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Guys,

This spring I'm going to remodel my garage. I live in a very modest 1500 sqft home with a fairly small garage (19'x22'). This fits my lifestyle just fine and is a great home for my Exige and RS4.

I plan to have the walls and ceilings professional drywalled then I'll paint it myself. I'm going to tear out all the existing shelves and workbench as honestly they are all old crap (30 yr old house). I went on a scouting trip this weekend to IKEA to get some ideas and while I found a lot of cool stuff I didn't really find anything to help me design or lay out the garage.

I've done a good deal of Googling for "garage floor plans" "garage design software", etc and all I get is a ton of sites wanting to sell me home blueprints. I suppose I could just grab SketchUp and do it myself, was hoping to find a "Let's build your garage" sorta thing.

Suggestions? I already have the following on the list:
- Lots of lighting, making sure there are no dark areas
- Repainting the floor (did the Home Depot stuff 3 years ago, just needs to be redone)
- One row of cabinets with shelves, some sort of hard counter top (most likely stainless steel)
- Cabinet to put my compressor in (or have something built around it)
- Wall mount for a 32" LCD and small mini-tower PC (or in cabinet)
- In ceiling speakers
- power outlets-a-plenty (including a new 20 amp circuit)

Thanks for any input...

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I'd do a quick search on the forums for the thread that has people's garages in it. You'll get a *ton* of ideas for yours (and not all of them are ultra expansive car porn studios)

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Drywall sucks. There are much better, more durable, materials. Painted pegboard is fine and cheap, but there are many others.

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This should give you some inspiration:

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I live in a very modest 1500 sqft home with a fairly small garage (19'x22')
I guess you missed that part :-) Have found tons of inspirational threads but can't find any software to help me plan it out and figure out how things will fit. Gonna just do it myself in SketchUp...
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Haha, well maybe I just ignored it.

Anyway, SketchUp is actually quite good. I did a remodel of our 2 bed / 2 bath condo based on some basic plans I did in SketchUp. You can do either just a simple 2D floorplan or go nuts with a 3D rendering and everything. There is a ton of 3D SketchUp "stock drawings" available for free too.

Here is one I did for a project for our city planning commission awhile back (note the extensive use of stock people, fountains, tables, etc.)


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When I built mine, I went to one of the automotive book catalogs and found two books on garage construction with plenty of diagrams, blueprints, and ideas. I'm away from home right now so don't have the titles handy but that should be an easy search. Agree about the driwall, not good in a garage environment, I used steel paneling. The one thing I did wrong (against the advice of both books) was to mount my compressor in the garage. If at a ll possible, mount it outside the garage or in a sound- deadened, ventilated seperate room. That compressor hammering gets really old incredibly quickly.
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Thanks guys - I've been able to find enough little apps around (Lowe's site has one that's pretty good) to get the cabinets all planned out.

As for my compressor no way to mount it outside but I am going to have a cabinet built around it. I don't use it much so it's not really a huge deal.

I'm debating 2 things right now, flooring and counter tops. For flooring I'm either going to DIY the epoxy again or have it professionally done ($300 vs $2k though). I'm also considering garage floor tiles but I'm concerned with keeping them clean (live in Colorado so get lots of road/snow grim tracked in on my Audi).

As for coutertops I was thinking of doing stainless steel but a friend pointed out the first time I drop a brake rotor on it and dent it I'm going to hate it (and that will happen, I'm definitely a butter-fingers). That leaves some sort of corian /composite or just wood (which I'm leaning toward). Thoughts?
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I have not built a garage, but my thoughts on this for what they are worth:
1. I'd be concerned about the seams between garage tiles - liquids could seep down into them and onto the concrete. I'd ask some people who have done them whether they have had any such issues.
2. For the counter, I've worked with both steel and wood counters - I prefer steel for automotive work because it provides a consistently smooth surface, and when you are cutting things with hand tools you aren't likely to cut through your surface, and it also won't stain as much as wood. But I think most of us put down a board on the bench if we think we might damage it like that. I wonder how well a composite bench would hold up...

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For bench tops I went to a local heating and cooling shop and had them bend me some out of galvanized steel on their brake. Slipped right on and look good 6 years later. The dents and scrapes blend right in to the galvanized finish and they don't rust. Also, way cheaper than stainless. My floor is epoxy but I used a multi stage epoxy designed for food processing plants. the first two part epoxy is water based and soaks into the concrete. Before it competely cures, The second pigmented two part epoxy is apllied over and adheres to the first. It can then be sealed with polyurethane (which I recommend) to increase it's stain resistance. I believe the brand is Micor.
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Ross,

Talk to Uncle Steve about a bench. We're going to do one in my garage that will be hinged against the wall. This way it can be folded down, out of the way, if need be.
With one each of these under the bench for "mobile" storage space...

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Ross,

Talk to Uncle Steve about a bench. We're going to do one in my garage that will be hinged against the wall. This way it can be folded down, out of the way, if need be.
With one each of these under the bench for "mobile" storage space...

Premier Series GAGB272DRG from Gladiator® GarageWorks

Premier Series GAGD275DRG from Gladiator® GarageWorks

Sears has them on sale every so often.

Check their design tool here...
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I have the gladiator stuff and would not recommend. Cheap Chinese crap...
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