I introduced our big farmhouse garage addition project last December (!) and SO much has happened since then. They officially broke ground in March, so we’re about 5 months in and nearing the finish line!
Farmhouse Garage +Breezeway Addition
First, let me remind you about our goal. Since our house has never ever included a garage, that was our obvious first priority. We wanted a three-car oversized garage with plenty of space for Mike’s tools, our cars, tractor, golf cart etc. We decided to connect the garage to the house via a 22′ breezeway addition, which would tie into our side door off of the kitchen and become additional heated square footage. This area is going to become a mudroom, office and wine/bar room.
The break-up of the breezeway into 3 rooms was a modification we made after we had the plans sealed so you won’t see it here but I will include it later on. The process has been fun and interesting to watch. The breezeway is built on a stem wall and the garage is on a traditional slab. We demolished part of our side porch and existing roofline to tie everything in and it’s really shaping up nicely and like it’s always been here.
The Garage Addition Progress
Here’s a look into the process. I’ve also been sharing everything over on Instagram, there’s a highlight folder saved there.
First, the framers demolished the side porch of the house and ripped out the roof and all of the existing siding. Then they dug the stem wall footers. Once the footers were poured, the block guys built the stem wall, which is now the foundation of the breezeway.
After the stem wall was complete it was time to dig the footers for the garage and prep for the slab. This was pretty exciting because we could finally see the footprint of the garage in relation to the house and how it sits on our land.
After the slab was poured and cured, the block guys got back to work with building the exterior walls of the garage and breezeway.
After the block was done, the walls were filled partially with concrete then we could move on to the trusses!
At this point, things were really starting to take shape.
Here’s a look at the interior of the breezeway and the walls dividing the space into 3 separate spaces. Around this time the electrical rough-in was done also.
Here is the progress on the metal roof. It looks so good and ties in perfectly with the roof of our house. We replaced the old shingle roof 5 years ago and love the metal roof. It’s significantly more expensive than the shingle roof but it will last forever.
Last week, some work started on the exterior facade. The stucco guys were here to apply stucco to the areas of the exterior that will be “brick.” Did you know brick stucco was a thing? I didn’t! We also didn’t realize that all of the “brick” on the exterior of our existing house was stucco until I contractors told us when we were bidding our garage addition project. It seemed like an easy decision to make the addition match. The breezeway will be board and batten to match the first story of our home and the middle garage bay and the three gables will all be Hardie board siding.
So, that’s where we are at! As I write this, the drywallers are here hanging drywall in the breezeway and ceiling of the garage. The siding guys are coming soon and then we just have a few things left: texture, paint, trim, finish electrical, flooring, garage door install and that’s pretty much it!