains my tool cabinets, lumber rack, and woodworking shop. One of my sons will use the open space in the shop side to wipe down and polish up his Honda Shadow when he visits.

Organization = pseudo organized, but I'm preparing for a Swedish Death Cleaning event in the very, very near future!
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The attached garage is where the daily drivers reside.

Also has the snowblower, the hardtop for the Jeep, and a workbench for minor projects, like painting & polyurethaning. Also keep stuff that is temperature sensitive there in a cabinet, like paint.

The barn is where the projects and repairs are done. Love the barn.



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The attached garage is where the daily drivers reside.

Also has the snowblower, the hardtop for the Jeep, and a workbench for minor projects, like painting & polyurethaning. Also keep stuff that is temperature sensitive there in a cabinet, like paint.

The barn is where the projects and repairs are done. Love the barn.

Ya, I drooled over the barn when you did your project thread on it.
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From day one when I purchased my house, my garage has always been a storage building. it was just much easier to leave the car in the driveway, since it's a small garage. a few years later I would park my bike in there during the winter months and use it as a workshop as my Diy interests expanded.
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I have a "two-car" attached garage. Cars? Trucks? In the "garage"? Are you kidding? Back down the driveway of doom, to thread the needle? Yike.

Organized, well, getting better at that.
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Is your garage used for more than a place to keep your vehicles out of the elements? Is it organized or a complete disaster?
That's a seriously spiffy garage!

You made me want to re-think my monstrosity a bit . . . .
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