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Now that the old garage is sitting two feet higher, it was time to made a few opening to increase the amount of natural light inside the building.
We moved to this this older house three years ago. With it came this old garage. Somehow I saw some potential in it. My first project was to built my wife a new kitchen. Immediatly after the kitchen was finished, it was time to give the old garage a make-over. I had three main criterias. The first was to have sufficient ceiling heigh, second I wanted good natural light and finally all will agree that a good workbench is a must. Sounded easy, 1,2,3… voila!, to work I went.
The painting near completion. We see the two new windows at the back and the new carriage doors I built for the side opening. Similar doors were also built to replace the old garage door at the front of the building. Now I have plenty of natural light entering my workspace.
And finally, step three was to built the much needed workbench. Soon after completion, I had to resume working for my lovely wife. I'm now working on a new kitchen table in I beautiful workshop that used to be an old garage.
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Hi Michel, love the exterior finish on your shop! Kitchen table looks great too! Nathan from Saint John, NB.
Reaally good! I wonder when will I have my own garage studio
Hi, I've managed to raise the garage by using six hydraulic jacks (5tones). First I ran my reciprocating saw around the building perimeter about 6" above the sill plate. Then slowly raised the building to desired height (it only took one hour to raise). After, I doubled the gaped wall studs with 8' 2x4 studs. The most challenging part was to keep the building aligned with the foundation and sill plate but it all turned out ok at the end.
Great work the cedar shingles are nice touch. The table looks good also.
How do you go about raising the whole garage?
What a makeover!
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