building Man Cave One in Scottsdale AZ

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by walkingbear, May 5, 2012.

  1. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    pretty happy with the driveway ..
    We are looking on how to border the drive ( stone, back fill , pavers)
    Now we have another 60 yards to pour..

    Thanks
  2. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    The third pour of the front half. 16 yards total and we had more than enough concrete to do the turn out also.

    It is the best driveway I ever owned. Wish I had a skate board!

    We started with junction pour connecting to the pour last Wed.

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    The forman of the concrete company was here today and said this one of the best pours he
    has seen this year. The joints were crisp and they didn't use a lot of water to smooth ( to much water will crack)
    He was impress with a 6 man crew.
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    We had two extra yards when we finished the pour. We were going to pour a turn out next week but since we had a hot load to use they built
    a frame and poured .. with some to spare.
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  3. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    It has been 10 days and lots of changes. Deck is up and yard is cleaned up ready for grass and tree house.

    The garage looks almost functional .. putting away stuff takes a long time.

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    Final pour of the driveway will start in the morning. We are doing a border with expansion cuts every 18 inches. We are using a color in the concrete and it will give it a little more depth to field. The sideways and patio will be pulled ..after all said is done .. we woud have poured 120yds of concrete.

    The tree deck will be the mirror image of the deck..just smaller 8 x 10 compare to 12 x 16.

    Still deciding on the final paint and the welder is waiting to come finish the install of the hand rails.
    Construction clean up crew will be here next week to clean all debri inside and out.
  4. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Its really looking good! Your wife is a smart lady, it looks so much better with the wall removed between the house and the shop. Just curious, how close are you to hitting your original budget?

    Or is that something we shouldn't speak of? :lol3
  5. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    I climbed the fiscal cliff and jumped over it.. No sure how much yet. Paying off the last of the incoming bills. Will know it a month or so.

    We added a lot. The deck is larger , the patio is being redone and the we re-finished the bbq
  6. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    But what an awesome man cave! :clap
  7. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Once again, awesome :deal
  8. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Woke up this morning and look what was parked in front of my new garage

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    Started taking the mufflers off .. since they were just being held on by the
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    First project finished and will be going home Sunday afternoon

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    Caleb claiming his first project
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  9. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    i would be keen to buy one of those twin pot "bmw" calipers to add some braking power to my r100gs if you are amenable to selling one.It would pay for a few square inches of driveway!
  10. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Thanks for the offer, the R100 Mystic will be restored so I need the part.

    I will keep my eye out for some calipers for you.
  11. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Jeebus... you already need a bigger garage!
  12. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Building the tree house and my landscaper father has a re-claimed lumber business. The cost of the reclaimed is20% higer (Destressed doug fir timbers foundation and hand rails. Treated and sealed with penetrating wood sealer.)


    Is it worth the extra cost?
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  13. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    only you can make that judgement...what is the true cost of buying new all the time?The real cost may be hidden
  14. walkingbear

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    The weather has been a little chilly and wet. Pushed the tree house back a little. We have started by digging holes, filling it up with concrete to form the footings and columns.

    Ordered the lumber and sealed and primed the timbers.

    A new build .. It is a small version of the deck. Will add more pics later today


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    you can see the opening for the bridge/steps down to the tree house
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    waiting for the mud to dry

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    this evening pics. Caleb walking near the tree house columns.
    The post for the tree house will be embedded into cinder block columns (4 ft down and grouted.)
    the 5th column not built yet will have a double 4x4 notch to accept a 4x6 in between.

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    The tree will fall almost in the middle of the decking. Odd shape. 8 feet wide on onside 12 feet long 10 feet wide at the other end.
    Made it into a trapezoid .. little math involved. You can see we kept all the existing fencing cut and welded new taps attached to new wall location and
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  15. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Caleb's gonna have himself a sweet man cave! :clap
  16. walkingbear

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    the 5th column was added today and the
    4 x4 are now in place.. it is like my own stonehenge.

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  17. vader1701

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    This is so awesome to watch, what's the weather like there?
  18. walkingbear

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    low 70's and sunny. Rainy weather will be here later this week.
  19. dirt panda

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    Thanks for the step by step build of your man cave. You have put a lot of time into your build report. It is good to see how people in different parts of the world build and the different products used. I'm sure you and your young fellow will have many hours of fun working together.
  20. Gerg

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    Bear, Mine went up about the same time frame, maybe a bit sooner... I was restricted to the square footage of the house and no higher. That precluded a second story and due to a prior install of a ham radio tower the shop gods kept me to 1350 sq feet. I'd sure like to have the extra 150 sq feet I was allowed. Scope creep was about 25-30% over budget and I still don't have the lift in and more concrete is being poured in January.

    Nice cave you have there!!!

    Gerg