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fiber optic
If you stalk me on facebook then you've seen these pictures before and perhaps know what this post will be about.

Anyway the deal is that my current 2-car garage isn't cutting it any longer.


Usually the lawn mower is directly behind the VW with literally inches to spare between it and the garage door.


This was before I bought my welder but it hangs out under the deck between the air compressor and VW. I am limited to the small 80 cubic foot cylinders of argon which are the largest ones that will fit beneath the fancy wood work.



I've spent quite a bit of time lately working out the specifics of what I wanted and that's why there haven't been any updates to the VW thread.
It will be 24'x36' with 10' walls. 16' and 9' garage doors and a single service door. I think I can get 100 amps of power out to it which is less than what I wanted but due to financial considerations should be sufficient initially.


After the tornadoes that ripped up the shingles on my house and beat up the Grand Marquis I was cleaning up in the back yard and found a PVC pipe near my back fence. It ended up being a scrap piece when the house was built I'm guessing because it was not connected to anything. Roughly 50' long that I had to dig out of the yard so the foundation for the garage could go there.


2-days of manual labor and several shades of skin tone darker I got it.


From further away it doesn't look very significant. Busted fence also visible.


What the exterior will roughly look like.



And planning ahead for a lift. I didn't want it to come close to the rails for the overhead doors.


Right now I'm waiting on my brick guy to come out and make sure we can match the house. Then it's off to the permit office and then the festivities begin.
skr
I see Access Denied on all your recent pics.
Bjorn
If they're hosted by Cyclone, you need to change you folder permission.
http://www.cyclonesworld.net/upload/files/...cy7/problem.png
Sounds like it'll be an awesome garage though.
fiber optic
And now?
dukenukem
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jul 7 2011, 06:20 AM) *
And now?

Success!

Looks like an awesome project man!
fiber optic
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Jul 7 2011, 10:29 AM) *
Success!

Looks like an awesome project man!


The best part is that I will have room for the snow cone maker!
Altostratus
FUCK YES SNOCONES ALLDAY ERRDAY
Halflifehavock13
POLE BARN THAT SHIT
fiber optic
New information has come to light at the permit office. I'm currently seeking another contractor.
It's a thumbs_up.gif / thumbs_down.gif sort of situation. Great because I'm potentially avoiding some sketchy work but a downer because I'll be waiting longer for my piston palace.
Altostratus
contractors are the fucking worst. hope you get it all sorted.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Altostratus @ Jul 13 2011, 06:55 PM) *
contractors are the fucking worst. hope you get it all sorted.


I did get it sorted out, found another guy that is legit. I hammered some stakes in the ground and took some pics but need to upload them. They're really not very exciting but gives me a better idea of how much less backyard I'll need to mow.

It is going to be further from the fence than I originally thought, 12 feet vs the 5' I estimated. I was afraid it would start to block the view out of the back windows. I didn't care but my wife did and she said she was fine with it. thumbs_up.gif There are some slight changes to the original ideas I'd had. I'm going to put 2 windows on the side with the service door and 4 down the opposite side. The 2nd overhead will be a 7' x 7' rollup instead. I wanted to do all scissor trusses for maximum ceiling height but went with some storage trusses on each end. There's still plenty of room for the lift though.

I'm currently looking at different floor coatings/coverings.
Razor
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jul 19 2011, 12:48 PM) *
I did get it sorted out, found another guy that is legit. I hammered some stakes in the ground and took some pics but need to upload them. They're really not very exciting but gives me a better idea of how much less backyard I'll need to mow.

It is going to be further from the fence than I originally thought, 12 feet vs the 5' I estimated. I was afraid it would start to block the view out of the back windows. I didn't care but my wife did and she said she was fine with it. thumbs_up.gif There are some slight changes to the original ideas I'd had. I'm going to put 2 windows on the side with the service door and 4 down the opposite side. The 2nd overhead will be a 7' x 7' rollup instead. I wanted to do all scissor trusses for maximum ceiling height but went with some storage trusses on each end. There's still plenty of room for the lift though.

