Over The Top Make Over Of A Single Car Garage. DIY Upgrades and More!
I had plans to build a cool modern shed in my backyard to serve as motorcycle storage and general display. Well winter has come to my area and plans for the shed will have to wait till the weather clears. I was rather excited about building a modern space to call my own, so I decided to turn my sights on my single bay attached garage.
Plan is fairly simple. Seal the floor, paint the walls, install good lighting, build bench/storage. Will need to run some electrical, an air manifold for tools and possibly change how the water is run. While the plan always sounds super simple, the devil is in the details. I am sure this will take longer and cost more then expected, but it should be a fun project.
This is what I started with.
When my wife and I started hunting for our first home I had "large garage and work shop" on the must have list. Somehow that got bumped to the bottom of the list. I am okay with that, because the home offered so much more of what we wanted. Life is all about compromise, or so I tell myself.
The garage is a fairly basic single bay. Not really wide enough to use with a modern car if you want to open doors on both sides... The home was built in the '20s so things were different then. The walls are stone blocks, the floor is poured. There is electrical in the back, two outlets, and a hose spigot in the front.
Simple, but effective floor coating. Nothing too expensive and an easy DIY project.
The week we moved it I started cleaning the floor and getting it ready for a coating. Figured it was a good time to do it as nothing had been moved in yet. It is a real pain to empty a space to coat the floor.
Already starting to look better.
Painted every wall with a flat white paint that is meant to help seal concrete blocks. The idea was to help prevent any moisture or water from seeping through the walls. I liked that it made the space feel brighter, but it did shine a light on another problem with the garage, the lack of lighting. Other then the garage door opener, there was just a single light bulb in the center of the garage. I upgraded to an LED bulb, but it really did not help much. There just was not enough light, and the shadows were super annoying.
Started looking into different lighting solutions. Wanted something that cast a lot of light, limited the shadows and had a clean look. Found a term "illuminated ceiling" during my research. While I had never heard the term, I had seen the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne had an amazing lighting system in his garage. Had just assumed it was a movie prop or trick. Latter found out that the film used a real garage. Actually the owner rents the garage often for shoots. Guess a lot of people like the look. Funny thing was that I could not find anyone that had installed a similar system in their own garage. I am an Engineer by day, and motorcycle tinkerer by night, thought it would be a fun project. Sure it is gross overkill for my single bay garage, but that is part of the fun!
These are the tiles I will be using, and the look I hope to have in the final result.
Now that the walls are painted and floors are coated it seemed like the perfect time to pull down the existing ceiling. Who doesn't like demo with fresh paint?
Old drywall ceiling.
Demo work is actually rather fun. Just hitting things with a making a mess. The old drywall needed to come down to make room for the lighting.
The single light might look bright now, but just wait to see what replaces it...
The idea will be to mount somewhere between 10 and 20 4ft standard shop lights. Each light will have two T8 or T12 bulbs. The lights will get installed above the rafters. Then a drop ceiling grid will be installed and hang about 6-8 inches below the rafters. This should give enough space for the light to evenly defuse. in the grid will go translucent plastic tiles.
What a mess.
Will have to run some new electrical to power the new lights for sure. Will clean up the garage door mounts as well.
Cleaning up the mess.
Progress is being slowly made for sure. Hope to get a good Black Friday deal on lights as I am trying to keep this remodel to a budget.
What do you guys think? Silly project? Should I have just installed a couple of basic shop lights and been done? Any of you guys done any stylish garage updates for tiny spaces?
Look forward to posting more progress soon.