Workshop Move Out to the Garage – So much more space!

Jan 14 2024
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How many times can I work on this poor room!? When we took the barn down this summer one of the things that helped me cope with the loss was the idea that we would be replacing it with something better. Something I have always dreamed about and wanted: A REAL WORKSHOP… Not just trying to make it work in a bedroom in our house anymore lol. At the same time I had managed to squeeze myself an office into said workshop / bedroom and frankly, I really haven’t been happy with it. Besides that I also wasn’t building anything or working on anything as I had no place to do so.

Would a separate heated shop building have solved all of our problems?

For sure! Don’t we all want one of those?!

But not only do I pride myself in being quite frugal I also pride myself in being quite sensible. We have a three car garage, a three stall shed and two out buildings.

In my opinion, if that isn’t enough space, than we just weren’t trying hard enough!

Out in the garage you guys know that I’ve been busy. I got the work bench and cabinets repainted and moved after getting rid of our old bar.

I also installed some pretty awesome wood storage racks that I’m still totally thrilled with. In the meantime we also made a lot of room out in the garage by organizing our horse shed for our outdoor tools and stuff.

So now I’m standing here staring at these empty cabinets and the work bench thinking, “That’s an awful lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

Let’s be honest, after any major renovation a lot of us end up with a lot of tools we don’t use very often.

I can’t even remember the last time I used our PEX tool… In fact it wasn’t even me that used it but a friend that borrowed it for a couple of days… I’ve used something out of our plumbing bin exactly ONCE that I can remember in the last two years.

Nothing in that bin needs to be kept warm in the winter lol.

Workshop Office Shelves. Normally I would build something like this from scratch but with the current cost of building materials

The final reveal of our office workshop! I'm sure its old news at this point but I'm just so happy with my new office here. How long

The final reveal of our office workshop! I'm sure its old news at this point but I'm just so happy with my new office here. How long

Do I still want it accessible in the event that we may need it? Of course! But it doesn’t need to be in the house it just needs a safe spot to be stored.

In fact, there’s EIGHT big bins all together that can absolutely move out: That’s our sheet rock, craft supplies, electrical, plumbing, hardware and paint bins.

We also have two big bins in our workshop that are full of camping supplies not to mention our portable grill!

The ONLY thing that really needs to be inside in the winter are batteries and paints and stains.

Otherwise, it’s about convenience.

What do we WANT to have on hand all of the time?

At first, I thought to just keep all of our power tools in the house but that does seem kind of silly… I’ve used our angle grinder exactly ONCE in the last four years…

When we were considering putting up a workshop / shop building (thus completely emptying this room) I had planned on putting my desk in the closet and then maybe having a fold out sofa in here for extra sleeping.

(I’m not gonna lie – not everyone is going to appreciate sleeping by the dog door but a den office with extra sleeping in a pinch would be nice to have.)

I’m starting to think I might actually kind of achieve that!

What if this move out actually made it possible for me to eliminate the workshop from this room and, instead, get it all in the closet?

ITS A REALLY BIG CLOSET!

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

So after the move out of all the big bins now I’m realizing I can bin lots of small stuff out of the closet and store it in the garage as well…

Ugh I am so annoyed with myself with this whole thing honestly. How many times can I work on this room and change it up yet again!?

First it was an after thought guest bedroom, then I made it my workshop, then we moved the back door here so it became our doggie door / back entry / workshop, then I moved my desk and computer in here and changed everything around to make it make sense as an office too.

That included somehow keeping everything jammed in here by adding an extra shelf!

Now here I am messing around yet again with this move out!

So all that “wainscoting” I put up all those years ago that’s holding our drills, hammers and hand tools really doesn’t need to be there anymore either.

In fact all of the tools will fit easily in the closet now and that, officially, will remove the workshop from the room… WOW.

So I’m thinking that I’m going to take all that wood down…

If I do I’ll definitely have some sheetrock to fix etc. but this space would go back to looking far more like a “normal” room again. (No plans on changing the color scheme… that would be a nightmare anyway so its a good thing I still dig it!)

I might even install real closet doors or, at least, curtains.

I’m going to move out the big shelf I bought last year as we can use it in our garage.

I will keep the narrow table in here I think as its little and not hurting anything.

I’m also going to be moving out one of my big black tables as we can also use it in the garage.

After all of that there will definitely be room for some seating or even a small futon in here so I’m really excited about that.

I like my “rustic” chandeliers but the lower one will need to go which (fortunately) is easy as all I need to do is unplug it and take it down. I’m going to leave the lighting at that for the time being but I may decide to do something entirely different later…

Getting pretty excited guys, this room feels better already!

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

Comments

  1. Marian Diehl
    January 14, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    Tarah,
    Can’t believe that you are on the move again with doing a project – do you ever relax a little? ha ha. My personal take on redoing the room if you are gonna make it an extra bedroom along with your office I would think that you would want to change the color to make it a little brighter in there. I know that you like the color that it is but don’t you think that once you change it out that you may decide that that color just isn’t happening anymore? Good luck with what ever you decide to do with the room. Just keep us posted on your update to it. Gee, just wish I had you energy but after remodeling 2 1/2 houses from top to bottom I just can’t seen to finish the last of the house that we are living in now. What’s your secret?? Have a great day. Marian

    • January 16, 2024 at 9:32 am

      Thank you Marian and you are definitely right about that paint color. I kept it for now just to get the room back together because the whole thing ended up taking a lot more time and effort than I had anticipated. But, definitely someday, I think I’ll go back to the classic white trim and ceilings in here that we have throughout the house! Besides that I wouldn’t call myself motivated its more like something bothers me for long enough until I finally can’t stand it anymore and have to “fix” it lol.

  2. Jeannie
    January 14, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    LOL, Tarah, some rooms just never stop morphing!

    • January 16, 2024 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Jeannie and that is SO true!

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