Y’all know I’m excited about something when I use multiple exclamation points…I don’t give those out for free ya know. But overusing punctuation is totally excusable when is about something as long awaited as us building a garage .
In all honesty though, we’re not building a garage. What we are building is a carport with an enclosed shed on the back.
Except that were not building it, we just bought a metal building that other people are going to assemble for us. I can sense your excitement fading and you may be wondering why I busted out FOUR exclamation points for the title. It’s because I’m stoked. Super stoked.
As many of you know, we currently do all our projects on out front porch. EVERYTHING happens on our front porch, and it looks horrific 100% of the time. I like to say it looks like a redneck explosion. I don’t even want to know what the neighbors, UPS man and door-to-door Jehovah’s witnesses must think of us. I’ve posted a lot of pictures of our front porch looking terrible, but here is the most recent I can find…
That’s my stenciled table and dog house/end table being worked on in the background. Also, it’s hard to see, but Elijah is using his toy hammer to smash the smithereens out of a giant cricket. After he finished flattening it, he looked up at me with confused toddler eyes and asked “hurt?”. Umm, yeah buddy, it’s hurt…sorry to break it to you.
We’ve been wanting to build a garage for forever but were waiting until we finished paying off our house to do so. Over the last few years we have gone back and forth about whether we should build a garage, a carport, or something in between. Our main goals are to keep the sun (and hail) off our cars, have a place to store tools a paint and whatnot (besides our front closet) and to have a place to do our projects. Oh, and not to spend a million dollars doing it. A real garage would be ideal, except that it would cost a whole lot and would take a ton of work to build. Also, we are only planning on staying in this house for a few more years, and we don’t think we would get our money back for it. Another concern was that we don’t want our house to be the nicest one in the neighborhood when we go to sell. That sounds totally conceited, I know, and it’s certaily not the nicest one now…but by the time we sell, it’s going to look pretty darn nice and our neighborhood isn’t the greatest. It’s not terrible or anything, but we DO have that abandon crack house next door and the house on the other side of us is empty as well. What I’m trying to say is that I don’t want to be trying to sell “big guy in the little neighborhood”, because those houses are hard to sell. So putting a bunch of money into a garage isn’t necessary.
Then we thought about building a simple two car carport. Cheap, fairly easy…except that we need storage. And we don’t want to do our projects on the gravel, so we would need to do a foundation. And really, if your going to build a carport on a foundation, you might as well build a real garage. So we decided to take it down a notch and just buy a metal building. They sell for cheaper than you can build something and you don’t have to build it yourself . It’s pretty much instant gratification…and after so much waiting we are really ready to have it done. When it comes to selling a house in a neighborhood like ours I’m convinced that just having something checked in the ‘car storage’ box is more important than what kind of car storage it is.
The building we bought is a two car carport with an attached (10ft x 20ft) workshop. It has two windows, a door and a roll up garage door. The colors match our house and I’m going to do my best to make it looks like it belongs and wasn’t an afterthought. Since your probably pretty confused at to what something like that would look like, here are some carports with the same(ish) design as ours.
We decided to put a cement foundation where the workshop is and that part we are doing ourselves. The entire process is new territory for us, though we have actually already finished that part and it turned out pretty well. Details on that are coming soon!