The Garage: BEFORE! - The Kim Six Fix

The Garage: BEFORE!

I wanted to post about my latest project.  The Garage!  
I have decided to completely do over my garage since it is close to unusable right now.  It is just a dumping ground for everything that needs to be stored... and I know it can be so much more.  
Let me give you the tour:  
Left hand side is lined by built in shelves. There also is a hose spigot on this wall.. since the front of the house has no external hose hookups.  There is a little "niche" between the end of the shelving and a exterior access utility closet where we currently house the freezer (no I am not talking the fridge in this photo.. that is being sold.. there is ANOTHER freezer hidden in there.)
Back wall.  The entry door as well as the furnace and water heater take up a large portion of this wall.  Plus when the van is pulled in far enough to close the garage door there is less than 12 inches of clearance at the front of the garage.  It is NOT a deep garage.

Right hand side.  The previous owners had nail riddled 1x2s on the wall (apparently to hang stuff from)  We currently tend to park on this side of the garage so we have everything pushed flush against the wall.

Not only are the contents of the garage a mess, but the garage ITSELF is a disaster. Whoever drywalled and taped it did a HORRIBLE job.  The joint compound is crumbling and the tape is peeling off.  

  Some areas it has puckered and torn.. and none of the nail holes were ever filled. 
 There also are DOZENS of random nails sticking out all over the place.   A lot of them are so loose they pull right out, so I have no idea what they must have held before.

And although the space is finished, it has never been painted which is another thing I want to remedy.  
I also hope to use a few of the ideas that I have seen on Pinterest (like redoing the entryway, since it is the door we use 99% of the time)


But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
My goals for the space are to incorporate 5 functional areas (besides parking the car) to fufill the needs of our household.

Area 1: Storage
This is what we mainly use the garage for now.  This house has no basement, no attic access and limited closet space.  We are in a moderate climate, so the garage is suitable for storing just about everything. 
This is going to be a major component of the redesign because I am going to need to create storage "zones" for specific types of things.  For example: Lawn and Garden, Holidays, Camping Equipment, Sporting Equipment, Suitcases, Baby Gear/Kids Stuff.
There are some great options out there, if I can figure out how to accommodate them:


Area 2: Workshop
Since starting my journey into the world of home improvement, I have accumulated a lot of tools and other stuff that I frequently need to access.  Right now all my tools and gear are chaotically scattered around the garage.  I want to make sure I get it all organized and easily accessible since right now everything takes longer because I have to spend so much time just finding what I need.  

I have a mini work/saw bench from the cabinets I tore out of the laundry room. I want to make sure I accommodate that as well as storage for specific things like lumber, saw horses, paint, ladders, hardware etc. 


Area 3: Mudroom
Our house doesn't have a formal entryway.  There is a coat closet by the front door, but that is about it.  The coat closet is also the only closet on the ground floor so it houses all my brooms, vacuums, mops, along with coats, shoes, sporting equipment, a laundry hamper, dance shoes, school supplies... yadda yadda yadda.  

I want to designate a space in the garage specifically for a lot of that junk.  I am hoping to give each family member a cubby to keep all their coats and shoes and anything else that typically gets dumped either in the closet or on the floor on the way in from the garage. 


Area 4: Pantry/Freezer
I have a small freezer in the garage that right now I cannot access. I want to make sure I plan for an outlet and ample space to house the freezer (and perhaps a few shelves for pantry items.)  The kitchen freezer is busting at the seams and I would love to be able to get that freezer back up and running.

Area 5: Trash
Yes I must house my trash cans in the garage per HOA rules.  Soooo... I have to take up a large footprint of the garage storing those bad boys.  They should be close enough to the garage door that they are easily wheeled to the curb, but also should be accessible from the house while the car is parked in the garage.   They are actually quite a pain to deal with.

The last big project I have planned is to epoxy the floor.  I have been painting on it without a drop cloth just knowing I was going to upgrade it.  
All of that PLUS fit in my car! No problem.. right? 
One step at time.. one step at a time.

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