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My Garage (with photos)...
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Posted by PGAero [Email] (#1143) [Profile/Gallery] (more from PGAero) on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:29:33 Share Post by Email
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Here's the story of my garage. This is long overdue, as it has been more than two years since I finished the project, but such is life.

It's come up in a few previous posts, and people wanted to know how it turned out...

My wife and I bought a house in the fall of '13, and it didn't have a garage. I figured it was the chance to make a garage I wanted, rather than the garage that came with the house. I was to do most of the work, and this means it was going to take a while. I'm a teacher, so I do get summers off, and we have two small children, who are so much fun, but do place demands on our time. I paid someone else to do the concrete, help me with electrical, and put the shingles on the roof. I did everything else, including design and engineering calcs (previous career was as an engineer). We live where the snow load is 66psf (not much compared to the 200+psf just up the hill), which is enough to trigger the full engineering requirement for even a detached garage. Being California, that means wind and seismic calcs as well.

Space and budget considerations led me to a two-car garage, and I'll eventually put a shed roof carport off to one side. I wanted something with a bit more character than a rectangle, and something big enough to park two real cars in and still be able to open their doors.

All told, it took about 19 months from ground breaking to final inspection. Or, in another time scale, I've owned 4 Saabs during the construction process (5 if you include the Nocturne Blue Aero wagon that I sold while I was first drawing plans).

26' wide, 24' deep on the left, and 22' deep on the right. The left bay has a 12' ceiling, while the right is 10'.

The real kicker is seen in the last photo. I can seriously work on my cars now...

It would go here:

It's first use as a place to fix the car...

Taking shape...

The new family member (Bought it in 2016, currently for sale in the classifieds...):

Notice the silly grin:

->Posting last edited on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:08:16.

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