Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

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Re: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

Post by beek » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:55 pm

jealous!
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Re: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

Post by cgranju » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:51 pm

Progress has been made on my Fiat halfway house...
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Re: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:00 pm

Ask my wife, she will tell ya.... Whenever I am driving around and spot a 3 or 4 bay garage behind someone's house … I always say the same thing ……. "I hate that guy".....lol we laugh and drive on …. many, many years of enjoyment to you … plans for a wonderful sounding high end audio system in the establishment …. I can hook you up.... ..
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Post by fp55scca » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:59 am

SimcaBertone66 wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:00 pm
.... Whenever I am driving around and spot a 3 or 4 bay garage behind someone's house … I always say the same thing ……. "I hate that guy".....lol
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--I once bought a floor jacking-post from a guy when doing a home project. When I got to his house, he had a 3 car garage under the rear of the house, and a 5 car detached-garage in the back. A shop over the 5 car garage contained just about everything known for auto mechanics, including metal break, English wheel, and so on....His hobby was 1930's and 40's cars. I still hate that guy!! :lol:

--Enjoy Chris....we won't hate ya for it!
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Post by cgranju » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:16 pm

Thanks guys. Trust me, I've suffered from garage & shop envy for many years. I won't have everything and I'll probably end up ungrateful and complain i wish it were bigger/blah blah at some point (& hopefully one of you will be around to punch me). I'm pretty lucky to be able to do this (plus the massive land grading project where we are sort of 'reclaiming' a whole lot of land we just paid taxes for & didn't use) . I do plan on music...probably our now-retired surround sound system...sadly my awesome '70s amp that has turned up a bit dead recently, but the modern multi-speaker thing w/ a subwoofer may be OK... maybe even a flat TV (only because that was one piece of equipment left over from my father-in-law living with us in 2017 since he seemed to have a lot of them & we gave all we could away), but it's not going to be one of those 'man cave' type shops...it's for work, for sure.

If it's any consolation, the process of hiring out building it & the excavation work is truly nerve-wracking. For a long time, my shop-envy list would grow any time I drove outside the urban limits here (which, in TN, isn't a long drive). It always seemed like EVERYONE had a really nice, big shop/garage, maybe a couple. Before we started this, we seriously considered moving to one of these type of places since in many cases it's as if you buy the land & house & the shop is free.

Anyway, thank you for following along. Today we had about another 60 or so loads of dirt hauled out & our back yard no longer looks like there is a motocross jump set up in it.

This was a nice sight to see after having a mountain in the back yard for a month or two...
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and loading the last bit (some tree root balls to haul off) with the trackhoe for the day, the hydraulic oil cooler sprang a leak...but it's closer to being to a point where it's ready for something like grass can grow on it.

and, last weekend there was hail in the forecast, so one of the cast out Fiats got to try a "test fit" of the space inside...
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it won't really seem so cavernous once there are tools in place
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Post by kmead » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:22 pm

Wish there was a ‘like’ button.
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