Right after the barns were burned down, Thom, our builder started on the garage. We started with plans we found online, but then had a draftsman modify them a bit. After all, it was just a garage, and we weren’t going to go too crazy. Yeah right.
It does seem, even to us, that we had started our building and designing of the property backwards, starting with a garage, rather than a place to actually live and sleep, but we were still in the process of selling a vacation home in PA, and needed a place to store whatever furniture we were keeping from there.
So we built the garage without a bathroom, reasoning that we’d have a guest house and a main house with plenty of bathrooms, who needed one in the garage. Let’s say we’ve learned from our mistakes. We would have been able to sleep in the garage (it did have hot and cold running water and furniture from the PA house) and save ourselves many hotel bills had we added the garage right away. We did rectify the problem since then however. And, I’d like to go on the record right now to say: one bathroom – even for just the two of us – but especially because we frequently have overnight visitors, is NOT enough.
Some of the vehicles needed on a property…..
We have the upstairs decorated a bit more now, there’s a day bed, with a pull out trundle-bed for extra guests. It’s very comfortable up there with a couch, chair, mini-fridge and a tv, you’d never know it was a garage . There’s also a lot of storage tucked away behind doors on both sides upstairs, so it’s a useful space, but not messy.
I know, I know, it IS just a garage. But even this brought dozens of decisions, not the least of which was the placement of the building. We have a dream, a plan, a vision. And this was the beginning. It was the first thing we built on the property, we were starting our journey. It was all we could talk about. The project still dominates our conversation, which is why no one wants to talk to us anymore. Just kidding. Now, I don’t want you to hold your breath…. but next time…… we build the dock! Enjoy the sunset.