Once you have looked at the garage building itself, cast an eye over the interior. Shelves will cope with most storage needs. Go for a rugged, adjust- able shelving system, but bear in mind that providing enough strong fixings in the walls can be difficult. You can over-come the problem by timber battens and fitting the shelving bars to them
Cupboard spaced is handy, too, and as you will probably need a worktop it is a good idea to combine the two. Many workbenches contain built-in cupboard space, and failing this, you should be able to add a few cupboards yourself to simple wooden benches.
If you intend to house laundry equipment or the freezer in the garage, use ordinary kitchen units for storage.
Any remaining wall space can also be used, but be careful not to fit anything that will stop you opening car doors. Pegboard or perforated hardboard, a rack made from thin timber battens or even garden trellis will let you hang up tools. For larger items such as ladders, hose reels and so forth, specialist wall brackets are readily available.
Power can be taken off your home’s main consumer unit, but it must have its own fuseway with a fuse box inside the garage so you can turn off the power in an emergency. Power sockets and light can be positioned to suit needs, but remember that sockets, switches and cable will be surface mounted so avoid positioning any where they will be at risk of damage. Run the cables in plastic mini trunking for protection and fir your home’s electrical installation with an n earth leakage circuit breaker. This gives maximum protection against the danger of electric shocks.
If the garage is built on to the side of the house ordinary cable can be passed through the connecting wall. Otherwise special armored cable should be used. Run this as far as possible along walls then for neatness carry it to the garage buried in a 450mm deep trench. If this is not practical cable can be run overhead supported on a strained galvanized wire to stop it sagging.
Plumbing represents rather more of a problem. You should be able to get water to the garage without much difficulty but carrying away the waste is likely to be tricky. If the garage is a long way from the house and its drainage system, you may be able to empty the waster into a soak way but the regulations covering the whole job are complicated to seek advice from a plumber at an early stage.
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