1 Ever since I had moved into the house back in the fall of 2000, I wondered what was in the 'wasted' space under the staircase. So one day when I was particularly bored, I decided to investigate. After creating an exploratory size hole from the train room I could see there was a potentially useful amount of space for a small storage 'cubbyhole'. I thought it would be good practice for future home improvement adventures if I was to finish this area.
2 After cutting the initial holes I found that I was going to have to reroute some of the plumbing that services the utility sink in the garage. Once this plumbing was complete I started work on the drywall. The space is 39" x 44" and ceiling is between 32" and 58" tall.
4 Looking from inside the cubbyhole back into the train room.
5 I cutoff the two metal studs in order to widen the opening. I then built a double stack header using normal 2x4s.
6 Eventually I finished the drywall, painted, installed laminate flooring, baseboards, and a casement around the opening. All tasks were good practice for future home projects.