Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Garage Makeover: removing the lower loft

Upper loft on the left. Lower loft on the right. Obviously.

As the title suggests, our garage has (had) two lofts. The upper loft is above the garage door, and the lower loft was, well, lower than that. Waaaay lower. Both Keith and I are 6' so at 6'6 the loft left us feeling claustrophobic. The garage felt totally cave-like actually, since the glass in the windows are painted over and the lower part was in the back. It was sort of like entering an abyss. Dun-dun...

In this picture, Keith had just torn out a super flimsy work bench and shelving unit off the back wall. Sorry, no before pictures :(

In case claustrophobia wasn't reason enough to remove the lower loft, the stupid thing had to be supported by a pole that was located smack in the middle of the garage. While we could get our cars in the garage, getting out of the car without smacking the door against the pole was a bit tricky. We are practically experts in contortion now. Fortunately for circus performers everywhere we are no longer practicing that skill. Also, on the side of the garage there was a rather intrusive "stairway" leading up to the lofts.

All said, long ago we decided that the lower loft would be removed. Not so long ago, the floor boards came up. We took the time to pry them up, instead of going at them with the sawzall, because we wanted to salvage the boards for use on another project. This was mega tedious work. It was hot, dark and dirty up there and for every joist (12 inches) there were 3 nails. Keith got the nails up with a hammer and cats paw and I followed behind pulling them up with a wonder bar. That is, of course, when my dad-in-law and Keith's friend weren't up there doing the work ;)



Removing the joists did involve the sawzall. Keith and Friend worked like this: one person stood below to support the beam, the other operated the saw. FYI - guys love saws.
I love taking pictures, so that is what I busied myself doing. At some point the "stairway" came out. They were very pleased that they got it out in only 3 pieces. You should have seen their beaming man faces. So precious.
Anyways.
At this point there was still a huge, low support beam and the the pole to come out but that required a different set of actions and will, therefore, get its own post.

More coming soon! ...

10 comments:

  1. To me.. this looks like a whole lot of fun. Starting a big project.. Too bad I get frustrated and it never get done. I hope you get better results!

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    1. It definitely helps that Keith and I have each other. Usually one of us is feeling motivated. Keith is extra excited about this project though, because the garage is Man Realm. I have my craft room and he will have his garage :)

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    2. Since both of you have a little space if your own afterwords, the motivation will be there! <3

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  2. That is awesome! Way to go you two! :)

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  3. eep, that sounds like it was a big job, but it must be so much better in your garage now!

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  4. I love the phrase "beaming man face." I think that is something I'm going to have to use someday. :) Anyway, this sounds like a heck of a project! It's nice that you guys have to each to work on such tedious things. I assume he'll be spending a lot of time out there?

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    1. Oh yes, this is the "man space" and he is excited about it. I am excited that all the tools will be in one spot, organized :)

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  5. All that re-purposing wood! Love it! Just saw the latest post on the garage, and it looks great... amazing progress. Had to come read this one to see what is "use" to look like. Bless you guys!

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    1. before and after pics are always the best :) Since it's been a long process I think a final "Grand Reveal" post will be necessary :)

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