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Old 09-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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The build of my mancave

A couple of weeks ago i finaly started the build of my mancave aka my garage. I like to share the progress of this build with you guys.
In my spare time i detail cars and i was sick and tired of doing this outside and being depended on the weather. After i got laid off from my previous job and got my bonus i had the budget to start the build.

I started with a small shedd so that had to go first.


My oldest son helping with removing the old floor


Then i called in the help of some friends and family to help tear down the shedd.










After digging out the foundation for the new garage it was time to lay down some piping to drain the water of of the roof and the sink that will come in later. Also prepared the some pipes to get the electrical cables inside the garage and made them big enough to pull in more additions for the future.




And the reinforcement construction mesh arrived aswell


The next day we laid down the mesh and made the mesh to reinforce the foundation for the walls. Trying to cut and bend the 8mm steel mesh was some back braking labour.



The next day we raised the mesh up from the floor to Ensure that the concreet that was pored would be all around the mesh.





Then it was time for me to put on some rainboots and smooth out the floor to prepare it for the brick work. We have let the concreet left to harden over the weekend after that.




On monday all the brickwork and cement got deliverd


Past tuesday it was time to lay the first bricks.




Wednesday we started to put up the outer wall and put in the windowframe


Thursday it was time to give the neighbours their new wall back.





This is where we stand at the moment. Next week the beams and materials for the roof will arrive and the we can continu on the build. The new dimensions of the garage will be 16.5ft wide and 20ft lenght and almost 9ft high. The entrance to the garage will be almost 13ft wide.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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nice work! building what you want is a gratifying project whether it be a car or garage! question though. why did you go with brick and not just lumber?
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
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Very nice! Building a garage is such a satisfying feeling. I'm actually in the process of doing mine now too.

Can't wait to see the finished product!
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:09 AM   #7
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:06 AM   #8
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nice work! building what you want is a gratifying project whether it be a car or garage! question though. why did you go with brick and not just lumber?
lumber isnt a commonly used product over here to build houses or garages. I think it is not even allowed.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #9
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Can't wait to see more. Nice work.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:47 PM   #10
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i remember a photo of your son helping you clean your wheels ! lol
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prestige warehouse or who?
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:23 AM   #11
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:26 PM   #12
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i remember a photo of your son helping you clean your wheels ! lol
Hahaha, thats right. I still have that picture somewhere. He is Always very excited and eager to help when im doing something. I think i will let him help me to put the wintertyres on in a couple of months.
In a couple of days the beams for the roof will go up and the roof will be waterproofed. The week after that the door will get measered and manufactured. In 5 or 6 weeks it should be completly finished.
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What an exciting project! Must be fun for the kids too!
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Hahaha, thats right. I still have that picture somewhere. He is Always very excited and eager to help when im doing something. I think i will let him help me to put the wintertyres on in a couple of months.
In a couple of days the beams for the roof will go up and the roof will be waterproofed. The week after that the door will get measered and manufactured. In 5 or 6 weeks it should be completly finished.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #15
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Re: The build of my mancave

I think that's great you let your son hrlp. When my son was his age, I always let him help me on projects. Now, he is 21 & has a degree in Automotive Technology.
Keep up the good work.

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Old 09-25-2013, 02:30 PM   #16
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Today after finishing my morning shift the plan was for me to fix the supportbeams in place. Luckily for me the men worked a bit harder and only 1 beam was left for me to do. After placing al the support beams i spaced them out on the inner wall at 61cm. Tommorow morning or afternoon the beams will get aligned to make sure the water gets transported in the right direction. This weekend we will fix the boarding for the roof on the support beams.



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Old 09-28-2013, 02:21 PM   #17
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Today while i was sleeping from my first nightshift this weekend my father in law and a friend of his layed down the underlayment boards for the roof. That was a nice surprise when i woke up. I went to do some shopping for all the electrical suplies. That Always costs more then you would expect.


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that is going to look absolutely amazing when it is done
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:54 PM   #19
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where is the downspout for the rainwater?
couldnt figure it out from the photos.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #20
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@Conrad, The downspout for the rainwater isn't connected yet. But it is installed already. Just have to connect the pipes and place the drain on the roof. This is on my to do list for tomorrow because the placement of the tarred roof has been moved forward to tuesday instead of saturday.
its the bottom one of the two PVC pipes that are close together.

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