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Old 01-25-2003, 02:46 PM
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If and I emphasize IF you build a garage and put up a block foundation have the foundation built up AT LEAST 2-3 feet then build the 8' walls on top of that. For around $2000 or a little less you can get a decent 2 post hoist or a 4 post drive on. With the taller foundation walls and standard stick built walls you will add only a couple of hundred more for the block laying but will save that in the savings from buying longer lumber. Plus with the taller foundation you can turn loose with a hose if you have to. Put in a phone. You never know when you got to call a bud up for a helping hand. Have a phone jack around the bench somewhere if you ever want to have a laptop out there. No need to run PVC in the slab when you can run wires above. Plan on a ceiling which is absolutely necessary if you plan on doing any painting. It will keep dust from collecting on top of the rafters, plus it will keep the heat down. Have a refrigerator for the brewskies. Run cable out there so you won't miss the latest on the car shows. Fix it up so when the buds come over to shoot the **** they can sit around and feel comfortable. I put a couple of bar stools at a counter just for convenience. I also have a wall between so I can park my ride (if I ever get it completed) and the other side is strictly for working. I'll snap a couple of pics and post them to show what it looks like. It's not big enough but it was all the room I had. I built it 28'x 36' and the stalls equal out to 14' on one side and 22' wide on the other. I was practically raised in a garage so when I finally got on I wanted it nice. I just wish I added the bathroom to it like my wife suggested but it would have been a problem with where the septic was, but if you can by all means do it. Run some extra phone wire just in case you want to add an intercom system between the house and garage. Run all your lines thru some kind of pipe underground (4" PVC would be good) and leave a rope in the line if you ever want or need to pull something thru. I also added 2 ceiling fans for the summer to move some air as a garage can get awful stuffy and in the winter it will pull the heat off of the ceiling and back down to where you need it. Sorry to go on but when I talk about my garage I tend to go on. That is one thing I am proud of. Whe we built it Weimer and I had it framed up in about a day and a half. Build it like you would live in it. You will be spending quite a bit of time in there so why not have all the creature comforts. Now all I have to do is get the carpet ordered so I don't have to lay on the cold concrete.
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