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    Anyone interested in Garage Builds?

    I decided to give my cars a nice place to sleep over the winter. We have a nice cottage with a large garage so I decided to take a small part of the garage 17x23 and "spruce" it up a bit. If you are interested you can check it out on Garage Journal. Let me know if you like it or have suggestions. I did all the work myself and I am not a handy man so I am really happy with the before and after.

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    Here is the entire garage 47' x 23' inside dimensions...

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    The portion I am going to leave alone. It will be used for normal cottage garage use like boat storage, mower, snow blower, tools, work bench etc...

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    Here is the side that I am going to make pretty 23' x 17'. Not huge but more than enough to store a couple of sports cars...

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    In this pic the gutting has already taken place.

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    Here are the shelves and cupboards we took out...

    Garbage...

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    These I am going to keep. Paint them black with new handles and will use on this side of the garage for storage.

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    Here you can see the condition of the walls. Lots of time consuming work is going to need to happen to get it how I want it. It is not conventional dry wall so getting the joints perfectly flat is not going to be 100% possible but I do not want to re-drywall everything.

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    Here are some pictures of after the first tape and mud coat one one side...

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    Here is a before and after of the same corner....

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    Finished the 1st coat of mud, replaced all drywall that was not fixable and patched sections that were missing drywall.

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    Electrical. Had an electrician friend of mine help with this. Had to re-wire a lot ad get stuf behind the drywall rather than in fron. lol

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    The main light sourece wired in. I will remove the 2 boxes and patch the drywall once the car and trailer are out of the garage.

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    Wiring for the pot lights in the niches...

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    Here is the main light source. I found a box I liked, cut the light box down to 6" and removed the backing from the portion I am not going to use...

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    Attached the backing to the portion I am going to use...

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    Affixed the light fixture into the light box...

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    Now all that is left is to sand it, paint it and put the plastic cover panel on.

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    Coat number 1765 of mud on the niches. kill me. lol

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    Ceiling almost done. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Painting and lighting. It is starting to look like a garage.

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    Also wanted to do some work on the outside. I didn't like the green door and posts so I started to paint them black. I soon noticed the black just looked out of place. I changed to a dark brown which works a lot better especially with the brown roof. Here are some before and after pictures.

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    Now the fun stuff...

    Here is a the start of one of my favorite things that went into the garage. I had to enlist the help of my wife since she has more of an artistic touch.

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    Starting to work on the details. If you scroll back up to see the way the garage door and the side door originally looked you will see the huge improvement.

    Door painted black and door moldings installed and painted...

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    Garage door painted black and ugly window covering taken off. I have since put a frosting on the windows.

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    OK so here is where I went with the garage. I had a vision in my head and just went with it. I hope you guys like it.

    In these picture you can see the black crown moldings and the black electrical outlets and light switches as well as the "art" I used to give it that extra touch. Also I can't list the little things that tie it all together like the border on the hatch that leads to the attic and such. I will let the pictures do the talking.

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    Here is what I put in 2 of the 4 niches...

    Pic of my FD RX7 that a friend of mine took..

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    Porsche 911 patent poster...

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    One of the walls next to the garage door.

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    So I finally got the last things to go in the niches and now both side walls are complete...

    Framed Porsche Pit Crew shirt...

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    Mazda Pit Crew shirt...

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    Porsche wall complete...

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    Mazda wall complete...

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    WOW, Thanks sticky!!

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    The picture of the niche with the RX7 in it is epic. I mean the whole project turned out great, but the perspective shot of the car on the bridge in the niche looks amazing.
    Eppur si muove.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by NTIMD8 Click here to enlarge
    WOW, Thanks sticky!!
    No prob it's what I'm here to do. I like for my forum to have all the info and in a nicely presented manner.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    The picture of the niche with the RX7 in it is epic. I mean the whole project turned out great, but the perspective shot of the car on the bridge in the niche looks amazing.
    Thank you! My friend took that picture of my car on that bridge. The whole series turned out nice but I especially like that picture.

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    WOW....looks great. What a transformation.

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    Great work. The picture lights are a nice touch.

    As a fresh grad living in an apt. trying to earn my $$, projects like this are good motivation to get on the grind.
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    Thanks guys. Once the flooring is done I think that will make a nice difference too.

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    Cars going away for winter storage. Click here to enlarge

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    Man that looks awesome.

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    Very cool. I hope to build a garage that epic someday.

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    Thank you guys!

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    That is quite an improvement. Great work.
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