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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The garage is almost done!

It's been awhile since I've updated you all on the garage progress, partly because the county held us up on our framing permit and partly because the last few weeks have been very stressful and a bit of a blur.   It's definitely paid off for my husband to act as general contractor, but it has been exhausting organizing inspections and contractors.  We had 4 different companies at our house during the past couple weeks and we needed to make sure one project was completed in time for the next contractor to begin their work.  I may have even had a few screaming sessions with the driveway company after they failed to show up as promised and almost forced us to push back our garage door installation.  The guy actually called my husband right after I got off the phone with him and my husband said, "You have to take that up with my wife."  I thought that was pretty funny!   In the end, it all got done, but not without a few speed bumps along the way.

Let's take a look back at how our little modest house looked before.
Here's how it looked as of the last update about a month ago.

About 3 weeks ago the new siding went up as well as all new gutters and soffit on the entire house. 

Then we ran into an issue.  We realized our front step wasn't going to be the correct height unless we raised the floor a few inches.   This minor issue was delaying the completion of the siding so we had to fix it ASAP.   As a temporary fix and to appease the county we installed leftover boards from our deck.  In the Spring, we'll more than likely tear out the deck and pour concrete. 
To cut cost, we had originally planned on only drywalling part of the garage and using pegboard for the remaining walls.  Well, the drywall guys talked us into doing it all now, which meant we had to get the entire garage insulated and painted before the garage doors were installed.   This pushed the installation of the garage doors back twice. Ugh!Our electrician friend also came out and wired the garage and mudroom for all the outlets and lights.  He looked at me a little funny when I requested more lights be installed over my work area.  Hey, a women's work space is just as import, right? 

After all the electric was run and the insulation was installed the guys came and hung the drywall.  The drywall was finished last Monday morning and Monday afternoon my awesome painter brother dropped everything to come out and paint the garage, just in time for the garage doors to be installed. 

The siding is now complete, the driveway has been paved, garage doors have been installed and the front posts have been wrapped.  
(I have the hardware, but I want to make 100% sure I want to add it before I go drilling into these beautiful doors.)
You guys have no idea how EXCITED I am to finally have our garage doors installed.   They were a total splurge and completely worth the extra money.  They are super quiet, triple insulated and the perfect craftsman style door.

We're getting close to the end, but still have a few more important projects that need to be completed.   Here's what we'll be working on over the next few week/months.
  • Install interior garage steps
  • Add molding to all windows and doors.
  • Hang shutters
  • Install garage fire rated interior door. 
  • Plan layout for workspaces, buy and stain/paint cabinets and hang T.V (my husband had the garage wired so he could hang a flat screen, must be a man thing)
  • Coat and seal the concrete.  (we're leaning towards gray with flakes of black and white)
  • Pick color for pardge coating.
  • Paint mudroom
  • Build bench for mudroom
  • Work on flooring project for mudroom. (I'm leaning towards painting and/or possibly stenciling the floor)

Would you like to comment?

  1. Whoa Momma! Now that's a To-Do List! Looks great though, I am excited to see the garage once you have your workstation!

    1. Thanks girl! I'm excited to get the garage organized and a work space built too! Maybe then I can stop using the dining room table, lol!

  2. I'm sure it was frustrating but it looks SO great!! Those doors are perfect. : ) And I am loving all the drywall inside. I really would like to do that with our garage so we could heat it for extra playspace in the winter (the kids love to ride their bikes/trikes out there when the cars are out). I can believe you are loving the progress!

    1. Thanks Liz! That was one of the main reasons we went with the more expensive doors and ended up drywalling the garage. We plan on heating the garage next year and using it for extra play space. I remember when I was little I LOVED roller skating in the garage all year long!

  3. Oh, Katie, everything looks gorgeous already! I can't even imagine how amazing it will look like once you guys are finished with all of the little details. Can't wait to see that hardware. ;)

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! I'm pretty sure I'll be adding the hardware on the doors, so stay tuned!

  4. This looks great! Where are your garage doors from? Do you know if they come 16 feet long? Thanks! -Marie

    1. They are carriage garage doors (model 5332) made by CHI. We ordered them from a local garage door company that was amazing to work with. I don't know if they make them in 16 ft lengths, but it might be worth looking into. I don't believe you can get them from Home Depot or Lowe's, so you may have to contact a local garage door company. Hope that helps :)

  5. This is looking great! What a big project, but it's totally worth it. Can't wait to see what's next!

    1. Thanks Erica! It's definitely been a huge project, but totally worth the stress now that I can actually park in the garage and work on projects during rainy days :)