major garage reno. lots of pics

So Ive pretty much re-done every other area/room in the house except the garage. Its been bugging me for a long time. The walls had alot of holes in them and the old cabinets and brown peg board made it look pretty shitty. Also my brother is an electrician so everytime we re-do a room he’s upgraded the electric and ran new circuits because the whole house was originally done on like 3 circuits so this led to lots of wire being run from the panel through the garage into various parts of the house, so a main thing I wanted to accomplish was to cover all that mess up and put in new and less cabinets (since most of the old cabinets were filled with crap anyway and took up alot of space.)

Anyway on with the pics.

step one get rid of all the garabage and cabinets and other furniture that should have gotten thrown out when it was replaced instead of being re-assigned to the garage.

step 2

next I boxed out along the wall and celing to hide the wires and also to leave an area incase more wires have to be ran in the future (Ill just get a few of those removable panel things so we can snake wire through if we have to)

Also the center wall was built like shit to begin with and was very unstable and I wanted to extend it a few feet to direct foot traffic away from the corner of my car so I did that.

Also the bottom half of the wall along the right side of the garage is the inside of a cheek wall of the foundation so I studded that out so it would all be sheet rock when done.

also ran water so I wont have to drag the hose from the corner of the house in the winter if I want to wash my car, Ill probably hook it up to a hot feed.

step 3 electric

so there were only about 2 outlets in the garage before so to bring it up to code there is now an outlet every ten feet on each wall, we also moved the light switch and grage door switches out from behind the door into the house so you can use them when the door into the house is open, also put in a three way switch so you can shut the lights out from either side of the garage, and ran some cable wire so I can install a tv on the wall.

switches behind the door

moved

cable and power for tv

home network stuff (there is an outlet in the box so everything will be plugged in and nothing will be exposed) its just not hooked up yet.
step 4 drywall (went over old drywall with 1/4" and the new walls got 1/2")

*those outlets are GFI’s and timers for outdoor lighting and the ponds

that space is for peg board thats gonna sit flush with the drywall and be painted the same color

Now I know I should have done the floor last (and I would have liked to but the tempetures this week would be too low and I dont want to have to be doing it in a week or two when Im too busy) so when the spackle and ligthing and painting is done we will just hav eto use drop cloths and be carefull.

I used the rust-oleum brand and I used the clear coat too, it went down pretty easy ( I skim coated some of the bad areas of the floor with some cement before hand so that helped) It could use another coat of the clear but its like 100 bucks a kit and they dont carry the clear kit around here, so I would have to have another kit shiped to me. So for now Im going to leave it how it is, since it looks much better than it did.

it was still wet when I took these pics and it has dried alot more even now than it is in the pics.
so thats it untill the floor dries and I can have my friend finish the spackle and paint and have my brother install the new lights I got.

nice work, so your internet and tv and all this shit is all hooked up in your garage now?

it has been for a while but yeah the modem is there and then we have the cat 5 wire running to each room along with cable wire.
got the cabinets yesterday, pretty simple to put together Im pretty happy with them. They are the coleman tuff duty cabinets from Lowes all of them ran me around $650 with tax so thats not bad.

the big one by itself in the corner is going to be further into the corner but we pulled it out last night to spackle.

Can you explain the functionality of those rectangular boxes you framed at the top ofg the wall?

If someone already asked, I apologize… But can you tell us the overall approx project cost? What do you think a contractor would have charged you? About how many total man hours were spent on the project?

Pictures of your other projects?

Again, great job!!!

got the cabinets yesterday, pretty simple to put together Im pretty happy with them. They are the coleman tuff duty cabinets from Lowes all of them ran me around $650 with tax so thats not bad.

the big one by itself in the corner is going to be further into the corner but we pulled it out last night to spackle.

Wow this is looking great…Cant wait to see it finished.
I might have missed it, but why do you have a wall seperating garage into two parts?
I put it back up because I wanted the support pole covered and the I-beam covered for one, second I like the protection for my car, it keeps shit from falling on it and people rubbing up against it or people carring shit in through the garage from bumping into the car, plus the side my car isnt on is about 2′ wider so its big enough to pull a car in on that side and still be able to work on it.

cliffs: mostly to keep shit and people away from my car when its in the garage.

Can you explain the functionality of those rectangular boxes you framed at the top ofg the wall?

If someone already asked, I apologize… But can you tell us the overall approx project cost? What do you think a contractor would have charged you? About how many total man hours were spent on the project?

