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#1 posted 03-01-2015 04:31 PM

I started out in my 2 car garage with a single light bulb in the center and 1 15amp GFCI outlet, no insulation, no heat, unfinished drywall. It was a daunting task to even begin to make into a work shop. 2 years later: 2 toned yellow colored walls (sunrise top half / sunset top half), R-19 rolled batt insulation in ceiling rafters, 13+ electrical outlets of 110v and 220v, Reznor gas heater, 2 zoned strip t8 lighting, shelving, etc. Here comes my advice:
1.) coloring the walls is not necessary at all, but does help the radiance and ambient of future lighting. Also, adds a little psychological flavor. Best to hit painting first because easier to do now before you get machinery in place, cabinets, etc.
2.) to start, use R-19 or higher insulation in your ceiling. You can add to it later on with more batt insulation or blown-in insulation. You can also do the walls later on as the ceiling is the primary attention getter from the start. I
3.) Electrical. This is tricky. If you are not a DIY’r, you will have to go the contractor route. I did not go that way. Researched heavily by reading and watching videos and talking to certified electricians. End result was that I ran all my 14/2 (14gauge 2wire + ground) for lighting, 12/2 for 110v outlets, 10/2 for 220v outlets, installed a sub-panel in garage from main house panel, and had the city come inspect for code compliance.
4.) Epoxy the floor. You could wait on this part if getting financially challenged.
5.) local auctions can be your friend for finding T8 lighting & bulbs, electrical wire, insulation and future garage shop needs.
Here is example of when things started to get going for me. You can see the single bulb up there and my moveable light base. Do not ask how I got anything done in that mess :)

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