The store! The results of planning with the certain knowledge we have too much stuff. Lets face it just a double garage with two cars parked in ain’t going to leave much room for our tribe of kids/ adults/young people whatever…We fore saw the much needed space, it became a dumping ground for building materials, for things you didn’t want to place in a newly built home, the things that nobody actually wants or needs anymore but can’t bring themselves to throw it out. Dare I say it… The ever enlarging Christmas decoration boxes.. For example:There are four shoes racks in the garage FILLED with shoes, not one person wears any of them??.. To be honest after downsizing and moving here with several suitcases and half a small container 12 weeks later. I am in awe of the amount of possessions we now own again. Walking into the kids room and the piles of “stuff”, the “things’, where did it all come from? how and why?. Georgina is by far the worst culprit!. A hoarder of stuff, in fact most of one corner in the store have boxes awaiting the day she moves out to her own pad. Too much to fit in her Mid sized room. Anyway I digress…. To some its a means of hiding it, of sorting it, but to Jon its his chance to have a work bench again, to have room for neat orderly stacking of tools and a place to contain jars of screws n bolts. To be able to just go to the store & potter for a bit. This of course all has to be done with the up most of precision & planned organisation of everyone else’s crap..
So a couple of weekends ago Jon enlisted the troops. All the bursting insides were removed to the now carless garage * you’ve got to love a big driveway and space was made to start. *sorry Nathan.. 🙂
Steph helped measure, wind bolts and was chief spirit level support officer, Nathan cut , carried and was Jon’s second general in construction command. Pretty soon things were taking shape.
The bottom section is purpose built bike storage area. The middle is for kayak storage and the top section for our spare single bed and mattress. (although this section now also contains Georgina stuff)..
The bench took shape quickly after and is pretty much the BIGGEST bench Jon has ever owned.. That was until I joked half of it was mine for crafts & painting.. 🙂 Boo made a quick appearance, I found Georgina’s old roller blades, so they made a debut up n down the street for half an hour till my legs hurt.. Jon has everything he needs in one place now- so hopefully its easier for him to find stuff?. So as not to worry about theft so much. We also have cameras on the front and back of the store, which are up loaded and recorded to a remote server we can access. Never can be too cautious, although the neighbours are always about as well. 🙂 #goodneighbours
I have suggested putting a piece of chalkboard above where the pressure washer isin the corner. That way we can draw plans, keep measurements handy and write down anything we need to purchase / replace as we use them. The board along the back will be a storage system *yet to be decided…. for the little things..
**Leak update: we have had no more 🙂 That being said its been a lovely warm bright start to the coming spring. Roll on summer. Jon has filled all holes and will be sanding and refilling before painting them next weekend.** The Joys of maintenance!