Chris 'n' Steffie

Gaming, adventuring, DIY



Garage storage

Our garage isn’t a full sized garage. We opted for the rear 1/3 to be a utility room (more on that in the future!). It is reasonably tall, however. We have tried to fit as much storage space in as we can – obviously, things will change as our needs develop.

One thing that we were really keen to do, and have already benefited from, is to line up all of the doors. By giving ourselves that walkway, getting things in and out of the house/garden is a lot easier, and hopefully will result in less scratched walls. The doors we have used are some of the widest interior doors that are readily available.

Racking as per the pictures below is a really easy way to get storage down the middle of the garage. It means that we can access it from both sides, making better use of the storage:

The below type of shelving is really adjustable, this is great because it allows to mix and match where the shelves go. We didn’t plan for the chest freezer to slot in there, but what a fit!

Our garage is quite high. This means that this wood shelf can be placed safely above the door.

We have also added in folding ladder storage, and a small workbench – pictures to follow soon!


New garage door + automation!

We had a new garage door installed. It took a little longer than we wanted to get around to it, but it is nice to not have leaves blowing inside your house! We needed a door that would make the best use of space, so an up-and-over style wasn’t going to work. We decided to go with a roller door – the one we picked:

  • Matches the colour of our windows
  • It rolls up tight so as to maximize space in the garage
  • Has an intrusion alarm
  • Can be opened or closed without power if needed
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Detects objects in the way

We wanted to go one step further, we need it to be convenient. We added in a WiFi plug (which in turn integrates with IFTTT and Google Assistant), which toggles a power supply. As far as the door is concerned, it is being operated with a key switch, but for us, we gain a lot of convenience!

Time to fill a hole!

After the removal of our old garage, we ended up with a giant hole which needed to be filled in our garden.

Luckily, one of our friends had some soil that they were wanting to get rid of!

First, we cleared the hole of existing rubbish – the garage & utility room build had left quite a mess:


We decided to hire a piece of equipment for the job – it would have taken more time than we had to move it with a wheelbarrow, not to mention ruining our bodies. It claimed to fit through doorways, and it did. The first time was a bit scary though!

We ended up with less of a hole! We plan to turf it in the near future.


Porch update

(Don’t mention the doors, they are a job for another day!)

We finally got our porch together after completing (completing is a strong word…) the extension. The floor was primed, low spots leveled, primed, tiled, painted, skirting board attached – the whole works! Even accessorised.

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Garage wall painting – before & after

Garage sealed

Walls and floor cleaned and sealed, ready for painting!

Porch painting & light

Ceiling painted, and new light put up. We decided to go with a mains powered, rather than a battery powered light this time. The batteries on our previous light lasted for about 6 months – which is much better than we had expected.


We opted for a PIR rather than a microwave sensor, as a PIR sensor doesn’t typically penetrate glass, which means it will only turn the light on if either of the doors in the porch is opened.


Tidying up the side of the garage

Now with next-doors extension complete, we can tidy up inbetween the two houses.

The process was easy: level the ground, lay the membrane, sprinkle with some nice stones.

This makes a handy area to store large, weather-resistant items.

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