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Old 10-09-2017, 12:46 AM   #1
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Garage refurb begins

A couple of years ago I posted a new thread asking about garage sizes as I was looking to buy a new house and wanted a decent garage to go along with it:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=358703

Anyway, to save reading that thread (as photobucket ruined it!!) we found a house which came with an attached single garage and also a detached wide single garage at the rear of the property. Happy days!

The only thing was, the garage had quite a large side window and ideally a door would have been a better option. Saves having to open the main roller door every time you want to enter/leave the garage. Only problem was - when the garage was built, all of the rear garden was finished with decking and a door wasn't possible with it still there. So, it was decided that all the decking would be ripped out and replaced with a tiered garden area(which was the original layout), which conveniently meant I could get a door/window unit fitted. That was finally completed a couple of weeks ago and now I'm ready to tackle the garage.

Started off like this:



And this is how things stand at the moment, sort of a blank canvas. Think this is the emptiest it's ever been!:









Plans so far are:

Paint the walls white.
New LED lights.
New light switch at door.
Box-in electrics.
Plastic floor tiles.
Fit kitchen style cupboards etc.
tool storage/work bench.

Nice to haves but not right away:

Floor loft area.
New electric roller door.


However, I am looking for ideas/suggestions as to what else to do with it. I am on a budget so don't go wild.

It's a great garage and has lots of potential. The only issue with it is that although it's nice and wide, it's not the longest at 4.8m from back wall to door. So I want to keep the back wall clear so I can get a car as close to it as possible.

I'll post more (better) pics soon, showing garden before/after etc, but in the meantime i'm looking forward to working on it through the winter months and posting up the progress.

Cheers

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Old 10-09-2017, 04:15 AM   #2
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Hi..

Looking great...! Can't wait to see more from you..

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is there an issue wuth water entering the garage? (from the drive maybe )
your first image shows a damp patch at the front left ?
maybe worth sorting some run off drainage first perhaps ?

nice garage.. what going in there ?
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Nice progress

If you are short of length then perhaps a kitchen worktop across the back wall with wall cupboards over the top. Will allow you to tuck the front of the car under the workbench, but still have storage on the wall and a work surface when the cars not in. You may be able even to put a narrow floor unit in the corners.

I'd hang fire on LED lighting until you have the walls painted - it might be money that could be saved until a later date. If you intend to part board the ceiling then a white ceiling will help too
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Invest in some of these led lights off eBay... job sorted

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/272470978065

6000k 4ft lights







I wouldn't buy anything else...
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Thanks guys. Not a lot been happening lately but I'm hoping to get some work done this weekend so hopefully have new pics.

There was an issue with water entering the garage. It was coming in where the power cables enter, this was due to the water running off under the old decking and flowing through the conduit. All sealed up now and with the decking gone, it's never been an issue since, even after torrential downpours.

As for what's going in it - for now it'll be either the wife's mk7 Astra or my Fabia. So nothing special for now unfortunately. It's mainly going to be used for detailing or to keep the Skoda out of the rain as it's only used about 4 days a week!

I do have my eye on some kitchen units and I was thinking on wall mounted or running them down the side as I the garage is fairly wide. So that is a good shout.

Those lights are very similar to ones I'd looked at on ebay. They were recommended by someone on here. So thanks for that, I'll consider those when I get ready to buy the lights.
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Think this may take some time:



Started the first coat this evening. Did buy a cheap sprayer from eBay but it was useless (it was mega cheap), so out came the brush. I am going to invest in a decent masonry roller but not sure if it'll be any more effective at painting all the little holes in the blocks. Never used one before.

Breeze blocks are horrible to paint btw!!

The good thing is, I'm not in a rush. So will just take my time and do an hour or so each time. That way, I hopefully won't get too fed up doing it.

In other developments, I finished sealing the floor this morning. Good old PVA mixed with water worked perfectly. No more dusty floor!

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Think this may take some time:

Looks like a few more coats of paint are needed mate
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I think you might be right!

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Looking good. Did mine last year and it took 4 coats, I bought a good roller on a pole and it really did make a difference, it can be a soul destroying job but worth putting the time in.

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