We are hoping to turn our attached garage into a kids tv/play room this summer. We have several issues we are looking at...
When we bought our house it had these two HUGE overflow watertanks in the garage that serve as a back-up because apparently the well doesn't pump enough water for this size of house so it has these tanks to hold the water for heavy use. The hot water tank and heater are also in this garage. The floor is cement and we wanted to lay down laminate flooring, but there is the traditional water drain in the center of the garage floor. We had also considered putting up pony walls to cover the ugly tanks and to keep children away from the hot water heater and heating system. The tanks tend to sweat in the summer and we have to have a drain for that. We don't want to have to tear up the cement floor to move the drain closer to the tanks, but what else is possible? We live in Alaska and can't just put a feed pipe through a hole in the wall to the outdoors. Everything would freeze.
Tator------enclosing the tanks, similar to building a closet for them may be your best bet. Yes all you have to do is cut a hole in the duct work and add a register. Ducts can also be covered with sheetrock or encased in planks to give a nicer visual appeal.
I'm not sure about the whole heater thing, but I have ideas for decorating:
-paint the walls a light shade of blue or green
-mount a TV on the wall
-use beanbag chairs that match the walls
-keep a small desk in the corner, stocked with paper, pencils, markers, etc...
-keep an iPod dock or CD player for music.
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