While we’re including this as part of our “Happy Friday” series, it’s also the conclusion of “Pimp the PoP’s Garage” series. To catch up on the progress in the garage, check out these posts:
- Part 1 – Planning
- Part 2- Picking a Pretty Water Heater
- Bonus Garage Post – FPL On Call: Discounts on Our Utility Bill
- Part 3 – Saving $ Through Organization
- Part 4 – Get Rich By Enduring Chaos
- Part 5 – Bringing It All Together
Over the last week or so, Mr PoP and I have found ourselves on several occasions, just leaning against the car in the garage and looking around. Standing back and looking at the finished garage as a whole is impressive, as my old running buddy who I haven’t seen in six months commented when she was by the house last weekend. But it’s not the big picture items that catch our gazes. It’s the little details.
Most people probably wouldn’t notice them – or they wouldn’t mean quite as much to them. But there are small little details that we put into the project where the happiness ROI from that little thought or small amount of planning is enormous.
For Me, It’s A Few Small Things
Like the absence of shelving or anything that sticks out from the wall near the ground or near my eye level. I’m one of those unfortunate klutzes that manages to smack my shins and noggin into just about anything remotely possible, so not having anything there makes my life much less painful.
And the fact that we put little plastic caps on the rough edge of every shelf to help prevent me from snagging shirt sleeves and ruining them when I inevitably inelegantly reach past a shelf and get caught. (Again, see the unfortunate state where I don’t always know where my body parts are.)
Mr PoP’s Details Are a Little Bigger
This makes sense because the garage is much more of his space. His espresso machine, Silvia, lives out in the garage, and the “coffee station” he built over our low-boy water heater is a testament to the amount of thought he has put into perfecting his coffee setup over the years. (Fair warning – for non-coffee addicts, this might seem excessive.) But here were some of the features that he built into the setup.
- Water is now piped straight from our home’s water supply (through an in-line filter) to the small tank in his coffee maker. Never again will he have to come back in the house to refill his water supply, and the filtered water should be of higher quality since he’s been using unfiltered water.
- A knock box is built into the surface of the countertop, underneath the red knock bar and easily removable with a quick slide off the undermount tracks.
- Excess water no longer drips into a drip pan on the underside of the coffee machine. Instead, Mr PoP hooked up a piece of garden hose to the drain on the machine, and has that garden hose emptying into a gallon-sized jug hanging from one of the counter supports.
- The counter surface is sanded quite smooth and painted a dark brown. Coffee stains won’t show up on this surface (thus reducing nagging from his loving wife), and he even thought to include a cheap 4″ paintbrush as part of the setup with its own hanging nail. A few quick sweeps with the brush into the knock box and the surface is clean!
I know, I know. This seems really excessive. And obsessive. But I can’t tell you how much happiness these little details bring to our days. Every time I reach into the garage shelves and catch a glimpse of the plastic endcaps, I smile. And you’ve never seen Mr PoP so excited to clean his coffee station or empty his knock box.
The chance to build these details in is, for us, the best part about a project like this. Because sometimes it really is the little things that bring us the greatest joys.
What little thing about your house has brought you some great joy lately?