The VBs are moving house soon and I'll have a nice new double garage
to call home. I do a little bit of spannering and am become more
likely to take on 'projects', building my knowledge of spannery type
things. It's a place I'm likely to spend a reasonable amount of time
and as such, I'd like to make it comfortable and ergonomic.
It's very easy to get inspiration for rooms inside the house - there
are dozens of magazines and books devoted to the subject. I'm looking
for inspiration, but not finding much. I figured this NG would be
brimming over with such inspiration.
Aside from the usual... painted floor and walls and some
heating/cooling... what else can I do to the garage to make it a nice,
comfortable, fun place to work? I want to go in and think "wow!".
What would your ideal garage have in it?
Anyone know of any websites that might help provide inspiration?
I'm not looking to spend an absolute fortune, a couple of thou would
probably be the max.
A couple of thousand on a garage? Have you gone mad?? That IS an
Put in a fluorescent strip light, a couple of 13A sockets, a few old
kitchen cabinets from down the tip, and some spanners. Fifty quid, and
change left over for a chicken donner.
It's not entirely clear if this is to be a garage, for spannery
tinkering, or a shed substitute. Obvoiusly if a shed substitute a higher
spec fit-out is required, with comfy chair, b&w telly that only gets
five channels, electric kettle...
First thing you need is a sound system - there's no limits here so it's up
to you, along with speakers and their positions, sizes etc.
A fridge wouldn't go amiss, you can pick up small ones now for less than a
ton, beer, for the cooling of.
Obviously some posters dotted about:
You'll want an alarm:
Telephone extension and phone.
A Jack Daniels neon wall clock:
(These people have tons of cool stuff, even a remote controlled tarantula)
Running water and small sink/basin.
Which parts? :-p
OK the neon wallclock was a bit gaudy, but I figured he's gonna have a clock
of some kind, what else? - a grandfather clock? - a jewel encrusted
masterpiece from the jewellers?
The posters, sound system, telly, phone, sink, chair, alarm and fridge are
all required IMV
Just not in the style you suggest perhaps. Obviously some of us have
more taste than others, it happens.
Re: the alarm, if you're got anythig in there of any value then get a
proper alarm, if you haven't then don't bother.
Not more taste, just different tastes, horses for courses and all that
If the garage is connected to the house, it may be on that alarm system, but
lets face it, who ever sets the alarm when they are at home? - those
cheap/nasty ones are adequate to deter the commonest of thieves; bored
I had mine built last year. Key items for my own desires were :
- 3m ceiling height (double-layer PB with vapour barrier)
- Central heating
- Walls in white external emulsion, floor in grey
- Clean bench with networked computer
- Dirty bench (HD with vice etc)
- Kitchen sink unit & row of basic wall cabinets
- 4m of 6ft dexion-type shelving down one wall
- 4x 6ft flourescent lights, plus several spots
- Compressor, airlines & tools
- Exposed RSJ in roof for ad-hoc winching etc
- Full-width motorised roller-door
- Several C02 extinguishers
I worked hard to earn this, and put it all in new. It's not especially
expensive, except the door, and it's a wonderful luxury after years of
mending cars on the street and everything else on the kitchen table. Now
I potter about in warmth & comfort, can easily google a query whilst
listening to my fave sounds, can store everything neatly.
What I now wish I'd done at the same time......
- replaced the manky cardboard & plastic boxes with new stacker crates
- Inspection pit (or even a basic vehicle lift)
- Proper extractor with hoses for woodworking machinery
- Accompanying 'garden store' for mowers, bicycles etc.
- Even more soundproofing specced in (integrated garage)
Good luck with your project - I've been really pleased with mine.
|!The VBs are moving house soon and I'll have a nice new double garage
|!to call home. I do a little bit of spannering and am become more
|!likely to take on 'projects', building my knowledge of spannery type
|!things. It's a place I'm likely to spend a reasonable amount of time
|!and as such, I'd like to make it comfortable and ergonomic.
|!It's very easy to get inspiration for rooms inside the house - there
|!are dozens of magazines and books devoted to the subject. I'm looking
|!for inspiration, but not finding much. I figured this NG would be
|!brimming over with such inspiration.
|!Aside from the usual... painted floor and walls and some
|!heating/cooling... what else can I do to the garage to make it a nice,
|!comfortable, fun place to work? I want to go in and think "wow!".
|!What would your ideal garage have in it?
|!Anyone know of any websites that might help provide inspiration?
|!I'm not looking to spend an absolute fortune, a couple of thou would
|!probably be the max.
Can you get it to habitable building standards? Insulation, Windows,
plumbing, electrics, etc? could cost a fortune.
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Lots off insulation and sound proofing. Heating, running (hot) water.
Ample power sockets. Good ceiling height. Loads of lighting. Decent
workbenches, shelving, cupboards etc. Lots of tool storage cabinets.
Space to setup machine tools (pillar drill, lathe etc)
I'd love a garage and have often drooled over a decent one. But it would
mean moving since this house hasn't room for one and on balance I love the
house more than what I could afford with a garage or space for one in this
First I'd have all the services. Including gas and three phase if possible.
Next some method of easy access to the underside of the car. A hoist would
be ideal - if not a decent pit.
Everything else can be done as and when.
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Good lighting and heating with usual insulation
Ample power supply (3 phase if you can afford it)
Chair and accompanying footstool (Footstool doubles for a hop up and sitting
on repairing stool)
Sounds (Radio or TV etc)
Hot n Cold running water (NOT down the walls though ;-))
Kettle and supplies
HD Bench with 6" vice
Disassembly bench with wipe clean light coloured top + GOOD movable light
Air compressor (100psi and over 15cfm) + Tools
Dexion type racking with plastic bins
Scissor type vehicle lift on wheels (They are *so* handy)
Couple of fire extinguishers
Fekin great luminous sign on the door " Keep out - Unless bearing food or
EBay is your friend here...
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