Garage Transformation-The Plan

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I haven’t blogged for a while because we have been focusing on getting Chics With Tools up and running. For those who haven’t seen the ads on social media, Chics With Tools is a series of workshops we will be offering monthly. (See the events page for details and registration.)

Since woodworking will be a large part of this endeavor, the garage is the logical place to hold these sessions. So, the hubs and I started looking around our space through the eyes of a customer and realized that we have lots of work to do to make it an inviting and professional-looking area. For the next several weeks, we will take you through our process of converting this relatively functional normal garage into the Chics With Tools studio.

 Before: Typical garage stuff. Yes, we do park the cars in there. 

Before: Typical garage stuff. Yes, we do park the cars in there. 

My hubs, whose name is Page, by the way, thinks BIG, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and keen business sense. Plus, in his paid job, he is a restaurant consultant and his current focus is on efficiency: LEAN principles, “5 ‘S’-ing”, eliminating the eight forms of waste, etc. Having him part of this process is invaluable. In fact, without him, none of this would be happening. So, PROPS TO THE HUBS!

 The Man behind the "Chic"

The Man behind the "Chic"

The scope of our project will include:

  • 5- ‘S’-ing the garage (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, sustain) 
  • Moving all gardening equipment and supplies to another unit (which will be another series entirely)
  • Additional electrical outlets
  • Mini-Split system
  • New lighting
  • Raising the garage doors and adding windows
  • Installing a sink
  • Wall Storage
  • Rolling carts/tables
  • Storage containers
  • Storage Loft
  • Painting and trimming
  • Floor finishing
  • New door to the house
 Before: Loads of Christmas decorations, heater, wood, projects.....

Before: Loads of Christmas decorations, heater, wood, projects.....

Week 1

Regardless of what the garage looks like right now, Page decided that my ladies needed to be comfortable. (What a guy!)  We live in Georgia. My first workshop is in July. It’s hot! So, he decided we needed to install a Mini-Split system. If you don’t know what that is, think about a hotel room that has the small unit you control. These things are awesome if you don’t want to run ductwork or you have a space where you don’t need AC/heat 24/7. We would only turn it on for workshops. They cool really quickly too and they don’t cost nearly as much as a traditional system.

 Before: The catch-all counter and paint can pyramid.

Before: The catch-all counter and paint can pyramid.

 

To-Do List

We got started this week and this was the to-do list. Fortunately, our contractors have been very cooperative to help us get this all accomplished by the first Chics With Tools, giving them about ten days total. Amazing! 

Step 1-Get an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) consultation and quote. 

Step 2- Enlist an electrician to be sure there is load capacity for the new split system plus any additional lighting and outlet needs. Have him wire for the mini-split.

Step 3- Call the garage door company to get a quote for raising the doors which requires new motors. Check with them about replacing some of the panels with glass so that more light comes into the garage.

Step 4- Design the overall plan of the garage, deciding what will be stored where. Takes notes and make renderings.

Step 5- Clean out the garage

 Before: More Christmas decorations and wood. Gardening equipment and new tables for Chics With Tools.

Before: More Christmas decorations and wood. Gardening equipment and new tables for Chics With Tools.

The Results

We managed to check everything off this week’s list. HVAC guys are scheduled, the electrician got started and we were very fortunate in that we have enough load in our current system to support everything we want to add in the garage. Because we are going for a sort of industrial-farmhouse vibe (I know, it’s trendy), having exposed conduit is not a big deal, making wiring easier and cheaper than having to fish it through walls. The garage door quote is in process and we threw in a whole lot of sweat equity by spending a good chunk of the weekend cleaning out the garage, planning the layout, and trying to source some materials. All-in-all, a pretty good week’s work.

More "Before" Pictures

Follow us for the next two months (she wrote optimistically) as our garage gets transformed!