Building a New Garage in the Woods

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  1. dhallilama

    dhallilama Long timer

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    regarding a moving workbench, when i had a large shop with actual space, i had an all steel 4x8 table with jacks to lift it onto the castors, very similar to this one:

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    best workbench i've ever had, for metalwork.

    also had one that was slightly smaller, with a wood top. same deal with the bottle jacks to lift onto the castors, though.
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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    ^ ^ ^ Neat idea! Hmmm... :hmmmmm
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  3. silverbandit1

    silverbandit1 Adventure Dreaming..

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    How many guys are doing the framing and sheeting?
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  4. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Just two. My builder used to have a big company with multiple crews. But then he became a fireman, so now only works with a helper.
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  5. dhallilama

    dhallilama Long timer

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    damn fine looking garage, btw...

    I used to frequent Garage Journal, where there's some great garage builds, but it was kinda like browsing Ferraris yet driving a rat infested AMC Pacer that was currently on fire. I have a 220sq/ft, 100+ year old carriage house which is composting with the amount of rot, raining inside with the poor roof, and on two property lines so unable to rebuild. (Well... without the trees being full enough to block it's view from the street and an ample supply of "hush beer" for the neighbors :D )
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  6. dirtdiver

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    Wow, really nice. It seems like you are getting a good deal.

    DD
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  7. JDUBinCO

    JDUBinCO Mass Centralized

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    I work for a soil's engineering company in Colorado, so take that into account with my input...
    In Colorado we would NEVER put a structure on that kind of slope without at least a geotechnical investigation. And even if there is no land slide potential, that little drain will do nothing to stop the water coming down the hill in a big rain event. Those perimeter drains are made to be secondary water catchers, after the grade has pushed the water away from your structure. I don't think you want your shop floor stained red!
    Also the walls will push in very easily with lateral earth pressure. If it were my structure I would be talking to an old seasoned geotechnical engineer to see if the soil conditions warrant a retaining wall on the up slope side of the garage.

    Other that that, I love the place! Hoping to have something similar here on Colorado, ever.
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  8. Deans BMW

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    Looking great.........In fact outstanding. :thumb
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  9. SourKraut

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    Quick question - we are breaking ground on a 32'x40' in the spring and plan to use the zip system sheathing. I thought that the brown colored sheathing was for roofing and green was for walls. Did that change or was it a conscious decision to use the roof rated sheathing for the walls?
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    ^ ^ ^ I'm sorry, I have no idea! :dunno

    I didn't know there were two...
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  11. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    We if it was a mistake you done good because the brown colored stuff is made to install roof shingles right over without felt or icedam so it will hold up forever behind siding on a vertical wall. Being in Georgia (?) you are probably scratching your head with the term icedam - we use sticky backed membrane underneath roofing for when feet of snow build up on the roof and ice backs up under the roofing and drips into your house....
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  12. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Icedam = "peel and stick"?

    We used that product for a carport in Florida...
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  13. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    The metal roof went on today. :clap

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    Nice..... :thumb
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  15. klp

    klp Been here awhile

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    Sweet place - I have only spent a week riding in that area but fell in love pretty quickly. What's better than a garage with a view?

    In the roof pics is that the road you can see behind or your driveway?
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Wow, things happen quick around your place.

    It looks like you could easily fit 2 bikes and a car in there, or 2 cars with some jockeying...or some of these:

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  17. ag_streak

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    It's the road. In the summer, you can't see it through the foliage. Our neighborhood is all dirt roads. That one is maintained by the county. Ours isn't. So early this year I asked the two other owners on my road to pitch in for a $385 load of #57 gravel and a spreader truck. A load is 18 tons, I believe. Now our little 3-house road looks better than the county-maintained ones.
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    Hopefully enough soil compaction and roots to hold everything together. If you are getting too much water draining down that slope maybe put in a lateral drainage ditch (up on the slope) to divert the water before it rolls over the edge. A good retaining wall and the engineering report would have cost you a pretty penny. You might be better off taking the risk.
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    Costs...

    I'm not sure what I omitted when I provided the costs earlier, but going over my actual expenditures, the estimates to complete the work, and knowing more details now, it'll be right around $25K total construction costs.

    That does not include the site prep (already paid) or a heating system (TBD).
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  20. RoyQ

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    Nice looking garage! Interesting layout. I visit up there a lot and have done so for the past 20 years. Beautiful area and plenty of roads and trails to ride.
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