While working on the home theater project, one day I was up in the
attic above the garage doing some work. I was looking around, and it
dawned on me that the attic area above the garage was BIG, with a lot
clearance. At that moment, the attic storage room project was born.
The garage is basically square in shape, 19' to 20' wide and long. The
usable area above it is about 16' X 16'. The garage's 2" X 8" ceiling
joists were doubled up, along with steel flat bar reinforcement, to
storage room floor VERY strong, solid and sturdy. The floor and walls
are covered with 3/4" pine and birch plywood. The 3/4" plywood on the
walls seems like extreme overkill, but it serves two purposes:
1) You can screw hooks in it to hang stuff such as garden tools, nail
or screw shelves directly to it.
2) On the other side of the sheetrock is the interior sheetrock. I
wanted to be sure that a hole wasn't accidentally knocked through the
sheetrock from the attic side. That's impossible to do now.
You access the storage
room from the garage via a heavy duty fold down attic stairway.
The pictures below, I try to capture the size of the room. It's a big
area, bigger than the photos imply. For
reference, the ladders in the photos are 6' and
This photo and the next are of
the wall adjacent to the home theater room.