Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I haven't shared this on the blog yet but if you are a newsletter subscriber then you've probably heard about it and already seen a few pictures.

I had my garage remodeled to create a new dedicated workshop at the end that goes out to the backyard. Today I wanted to share the progress so far.

WARNING - this is not going to be a pretty post 😏 It's full of before pictures, in progress, and after pictures of the garage and new shop but I haven't moved any of my tools in yet or set up workbenches. Of course, I will share when that happens too!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop
And just so you can see the real train wreck of a garage that I started with, check out my video for a straight-up hoarder episode! 😂 It's embarrassing for sure but life isn't always pretty.


Ok... are you completely traumatized now?! In my defense, it is only a single car garage!

So, I hired the same company that remodeled my kitchen, you can see it here: Updated 1960's Kitchen Reveal, to create my new workshop. My garage is very long and skinny so there was room at the end to create a dedicated workshop space and still have room to park my car in the garage!

Here are some before shots of the garage (after it was cleaned out).

This is the view from the door that went to the backyard into the garage.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

Same view but looking toward the right a little bit. The door on the right goes into the dining room. The sheetrock was put up backward in here and the ceiling pieces were falling down.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

And this is the view when standing on the opposite end of the garage where the big roll-up door is, looking toward the back yard.

There was one tiny light for the whole garage... ONE! The door into the dining room was a hollow-core door (not to code since it wasn't a fire-rated door) and it was jacked up and wouldn't even close all the way.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

When I cleaned everything out I got rid of a whole bunch but what was left is now sitting in the backyard.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

Here are some in-progress shots of the shop being built.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

They tore all the old sheetrock off the ceiling and you can see there were treasures up there! Some old Formica countertops, a roll of egg-crate mattress covers (eww 😬), and some really cool wood pieces that I'll be using for shelves!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

They built a raised floor to match the height of the floors in the house and insulated the hell out of it!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

This is the end where the old door to the backyard was.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I had a new sliding glass door installed. I did this so I'd have plenty of light in my new workshop and also because I work right outside that door a lot for bigger projects. I thought I could open the sliding glass door and it would be kind of like an extension of the workshop.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I suppose if I sell the house it could be used as another room... an office or extra bedroom maybe... or an attached she shed!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

Once they had the door in they built the wall separating my new workshop from the garage. On the right, you can see my new fire-rated door that will go on the opening to the garage. I also got a new regular door that goes into the dining room.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

Since my garage is a single car garage, and even smaller now, I asked them to not sheetrock the ceiling so I can use the rafters for storage.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

And here is inside the new workshop! There was an old cupboard in the garage that I asked them to put in here but they broke it so I actually got a new one at no cost!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I asked for LOTS of plug-ins!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

This is the new door into the dining room.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I had to prime and paint and I just finished the walls and ceiling today. I bought Kilz primer but when it came time for the actual paint, I used up three partially used cans of paint by mixing them all together and had just enough!

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I bought some porch and floor paint today and I'm hoping to get the floor painted tomorrow. I decided painting was the easiest and least expensive option right now. It is a workshop... for woodworking and projects of that sort. I have saws and sanders, drills and toolboxes that are going in here so it really doesn't need a fancy floor that I have to worry about damaging.

There was a large shelving unit that I had them relocate to the other end of the garage. I'll store my holiday decorations and non-workshop related items here. They also built more shelves that go under and around the window but I don't have a picture of that.

Remodeling the Garage to Create a Workshop

I think next weekend my dad will be coming to help me hang those cool wood shelves I found in the rafters and get things organized (he is the master of garage/shop organization!) I can't wait to start putting stuff away in here!