The hand-split cedar shakes finally arrived from British Columbia (ordered via Build Direct). I spent this past weekend on the ladder installing them. I do not like heights, but I do like how this turned out. Our house is sided with the same shakes, so this ties the garage in, architecturally, with the house. I love the look of hand-split cedar shakes, plus they need no staining, painting or maintenance. They are strong, insect resistant and last for years. They can also be used as a roofing material, though I prefer our forest green shingles for that. If you have an interest in cedar shakes, go to YouTube and search "hand-split cedar shakes," and you'll find out how they are made by hand.
Note the lamp adjacent to the side door. I wanted the capability of turning this on and off from our mud-room in the house. I figured I'd have to lay some conduit and install 3-way switches. But Ben Krahforst (ACT Electric, Petersburgh), who wired our garage, clued me in on wireless switches. I ordered a SkyLinkHome switch and receiver in the garage and a SkyLinkHome switch (programmed to "mate" to the above receiver) in the mud-room. I ordered these from Amazon.com and installed them myself -- very easy. Now we can turn that light off from either the house or inside the garage.
I also installed the Chamberlain Ultra Quiet Garage Door Opener. I hope it's the last garage door opener I ever have to install because I've put in several and they are always fun. I think "ultra" quiet might be a slight stretch, but this opener is much quieter than most.
Sometime, in the coming months, I'll be making a cedar flower box. But, the next project on the list is crawl space dehumidifiers and sump pumps. Something about this rainy year.....