This project was inspired by the show, "Love it or List it". I was watching one of the episodes and my mind started thinking of what I could do to my house to make it function better. I had this idea a few years ago...to build a new garage and convert the existing garage into a bigger front room/ kitchen area, but I could never justify the cost ($25,000).
BUT...... I could justify it if it was for a new work room. A work room that could pay for itself. I was super excited about the idea (1st weekend in November). I called Heber at work that night and pitched the idea of not having to carry furniture down to my work room in the basement, and not using a spare bedroom upstairs to hold chairs until I was ready to work on them, and not taking up his parking space with more furniture in the garage.
All he said was...."sure sounds good, let's do it." We both didn't know what we were in for....3 months of remodeling in the dead of winter, and NUMEROUS trips to Home Depot and unexpected costs, and frustrations.
Our neighbor has a dump truck and a back hoe, so he came and helped out.
This was a few days before Thanksgiving---the weather was still great and we were able to prep the area for the cement pad for the new garage that we were having built by A-Shed. We figured we'd pay someone else to build the new garage while we worked on converting the old garage.
The boys were all a huge help taking down the tree. We planted this tree when I was pregnant with my first baby---it has grown huge over the past 12 years and shaded the garden area too much. SO I didn't feel too bad taking it out, the space will be more useful as a garage.
New 19' x 26'garage built by A-shed on Dec. 18th. They installed the garage door the next day. This went up in a day! Fully built, shingled, and painted in 6 or 7 hours by 5 or 6 guys! Completely worth the money ($15, 700 which included gutters, electrical, all materials, garage door, and openers).
Inside of old garage---tons of potential. 10' ceilings, 2 large windows, lots of natural light, and I can load furniture from the driveway.
I was pretty proud of myself--I figured out how to disassemble this whole door and removed it mostly on my own---and I sold it for $125 on KSL.com
My dad came to help frame the new walls inside the concrete stem walls and frame in the french doors.
AFTER---French doors with new stucco. We had them re-stucco the whole side of the house so it would not look patched.
These were some pretty cold days...in the teens. Luckily Heber's buddy lent us a huge propane heater that blew tons of warm air to keep the space somewhat heated while my dad and Heber worked.
The french doors were framed in and set on Dec. 18th--the same day the new garage was built. It was an exciting day for me!
At this point we also extended the duct work from the home through the attic space and did 3 registers and 1 return. Heber's buddy from the fire station helped him draw up what we would need and gave him a hand for a day and got it done.
Stairs and door painted. I primed with Gripper brand primer, and then painted 2 coats of green, and about 4 coats of polyeurthene. Before this... we painted the walls gray (Woodsmoke by Gliden).
Next Heber installed all the outlets (electricians just did the rough install), and our friend Jared helped hang the Chandelier that I bought off KSL.com for $50.
Oh and then we had to do some self- leveling....11 bags @$30/ bag. It's not perfect, but it was the best we could do with the sloping garage floor. Originally is sloped 4" from one end to the other. We were able to raise it to be only a 2" difference. Self leveling is only supposed to be used up to 1".
Then we laid the grey 12mm laminate floor. Heber and I finished 2/3rds of it and then he had to go back to work. I was anxious to see the whole thing done---So my 12 yr old son helped me lay the last 1/3 of it...chop saw and all! I was pretty proud of myself and him!
At this point, I was starting to see the end that was in sight. We bought 3" pine boards and stained them with Walnut stain and used them as baseboards. I like the rustic look. We removed the white door, and had a sliding barn door installed---so I can close off the work room from the kitchen when I want to.
This is my curtain fabric...navy blue and white linen.
Kong Sheds. We also paid for them to install....well worth the $120.
Kong Sheds did an AWESOME job!
LONG STORY SHORT------Here's the Main before and after pic
Before---2 car garage
AFTER--- 500 sq. ft work studio (sewing room)
AFTER----Outside of house--
Looks great! Thanks for sharing. You are a hard worker and you needed this space. It looks like you have room for girlfriends coming over to chat also!
So happy for you! The new space looks terrific. Wish I were still in Utah so I could take advantage of it...or at least my furniture could ;-)
Great Job Friend!! I hope to see it in person someday. You are an inspiration!
What a fabulous new work space! I'm sure you're loving it!
All I can think is, "Wow". I would love to have a dedicated work space like you have. Amazing job!
Shelley, it's brilliant! Thanks for sharing the process. A lot of work, with a fab outcome!
Looks absolutely beautiful! What a treat to have a separate workroom. My "workroom" has taken over my entire living room! OK, you've inspired me to think big...and to install a hanging barn-style door, love that! Thanks for letting me take a peak, Shelley.
So envious of your work space.....sigh.
WOW! I'm SO happy for you! I don't know anyone who deserves a workroom more than you. What a great place for you to work, and how handy....right off your kitchen. Congratulations and great job of planning/executing your idea!!
Wow I would love this space. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com
Wow this turned out so nice! Love it :)
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Yay for you! (Maybe a handrail on one side of the steps?) It blends in beautifully on the outside too. French doors such a plus!!
I love the sliding barn door in the front room. The color adds great depth to it. The French doors for the work room look awesome too, but I think the exterior calls for more windows for that room. -Rolf Matchen @NVRoofs
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Oh, Shelley, that is fabulous! I laughed at the pic of you fitting that in your friend's SUV. My motto is: Watch Me!. And then I say, "Never underestimate the power of a woman who wants to haul something in her car." One of my friends wanted a certain style of cabinet with a countertop in her kitchen. Two contractors told her she couldn't do it that way. She did it herself - saved a lot of money, too.
You've inspired me to convert my garage.
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What a hilarious project you uncovered before us. The idea to make the existing garage into a new big room or work room was tremendously inspiring and adventurous considering the cost you guessed. Really I wondered how you finalized at last. My personal interest today was to find some reviews related to windows and doors winnipeg but literally I was very happy finding and trailing to the end of your fabulous job. Love it simply.
Would you recommend the stair upgrade even if the garage was still a garage?
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