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NEW HOUSE!!!! help me design my garage!

I am now a homeowner! I now need some input on my garage. I am thinking I want to polish and seal the floor, corrugated steel ceiling, and step by step polish my 3/8 steel top work bench. Any other ideas for CLEAN, NEAT, and ORGANIZED man-cave, garage-mahal?
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Get a good epoxy floor paint, not just the oil based stuff lots of people use because never lasts and peels. I like the shop cabinets that you can buy and lots come in stainless or silver. Not too expensive and if you find the right ones, pretty good quality also. Can't think of any name brands but have seen a few that are pretty good for the price. Also, I think every garage/shop needs a beer fridge and a fooseball table!!! I'd take a picture of mine but it is not very pretty, too much junk and parts.

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I have wayne dalton garage doors with the wayne dalton door openers that mounts to the the torsion bar nice clean look and very quiet .Its called the idrive
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Internet, TV and phone jacks.
Air exchanger /exhaust vent in the ceiling
RI the walls for air lines and speakers
water and floor drains.
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In-wall air system, quality floor coating (I heard U-coat it makes a good product), lots of cabinets and work bench space.
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Epoxy floor coating.... I used stuff made by Devoe Coatings. I bought it at my local ICI paint store. It's normally not sold to a regular consumers (unless you ask enough times like I did) and is a professional quality coating. My local Fire Department uses it inside there garages. The stuff is so nice you could eat off of it but it is also very expensive compared to the junk home depot will sell. IMO it is way nicer than U-coat it which is also expensive.

Other things I would want in my garage are at least one if not two 220 outlets for welders and such. Lots of overhead shop lights and at least a stereo.
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(I heard U-coat it makes a good product)
I used U-coat it in my garage and am dissapointed. There are areas starting to peel, some chemicals make it soft and you can see all of the traffic areas are really starting to show wear. I have had it installed for about 4 years.

On another note I used a product in one of my buildings that I lease to a print shop and it has been down for damn near the same amount of time and still looks brand new even in a place that has multiple people in and out all day, 6 days a week. LifeDeck was the name. lifedeck.com
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The Devoe stuff I used wasnt even affected by Battery acid. after three years it still looks new. It's been in the local fire station for about 7 years now and still looks new there too.
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I am now a homeowner! I now need some input on my garage. I am thinking I want to polish and seal the floor, corrugated steel ceiling, and step by step polish my 3/8 steel top work bench. Any other ideas for CLEAN, NEAT, and ORGANIZED man-cave, garage-mahal?
CONGRATS,it is a good feeling to own yor new home. Have fun building your new shop!
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Jake, I just finished my garage and I want around and asked everyone for input before I did it and came away with some great ideas. Mine was an existing shell of 24x26 with 10' ceilings so I was limited from the start and wanted to make every inch count. Here are the things that I think were the best ideas for mine, some of these ideas you may already have...

--400 CFM exhaust fan on rear wall. Nutone model 509? (I think)
--4' - 2 bulb High Output 54 watt lights (HO balasts and small tubes). I installed three of them. According to the guy at the electrical supply house, each one of these is equal to about 5 of the standard Home Depot or Lowe's 2 bulb 4' lights. I didn't believe it until I fired them up the first time. I have a bit of a light fetish and I was very impressed.
--Insulated Garage Door with 1 row of windows. I also positioned one of my 3 lights so that when the door is up, the light shines down through the windows and isn't blocked by the door
--Wall lighting over the benches. Nothing is worse then shadows when your lighting is in the ceiling behind you and your trying to rebuild that Teryx motor! I installed track lighting with "natural light" flood bulbs pointing down at my bench.
--Last but not least and this is my favorite addition. My 2 ton Ducane AC/heat pump with a 60 amp strip heater that my buddy procurred and installed for me!!!

Good luck with the garage, there is nothing better than finally having a place to work on stuff..
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