Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Christmas Shed & Garage

I actually started writing this post about the first week of January 2017 but for various reasons I have not finished it until now. The first half is original, the second half is what I wrote now to finish it.

As you know, this December, January, and February were unusually busy for me as regards home projects. Those of you that know me personally know that this is saying something since I'm always doing something around the house. In my post about redoing one of the kids' rooms, I talked about the need to move along with my weekend makeover so that I could get into the next domino of home organization, the new shed.

The dominoes were 1. Master Closet (done in October), 2. Front Bedroom (December), 3. Shed (December and January), and 4. The Garage (January and February).

I'm on the last one (the garage) but it's taking a long time. I've sacrificed all my bike rides in January and February so I can work on it, but it's still not done. The time has been characterized by staying up way too late at night, working Saturday afternoons when I would likely be getting much needed exercise otherwise, and spending every opportunity possible to progress the project.

So here's the shed. I probably got about two or three Saturdays worth of stuff to do on it.

This is my Sketchup model of it.

December 27.

December 28.

 January 3.

Now the shed is functionally done it's in that danger zone of procrastination. I still haven't painted it, but it's all primed. This year I should be painting the house so I'll just get it all in on the package. (It's now June, so six months have passed. There's no actual indicator that this will happen any time soon.)

I'm so glad to have it done. I can't believe how nice it has been to get the yard stuff out of the garage so I can use that space for it's intended purpose-working on bikes and cars. Actually, we're actually dangerously close to parking the car in there for real. That will really be something.

Here is a picture to give an idea of what the garage looked like before:

Amazing mess.

Here's what it looks like now:

Complete with new organizational features. There's still plenty of junk, but now it's a lot more useful space. In the bottom left corner you can see that the mill is still on the floor, but that's not true anymore. After only two an a half years, the mill and lathe are actually up on tables. Amazing. The next step on that project is to get the lathe running. The mill is in pretty good shape and I use it occasionally.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this has been coming up will all different types of organizational solutions. I already wrote a post about that in March. Check it out.

The next thing is to paint the house and the Shed. Oh, and get the lathe running. Oh, and..., Oh, and...

You see where I'm going with this. See you soon.