In this one-car garage, these clients wanted to create:
– More empty space around their car
– Plentiful storage
– Functional shop bench
– Cozy and welcoming feel
My time was 7 hours total.
For clients who want to keep costs down, I can provide DIY assignments for both before and after our work sessions.
So in this case, I suggested specific items — bookcase, shop stool, rolling tool cart — for the clients to think about letting go of. (They did give them away.) As a result, we created more open space.
After our work day, I suggested the clients paint the south wall. For continuity, I recommended using the same shade of blue as was already on the west wall.
In addition, I suggested they hang posters and art work on the newly-painted blue wall, and also add hand-draw labels to all of the storage boxes.
As a result, we created a cozy, welcoming feeling to the space.
During our work day, one of the clients and I:
– Emptied shelves and drawers
– Repositioned shelves to line up horizontally
– Washed down all surfaces
– Divided items into categories
– Moved items to trash, recycling, donation, relocation piles
– Hauled bookshelf and tool cart to street for pickup
– Strategized where to hang ladders, chairs, tools, garden hoses
– Created space for bikes to be on floor vs. hanging from ceiling
– Assigned logical ‘homes’ for all items based on accessibility
For instance, because the client who does carpentry work is right-handed, we put his everyday tools in the top right-hand drawer of the shop bench. We also stored his current projects on the shelf next to his work bench for easy access.
Conversely, we stored infrequently used items in less accessible places, such as holiday decorations and camping supplies in the overhead cupboards.