When we bought our house back in 2014 the backyard was almost completely buildings! There was a detached two car garage connected to a one car a garage, connected to a workshop. This went fence to fence across the back of our lot. The coming forward in an “L” shape was a man cave room. In the summer of 2014 we tore down with the help of a demo company the man cave, workshop, and one car garage, but left the two car garage.
We have made the most use of the two car garage as we can and have held out for as long as we can too. We used it to store tools and such, but it was so leaky and rotten in the back half when it rained outside it rained inside! 😦 Yuck! We were afraid it would collapse and someone could get hurt. The time finally came when we had to get rid of it and build a new one. We contemplated all of our options such as just fixing the one we had, but it had a huge crack in the foundation that caused the tweak in the building. So in the end we knew the best option would be to start over from scratch.
We got a few bids from different contractors for just a basic garage, four walls, one garage door, one regular door, one window, and electrical. Well…the cheapest bid was $40,000! Way over our budget! So, Todd decided to try and study up to build the garage himself. 🙂
Todd became the General Contractor and we did hire the same demo company to tear down the garage that tore down the rest of it back in 2014.
We spent days cleaning out the garage. We moved the things we wanted to keep to the basement and got rid of bunch of stuff as well. Todd’s mom, Tammy was so nice to let us keep our pop up in her side driveway while our garage was being built. Once everything was cleaned out the demo company came in late March 2017. I left for work one morning and the garage was there. When I came home the whole thing was gone including the foundation like it was never there!
We also know we do not have the capability to pour concrete foundations with a sill, so we hired that job out as well. It turned out great!
Next, came Todd’s part to build. Todd read up and studied a lot. He then drew up his own plans and made a list of what wood he needed and ordered it to be delivered. Over spring break Todd and many of our friends a family came to help. We had our very own barn raising of sorts. They would frame out a wall then put it up on the sill and bolt it in. Then do the same for the next wall and the next.
While the guys were raising walls I was pulling apart the one old wall from the old a garage we could save. One wall was old barn wood about 100 years old. I pulled out nail after nail saving as much of it as possible for future projects! More on this to come! Then I tackled the old Adirondack chairs we have around the fire pit. They came from Todd’s mom Tammy who then gave them to Todd’s stepsister Lauren who didn’t want them anymore and gave them to us! They have had many layers of paint that after sitting outside was flaking off quite a bit. Instead of sanding them and then painting again, I wanted to try something else. I was afraid if I painted them the same flaking would happen again in a year or so. So, I sanded them down and they had a cool beach-y looking vibe with green, blue, and white paint as well as wood showing. I then stained them and wiped off the excess. They look much better and I might even add some clear coat and pillows down the line. 🙂
It took quite a few people to make this happen. A big thank you to my dad, Todd’s dad, Todd’s Uncle Tom, our friends Jon and Grady. Thanks to Uncle Tom for also loaning us many of his awesome tools! We are so lucky to have people like you to come help us! Especially to lift a super heavy header beam for over the garage door! Once the four walls were up we started to sheath it with plywood. Todd contracted out the job of the truss building, delivery, and installation. The guys came and installed the trusses and sheathed them in 3 hours. My dad was there because they came on a weekday. He said they laughed at our work the whole time. Oh well! It’s still standing! 🙂
Once the walls were up and sheathed we covered the outside in Tyvek. Then we rebuilt the fence between us and our neighbor Mari. We had to leave the fence between us and our back neighbors until the whole project was done since the fence is only about one foot away from the new garage. Our other neighbors Ben and Peter happened to be getting their roof redone that same week and they know their roofer really well. We were able to get him to come do the roof and gutters for our garage that same week since it was a small job and he was already in the area! Yay!
After many weekends of work we were getting tired. We started to install the siding and it was taking longer than expected. Todd’s dad came to the rescue again. His guys came and finished the siding, trim, electrical, and installed the window and regular door in just a few days. My parents gave us a garage door as our Christmas gift! Yay! We picked the one we wanted and got it installed. Last, we painted the whole thing ourselves!
To organize it we got some free cabinets from Craigslist including a white cabinet and a teal workbench. Were were also able to reinstall some wall cabinets from the old garage. Then we bought some tool holders and ceiling shelving and installed that as well. The ceiling shelves hang above the pop up in the back corner and it works out great! Todd organized all his tools and even had room to move his workout equipment to the garage complete with a TV! He loves it!
We love the new garage and it feels great to have a structure that is safe and water proof! Plus, Todd being the GC and doing a bunch of the work himself saved us a ton of money! Thanks to all that helped us with it, we could not have done it without you!