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We’re Done! (Almost).

June 3, 2010

We’re done! Almost.  But, done enough that I would say that we can go ahead and stick a fork in ‘er.  Yup.  That’s the truth.  The framing was built, the ¾” plywood was laid, and the boxes are stacked to the brim.  I’m talking about our garage attic.

Last time I mentioned it, the garage attic looked like this:

There have been several hard Saturdays of work following that post, where if you were to have peered into our garage, you would have seen this:

And this (if you look closely, you can see me sitting up there nailing down the plywood):

Or this:

But, we were ready to wrap it up on Monday, Memorial Day, and the tasks in front of us loomed large.

Why so large?  Because in case I haven’t mentioned it lately, we are frugal youngsters on a budget.  What does that mean?  Anytime we can save money, we do it.  In this particular case, that meant removing the existing walls in the garage (which luckily for us happened to be ¾” thick plywood) to repurpose as the “floor” of our attic.  Cost savings?  We used somewhere between 8-10 sheets of the stuff, which would have run us a tab of approximately $400 buck-a-roonies at the local big box home improvement store as opposed to FREE (my favorite four letter “f” word).

So, the large task?  We had about three more sheets to remove from the walls, but before we could remove them, we need to move a whole truckload of junk off of a workbench, and then remove the workbench before we could even get to the plywood.  And then, once all of that stuff was finally moved, we could remove the plywood, cut the pieces to size, and nail them to the supports.  Whew!

Memorial Day ran long for us (Chris worked from 7-7, and I worked from 9-7), but it was totally worth it when we finished it, and loaded everything up into the attic.  You might wonder what exactly two people have that can’t be thrown away that requires an attic this large.  In fact, I’m still wondering that myself.  Okay, not really.  Between my books and Chris’ car parts, along with seasonal decorations, we have enough stuff to fill the 400+ sq ft of attic space that we just built.

In this picture, you might notice that we “cheated.”  We didn’t finish the plywood all the way to the edges of the garage.  Let’s keep that secret between us.  What we did do was add a second access hole, making it easier to access things in either side of the attic.

Of course, if you’re observant, there are a couple things you might have noticed and then wondered about:

1)     Why are we getting rid of the walls in the garage?

2)     Why so many extra supports?

3)     What’s with the lame, scattered lightbulbs?

And the answer, dear readers, is that for most men, their home is their castle.  In the case of my husband, his garage is his castle.  So:

1)     We no longer needed the plywood on the walls because we’re going to drywall them.  You’ll notice we didn’t remove the drywall where it already existed.

2)     There are extra supports in the ceiling spaced 24” and 48” so that when we add drywall to the ceiling, we’ll have something to screw into.

3)     There are 6 lightbulbs; three above each bay in the garage.  These will be changed out to fluorescent lights.

So, since the junk was in the trunk, I mean the attic, we were able to organize the garage a little more successfully.

At the beginning of Memorial Day, it looked like this:

And at the end of Memorial Day, it looked like this:


We’d love to hear your thoughts on one of our longest running projects to date.

And in case you read all the way to the end (all two of you that actually read rather than just looking at the pictures!), then the “almost” in the “Done-Almost” is that we still have some wood to nail into the attic floor in small strips where we didn’t carve out for supports.  So there you have it!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:37 pm

    Job well done! Way to go. And, quite impressive.

  2. katie permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:51 pm

    wow it looks great! you guys are pretty dang awesome 🙂

  3. Jen permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:18 pm

    Glad that you finally finished. It looks great and you will love the extra storage (speaking from experience as I have lost my storage to two little girls). Love you guys.

  4. Michael Dietz permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:24 pm

    You guys did a great job, it looks awesome

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