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Old 04-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default PITROW, My Kirkland WA Man-Toy Rhapsody in Blue

PITROW, my Man-Toy Rhapsody in Blue

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September 22, 2013: PITROW is essentially done!

(Original project list, edited through September 2013):

Spring and summer 2013, three projects completed:
1. Outbuilding (shed).
2. Hot tub.
3. Garage interior makeover.

They interlocked, in terms of electrical, storage of goods, workflow, and etc. So I waited until the outbuilding and hot tub were rolling before starting the heavy lifting on garage project (interior).

I am not super-DIY, though I'm capable of knuckling down and engineering solutions. A good pal has great tools and equally great advice, and I (did, and will continue to) leverage him for some of this.

Exterior is fine, and in-fact the interior is decent structurally. My project was mostly about organization, polishing the rough edges, and improving workflow.

Below are done, unless indicated otherwise.

- Flooring
- Clean up loose wires along ceilings (aesthetics). ==Deferred.
- Proper lighting
- Additional outlets, or extend existing
- Interior paint
- Cabinetry
- 1,001 misc workflow-improving items. ==Never really "done," but close enough.

Major steps of my particular garage project (original, with comments):

-Clean out everything possible from garage to new shed. Hopefully permanently.
-Hot tub install: last of bulk items going to house back.
-Pod rental, to store remainder of garage items. ==Did not need.
-Interior finishing: something decorative in corners for exposed electrical wires (raceway, I believe it is called). ==Chose not to do this.
-Local vendor to spec, delivery, and install cabinets (not set in stone, but convenient vs. out of state).
-Race Deck flooring, possibly from same local vendor OR sourced from this forum.
-Strip useless garbage from walls, remainder of junky furniture to dump.
-Interior painting of garage: decorative.
-Cabinets up.
-New electrical install (power strips)
-New lighting install.
-Unload Pod, get rid of rental. ==Did not need
-Detailing at my leisure (decorative).

Most of the above (was) subbed out. Some I (did) myself.

I wince at my below starter photos, taken (April 2013). Granted, there are worse places to start, and I don't have a ton of stuff, but it's enough to put my teeth on edge since I moved in almost two years ago. Definitely minor chaos, at this point: clutter and disorganization vs. structural problems.

So here is where I started. Fun project, all-considered!























Thanks, all: let's see where this goes!

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Where is your hot tub going? For ours I built a building on the deck (it was originally intended to be a woodworking shop--oh well). I also got an 8X16 shed which was a real lifesaver. You can see those in my thread. Looks like your going to be busy!! Keep us posted.
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Great projects lined up! Used to have a home on Juanita Creek in Kirkland.

Looking forward to all your progress.

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You took the words right out of my mouth! Looking forward to seeing where you go. In fact, I'm really curious what your first move is going to be.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:55 PM   #6
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Where is your hot tub going? For ours I built a building on the deck (it was originally intended to be a woodworking shop--oh well). I also got an 8X16 shed which was a real lifesaver. You can see those in my thread. Looks like your going to be busy!! Keep us posted.
The last owner built a concrete pad on the lot's south side, within the fenced yard. I didn't get a straight answer as to "why" he installed a 12' x 27' concrete pad, with nice stone steps and planter, but it's perfect for an outbuilding and hot tub. Maybe he was thinking dog run. Whatever.

Depth of field is a little weird on the below, but the far (east) end between the hedges is 11' W. Expands to 12' W by end of the first slab, left, where house ends and deck begins. Slabs are 9', E-W, total of three to base of steps (foreground) for total of 27'.

Shed will go on the extreme east end, hot tub foreground left (north). Shed is 8' W, 12' long. Might post photos of that when built, six days from now, just for giggles since it appears everyone here appreciates good craftsmanship of one sort or another

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Do you have another picture of the cable railing on the deck?

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:30 PM   #8
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Do you have another picture of the cable railing on the deck?

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Was going to ask...

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #9
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Do you have another picture of the cable railing on the deck?

Thanks, Mike K.
OK, the people asked, I took some shots

This is my rear deck, w/various views of the interesting cabling. Aforementioned steps and concrete pad are partially visible in a shot or two.

The last owner made a lot of renovations. The back deck was particularly well-done, it appears to me.

If there is burning interest, I'll email him and see if he'd like to hop on this thread. He was pretty conscientious about renovations to this property, sold to me not long after a major makeover several years ago. Otherwise, I don't have too many details available.

