Thursday, April 9, 2015

ORC Week 2 {We've Got A Plan}

It is already time for Week 2 of the ORC. Last week's post was drafted on my iphone while we were on Spring Break and I was a bit vague on the details of our plans for the space. Today's post is chalked full of the ins and outs of how we are going to make our less than ideal garage work for our needs.

Hubby and I put pen to paper on the way home from vacation and the plan we drafted appeared a winner.....that was until we came home and realized that the dimensions we planned for and what we had to work with didn't match up. So not even one week into the project, we had to already alter the initial plan. Over this past week, I have spent hours standing in and staring at the walls of my garage just trying to figure out how best to configure the space so we gain both the storage and functionality we need. Below, I've broken out the plan by wall space/zones and I'll apologize from the get for the subpar, iphone pics, They aren't the prettiest, but they get the job done.

Back wall

This is the wall we see when the garage door is opened, you pull in or walk by. If there was ever a wall to "decorate", this is the one. If you are facing the wall, to the left is the service door to our mudroom and directly across from that door is the service door to our side yard where the trash cans are stored. There is no room to keep them and 2 cars in our undersized 2 car garage (first world problems I know, but a royal PITA nonetheless).  In my dream plan, the floor space between these two doors would remain free of any impediment so we could easily carry the trash outside via the garage service door.

As you can see above, that request was scratched and replaced with some version of what I've deemed "The Sports Center" (locker/beadboard/cubbie storage) along with one of two Saferack 4x8 shelving units.  Taking out the trash will still require us to walk outside and around the house since several large items will be hanging from the saferack in front of the service door. The trade off is well worth it though as the new "Sports Center" will alleviate the overflow of bags that currently hamper our mudroom setup.  

Right Bay

The side of the garage with the outside service door is the right bay wall. Here the second saferack system will be mounted and below it will hang the littles' bikes and double stroller (pictured cabinets do not stay). Initially I wanted to hang this rack closer to the front of the garage for easier access. Unfortunately the depth between the wall and garage door track is under 2' and the shelving system is 4' wide. The plan is now to relocate our current tool rack from the back wall (see above) to the front of the right bay wall. Once we have a better feel for the space, we may add Ikea Trones cubbies  to hold items like work shoes, sidewalk chalk/bubbles, extension cords, and birdseed.

Left Bay
The left bay is where my SUV is parked and will remain largely unchanged. I would like to continue with the beadboard on the bottom half of the wall to help prevent door dings in the drywall (the current foam cushion is at a level too low for my doors). This wall will not have any storage because it functions as the main walkway in and out of the house. The only addition I will make is two tall recycling bins located at each end of the wall. Currently we have a small recycling can in the mudroom and it is constantly overflowing with boxes piling up in the mudroom sink or the garage floor right outside the mudroom service door. My hope is that these 13 gal. bins will eliminate that problem. Plus they can easily be carried to our larger bin outside and emptied on trash day. 

The Pretties

Now that the nitty gritty is out of the way, we can get to the fun stuff better known as "the pretties" (yes, you can still have them in a garage). To round out the space we have a) flooring, b) wall color, c) lighting and d) or e) or f) mudroom door color with this fabulous door knocker. I'm still pulling from my initial inspiration picture and loving the feel of layered neutrals with perhaps a pop of color. We'll just have to see where we end up. 

Crossing my fingers painting will begin next week! And be sure to check out all the linking partners today as they share their ORC week 2 progress.


  1. Looks fabulous!!! Can't wait to see your progress :)!! On a side note, Kalo Pascha to you and your family!

  2. So fun to see your garage plans, especially the pretties!

  3. Just curious, what kind of SUV do you drive that you like for 3 kids and a dog, as well as normal family gear? thanks

  4. Can't wait to see the finished product!


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