Sunday, May 19, 2013

Garage Transformation: The "Before" Pix

Here are the before pix:

Here's the inspiration photo from

which reminds me a heck of a lot of one of my own photos:

and here's where I am after the first afternoon (door scrubbed, door trim painted, peg boards painted, wall color selected, and first coat of paint sample applied):

Yup, the concrete is fair game for a new color. Don't count on our painting the garage door green (or any other color), though.....

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Too-Short Garage

Darren and I are going to have to rethink use of our garage after learning our smallest car (my ***compact*** Mazda) is 9 inches too long to fit in it. Who the heck builds a garage that's only 14 feet deep?????

In retrospect, this is one of those "should have seen it coming" things. State building code and local zoning ordinances at the time the property was built apparently do not set any minimum dimensions for a one-car garage and we noticed the garage looked a bit "cozy" when we viewed the place. Also, as the space was being used as a workshop at the time of our offer, the large workbench there made it impossible to try it out for ourselves first.

The city's appraisal database is accurate about the dimensions of the space. I also reviewed the home inspector's report, which states only that the space was "designed as" a one-car garage and makes no representations whatsoever about the space's suitability for a particular purpose (like storing a car!)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

More Finishing Touches (Master Bath)

TJ Maxx was selling these planters that look like oversized beach pebbles:

It looks amazing with the Islandstone border in the bath reno: