Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last big project completed!

[If anyone can tell me why there is this huge space up above and how to get rid of it I'd appreciate it. The text is all the way to the top of the text box on the edit screen, so I don't know...)

We have had so many small and large renovations completed lately, which, combined with the holidays and a general laziness means I have fallen very behind on updating this blog. ergh. But, behold the latest, greatest, and LAST (yaaahhh!) major home renovation for us! The Garage turned Storage Room! It used to be a scary, cold, damp, dark weird little space with a giant hole leading to the underbelly of the house (which was filled with everything from brand new '80s Samsonite suitcases, 4 track albums, about ten different ladders, folding chairs and tables, etc. .. all left behind by the previous owner) for a full year, but we have now completed it's renovation and it's niiice.

We've never actually fit our car into the garage because Tocco and I have amassed an enormous collection of tools from all of our renovations, which fills the space instead: saws, paints, garden supplies, electric gadgets, glues, fluids, you name it, plus all of the surfing and everyday STUFF needing a home. So this space needed not to be a garage so much as a storage room. We had our trusty contractors, Soto, come over and work some magic. They always deliver. They covered up the big hole on the side where someone unwelcome could hide, patched the walls, added dry wall, and painted so the walls became solid, warm, clean, white, and functional. We also had a new garage door installed since the old one didn't technically lock and could have been opened quite easily from the outside (oops). To top it all off we added brand spankin' new storage solutions, including a rad custom display/storage shelf made by Tocco for all of his kiting/surfing stuff, a few hefty containers, and we are all set. Now the garage feels totally different and 100% warmer. A few photos...

Getting insulated:

New walls:

Painted and purdy:

A new garage door installed:

The mess from the garage now needing to find a new home in the storage room:

Tocco building shelves and racks for all of the kitesurfing/fun outdoor water stuff:

So cool. For a guy who does corporate branding all day he is 100% handy:


Now he can't wait to find his next project. Oh yeah, a crib:

A new makeshift workbench from our kitchen counter leftovers:

We pared down like crazy here. This is about a tenth of the house renovation stuff we've had to buy and use in the last year... yikes!

And everything is so organized now:

A dorky little sign I made Tocco a few years ago:

Yippee! You can (nearly) go in there barefoot if you want. ;-)

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