Garage Conversion to Arcade Room

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Aug 012011
 

I decided in August 2011 that I needed a bit more space for some arcades, so I began hatching plans to use my garage, which is approx 19ft x 9ft, as a gamesroom/workshop

There were some major issues with the garage that I needed to address before I could think about progressing with this idea.

1) The roof was completely rotten and in places letting water in
2) Water was seeping under the walls
3) The windows could not be opened, so ventilation was poor.
4) The window frames didn’t fit correctly and there were huge gaps above the frames
4) The walls were constructed of single concrete slabs
5) The garage had no electrics (although there is signs of a previous installation)
6) The door would need removing and bricking up. Enough door space was required to fit large cabinets through

Here’s a picture of the inside of the garage before any work was started:

Garage - August 2011

Garage – August 2011

I decided that it would be beyond my capabilities to fit a new roof myself, so I decided to hire a company in October 2011 to carry out the work on my behalf.

I caputred an image of the garage at the point where the old roof was removed:

Garage Roof - October 2011

Garage Roof – October 2011

After a couple of days the new roof was on. The company used a Bitumen coating to waterproof it.  Here was the final result:

Garage Roof - October 2011

Garage Roof – October 2011

The weather has been pretty damn awful since October, however we had a couple of decent days in March 2012 which allowed me to start looking at the problem with water seeping under the walls of the garage.

Just to give you a bit more info on this I’ve attached a picture:

Water Leak

Water Leak

The black arrows point to areas where some water is coming in.

The red arrow points to an idea about applying some Bituthene to the floor and then up the wall if necessary. This should create an internal barrier to stop the water coming in.

My priority was to try and seal the problem from the outside as the water could just sit under the blocks and cause damp on the wall.

I started by targetting a very small area at the front. I cleared away soil and gravel from the area, because I thought that this would be retaining water. I also coated the inside of the garage with a layer of waterproofing solution.

I also used some mortar on the outside of the garage to prevent any rain entering the garage:

Garage Side Wall

Garage Side Wall

I was absolutely amazed by the results of doing this. It made a massive difference and now. In this particular section, there were only tiny amounts of water coming through

I decided that I really needed to move all the soil and gravel around the perimeter of the garage, and make an effort to seal up as much as possible outside.

So I made a start over the week in April:

Digging the Sides

Digging the Sides

The was some quite severe damp at the back of the garage, and I had some work cut out for me. Particularly shifting the Holly tree:

Garage Back

Garage Back

I was amazed to find that when I started to dig up the soil, there was tons of soaking timber in the ground. I think this, combined with the mud, and roots from the Holly tree, is the reason why I’m getting so many problems

I also found a few small gaps in the back of the garage which I’m sure will not help the situation. I plan to seal any gaps with expanding foam and mortar where necessary

Making some good progress. Soil, gravel, buried wet timber, and some of the Holly tree removed:

Garage Back Nearly Clear

Garage Back Nearly Clear

It’s a shame you don’t get an idea of depth and how much was actually removed

Double glazed windows have been installed today – May 3rd 2012:

Window 1

Window 1

Window 2

Window 2

Did some more clearing at the weekend. Finally got rid of the damn Holly tree:

Garage Back Nearly Clear

Garage Back Nearly Clear

I managed to persuade my wife to squeeze down the side of the garage whilst I supervised. She did any amazing job of clearing out all the rubbish and soil:

Garage Side Clear

Garage Side Clear

….and what a difference this has made. We had some quite heavy rain this week. Usually this would result in a minor flood in the garage, but this time….nothing

Garage Door and frame now removed – June 8th 2012

However the materials could not be delivered at the scheduled time. The M61 was closed after a woman’s body was found on motorway

11th June: Materials have been delievered, and the front has been bricked up:

Garage Bricked Up

Garage Bricked Up

Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th June, I’ve had a PVCu door installed and door panel fitted. I’ve made sure that the width of the door when open should be big enough for any arcade machines I want to put in there

Saturday 16th June I had a delivery from Wickes with the flooring materials and PVCu cladding.

I made some attempts on saturday to start the cladding outside but typically it kept raining on an off so I only managed to get some of it done:

Cladding Started

Cladding Started

Today I completed the main cladding of the garage – June 17th:

There’s a few bits that I need to tidy up with a silicon gun, and I may replace the last section on the left If I can get a piece cut by a friend. If not, then I will leave it as is with the sections it’s in, but tidy up with some silicon.

I also need to pin the last section on the right to the wall a bit better. A friend of mine has a better drill so I’ll get that sorted asap.

Outside Cladding

Outside Cladding

Time to call out the big guns for the flooring:

Saw

Saw

Spent a few hours on Sunday 28th June, and a couple of hours after work building the frame for the floor.

I’ve managed to cut about 4 pieces of Celotex insulation so far, which have been placed into the frame:

Floor Frame

Floor Frame

Many thanks to Chris for lending me a hand on Sunday and also his saw, which has made the whole process so much easier

Saturday 30th June – Finished the construction of the second frame, and cut the remainder of the Celotex and inserted into the frame.

Sunday 1st July – Started to cut and fit the first couple of flooring boards.

Really pleased with the look of it so far:

Flooring Started

Flooring Started

Many thanks to Chris for lending me his Jigsaw and giving me a hand for a couple of hours

12th July – Got back from holiday and worked a full day on sorting the flooring out. Almost there now, but I ran out of screws

I also added all the additional struts that I will need in order to ensure that the floor will take some serious weight:

Flooring

Flooring

15th July – Stage 1 – Flooring complete:

Flooring Finished

Flooring Finished

Next Stage – Ceiling

4th Aug – Made a start on the ceiling and got 3 struts in place. As the roof is sloped it makes it quite difficult.

9th Aug – Unfortunately an eye injury has stopped me from completing the rest of the garage. I was using a tripod to assist me in putting the ceiling beams in place. The tripod fell, and it has a long metal bracket attached to it. Unfortunately the metal bracket went straight into the side of my eye. Ouch!

Didn’t go immediately to hospital but got it checked out yesterday by a GP and they just think it is badly scratched……phew

Fingers crossed it should be ok.

12th Aug – Despite the eye injury I’ve soldiered on and completed the rest of the ceiling frame today. I’ll make a start on the insulation tomorrow:

Ceiling Frame

Ceiling Frame

2nd Sept – Finished the ceiling insulation. I’ve cut some grooves into the polystyrene for the wire for the lighting and the LED downlights. The wiring will be covered in some conduit to protect it from the polystyrene:

Ceiling Insulation

Ceiling Insulation

27th October – I’ve not posted anything for a while, but I have been busy with the walls in the garage. The wall frame and insulation are now 95% complete. I just need to complete the corners at the top end of the garage:

Wall Frame and Insulation 1

Wall Frame and Insulation 1

Wall Frame and Insulation 2

Wall Frame and Insulation 2