I'm currently looking at different floor coatings/coverings.


The way to deal with contractors: ask for quote, then, ask who, if anyone, they subcontract, and then go to the subcontractor and ask how much less they'll do it for. PROFIT.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Razor @ Jul 19 2011, 11:58 AM) *
The way to deal with contractors: ask for quote, then, ask who, if anyone, they subcontract, and then go to the subcontractor and ask how much less they'll do it for. PROFIT.


One step ahead of you there. DS_Naughty2.gif The savings should be a good start on a new project. Of course that won't get off the ground until I finish the dang VW.
fiber optic
Here's the area staked out.



Yes, my grass needs cut. I sharpened the blades on my mower today and afterward I was too hot and didn't feel like doing it.
fiber optic
Tried to make it look similar in size/relationship to the previous photo.


Added the windows and corrected the door placement.
fiber optic

The first load of dirt that got turned away because the gate on my fence isn't wide enough for the truck to fit through. We pulled one of the 6"x6" posts and one 8' section.



While waiting for the next load of dirt to show up the dude worked the skid steer around the back yard. Pretty much cleared the grass out of the way.
In this picture they are trying to put one of the tracks back on.



The 2nd load of dirt getting dumped. There will be a total of 9 loads.
fiber optic

Here's how it looked at the end of the first day.


This is after today and 7 more loads of dirt. They f'd up my fence a little more too. Oh well.
Bjorn
Looks like a pretty button-down neighbourhood . . . how do they geel about you building garagezilla?

For some reason I always assumed you lived in the country.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Bjorn @ Jul 30 2011, 09:58 AM) *
Looks like a pretty button-down neighbourhood . . . how do they geel about you building garagezilla?

For some reason I always assumed you lived in the country.


There is no home owner's association. And apparently the covenants and restrictions were handed over to the county a couple of years ago according to one of my neighbors. Actually the neighbor that told me that wants to start the home owners association but I'll fight that crap indefinitely. I spoke with the lady that lives next to me who's yard you can see through the busted fence. She said she's got no problem with the thing and it will be casting a shadow on her yard in the afternoon. I even told her it was going to be ginormous. She's a great neighbor.

You may have assumed I live in the country because I live in Alabama. I am outside of city limits and you don't need to travel far to get to the farms. Actually there's a cotton field across the street from my neighborhood.
Synesthesia
That's a lot of dirt! Doesn't look like that much of a hole from the photos.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Jul 30 2011, 05:45 PM) *
That's a lot of dirt! Doesn't look like that much of a hole from the photos.


It is definitely a huge amount of dirt. The overall slope is pretty close to 3' from the back right corner, which is the lowest, to the front left, which is the highest.

The county I live in requires that the dirt be tested for strength. I don't know when that will happen but after that I'll get the concrete poured.
Razor
Wait, what the hell is even the point of the dirt?
fiber optic
QUOTE(Razor @ Aug 2 2011, 11:12 AM) *
Wait, what the hell is even the point of the dirt?


Make the area level.
Razor
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Aug 2 2011, 01:00 PM) *
Make the area level.


Ah. Wow, I'm an idiot. So do they pack it down before building on it?
fiber optic
QUOTE(Razor @ Aug 2 2011, 12:01 PM) *
Ah. Wow, I'm an idiot. So do they pack it down before building on it?


They drove the dump truck over it like Austin Powers trying to turn around a golf cart in a narrow hallway. I suspect the concrete dudes will pack it further if required.

It rained briefly on Saturday and water pooled on top instead of just being absorbed so it's packed pretty tight already.
Blue Devil
awesome.. can't wait to see the final product.
fiber optic
Still waiting on the dirt analysis. I called today and they said I was in the queue so maybe this week. The weather is cooling off a little so I may work on the VW. I'm definitely going to do some welding, I'm going to try some stainless steel.
fiber optic
Well maybe my call got them out of their chairs and out to test my dirt. I noticed some holes in my dirt when I got home today.





