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tweedbean's Garage Makeover

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by tweedbean, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Hi everyone, I am looking for some inspiration for my single garage. Have a few ideas that I want to share and get feedback on before I pull the trigger. Below is an update of where I am right now.

    Spec wise its roughly 6mx2.6m single garage with a concrete floor. It has plug sockets near the up and over door and a light switch either end for a single centrally mounted batten strip light.

    Here are some pictures taken when we first moved in:

    [​IMG]Garage before shots by James Baker, on Flickr

    Here is the exterior of the garage. I want to build my own car port in front of the garage to cover my daily driver, thats a project for late 2018:

    [​IMG]Garage before shots by James Baker, on Flickr

    Not the most spectacular of garage, especially over the massive double garage we had in our old house, however we chose area and size of house/drive over a double garage. So I want to make the most of garage I have which will be used to store my fun weekend/track toy:

    [​IMG]Industrial Park Shots by James Baker, on Flickr

    [​IMG]R53 by James Baker, on Flickr

    [​IMG]My R53 at Curborough July 2017 by James Baker, on Flickr
     
  2. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Anyway back to the garage. I started off by sealing the floors with a water/PVA glue mix to reduce the dust.

    Next I painted the walls with a white paint to brighten it up in there.

    [​IMG]Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

    After about 3 coats, I added some temp storage until I decided what I wanted in there:

    [​IMG]Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

    Found this dumped in a field, which I have cleaned up and want to mount on the wall in the garage:

    [​IMG]Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
     
  3. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Next up I want to board the ceiling up properly and paint that white aswell. I have access to a load of free wood to do this, so it isnt going to cost me anything. That should tidy up the ceiling area which is ugly right now:

    [​IMG]Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

    I also want to increase the lighting so going to look at some bright LED lights to add light at both ends aswell as the middle of the garage.
     
  4. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Floor wise, I was looking at Plasfloor tiles, in a red and black check taking inspiration from the colours in that sign, something like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Teknobry

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 1, 2007

    Posts: 1,672

    Location: Manchester. UK

    i have the plasfloor tiles, brilliant they are! spilt oil, coolant etc on them. very hard wearing and easy to clean.
    when jacking up the car i just put a bit of cardboard under the jack as sharp edges can damage the tiles when all that weight is on a small area.
     
  6. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    That's good to hear, I need to get hold of the wood for the ceiling and get that painted and fitted, then im tackling the floor. I know scoobydoo69 on here also has Plasfloor tiles and provided similar feedback.
     
  7. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Decided I wanted to insulate the garage door to warm it up a little bit and remove the drafts.

    I went for a very cheap solution using the following:

    2x JABLITE FLOOR INSULATION 2400MM 1200MM 25MM =£14
    http://www.diy.com/departments/jablite-floor-insulation-2400mm-1200mm-25mm/26822_BQ.prd

    1x Utility Duct Tape Silver & Black 48mmx15m - 8 pack = £6
    https://www.homebase.co.uk/utility-duct-tape-silver-black-48mmx15m-8-pack_p400152

    1x Thermawrap General Purpose Wrap Single 600mm x 7.5m = £9.99
    https://www.homebase.co.uk/thermawrap-general-purpose-wrap-single-600mm-x-7-5m_p407457

    [​IMG]Garage door insulation by James Baker, on Flickr

    Gave the door a quick clean on the inside:

    [​IMG]Garage door insulation by James Baker, on Flickr
     
  8. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    I taped up the joins down the edges on the inside of the door as there was air getting through. I then cut the jablite polystyrene panels with a sharp knife. Cut very easy and cut to such a tight fit they hold themselves in place without any adhesive.


    [​IMG]Garage door insulation by James Baker, on Flickr

    I taped up all the joins and around the edge to ensure it was as airtight as I could get it.

    I had to stop for the night however tomorrow I will be using the thermawrap to cover the panels and add another layer of insulation.

    Interested to see what impact this has.

    Oh and I also slipped pipe lagging across the bottom edge of the door. These are again held on with pressure and bridge the small gap between the floor and the door. They cant be seen from the outside which is also a bonus.
     
