Building a New Garage in the Woods

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  1. silverbandit1

    silverbandit1 Adventure Dreaming..

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    I wish I could have one built for that price here in California :bluduh

    What type of siding are you going with?
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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Dean O., you're in Copperhill? There's a meetup.com dual-sport group I've been riding with. We should get together sometime!
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  3. ag_streak

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    Going with 12" pine board and batten. That's 12" wide 3/4" thick boards placed vertically with 1x2 strips on every seam. Very common around here. The cabin is D-logs placed horizontally over traditional frame construction, not a true log cabin.

    With the brown metal roof and siding stained a similar color to the cabin, they will complement each other but not "match".
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  4. JoshinBham

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    That is awesome! I hope to follow in your footsteps one day.

    If I could find a 100% work from home gig, I would already have done much of the same.
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  5. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    Would love to, there are several like minded souls in this area that are on the Motorcyclist Café.

    Another fellow and I meet for breakfast at 8 in the morning in Blueridge at least once a week, PM me your phone # and come join us.

    When we moved up here 3 years ago, the place we found didn't have a garage either.........I built one and went from this,


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    To this....took about two years to finish.

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    Had a contractor dry it in and then I did all the rest. 32'x32', 2x6 walls, 10' ceiling, 12'x32' overhang on the left, 100 Amp service, enclosed toilet down stairs , full bath up stairs, ductless heat and air upstairs, kitchenette, cable, WiFi etc.

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    Upstairs is a combo Man Cave/Den/Guest House.

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    I use it as my Den......and where I take my Afternoon naps. :D
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  6. bountybuddy44

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    Great garage! Fantastic setting. My dream place. Enjoy every moment my friend. Ride safe.
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  7. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Ho-lee shit! :clap :rayof :beer :super

    Color me impressed! That's AWESOME!!
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  8. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    Lets have breakfast in Blueridge one of these days.
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  9. Jetmech

    Jetmech Been here awhile

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    If you don't mind me asking, why didn't you go with engineered trusses? That way you could get by without supports in the middle of the garage. Sorry if you covered this and I missed it.
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Good question!

    So, my contractor is also a fireman. He said the metal plates used to construct engineered trusses get hot and curl in a fire, causing catastrophic roof failure. He said he HATES walking on the roof of a fire-damaged building because he's seen the entire roof collapse even if the wood of the trusses wasn't burnt through.

    The supports in the middle of the garage weren't a result of stick-building the roof. It was a late design change on my part, but one I'm really happy was made. By adding the wood-floored "extension" attached to the slab and overhanging the slope, the footprint went from 22' x 24' to 30' x 24'! :clap The slab was as big as could fit on the site, so adding the wood floor extension was a way to increase the size.

    If we had planned it from the beginning, we probably could have designed it for engineered trusses, if desired.
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    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    PM sent! :freaky
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  12. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    Got it and sent you a reply, left my cell# and left a message on your phone.

    My friend and I are having breakfast at 8 AM at the Bumblebee across the 4 lane from Engles just east of the Yamaha/Polaris shop.

    If you can, join us.
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  13. FrankS

    FrankS ...please wait...

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    if the whole house is on fire do you really have to worry about catastrophic roof failure because of curled up metal plates? but i guess that's how a fireman sees it....
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  14. Dr Klaun

    Dr Klaun Been here awhile

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    Nice clean build. One question I have is about the tall earthwork cut on the house side of your garage. Is this retained in any way? Looks a bit steep to leave exposed. I'd also add some drain tile along your slab edge on that side since that spot will fill up with run-off.
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  15. TheMuffinMan

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    That's really not too bad considering. Really sweet!
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  16. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Well, it's rock-hard Georgia clay and erodes very, very slowly, but I do plan to address that with planting.

    As for the drainage, I got that covered. There's a foot-thick layer of #57 gravel leading back to a 10" drainpipe, but a lot of it was disturbed by the excavation, so I'll throw another ton or two on it.

    That side doesn't get as much runoff as you'd think. The big drainage problem is on the front, because the water runs down the driveway towards the garage. Hence the French drain in the apron.
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    I am with your contractor on this one! The plates attach with rather small 'protrusions' into the wood members of the truss. Being steel they absorb heat quite well and transfer it through those 'protrusions' to char the wood. Being pretty much triangular in shape it doesn't take much 'char depth' for the plates to essentially fall out. If you go through the effort of renailing all those truss joints with conventional nails before using them, they are not a great hazard in a fire although the construction is still pretty light compared to stick built. It's not about what survives if the place is totally engulfed in flame, total loss is total loss regardless. It's more a localized fire generating enough heat that the whole roof goes to pieces or is weakened to where it can not be safely approached to repair.

    Bruce
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    ^ ^ ^ I think his main concern was the safety of firemen who have to walk on the roof, after the fire is out. Doesn't have to be a total-loss situation. I guess the roofs can fail when those plates are overheated, even if the whole building doesn't burn down.
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    It seems a bit much to worry about to me.
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    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    The last few days were a deluge of rain, but it stopped last night and this morning dawned dry and chilly (34 degrees). The guys got back to work framing the wood “extension”.

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    This is how it was framed.

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    First they framed the far wall, which will have 4 windows facing the forest.

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    Then the side walls, with one window each, and the rafters.

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    And most of the roof sheathing went on today.

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    Looking good so far. One more day of framing and sheathing, and it’ll be ready for the windows and metal roofing.
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