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Old 02-14-2004, 08:31 AM
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Any advice for a garage/shop???

Ok, here is my problem.... I live out in the country and have a nice size 3-car garage, but it is COMPLETELY full with the parents' vehicles and my tools and engines. I would like to build another garage so I could put my truck and other project vehicles in and work on them... I'm thinking about just a 1-car or maybe 2-car garage or just a pole-barn / pole-garage thing... Any suggestions on a cheap(ish) set-up?

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A pole barn is the most cost effective way to go. A 60' x 100' would be about right ,with loft trusses, so you can have storage and work space above also. And don't forget the two post lift, bathroom or refrigirator...
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I'm a big fan of Airplane Hangers. You can make them any size you need and they last a long time. And seeing as you live out in the country, who cares how pretty it ain't.

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Mom and Dad might worry about it.....he's only 15.
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.....he's only 15.
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Is there something wrong with me being 15 ??? You can ask either one of my parents, I've owned more vehicles than them combined and have never kept a vehicle for over 8 months and I'm proud of it.... I spend ALL of my time building up engines and custom computers ..

Oh and P.S. -- My parents actually want me to have something to put my vehicle(s) in so they arent lawn ornaments and I don't tear up the front and side yards in the rain / mud .... So, it doesn't matter as long as I pay for everything
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No problem with you being 15.....I was more puzzled with the post before that , which said you should not worry abot what it looked like, since you live in the country.

I said that, since you were 15, you didn't own the property, and that your parents that do own the property would mind what it looked like.

Sorry, if it offended you......
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I'm an Architect and I suggest the following building types for your consideration.

A very inexpensive and efficient building is a quanset hut structure like those used by the military in WW2. They go together fast and are very strong. The U.S. Military Surplus probably has plenty of these that could be purchased for cheap $. If the hut is put up on a 3'-4' high knee wall you get full access all the way to the outside edges of the building. Not sure what kind of dollars would be needed.

Another cheap building is the pole barn. These are mostly wood framed structures with a metal skin. They don't require a continuous foundation and they can be built with as little as two people. (More is better) Budget $8 - $12 per sq. ft.

Finally, pre-engineered metal buildings are also a good option. These buildings usually require the help of a crain and full foundations. The foundation is part of the structure and is critical to keeping the building from spreading at the base. It has tie cables that hold the columns in place under the floor slab. This type of building is probably the most expensive of the three mentioned but it delivers a large, column -free interior space and the frame is very strong. These things are usually clad with metal siding and roofing. Budget $12 - $17 per sq. ft.

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