Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my "expert" advice on how to make a garage. Actually I would guess any builder would find this either hilarious or painful to read as I don't know the right terms and and really quite a newby at most of this building stuff but I thought that it might make others realize that if we can do this than you could too.
Here is how we are making our garage......
|What the bolts look like sticking out of the cement.|
|A closer picture of the base boards.|
We framed up sections of the wall laying down on the floor. First we made the foot apart measurements on both a top and bottom board and then we place the 2 X 6 in between and screw (or you can nail) it in place. We generally put in 3 screws.
When we had several people to life them up (which we did when my brother was there and the kids were around) it went pretty easily but while the kids were gone to camp, Ken and I attempted some sections on our own and found it challenging. One evening that week my sister and her husband did come over to help lift some up which was very helpful!
When you lift up a framed section you need to then of course fasten it into place after making sure that it is level. We screwed it into the bottom board and also attached it to any other sections that it was next to. We also braced it up with extra boards until all the framing and trusses were put together.
It was so fun to get all the framing done!
Then we put plywood on the walls. On the bottom row of sheathing we had it hang down over the bottom boards and even over the cement slap an inch of so just to help tie everything together. We got most of the sheathing on the walls before the next step.
Next came putting up the trusses. My brother Peter came over to help us that day which was super nice! The end trusses are a little smaller than the others so that they can have overhang framing on them.
When putting a truss up we would carry it in and then slip it up so it was hanging upside down dangling from the top of the two walls. Then two people would climb up on the framed wall on either side and the third person would take a board with another little board screwed to it to make a Y shape and would then push the truss up with that and then the people on the edges would grab it, pull it into place and screw it in place. After we got the hang of it it could go pretty swiftly.
After the plywood was on the roof we put a stapled on a layer of tar paper.
We still have to get the shingling finished but have made good progress.
We did also put fascia around the garage door entrance and an electrician came and wire it with outlets and lights. Today the garage door company was supposed to go and put the overhead door in.
We still need to put up the soffets (Which I don't know how I am supposed to spell), put in the entry door and the windows (we are having one window in the main part of the garage, one in the honey room and a couple of small ones in the attic area) and frame in the honey room. We are nearly there! We also need to wrap it with housewrap some places and black plastic in the areas where we are going to backfill. We will also be putting up some flooring in the attic area and either a ladder or a stairs. The siding and outdoor lights also need to be put on.
There are a lot of steps for building a garage, but it is doable - even if you are a novice. Just study it carefully, ask for advice and do your best.
Have your built things before? I would love to hear your stories!
I will be linking this to some parties.