Hopefully it passed and I'll be getting my concrete soon.
fiber optic
The concrete dudes showed up at 6:15 this morning and started putting up the forms. Hopefully I'll be posting pics of my new slab this evening.
fiber optic
No slab, but they did get the forms up and dug out the dirt for the footers.

fiber optic
Concrete is done. I thought they were going to do blocks to build the frame on but they didn't, so I don't know what they'll do instead.

shandyman5
Looks good man, it is really coming together.
fiber optic
QUOTE(shandyman5 @ Aug 25 2011, 08:19 PM) *
Looks good man, it is really coming together.


Thanks. I think the concrete is going to cure for a couple of weeks before it would be wise to do any framing on it. I've got some time off the week of Labor Day and the following week so some progress will be made on one of my many projects for sure.
Synesthesia
This is going to be sweet, jealous! biggrin.gif
fiber optic

This photo doesn't make it look very big but those are 10' walls.



Scissor trusses for extra ceiling height.
skr
It's coming along awesome. Are you going to have electricity and running water?
fiber optic
QUOTE(skr @ Sep 22 2011, 10:17 AM) *
It's coming along awesome. Are you going to have electricity and running water?


Electricity yes, water no. There's a garden hose connection on the back of the house so I can wash my hands before I go inside. I didn't think it would be worth the added expense.

fiber optic

Part of the roof installed today.


The side I never photograph is missing a window.



My garage doors. Sorry for the craptacular colors, the white balance setting on my camera was not correct so I had to GIMP it.


I clever place to store a pencil.
fiber optic

The whole thing is covered now.


But the fit kinda sucks at the top. unsure.gif


16'x8' door and service door are installed kinda. The springs for the large door were sitting there on the floor and the track is hanging from zip ties. Soffit vents also visible.


fiber optic

The roof is shingled and the vinyl gables and trim are up.



Boring shots from inside. This is facing the north wall.


And the south side with all the doors. Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I was excited.


I'll be calling the brick man and electrician tomorrow. I ordered some color samples for the floor epoxy today.
DreiLessons
Soooo jealous, goddamn!
skr
When's the lift going in? DS_Naughty2.gif DS_Naughty2.gif DS_Naughty2.gif
fiber optic
QUOTE(skr @ Sep 29 2011, 11:22 AM) *
When's the lift going in? DS_Naughty2.gif DS_Naughty2.gif DS_Naughty2.gif


When the $ starts falling off the trees behind my house.
Altostratus
have you tried looking for used lifts? they come up pretty frequently on craigslist up here.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Altostratus @ Sep 29 2011, 12:28 PM) *
have you tried looking for used lifts? they come up pretty frequently on craigslist up here.


No, but I'll start. I've been looking at toolboxes recently so I'll add lifts to the searching as well.
fiber optic
Called the brick supply house and got lucky on the first call as they were also the ones that supplied the house. They had a record of the brick style and everything. It's called "Ole Cahaba" and looks like this:



It's going to take about two weeks for it to get delivered though.


I spoke to the electrician and I can only get 100A without upgrading the whole house and that's probably more than I want to spend. He wants the bricks done first so it might be Thanksgiving before the stupid thing is done. sad.gif
Bjorn
^If you lived in Canada that would be next weekend.
fiber optic
The bricks were delivered today and the mason stopped by to check things out. The sand has not been delivered yet, if it shows up today/tonight they can start at 7AM tomorrow. Otherwise they'll be waiting for the sand tomorrow and it would be closer to 9 before they could start.


The shadows are getting long even at 4PM, I'm OK with it since it means incredible weather.


There are 12 of these brick cubes and each has 500+ bricks for a total of around 6400. The metal angle iron bars are the lintels for the doors and windows.



Here's a brick compared with my house and it's a great match.
fiber optic
The sand was delivered last night after I posted. thumbs_up.gif
skr
Can't wait for this to all come together. smile.gif
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