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Thanks for these shots
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #11
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Project: Garage (interior) - Hot Tub - Shed ...continues.

Shed is up, built in about 3.5 hrs from a pre-made kit. Seems sturdy. 8' W x 12' L.

Company that sells these sheds is based in Sumner, WA. Appears to be a hella-bargain for what you get (materials, installation), though I suppose the ultimate bargain is to design, source materials, and DIY. Wood is Douglas Fir. Ultimate judge will be how it wears over time, I suppose.

These kits are pre-fab with not a ton of options. Intending to stain it myself, after a bit of research on the forum (paint vs. stain). Will caulk first.















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Alright ! One project down. Looks good.
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Love the deck. That is how would want my ideal deck to look.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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Cosmetic makeover continues.

Garage cabinets ordered. Trying something interesting, blue doors with graphite sides. Company in Seattle area builds 'em.



Other decisions of-interest:

- Racedeck flooring ordered, will install sooner v. later. Black, alloy, blue perimeter
- Once a little electrical work is done, probably tomorrow, painting the interior a light gray. "Graytint" in eggshell, Benjamin Moore.

Right to left:

- Slat wall for my bike and a few tools. Will expand that as-needed.
- Diamond plate to cover a rater ugly stone wall, depth of garage. Height: 41"
- Cabinetry on back wall right to left of center.
- Slat wall around the window. Countertop: 6'.
- Tool box under window.
- Additional cabinet to left wall.
- My floor freezer and a bit of blank wall, probably for misc (I'll find a way to fill it).
- Foreground left: small work area for storage of motorcycle gear, car keys, other fast-tasks coming and going daily.
- Tire rack (wall mount) will go somewhere, tbd.

Saving room for:

- Mid-size compressor.
- Motorcycle lift.
- Fire extinguisher: big, mounted, "Fire" sign.
- "Attractive" trash can, with nice lid.

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Keep the pics coming! Just curious who you ordered your cabinets from? I spent a lot of time scouting cabinets but don't recall a NW option.

ps. Nice work on the shed!
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Keep the pics coming! Just curious who you ordered your cabinets from? I spent a lot of time scouting cabinets but don't recall a NW option.

ps. Nice work on the shed!
Thanks. Shed is done, hot tub is done, electrical is done. Time to catch up on that in this thread.

Answer to your question: Garage Logix, NW local (Lynnwood). I asked Eric, my rep, and he doesn't mind a little visibility to the project here on Garage Journal. He listened quite carefully to my needs and I have high hopes the cabinets will nail it, based-on.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:22 AM   #17
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Couple more "before" shots: garage interior. Marching along: most junk moved to shed. Great to have space back again. Walls unpainted, pre-electrical work, no wall brackets or obsolete alarm box removal (yet). Whoopdee sports car in a few shots. That the car couldn't stand to be seen in a disorganized, ghetto garage was sort of an impetus for this project! ;-)







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Old 05-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #18
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Hot tub, shed.

Three guys delivering the hot tub played Tetris under my deck, somehow maneuvering the 84" wide 600 lb thing through (under) vs. going around the long way (and building a ramp down several stairs). I was impressed.

Hot tubs are a bit of a boondoggle, but the company I'm working with stands behind their products and are local boys. I have high hopes. It's been wonderful to use, past week or so. They do require maintenance. Beyond the scope of this forum, I suppose.

Shed was mostly stained by time of these shots (by me, doing the Tom Sawyer routine). The Douglas Fir soaked up a lot of stain, at some obscene per-gallon price. Oh well. Time will tell if an oil-based stain was the way to go, vs. painting: seemed to be a lot of pros and cons to each. I'll be thrilled if it doesn't rot down in 10-15 years.














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Old 05-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #19
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Ancient garage door opener out of here, coat of Graytint on most interior surfaces, new 200W panel.

Garage door opener is about to be replaced: that one dates from 1981, apparently. It's loud, slow, and keypad quit working sometime around the first Bush (Sr.) presidency. To be replaced by a Liftmaster w/Internet connectivity, controlled from Apple or Android. Yay 21st Century.

Previous electrical panel was 60amp, dating from 1979. Replaced with a 200amp: room to grow. Needed the work done to connect hot tub (240V lines to outside). Couple extra outlets added, while he was in there.

Finally: pictures are darker than actual paint, but garage interior is now light gray (Benjamin Moore 1611 Graytint).















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Oh wow, and with a Turbo porsche, now i'm really excited
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