It started out simple and without any plan.
I wasn't sure why I was even doing this in the first place!
Will it be a closet?
...a place to put the trash?
...a porta-potty maybe?
will go in there!
However, When I awoke I had this brilliant idea to add a seat.
(that would be the ugly, concrete-filled, thing on the right).
But it dawned on me....
Not only is it in the way and ugly, but what an incredible waste of otherwise usable space!!!
So I spent the rest of the evening digging it all back out.
By the next afternoon it was clear:
Vanquish the seat idea,
vanquish the indoor Grill,
vanquish a place to put dry sauna rock things (phhttt....yeah like I need a sauna in the garage, right?),
vanquish a place to imprison the capitalists (it's just not large enough for the two monopolies that own our nation).
Maybe a place to serve them coffee?
So, the wall project took on a life of its own.
Laying the brick "on-end" avoided all the build-up of mortar that existed which would invariably hinder the brick from being installed in a normal fashion (on their beds rather than their faces).
Hand-cleaning each and every brick was not an option.
Using metal wall ties purchased at Lowes, the ties are installed into the brick bed joints and adhered to the studs through the drywall seen on the left of the brick wall.
As a side note, having more than a decade (2?) in masonry during my younger years, experience has shown that the expense of wall ties are more-so an illusion of security perpetuated by the Codes Manipulations. A heavy brick wall will not be held up by steel wall ties. Since the ties themselves are only about 8 inches, bent in half would leave only 4 inches in the brick wall and 4 inches (typically held in place by a solitary screw or nail) on the wall. The "proper mandated goal" is to hit a wooden stud. The problem is when the wood moves due to natural weather conditions, it potentially causes early termination or cracking of the brick wall. Also, anyone that has crashed into a brick wall (I'm raising my hand now) knows that nothing throughout the whole wall will remain intact other than one or two of the brick that are actually embedded with the steel wall ties.Codes are Variable at least, a revenue-generation scheme at best (in my experienced and trained opinion ";-)
When the mortar runs out,
It's Watermelon Time (fresh from the garden)!
Okay, break's over.
Initially the walls were intended to go to the ceiling.
luck would have it, materials ran out.
The deficiency worked two-fold; mom didn't want the wall to go to the ceiling so now I appease her, and the height allows for great storage on top!
The thermal mass of the concrete floor, integrated fans, damper, and draft control allow for the fireplace insert to easily heat the 3 car garage throughout the winter, and you get to cook on it too!
Behind that wood burner is an oil burner furnace.
Although the Oil Burner Furnace works flawlessly, I would prefer the space with its eradication from this garage.
The Furnace will remain connected to show any prospective buyers that it works fine.
The Furnace is for sale.
You can find that furnace, it's listed here: Oil Burner Furnace