Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite part about your garage?

I’m a bit giddy this morning. Back in November, I ordered new garage storage and it recently arrived. Today it’s getting installed and my stoke, as they say, is quite high. The poorly painted wall I’ve been staring at for months will now feature a tall cabinet, two smaller cabinets up high, a wooden workbench, a lower storage space, a wheeled tool chest, and then open shelves off to the side. This will be where I sit and work each day when I’m not out breaking something on my Montero or spouting nonsense about fresh sheet metal.

So what’s going on in your garage? Do you have a favorite part? Is it some art on the wall or your favorite tool? Or is it the whole space because you love hanging out and wrenching in there?

Sound off below…

15 Comments

  1. Since I live in a condo building with underground parking, can I list a neighbour’s C43 wagon as a favourite thing? Otherwise, all it’s good for is not having to clear snow.

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      1. Thank you Jeff, here in the snow boot we didn’t know that he was back on the streets so to speak. Now back to your cool new garage…and my apologies for the interruption.

    1. Haha, in this quasi post-apocalyptic world, a post like that warms my heart disproportionally. Jeff is right though, my phone has been un-spammed. Which does not qualify my words for non-spam; buy a Hyundai, anyone?

  3. That it exists! It was a carport this time last year, during our house renovation the builder was like “I can make that into a garage if you want”!

  4. Living in a warehouse really blurs the lines between garage and not-garage. Paradoxically enough, my favorite thing about my garage is that it doesn’t have any cars in it. That leaves more room for the wooden rowboat, the two motorcycles, the 66″ wide photo printer, the Ham Radio bench, the vintage stereo, the…

    Well, I guess if you only wanted one item or quality of my “garage” I’d say the free parking in front of the roll-up door. Weeks go by without the Econoline ever needing to be moved around the corner for street sweeping. (Which is good, because it failed to start a week ago and my mechanic won’t let it in to his shop for another couple days.)

    1. Some years back I read an article about a guy who was beating the high cost of (New York City?) urban housing by renting a big old and empty warehouse space. He had an old Airstream with a shower parked inside, and it served as kitchen and bedroom. His living room was comfortably set up in the warehouse just outside the Airstream, and was furnished with Salvation Army rugs, floor lamps and sofas. A big TV, a stereo and a few fake potted palms completed the decor – supplemented by 3 or 4 tiki torches (shhh don’t tell the fire inspector) when he had the girls over. He travelled the city on an old Triumph Bonnie.

      He was, and remains my hero.

      1. Airstreams with parking spots are a part of our housing market here in San Francisco. I’ve seen Airstreams in warehouses on top of shipping containers (for warmth, but also defense) and Airstreams on top of apartment buildings (though, that might have been a construction office, or a luxe AirBnB.)
        For the amount of money it takes to build a decent apartment into a warehouse you can get an Airstream, and you can take it with you when your commercial landlord gives you a month to vacate, and sell it for damn near what you paid.

  5. My garage is plastered with vintage Volvo print ads, which make me happy. But it’s always full, so the part I like the most is efficient storage. My favourite is the way we have pinned our ski to the ceiling. That’s a lot of space freed up for…eh…other crap.

  6. My brother-in-law built on to his house (went from 600 sq-ft to 1600). At the same time, he built a garage, a whopping 1000 sq-ft. I call it my garage-mahal. While size would be a good selling point, the fact that he put a power outlet pretty much everywhere is my favorite part. Even on the ceiling, which has 16 outlets on 4 switches (for lighting, which he only used 2) and 20 total (2 for the garage door openers, two always powered which I use for motion sensing lights, since the garage door opener lights stopped working long before the garage door opener did). Each side wall has 3, and the wall with the work bench has a couple, while the work bench has two 4 outlet plates. I’m never far from power.

  7. Being over twice the size of my old garage. But having to fit everything that survived the cut (most of it!) from the storage that I lost which was twice the size means I’m still not swimming in space…

  8. It has heat. And that it’s soon to be supplemented by a 30 x 40 pole barn. I’ll be able to park my daily inside for the first time in my life.

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