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We need a garage thread around here ! Somewhere to post your build or show us what came with the house you purchased. Post whatever you want as long as it's garage related ,, hanging out with the lugnuts or working on a ride . If your building post your Floor Plans , budget , labour costs, materials. Let's put together a thread to help out the peeps who are wanting to build or want to renovate what they have.

Billy had the idea for the thread so i'm just kicking it off . It may even get Malloy to stop buying bikes for a minute and put up his much needed Mancave :)


We purchased the house in Aug of 04 . The house didn't have a garage but had plenty of room for it so my search for floor plans started back then. I looked at tons of plans but ended up taking a set of house plans and converting it into a garage. I wanted a ramp to the adjacient bank so I could store the sleds and quads upstairs in the off season. I wanted no support beams upstairs or downstairs so I didn't lose any space and I wanted high ceilings. This made is tough to find a set of plans lol. Anyway in Sept 06 I hired a friend and his crew to put up the structure complete with siding . I would take of the electrical and ground prep work . I also ended up buying the 26' I beam because he wanted to use wood. Total price for main finished structure was $15000.00 tax in . A very good deal ,, he was a friend and they were short on work before xmas so it was a win win situation. So the plan was set and the garage was going up ...on to the build

oct 06

Breaking ground with a borrowed Mini Ex from my folks company. This saved a few bucks !


2 months go by and no contractor,, the house he was building kept getting bigger lol.
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12" Slabe on grade with rebar reinforcement. 4" Abs floor drain to open ditch ( price included)


Walls going up on block knee wall. Great option over a poured footing. No rotton walls down the road and a big savings . I love being able to hose out the garage and not have to worry about water creeping up the walls. 3/4" D-grade used for outside walls and interior walls and ceilings. 3/4" T and G for upstairs floor.
Supra waits

Next was the 12"x26' Steel I beam. Cost $750.00 Boom truck rental,,$50.00 The I beam sits on a 6" I beam across the door supported by 2 more 6" I beams on each side of the door.

Upstairs framed up , siding on , no windows yet and SNOW falling :( Ceilings are 9'5" on both levels.

Dec 22 2006 Garage 90% complete.

Dec 30 06 Moving some things in , building a bench and wiring up outlets and lighting. $ 450.00 for outlets, 4' lighting, 14/2 wire, marrets, and 2 5K watt electric heaters.
Note.. make sure you add a couple extra outlets around the bench and an extra light just over the bench.


Upstairs

5' custom roll up door for the sleds and quads. 17x 24' room for storage. 9x 24' room for a game of poker or shooting shit and havin a beer . It's now been semi taken over by my 10yr old as a game room .
old pics juring construction,,,, upstairs roll up also uses the low rise setup ,not in pic.



Here is the low mounting setup on the 84"x120" door downstairs. I had to use this setup because of the 12" I beam hanging to low for a conventional mount. This pic also shows one of my fav tools in the garage. A Warn 1K lb 24v winch mounted to a beam trolley on the I beam . I use this a lot !! Move engines , sleds , 1/4's of moose ,, you name it ,, hook lift and roll lol
cost . Works great for sled recovery in the deep snow too ( cost : door included ,, winch $340.00 )



Soo that's about it I guess . Total cost was $16,250.00 give or take a few bucks for shelving etc ( Walmart $24/ section btw )

I've spent countless hours in this garage since Xmas 06 . Having the space to deal with 2 or 3 jobs at once and still having a room to sit back and relax is awesome. Being able to work on the cars all winter is ,,,priceless :)





What would I do different :

1. Floor should have been covered with something. Now I get concrete dust and I have oil on the floor so nothing will stick to it :(
2. SHould have installed more lighting on the walls downstairs. You can never have too much light ,especially if you do any painting. It didnt' help that the walls were left natural so not much light reflecting. ( I will add a few more at some point)
3. shoudl have installed an oil /water seperator for the floor drain. At some point I may have to put one in the ground.
4, I should have buried a cat 6 cable and sat cable in with the power wire from the house. Now I have to dig another 60ft ditch before we pave the driveway.

