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      08-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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My M3's new home

We've all dreamed of that four car garage. For me, a three car garage would satisfy me and that was on my want list when we were looking to purchase our first home. However we fell in love with a neighborhood and home and the only downside was that it came with a two car garage.

But what do you do with lemons? Make lemonade of course. And that's exactly what I set out to do (on a budget). My goals were quite simple:

1) Floors had to be clean enough that I wouldn't feel bad walking on them with no shoes.
2) No storage. My garage has to be completely functional. Boxes and other items not used often needs to go to a storage space.
3) Need to have space to do basic work on my car. I'm always changing brake pads, fluids, and wheels for the track. A place to store my track wheels was important too. I am sick of stacking them all the time.
4) Need basic entertainment while working on the car or when fellow enthusiast friends are over. My garage was wired for ethernet and cable. Music playing via Sonos.
5) Plenty of tool/material storage and work space.

I really wanted a small lift of some sort, but because there's such little space, I decided its best to do without it and stick with jacking up one side at a time. I don't do it too often anyways. I'm still looking for the right size air compressor so I can fill my air tank, tires, and use air tools. I'm sure my neighbors will hate me when that arrives.

I'm pretty happy with how it all came out overall. I didn't spend that much money (most of the stuff is from Craftsman which I know is not great, but good enough for a home garage), and did most of the work myself. The floors were done by Premier Garage (http://www.premiergarage.com/), and the black plastic tiles that go around the perimeter are from Racedeck (http://racedeck.com). It doesn't take that much to have a nice garage space. Just need to plan it out and be adamant about not storing your junk in there.

I've been enjoying the space so much that I end up just working in there during the day (I work from home). The neighbors probably think I'm really weird. My wife decided to park her car outside and let me have the garage to myself which is a win for me (obviously) and for her since she doesn't have to squeeze 2 children into her SUV while carefully not hitting my car.

Anyways, here are some photos.












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      08-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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Wowzers my dream garage
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      08-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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      08-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Those pictures are phenomenal!

That's a really nice idea to have the black plastic tiles around the perimeter. I think I actually might do that. Thanks!

I really envy your garage, as well as your car..
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      08-10-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Spectacular garage AND photography. Photos are professional grade - they should be in a magazine. When I look at them - I feel like i'm being sold something. Haha.
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      08-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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You had me at dream garage I'm gonna have to up my game!! looks great. What type of bike you got there? Just bought a Kona a few months ago.
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      08-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
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wow, awesome garage!
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      08-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #8
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I like what you have done to your car and man cave. Two unanimous thumbs up!!!
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      08-10-2013, 06:57 PM   #9
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Sweeeeeeeet!!!!!!

Great stuff 👍
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      08-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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Very nice
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      08-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #11
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      08-10-2013, 07:09 PM   #12
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Wow awesome!
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      08-10-2013, 07:24 PM   #13
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Gran Turismo? Gran Turismo is for the kiddies, Iracing is where pro's are! Just kidding, I play both. Awesome garage, your giving me some great ideas.
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Looks good. Nice and cozy.

Did you consider racedeck for the entire flooring?
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Looks cozy. Small, but cozy! I like it.

Its funny how some people will go to great lengths to make a garage look really nice like this while some other folks will spend $50,000 on firearms/ guns and yet other folks with spend $103,000 on Super Bowl tickets.
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DAMN man, that is fantastic

super jealous!
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so much win
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      08-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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Very ... very nice well done

I have my two dream cars in the garage, a makeover in the garage itself is next on the agenda (see my Restored Mercedes 280 SL Garage for a photo).
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You had me at dream garage I'm gonna have to up my game!! looks great. What type of bike you got there? Just bought a Kona a few months ago.
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Gran Turismo? Gran Turismo is for the kiddies, Iracing is where pro's are! Just kidding, I play both. Awesome garage, your giving me some great ideas.
I've played iRacing and it's great but I like the track and car selections of the GT series. I mainly do time trials to try to beat my own times and practice drifting.
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