How to Add a Garage Workshop to Your Garage
The chance to add a garage workshop to your existing garage is an opportunity not to be missed. Any house that is equipped with a nicely designed garage workshop immediately increases in value. Just determine how much space is available in your garage that can be devoted to a workshop.
The planning stage is crucial to the proper organization of your garage workshop. Make sure the ventilation is good.
Step 1 - Preparation
When planning such an exercise, it is advisable to first completely clear the area you are going to be utilizing. This leaves you room to measure, and mark out the area that will contain the workshop.
Step 2 – Draw it on Paper
Once you have marked out the chalked areas, transfer this to paper. This will give you a basic layout of what you envision. Although you have now marked where your existing tools will be placed, plan now for the future. It is far easier to plan for lighting at the outset than to look back 6 months later and realize you should have put an outlet closer to the bench. Also, decide how much of the work you can do yourself and how much will have to be done by a professional.
Step 3 – Re-Measure Everything
With your plan in hand, re-measure the entire layout of the garage workshop and mark it with chalk. This is the stage at which you will be able to notice any discrepancies and adjust for them. Mark out where each electrical outlet is to be placed and what voltage it should be. Certain items need a higher voltage than others. Make sure that the lights are situated in the right position for the work you will be doing there.
Step 4 - Install the Lighting and Outlets in the Selected Places
Mark out where each electrical outlet is to be placed and what voltage it should be. Certain items need a higher voltage than others. Make sure that the lights are situated in the right position and height for the work you will be doing. Once you are at the stage where you know where you want everything, it's time to get a quote from a professional. Make sure the professional knows what voltage each plug is to be and what kind of lighting you require. You may do it yourself if you you have electrical expertise.
Step 5 – Order the Wood
Once your plans are finalized and the electrical section is complete it time to order the wood, screws and wall clips to complete your project. If you have planned correctly you can order the wood in the exact sizes you require for each item.
Step 6 - Make your Workbench
Your workbench is going to be central to all your activities in your garage workshop so make sure it’s positioned correctly. Your workbench should have adequate storage below it and a backboard on which to hang your tools and the necessary outlets above it. If the backboard is above the outlets make sure you do not screw into any wires. Mark these out on the wall to make sure. Before installing the backboard, position each tool on it on a flat surface such as the floor. Outline each item with a Koki or chalk and screw the holder for the tool into place. Now paint inside the outline to designate where the tool goes. Now you will be able to see a missing tool at a glance.