In the first of two Backyard Life videos, watch a garage-to-workshop conversion from Pro-angler, Brian Latimer as he creates a well-organized workshop to house all of his gear for the pro-fishing circuit.
With nearly a dozen Top-10 finishes and two championship wins on his pro resume, Brian Latimer’s racked up quite the accolades. During his time as a pro-angler, Brian has also accumulated tons of gear. Including, countless fishing combos, kayaks, and enough lures to outfit a marina. So, Brian decided to convert his garage into a fishing workshop to hold it all. (And, let’s not forget about the real money-maker it’ll be housing: his bass boat!)
In this Backyard Life video, Brian—affectionately known as “BLat”—takes us on the first phase of his conversion: transforming the garage.
The Existing Storage Situation
Brian currently rents a 16 x 9 off-site storage space. This space is filled with every conceivable artifact spanning his life as an angler. For instance, numerous lures, boating equipment, clothing, poles, sponsorship signage, and more. (And, those are just the things he can view on top of the pile!) Brian desperately needs a bigger space (of his own), as well as a way to better organize everything.
The Garage-To-Workshop Conversion
Although roomy, Brian’s garage is currently but unfinished. It’s also uninsulated, and generally unfit to accommodate the things he wants to do there: Namely, hang out inside while honing his craft.
Garage Conversion Goals
Brian’s conversion will primarily focus on four things:
1) Insulating the space and adding walls. With only studs standing, plywood, and vinyl siding shielding him from the elements Brian plans to install fiberglass insulation, and then cover it with inexpensive beadboard. This is sure to help create a more inviting space.
2) Getting more organized. Brian plans to install pegboards, cabinets, and rod mounts to hold his dizzying array of fishing gear. He will also add a new workbench. These new organizational spaces are sure to pay off in the days, weeks, and months to come.
3) Creating a home for his boat. Brian’s 2020 Falcon Tournament Edition bass is his baby. And, as with any passion project, there’s always something in the works where it’s concerned. Whether prepping it for an upcoming tournament or using it as the backdrop for the many influencer videos he creates, it’s his home away from home.
4) Climate control. For added comfort, Brian’s installed a digital inverted heating and cooling system in his new workshop. Wall mounted, it’s a simple, efficient, all-on-one system whose temperature Brian can adjust via remote control when needed.
Phase 2 of the Conversion
Brian is now ready to begin the next project phase: creating the perfect space for his boat. Backyard Life plans on joining Brian for the big reveal so be sure to check back or sign up for our newsletter so you can see it too!