RossD MegaDork
11/13/17 10:33 a.m.

Just to be clear, I now live in small town called Freedom, WI. But I do love to yell <braveheart> Freeeedooommm! </braveheart> from time to time.

Photos from the realtor.

So this past March we moved from our quaint suburban ranch out to the country. My wife is a horse vet and wants to have horses in the next few years, and I want room for a shop and derelict cars, because GRM. We have the best of both world, in our opinion, the 10 acre country life but city amenities of water and sewer. (We still have our own well for exterior water.)  We have 2-3 acres of lawn/trees/house/outbuildings and the remainder is farm field that we lease to the same farmer that leases the surrounding fields. We are fully aware that the surrounding fields will probably turn into more subdivisions but we are still zoned ag so we should be okay. We are also planning on have a buffer strip around the fields for some trees, a trail, and then fencing for the animals.

Enough of all that, on to the house, er the garage!

Protip: if you want your garage to look bigger on the internet, use a panoramic picture! So I started yesterday by backing the other two vehicles out of the garage and clearing room to work in the corner.

My parents got a whole new kitchen so I took their old red oak cabinets. This wasn't the order of things to be done in this garage as I wanted to finish the walls and do the ceiling with drywall, but I'm not going lose out on being able to utilize the storage and organization this gives me. I'll either pull them down or just mud up to them.

Behind the rake in the above picture is my gas fireplace that was removed from the living room because of the vicinity of the gas fire place in the dinning room.

I'm going to slide it down closer to the cabinets a stud space or two. I just need to check the combustibles clearances in the old paperwork.  This does create a new problem however. The old hot tub 'grotto'.

Ok, so it's not a grotto but a little arbor thingy and some lattice attached to 4x4 post screwed to the wall, but either way it's probably coming down. You can also see where the 220v disconnect for the long gone hot tub is next to the door. That will come into play into the future. devil

A buddy stopped by and helped me hang some of the upper cabinets. I need to screw the lowers to the walls to locate the tall pantry cabinet so I can hang the old microwave shelf up next to it. It's going to make a sweet stereo spot!

Back to the house. We painted some rooms over the last few months. The highlight was this room:

The sunset paint motif was not our thing. You can see the now relocated fireplace. The nice looking french doors were also removed mostly because, when open, they blocked the TV that we mounted on the wall to the right of them and there was no track on the bottom. So when you'd push against them the just swung from the top track. Little kids with little fingers. Enough said.

This thread will cover most of the project we will be doing, mostly for my own sake. Like a build diary. Feel free to provide comments or questions.

Thanks for reading along.

-Ross D in Wisconsin!

conesare2seconds Dork
11/13/17 6:18 p.m.

Congratulations on the purchase. Looks great. 

EastCoastMojo Mod Squad
11/13/17 7:06 p.m.

Nice, sounds like heaven. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth MegaDork
11/13/17 7:10 p.m.

Max Jax? Four post? Didn't someone just come out with a proper two post for short ceilings? 

759NRNG Dork
11/13/17 8:13 p.m.

Are the the garage doors facing south? wink

RossD MegaDork
11/14/17 10:46 a.m.

Thanks for the comments. We really love it out here!

As for a lift, lets just say, I'm probably going to have a stand alone building with a permanent lift installed...some day. If you look at the realtor's picture link, you will see my machine shed. That's a bit down the line however. That's going to be a big project.

I think the bottom of the trusses are about 9' in the attached garage. But maybe I should look at some lifts if they fit in this garage.

The garage doors actually face east.

RossD MegaDork
10/29/18 12:28 p.m.

So it's been awhile since I've done fun things at our house. Here is what the work area of the garage looked like:


Here's what it looks like with three old 2x4 light fixtures with the ballasts removed and new LED bulbs installed. The picture doesn't do it justice, as there is a notable difference from the old hanging LED fixtures. Also note that the gas fireplace has been vented with an receptacle added next to it. We are about to have natural gas installed so I needed to finalize the location of the fireplace. I also need to replace the ceiling's insulation that was sucked down last year by the tornado event that went over the area (and hit farther to the east).  We need the garage to be comfy for not only me and any wrenching, but for the bunny, and the wife's work truck. She has stuff that can't freeze or we have to pay for it.


Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
10/29/18 12:56 p.m.

I have the same cabinets in my kitchen.  My wife wants to gut our kitchen - it’s only 18 years old.  

Who does that?

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