Garage Storage

29 Nov

When we were in the designing process of our home we were in a rush.  We were rushing to get a design plan finalized so we could start the building and have it finished and ready to move in not long after we said our “I do’s”.  In the haste of deciding, we tried to get as much livable space as we could in a smaller design to keep the costs down.  At the time we both just finished college, I had been living in small apartments, and Joey, cough, still lived with his parents, cough.  So you can imagine we didn’t have a lot of need for storage.  We also were in the mindset that people didn’t need storage, if they had to store it, they should just get rid of it.  We still practice that today, but there are some things that you just can’t get rid of.  Just yet.  Such as baby stuff.  The debate still continues on that one.

So our storage space is limited to our utility room.  A very small 15′ X 6′ room.   Most of that filled with the heater.

Number 7 on my 30 Before 30 list was “Figure out a garage storage system”.  We knew there was some unlocked potential there for storage.  And we had some garage organization problems as well.

Here’s a photo from the “I Built a Bed!” post.  It’s the only shot I’ve gotten of the poorly organized garage.  It’s not something I would want to photograph.

Here you can see some potential space for storage.  It’s located above the garage door.

We were over at a neighbor’s house and he had designed a over the garage door storage shelf that looked pretty spiffy.  He said he could help us put one in our garage too.  He gave Joey a cut list and eastimated it at $50. And he was spot on.  That’s with the extra 2X4’s Joey bought me for my random projects.

The two guys did all the work.  I just hung out with the kids.  And popped in to take pictures.

I don’t have the dimensions to share with you.  But you can get the idea from these pictures if you wanted to do something similar.  The size is about 16′ X 4′.

They did the whole thing in under 2 hours.

And here it is all filled up with random things.  We didn’t organize it very well.  But we were able to get everything we wanted up there.

This has got to be one of the most satisfying projects yet, based on use vs. cost.  We are thinking about doing another one at the front of the garage for plastic totes.

2 Responses to “Garage Storage”

  1. Aunt Mel November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    WOW! I need to show that to Gene. We need more storage in our garage. He has everything tidy and in a row, but to me, it’s cluttered looking. We have a friend that would probably help him. Gene knows a lot of things, but working with wood or fixing a vehicle are two things he can’t do.

  2. charla December 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I think this is an excellent project. Good work guys. And I think another one at the other end would be great too. I am sure Joey told you cough that he was living at home cough because he was A a tightwad, and B pretty lazy at that point. Don’t know if you bought that or not. I sure miss you guys. Love,Charla

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