garage storage at last!

Yeah, I know you are waiting for the bookshelf photos. Keep holdin’ yer breath, faithful readers, ’cause that ain’t happenin’ for a while yet.

What DID happen, finally, is I have garage storage. It’s a bigger deal than you can imagine, unless you have a bunch of garage stuff and move into a house the garage of which has not a single shelf or cabinet in which to put that stuff. So here are the before and after pictures. You are standing in the large garage door, facing inward toward the house. Yes, there’s a ton of paper piled up in there, it’s from the packing boxes and it’s slowly going to the recycler and being put to other good uses. The crumply pile in the middle is just paper not yet flattened out.

Straight ahead is the small door to the laundry room and what would be a mud room, except they put hardwood floors in the sucker, which explains the shoe cubby next to the door in the after picture.¬†On the left of that door into the house is a slanted corner wall, which explains the angled look of that side. No, there isn’t much there yet, but hey, these just went in. Gimme a chance!

Here are the photos, Before & After on the left side, then Before & After on the Right side. Click on ‘em to see the goods. The explanation of the right side follows.

On the right, other than the little freezer, there wasn’t much but the central vac in the corner. I had sworn, after having problems in the last place, that I’d never put cabinets or anything in front of the car parking space, but this garage is way deeper that that one, so it works. The after shows the work bench with drawers and under storage, cabinets over, and also the four very large closed cabinets for stuff. All those things in the middle of the garage will be swallowed up between these and the open shelves on the other side. I’ll be out there doing that as soon as it warms up a tad, we’re getting snow tonight.

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12 Responses to garage storage at last!

  1. Bill Crider says:

    Looks great. I wouldn’t dare put photos of my garage on the Internet.

  2. Todd Mason says:

    You photographers get out of my garage!

  3. Evan Lewis says:

    Hm. Those look like bookshelves to me. You must have some books that are uncollectible enough to keep in the garage.

  4. When you gotta have storage it can certainly be a big thing

  5. Looking good. You’re starting to get there. May the book shelves come soon. I know how it is not to be able to lay your hands on one when you want.

  6. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Nice. Roomy!

  7. Pretty soon you’ll have the shelving and storage issues resolved. Then, you can just READ!

  8. Richard says:

    Thanks, it’s GREAT to have someplace to put stuff, now all I have to do it DO IT.

    Todd – your garage has piles of paper in it? Wow, must be the “in” thing.

    Evan – those could be bookshelves, if the books were all 18″ from spine to page edge. These cabinets are 24 inches deep.

    George, that will be a red-letter day!

  9. Patti Abbott says:

    I’m ready to move it, Rick. Our garage (1927) is so narrow that we risk scraping the sides of the car every time.

  10. Richard says:

    What you need, Patti, is a 3-car garage! They have them here in Portland and the market has lots of inventory.

  11. Carl V. says:

    Oh, that is all fantastic! I especially like the shelves that are perpendicular to the door into your house from the garage. What a great idea.

  12. Richard says:

    The post was supposed to say “shoe cubby”, not show cubby, but hopefully you figured that out. I wanted to get out there this past weekend, but with temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, it was just too darn cold! We are thinking we may need to get a space heater for the garage, as it’s unheated. It’ll be fine in the Spring, Summer and Fall, but if the Winters are all going to be this cold, we’ll need something to make it habitable.

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