*Thank you to Guardian Storage for sponsoring today’s post.
As you get older you learn to make sacrifices. Usually these sacrifices are made for obvious reasons such as for the well-being of your children, the sake of your family or staying out of debt. Our reasons for waiting THIRTEEN YEARS (yes, I said 13) to build a garage behind our house are all of those combined.
You may have noticed throughout the 8 years I’ve been blogging I’ve shared several major renovations with you all, including the addition we built onto our house back in 2010. To recap my husband and I bought a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house in 2004. We didn’t set out looking for such a small house but due to finances and the fact that NO ONE takes care of their home before they sell it we chose our lifelong home (it was never intended as a starter home) based on the fact that it was built well (in the 1920’s) and it was extremely clean. This home didn’t even have a SHOWER in the one bathroom. Just a tub. I wish I’d have been a blogger back then because that, my friends, was a project.
Besides the house being solid and clean it was all on one level with such a huge backyard that we knew we’d be able to add-on in the future. In 2010 we began our addition to add on a bigger kitchen, master bedroom and master bathroom with a full basement underneath. Because my husband does a lot of work himself, his family does excavating and our contractor is a family friend we saved a lot of money and were able to do all of that.
Why didn’t we just put a garage in at that time? Honestly, in hindsight, we probably should have just sucked it up and done it. But it wouldn’t have been my husbands dream garage. Plus we wanted new cabinets in the kitchen rather than putting up the old stuff from the 60’s as well as the other odds and ends that add up very quickly. He sacrificed his garage for the finished look of our addition.
Between 2010 and the end of 2016 random other things factored into us not beginning the build. The biggest part of that being kids are expensive and we’re not the people that are going to go into major debt, particularly my husband. In early 2017 we were in the right space to get the loan and begin the garage build (which didn’t actually start until August 2017 lol).
The first step in a major garage build is figuring out where to put all of the odds and ends from your previous shed and tiny one car garage (which, TBH, wasn’t even fitting of a car… it was literally tilting so it was basically just like a second shed). Oh, put them in the basement and attic, you say? No can do, because stuff that should be in a larger garage (like the parts to a ’72 Nova and a ton of tools) are in pieces in those two places PLUS all the kids stuff PLUS all the other stuff that families usually store in their attics and basements. We were out of room.
The only solution was securing a storage facility. This is something we’ve never done before. Before this we just made it work. Luckily a brand new Guardian Storage facility opened up locally in Pittsburgh, PA so they had room to get us right in.
Before signing on the dotted line with Guardian Storage I wanted to make sure it was the type of place I could put my things and feel safe. I don’t want to drop off anything if I’m going to have to worry about it, know what I mean? The minute I walked through the front doors my mind was completely at ease. There is a state-of-the-art 24hr digital security system with cameras in several areas as well as individual key codes for accessing the facility. You provide your own lock on the actual unit so there is never a worry of anyone getting ahold of a code and breaking in.
The entire place was spotless and ran efficiently. The on-site Certified Storage Consultants were friendly and had the right answers for every single question I asked. One of my favorite perks is the FREE moving truck available to haul your items to-and-from. Never in a million years would I expect them to offer that for free, but they DO. It’s a very “client-catered” atmosphere and IMO more businesses should be like that. In addition to the truck they also have large loading docks, moving carts, free Wi-Fi AND they’ll even accept packages for you. Make me dinner and you’re literally the total package.
For our particular unit we were told you could fit an entire house of furniture in there. I was skeptical but once we put in TWO sheds worth of items and I saw that it barely took up the back wall area I was sold.
Being able to use a unit from Guardian Storage helped us stay organized during a really crazy time. Having so many random items out of the way really streamlined things and enabled us to focus on the build and what needed done there versus continually having to move things out of our way and relocate items as necessary. It was a huge weight off of our very stressed shoulders!
For now, that’s the latest! Once the garage is done I’ll definitely update you on how everything went. We’re hoping it’s completed by the end of October. Right now they just finished up the block and are ordering the wood to start getting the walls going. Fingers crossed it moves more quickly from here on out. One thing no one ever tells you about construction is how long it all takes when you want quality! Stay tuned!