Pictures of your other projects?

Again, great job!!!

I framed it out to hide all the wires that were run along the top of the garage as the electric in other parts of the house was upgraded, and also to allow future wires to be run through there as well (I can put in those removable panels at each end to help snake wires through if ness.)

So far Ive spent about $700 on materials (lumber, sheetrock, screws, electric etc…)
about another $300 for the floor stuff
and $650 for the cabinets
The paint will probably end up costing a $100 bucks or so
and the outlets and switches will probably end up costing $100

so mabey when all said and done $2000-$2500

as of now I probably spent 100 hours mabey including a few times I had help.

so a quick way I estimate shit like that for my buisness is just to triple the cost of materials and that will put you in the ball park.
so on the low side $7500 mabey.
as for other projects Ill just post a few that I have before and after pics.

excuse the plastic cup tower but you can see the fireplace here with the old dirty brick and slate hearth. and the 1980’s scarface the world is yours fake metal mantle.

so I replaced the mantles with bluestone and tiled over the brick with marble tile and had the room repainted.

after

after #2 (also and changed the doors to black with tinted glass.)

and about this time last year the kitchen was the project.

befores (dont have any good pictures because it wasnt something Ilike to take pictures of.)

durring with everything old ripped out (and the mistake of putting the old cabinets in the garage lol)

I cant take credit for painting (except the color choices) but did everything else.

this picture shows the actuall color better

Jesus… you’ve got good design eyes. vast improvements, expecially the fireplace. come to my house and help me with this shit. hahaha.

thanks, I need to have a good eye for design for work and alot of that carries over to working inside on stuff like this. is me and my fathers company if you want to take a look.

as far as helping you where are you at?

thanks, I need to have a good eye for design for work and alot of that carries over to working inside on stuff like this. is me and my fathers company if you want to take a look.

as far as helping you where are you at?

Wow, you guys do nice work! You also have things to work with… I live in AZ where everything is desert. You can only choose so many different kinds of rocks. haha.

My problem is that I’m too indecisive. I’m about to redo my kitchen for the 2nd time in 3 years.

Wow, you guys do nice work! You also have things to work with… I live in AZ where everything is desert. You can only choose so many different kinds of rocks. haha.

My problem is that I’m too indecisive. I’m about to redo my kitchen for the 2nd time in 3 years.

I know this is going to come off as cocky but its important not to be penny wise pound foolish, it may cost a bit more now but its importants that if your going to do something you may as well do it once and do it right. not saying thats your case though.

Oh that’s definately not my problem haha. I just have a change in taste too fast. For instance, when i did my kitchen the first time i replaced the counters and cabinets and went with a black granite/stainless steel look… I’m starting to get tired of the bachelor style and now I’m kicking the idea around of doing concrete counters instead of the black granite now.
AMAZING work. how old are you? how much experience do you have in doing this?

I always wanted to start a DIY project. maybe in a few years when I can get a house.
24 yo been working for my dad for mabey 8 or 9 years.

AMAZING work. how old are you? how much experience do you have in doing this?

I always wanted to start a DIY project. maybe in a few years when I can get a house.

Oh wow.
should have put a "gasket" between the bottom plates and the cement floor. You should never have wood touching cement.
we dont really do that around here, just a good helping of construction adhesive and thats about it, Im assuimg up by you the moisture is a problem.
Is that garage attached to the living area?

Isn’t 5/8 rock code in most areas – double wrap on wood structural pieces?

edit: looks nice.

Is that garage attached to the living area?

Isn’t 5/8 rock code in most areas – double wrap on wood structural pieces?

edit: looks nice.

yeah its attached but on the back wall is a home office and the other walls are exterior walls. And there was 5/8 on the walls already and anything that was structual is existing and was covered already, I just went over the 5/8 with 1/4 instead of spending all the time prepping it for paint, and the new dividing walls I built arent structual and they got 1/2 rock.

Why aren’t the wires drilled thru the studs?

because the studs are staggered so the wires pass between them with plenty of room.

and the other wire hanging down was ran through the ceiling it was just temporary.
Looking nice…. electrical panel could be cleaned up a bit but looks real nice.

most of the stuff is jammed in there because we switched to digital cable so they changed the modem out and then we had to change the router so its not as nice as it used to look.

I was referring to the Electrical panel where all the circuit breakers are lol.

really? how so? Id love to be able to break his balls about it.

