finished or pro?

wearybuilderMarch 7, 2008

Hi all!

We are thinking about finishing off our garage. Please share your experiences....

Did you use drywall? paint? fancy hanging shelf systems?

How about the floor? tile? epoxy with fancy chips sprinkled on?

If you did the diy...did it make you crazy?

If you hired a pro...did you like what you got for the money?

Thanks for your input. All the other garages we've ever had were already sorta finished off diy style by previous owners over the years. Usually was fine. Since we're starting from scratch now, we thought we'd check all the options.

Oh, pics appreciated too!


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If you have experience finishing drywall, you might consider having pros come in and hang it, you take it from there. Always get more than one estimate, but you should find that having a garage hung by a crew wont break the bank especially if you can furnish the materials, labor only on their part. You can insulate, finish the wallboard, paint, do the shelving, etc. If your are experienced elctrician, consider putting in extra receptacles, some up high in an area for a workbench, or in areas for shelving to charge those cordless batteries.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2008 at 7:45AM
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Ditto sierraeast. For me, drywall is the pain in the you-know-what; if it's done poorly, it will look bad forever. Everything else, before and after, can be DIY items. If your ceiling joists are on 24" centers, go with 5/8" drywall to avoid droop between joists. 5/8" on the walls is also stronger when mounting wall items to the drywall only - and more durable with kids running into it.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 9:42AM
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