A Shed Inside the Garage-Part 1: The Wall

We are making slow but fairly steady progress on our garage-to-makery transformation. This weekend’s project was kind of unusual. Well it’s unusual if you call it an interior shed. Not so unusual if you just call it a big closet.

Organized storage is a challenge for most people, I think. Our garage is no exception. We have an inordinate number of Christmas decorations, loads of DIY and garden tools, plus all the stuff that goes with four kids, the need for three parking spaces, and now all my Chics With Tools supplies and merchandise.

We built the loft to handle a lot of this but the garden stuff, which is bulky and not so pretty, needs a home, preferably behind closed doors. In the ideal world, we would have a separate garden shed. But that is not in the current plan. The solution? A shed within the garage under the right side of the loft.

THE PLAN

  1. Divide the space under the loft with a wall, utilizing the existing support post.

  2. Build four sliding doors (our budget version of barn doors).

  3. Re-install the storage system we invested in a few years ago. (It does not go with the farm/industrial look we have going but it doesn’t matter since it will be behind doors.)

THE WALL

I don’t know when I am going to get realistic about how long it takes to do a project, but apparently I have not arrived there yet. The shed was supposed to be this weekend’s project. Despite the fact that I had almost all of the supplies in hand on Friday, I only managed to construct the wall and build one door frame. In my defense, because of family commitments, I didn’t even get started until around 1:00 on Saturday.

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To construct the partition wall, I used basic framing techniques. But because I had some obstacles on the wall side, such as a pipe and ductwork, I had to piece 2” x 4”’s to compensate. This looks super simple, but because it was not on a stud, I had to use wall anchors. UGH! Some of these are fine. To me, the simple plastic ones are the most reliable. But I would not give you two cents for some others (on the right). They either just come right out of the wall or spin in place making them worthless.

Next, I added a baseplate. Normally they consist of only one 2” x 4” but we needed some extra height so I doubled them up. I also attached a top plate to the underside of the loft.

Then finally I installed studs (vertical pieces). If you were building an actual wall, the studs would be 16” on center. But my space was 43” so I made them closer together. The final part of framing was to put in some blocks. These are the horizontal pieces . Basically, they just make the wall more solid, keeping the verticals from bowing. (Sorry, I forgot to take photos of this stage.)

Cutting the paneling for the “exterior” was tricky. It took lots of measuring and at least three adjustments, utilizing the jig saw, circular saw, and drill. So much for “measure twice, cut once”. The key was to make all the measurements from the bottom, not a mixture of bottom and top. When it came time to cut the interior panel, I did it in one shot because I had learned my lesson.

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I know, all finished it looks completely unimpressive if you didn’t know what it took to get there. But it does make me appreciate framers even more!