Wire nuts in a panel? I understand why there, there but I mean come on. Its messier than a mother fucker, needs some zip ties, and it just looks like a mess.

Basically to sum it up in two words. WIRE MANAGEMENT

Wire nuts in a panel? I understand why there, there but I mean come on. Its messier than a mother fucker, needs some zip ties, and it just looks like a mess.

Basically to sum it up in two words. WIRE MANAGEMENT

yeah that sums him up in two words also lol, alot of it is because he never finishes what he starts and alot of the stuff going into there is added on, Ive seen new construction stuff he’s done and its much nicer, mabey if I paid him he would do a better job.
updated:

So over the past week my friend has been spackling and sanding, he got one coat of paint on the walls and ceiling to prime it and my brother put the outlets and hooked up the three way switches for the lights.

yesterday I put up the lights, yes I kow they are meant to go in a drop ceiling but they were free so all it cost me was $20 for the bulbs and $30 for two new ballasts. I like the look of them over the old un covered 8′ ones.

I also did the base moulding today, if everything looks good tommorow he may be able to put the final coat of paint on, if thats the case Im going to probably put another coat of clear on the floor on sat because with the doors open and the sunlight shining in I have noticed a few spots I mised the first time.

anyway heres the pics.

old lights

new lights (two on the larger side and I have one on the smaller side)

nice work, never seen a garage framed out before.

the name sounds familiar, i must have seen your work on the island before..

moisture is a problem everywhere.

its not common practice in NY, or most of the northeast for that matter..
Ok so my painter friend finished the right side yesterday and he’s coming back today to paint the left side (he would have painted yesterday but he saw a few more spots he wanted to fix on the ceiling). We’re using BM china white super hide paint, my uncle who is a painter recomended using it since it covers really well and hides alot of the little shit.

So after the paint is done Im gonna re-clear the floor and then after that its just the finishing touches and im done.

moulding around the peg board

painted panels white.

everything right of the garage door buttons is finished.

shot of the right side.

wide angle (and yes the floor is very dusty.)

wide angle left side.

right side again

my plan for here is to eventually put some doors on one side so I can use it for storage, and mabey put a small compressor in there and run air lines along the floor to the other side and then put quick connect fittings along the left wall.
took care of most of the finishing touches today, and I put another coat of clear on the floor yesterday. I was able to have the garage doors open since it was warm so between that and the new lights I could actually see what I was doing this time.

The only things left to do are the doors for the storage area on the right side but Im in no rush for that. and I want to paint the irrigation control box white. I am also going to cap off that short wall with a piece of diamond plate.

looks great, is that your tool collection hangin on the peg board?

no thats just the stuff that was out from working on the garage, most of my out door tools are in a shed down where I park the trucks, the hand tools are mostly in in small toolboxes in the bottom cabinets, Im going to buy a rolling chest and them put them all into that.

It would be pretty sad if my tool collection was a wooden handle hammer 5 screwdrivers and a flat bar.
dude awesome work, looks real good

I can’t wait to have a garage so I can customize it
Awesome job.

Will it ever be that clean and organized again?

Awesome job.

Will it ever be that clean and organized again?

7 days and counting

I find it much easier to keep things clean when you have a fresh start, before when I cleaned it it was more like re-aragning the mess. now things have a place and I threw out a ton of stuff I didnt need.
thats some amazing stuff. Someday when i get around to it im doing almost the same thing (not that much) like just cleaning it up and getting everything lookin nice. but yea great garage and also nice bikes
fantastic job

and the landscaping work is really incredible – do you have pics of your yard?
very nice work man.
btw – it’s maybe, not mabey

very nice work man.
btw – it’s maybe, not mabey

I know its just one of those things that I type like that if Im not paying attention to my fingers lol
Wow, I applaud you – way to rework that living room as well.
Im actually working on my bedroom now, hopefully Ill have some pics up by tuesday. didnt take any befores but I have some durrings and I might have a couple old ones.

reading the thread ftw.
nice work! looks a lot nicer than my studio i built in my garage!

just thought it ruined it

sorry you feel that way.
Couldn’t whore on the .ORG anymore eh?

Place looks good Zullo

Couldn’t whore on the .ORG anymore eh?

Place looks good Zullo

no I posted this on the org last year, but I linked to this thread in a new one and someone bumped it.

Hehehe, just busting your balls. Renos you did look good.