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Old 09-29-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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***Photos of our DIY Garage Build***(56k Warning)!

A dream my father and I have had since I was a little kid was to have the ultimate garage. Ultimately, we wanted to have a garage that would have all the necessary equipment and tools to allow us to build our own car. We've restored a car before, but our next project will be to build a 1967 427 Cobra replica. We agreed that we would wait until we had a "true" garage to start building our dream car:



Currently, we have a standard 2 car garage that is pretty small. Since this picture was taken, we have ended up having to use half of the garage for storage of shop and wood tools. We recently finished our basement, so it is no longer a viable space for storing shop tools and doing woodworking! So right now, it's only a 1 car garage, and is dedicated to housing my mom's car, rather than to function as a real working garage. This is another reason for wanting to build a new garage.

Photo of our current garage: (the El Camino is currently stored down by the creek in our barn! )



This thread will photo document the process of building our new garage. We estimate that it will be finished by this December. Since I'm currently at college for my 5th year, I will have to come home during the weekends to help with the build. The only part of the garage build which will be contracted will be the digging and pouring of the foundation. I'm not sure how often I will be able to come home, so my dad will be doing a majority of the work.

We have a New Holland tractor with a Bushog backhoe, and planned to do the foundation excavation ourselves. After some research, my dad decided that it would probably be smarter to have professionals precisely dig the foundation, as it is one of the most important steps in the building process. The company we contract to dig the foundation will also pour the foundation. The rest of the entire build we built by us, without any help from outside contractors. This includes framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, etc.

At this point, we've already had the foundation dug and poured, so I have some catching up to do in posting photos. Please stay tuned, and I will update this thread continually until the completion of the garage!
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:08 PM   #2
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Here is a pic of the garage we're building. The plan was ordered online through Behm Design. The garage is capable of housing 4 full size SUV's with room to allow workspace at the front of each vehicle. There is a second level which can be finished into an apartment, but we will keep it as a loft for storage purposes. One section of the second floor will be cutaway in order to allow clearance for a single bay hydraulic lift. We're not sure what kind of lift we're going to go with, but it will at least be a 2-post lift to allow removal of vehicle wheels during servicing.

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I've asked my dad numerous times about how he plans to raise the walls for the second level, as well as deal with the large amount of building materials we'll have on site. When I'm not around to help, he'll need an extra set of "hands" to help him move materials and lift large objects.

His solution was to build his own forklift! Our New Holland tractor has a front loader attachment. He welded some hooks to the front of the loader, and bought forklift skids. The forklift skid assembly can sit anywhere in the yard, and when he needs to use it, he can simply lift it up with the front end loader, and viola... instant forklift!







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Old 09-29-2005, 09:18 PM   #4
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My Mom's water broke (with me kickin to get out) when my old man was finishing the framing on his hand-built 2 story garage.

Now, 23 years later he's building his dream car. Chopped 39 ford.

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Old 09-29-2005, 09:20 PM   #5
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Can't wait to see it when it's done. Love the SS
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wow looks cool, cant wait to see the final garage
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Congrats on the soon to be "Garage-mahal" (Tajmahal for cars ) . That will be a great place to store and work on your whips. Definetly gonna subscribe to this thread.




Oh, and the forklift thing is a pretty common mod for tractors w/ front end loader. They come in very handy
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*UPDATE*

Well the first phase of building materials have arrived, and we've started on the first floor framing. So far, my dad has been doing the work alone; he said he was so sore the other night he couldn't even walk up the stairs! I'll be going home this weekend to help him out, but I have a feeling it's going to rain all weekend. Currently, the rain has held up production, but here are some pics of the build in it's most recent stages.











My dad created yet another attachment; he welded some stock hollow steel tubing to some C-clamps. They fit over the bar he uses for the forklift implement, and now he can pick up walls by clamping the C-clamps to the studs on the walls. He's building the walls in 12-foot sections, so they are fairly large and heavy. The other day, the wind caught one of them and shattered his fiberglass tractor roof... but at least he didn't get hurt.





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wow, props to you and your dad.
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It is my DREAM to build something like that one day!

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Couple more pics from tonight:









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holy crap. i don't know who's crazier, george (mite46) or your dad..
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holy crap. i don't know who's crazier, george (mite46) or your dad..
dam thats goin up mad fast for 2 ppl building.... btw is the footprint of the garage bigger than the footprint of your house?
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dam thats goin up mad fast for 2 ppl building.... btw is the footprint of the garage bigger than the footprint of your house?
Well I've actually only been home once to help my father with the construction, so it's pretty much one man working on the project!

The footprint of the garage isn't bigger than our house, but it sure is a formiddable size. When finished, it will damn near look like a pool house. We thought about finishing the upper level into an apartment (the plans allow for this), but didn't want to bother with the hassle of running septic lines. The garage is already costing 3 times as much as expected, because the price of building materials has tripled due to Hurricane Katrina.

My dad is definitly a hard worker... I can't imagine how fast it would've been built if he didn't have to work and if it didn't get dark at 6:30 PM, and if I was home to help! The garage will always be a work in progress as well. It would be nice to have it totally completed by winter, but you don't have to have drywall and running water in order to use the garage. Once the shell is completed, we'll be able to use the garage, and over time, we'll add our features like the central air compression system. I think the structure will look particularly impressive once we do the siding, roofing, and brick, not to mention we will finally pave our driveway since the 5 years we've lived in the home. My dad knew he would eventually build this garage, and along with the construction of our pool 2 summers ago, he didn't want big concrete trucks driving over his freshly paved driveway, so he held off on getting it paved.
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Garage is looking great. I need a garage that big at my house. If your dad is trying to beat the first snow fall of the year he's well ahead
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Well I've actually only been home once to help my father with the construction, so it's pretty much one man working on the project!

The footprint of the garage isn't bigger than our house, but it sure is a formiddable size. When finished, it will damn near look like a pool house. We thought about finishing the upper level into an apartment (the plans allow for this), but didn't want to bother with the hassle of running septic lines. The garage is already costing 3 times as much as expected, because the price of building materials has tripled due to Hurricane Katrina.

My dad is definitly a hard worker....
it's awesome
i know it's already costing 3 x as much as expected but
has your dad considered using this kind of window (look at the link)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=307181

i think it will pool house/apartment/garage
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The goal is to have the exterior finished by the new year. As far as the interior goes... it will be a work in progress. We'd like to use the garage before finishing it, because it will give us a better idea of where we want tools located and how we want it organized. We still have to research options for lifts, central air systems, and lighting.

We've taken a look at the new lighting systems Griot's Garage offers, and may go with that. Their new products are even brighter than the old Halide systems I had mentioned earlier. I think that the interior probably won't be drywalled until we have acquired all of our tools and organized everything. This will make it easier to route electricity, plumbing, etc in the future. We're also leaving it open in case we decided to climate control the garage one day, which will require us to insulate the walls. We're installing insulated foam core garage doors in anticipation of a climate controlled garage in the future. Hopefully, the Cobra project will begin within a year, and perhaps Summer of 2006!
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