Mug Breakdown
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Mike’s Ultimate Garage Breakdown

By Mike Holmes

Mike’s Advice / Home Renovation

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 @ 1:24pm


Garage Breakdown


  • Non-screw cabinets in workshop area; on clips so they can be moved
  • Maple cabinets in entertainment area on second level

Garage Breakdown

Garage Wall Storage System

  • ProSlat garage organization system that can be anchored to the wall
  • Includes series of hooks and baskets
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Water-resistant and impact-resistant
  • Wall panels manufactured using 90% recycled material

Garage Breakdown


  • Bamboo countertop in workshop area
  • Walnut countertop upstairs in entertainment area
  • Quartz countertop in bar area

Garage Breakdown

Garage Floors

  • 1300 sq. ft. epoxy floor finish downstairs
  • Hickory hand-scraped hardwood flooring on second level

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  • Dimmable LEDs throughout the entire garage
  • LEDs installed within the staircase
  • LED spotlights embedded into epoxy floor

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  • Douglas fir, stained

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  • 30,000 BTUs

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Garage Doors & 2 Car-Lifts

  • Auto-lock garage doors
  • Auto-stop in the event that the cable snaps


Garage Breakdown

Durisol Block Frame

  • Insulated concrete form (ICF)
  • Fire-rated, sound-rated and insulated—insulation rating of R31
  • Better water resistance, no air infiltration, high wind load, termite resistance and never rots or decays
  • Regulates humidity levels by absorbing moisture (preventing mould) and releasing it as conditions dry

Garage Breakdown

Solar Panels

  • 40-panel solar system on roof
  • 240-watt panels, 60 cells
  • Peak power production of 10 kW
  • 2 Sunny Islands, inverters and 24 batteries weighing 170 lbs each
  • Each battery has 1200 amp hours

Garage Breakdown

Solar Powered Skylights

  • Completely self-powered using solar energy
  • Acoustical rain sensor pad that detects rain and automatically closes skylight

Garage Breakdown

Solar Outdoor LED Lights

  • Along the driveway and around the garage exterior
  • Run for 5 hours
  • No wires
  • Solar panel on top charges a battery underneath
  • Batteries cost approximately $17

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Permeable Driveway

  • Small pea ¾ inch gravel
  • Fits between interlocking, allowing water to drain

Garage Breakdown

King Hydro Seeding

  • Only takes a couple of weeks to grow

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Green Roof

  • Section of greenery on the roof
  • Helps manage stormwater runoff
  • Provides some insulation value
  • Helps reduce energy use and associated costs

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Metal Roof

  • Stone-coated steel that looks like asphalt
  • 26-gauge galvalume corrugated panel
  • Class A fire-rated, corrosion-resistant and durable

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Greywater Reuse

  • System of eavestroughs and downspouts that direct rainwater into a cistern tank buried on the property
  • Holds 3500 gallons of water
  • Includes filter, pump and hose bibb
  • Water used for irrigation, washing vehicles, the driveway and other machinery

Garage Breakdown


  • Type of exterior insulation finish system (EIFS) called PUCCS (pressure-utilized compartmented cavity system)
  • Flat on one side with puck-looking figurations on the other
  • Side with the puck shapes goes against the air and moisture barrier
  • Moisture flows through the cavities in between the pucks to the bottom of the wall where the drainage track is located
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