  9. koolpc

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 2, 2004

    Posts: 11,780

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    Insulate the roof too
     
  10. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Hadn't even thought of that, good idea.
     
  11. Puzzled

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 9, 2003

    Posts: 6,893

    Looks good, I've got the same locking mechanism on mine to work around. That's one very clean garage door, ours is covered in webs and critters guarding the entrance :o
     
  12. HeX

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,888

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Looking good, makes a fair bit of difference having the insulation. Well worth doing the ceiling too when you get it boarded up. Chuck some cheep loft insulation in there and you're good :)
     
  13. Mysterae_

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 15, 2008

    Posts: 744

    I've been meaning to paint my garage white for years! Next year for sure ;).

    It's a shame you've already done your garage door, I'd recommend an electric roller door for a few reasons. When your existing garage door is up it blocks a lot of light from the ceiling lights - fine when it's down but irritating when it's up! Also if the roller door can be installed in the inside frame of the garage opening you'll gain a couple of inches, ideal if you're finding it tight getting your car in.

    For tiles have a look at Ecotile too although a bit costly. Also look at gluing a strip of carpet around the walls where you are likely to open a door against to protect the paint on the door edges.

    Lastly, be careful of sealing your garage up too tightly, especially if you ever put your car away when wet. Lack of ventilation and a warm and wet car will mean rust.
     
  14. GinG

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 22, 2006

    Posts: 7,140

    Thanks for the tip regarding pipe lagging.

    I converted part of my garage and there has been a draft coming in from the door going into the garage. Only really noticed the last few days as it has got much cooler...decided to go out and get some draught excluder and also some pipe lagging to go along the bottom of the garage door.

    £10 later and it is much better...think I will be doing the door insulation in the coming weeks also.
     
  15. eviled

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 25, 2016

    Posts: 694

    actually heat slows down rust
     
  16. koolpc

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 2, 2004

    Posts: 11,780

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    That's why I wear heated underpants!
     
  17. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Just working through design ideas before I order the floor. Want to get the colour scheme spot on.

    Floor:
    • Chequerboard pattern of either red and black to grey and black.
    Rear Wall:
    • 1000mm Kitchen cupboard base unit with single shelf to store cleaning products and rattle cans etc
    • 1000mm wall cupboard to store blue roll, micro fibres, drying towels etc
    • Under cupboard LED lighting to light up the work top under the wall cupboard
    • Contrasting splash back between bottom of wall cupboard and work top
    • Roughly 1.7m long work top(Black) to cover cupboard and existing rolling tool chest(Black)
    Here are a few designs, clearly the floor tile pattern will be larger but I took the easy route using a small fill pattern in powerpoint to create the mock ups:

    Red/Black floor with red cupboard doors:

    [​IMG]Plasfloor ideas by James Baker, on Flickr

    Red/Black floor with Wooden doors - not sure on this one, but doors less likely to show marks :

    [​IMG]Plasfloor ideas by James Baker, on Flickr

    Red/Black floor with Grey doors:

    [​IMG]Plasfloor ideas by James Baker, on Flickr


    Grey/black floor with grey doors, feels boring:

    [​IMG]Plasfloor ideas by James Baker, on Flickr

    Grey black floor with red doors, feels boring:

    [​IMG]Plasfloor ideas by James Baker, on Flickr

    Any thoughts?
     
  18. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 4, 2007

    Posts: 10,527

    Location: Wilds of suffolk

    I would go red and black floor with grey cupboards, but for the cupboards face them with alu checkerplate, will look great and be a little more rubust, they will probably get knocks etc so will look far better than painted/laminate etc
     
  19. commited

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 5,369

    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    Following this with interest as just about to move into a place with a similar sized garage (2.8 x 6m)

    My main concern will be ensuring that there is tons of light, there is only a small light at the moment. I think I will fit fluorescent lamps at the edges of the ceiling so that the light is reflected by the wall and ceiling.
     
  20. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,293

    Location: Derbyshire

    Personally would do grey/black floor, red cabs, or even black/brushed metal doors. Your green Mini and all the other decor/stuff you store will add plenty colour. Wouldnt want to go overboard and make it an eyesore with far too many varying and clashing colours.