So post your garage and any tips on construction, questions or advise you can give. A good laugh garage pic is always welcome :thumbsup:
 

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lol, look at my member pic. The car port is all I need here in San Deigo, plenty of fresh air working outside as well. Lighting sucked at night obviously, so me and my dad mounted (2) 12" x 48" Flourescents. not much of a man cave but it does the job.
 

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I used a product something like this for my concrete garage floor covering http://www.canadiandriver.com/2008/10/02/product-review-behr-epoxy-garage-floor-coating.htm

Sold my house/garage & property, now I'm relegated to a common apt garage... I miss it (ok for tweeks and dry winter storage), but sux compared to your mancave. BTW nice wolf! :mm_emthup
Yeah I should try to do something with the floor ...

Your the first person to say it's a wolf right away .:thumbsup: Most people think it's a bear.
 

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lol, look at my member pic. The car port is all I need here in San Deigo, plenty of fresh air working outside as well. Lighting sucked at night obviously, so me and my dad mounted (2) 12" x 48" Flourescents. not much of a man cave but it does the job.
At least you have a roof over your head to keep the sun and rain off your car. Must be nice living somewhere where you don't need a heated garage :sadsmilie
 

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At least you have a roof over your head to keep the sun and rain off your car. Must be nice living somewhere where you don't need a heated garage :sadsmilie
You are most certainly right about that one, its warm here and the sun is out until almost 9pm. We have a heater in our house.... not much good when its 70' @ night.
 

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Awesome garage Bruce. Very cool. Inspirational!

Any pics of the back? Would love to see the ramp (bridge) set up.

If you paint the inside walls white more light will get reflected. A few less lights required.

CAT-6 cable, why not go wifi? Unless you are running something special.
Satellite cable, why not just mount another dish on the garage?
 

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I finally cleared out a spot for her sleep and stay warm and dry :thumbsup:

Now that looks like my garage. I dont want to take a picture because supra parts are scattered everywhere.



Yotaholic, was the price you quoted a DIY price or was it all done by a single contractor?
 

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<---dreams of his own man cave....wishes of my wife understanding my passion for supras and cars.....:sadbanana: currently in harsh battles over it...
 

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<---dreams of his own man cave....wishes of my wife understanding my passion for supras and cars.....:sadbanana: currently in harsh battles over it...
Do what I did ,,, tell her your building it big enough for her to have her own little craft room , storage room or whatever she wants to do with it. Her space ! My wife ended up with a corner upstairs but she's happy to have a place to put all her garden shit and xmas decorations . It can be a good thing for both of you ;)
 

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Yotaholic, was the price you quoted a DIY price or was it all done by a single contractor?

The 15K was for a single contractor to put up the garage which included ,, floor, walls finished inside, insulated , siding , 30yr shingles, windows and doors. I did all the ground work , electrical , steel i beam , lighting and heating.
 

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Nice man, seriously inspirational stuff you got going on there. *sigh* I can only dream for now lol.
 

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I wont even take a picture of my clustered mancave:eekfacepalm:

Give it a couple months.

16k not a bad price at all. We paid 20ish for a 24x32. That wasn't finished or anything. Slab plus walls roof and one light = 14k. Adding cabinets and lighting took the other 6. One story.

If I could build that for 16k here I would be all over it. That would be sweet.


Gotta have good lighting for sure. Outlets are always needed.

Linchmob....Start keeping full size tool boxes and car parts in the dining room....Thats how I got a mancave:thumbsup:
 

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Yota, out of curiosity, did you price that vs a steel building on slab?

--BillyM

Yes , I did price it but in the end it would cost more for what I wanted. I would have to insulate , frame up second floor , build dormer for upstairs door, upstairs windows would require cutting and framing of the structure. Another problem I realized is I need heat in the garage from oct - may . Steel buildings are hard to heat in my experience and even harder to seal up to retain that heat. Condensation and mold , proper venting system ,, too many things to consider if I went steel. So I weighed out both options and ended up going with wood. It's so much easier to build on later and so much more pleasing to the eye. The wife didn't like the idea of our property looking like a commercial lot much either. She said the garage should match the house if it's in town ,, I couldn't argue that fact so we went with matching siding and shingles.

this is the one I was looking at from Allied steel buildings

 
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