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Preparing for Spring 2020

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Hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner.  For the Florida friends, it has pretty much arrived.  The south east is another 15 or days away and for the northern folks, June isn't that far off, hang in there.

 

Given that we've all been rather quiet on the detailing side, I thought it would be interesting to see what the members have planned for their houses and vehicles.  

 

Mary and I are looking at some landscaping to pretty up the front of the house after putting the new fence in last year thanks to the tornado.  In addition, we've finally decided on the design for our new building and now it is all about the prep work and finalizing the a few items.   

 

This is not an endorsement or recommendation, but is the company we are in discussions with and the building model we both like. The one change will be the wall on the left side will go to the ground.  The size will be 36' long, 18' wide bay and 10 maybe 12 foot wide enclosed area.   The peak will be 14' so I can put campers or motorhomes in there and it will be a full wash bay.  

 

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So that is the initial plan for the Spring and the wife has made it pretty clear that the landscaping comes first.  Then I just need to do a bunch of vehicles to replenish the savings account.  It will be nice to have a decent sized shop for the vehicles we rehab since they tend to be longer term projects.

 

What does everyone else have planned?

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For us - a little landscaping, and a few cars on the books (including a 67 Shelby GT 350 clone!).  Our big thing is our son's wedding next Sunday (01/26).  It is at an outdoor venue, and looks like it will in the 70's, with a light breeze...whew!

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That is going to be very nice!

 

One suggestion.  If you are going to install siding on the left wall, then I would enclose both ends with a large garage door on the front.  This would not cost too much more because you would then not have to install lap siding on the dividing wall.  The dividing wall is likely needed for supporting the roof, but you could just use OSB sheathing on it without the lap siding.

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On 1/19/2020 at 12:51 PM, TheWolf said:

That is going to be very nice!

 

One suggestion.  If you are going to install siding on the left wall, then I would enclose both ends with a large garage door on the front.  This would not cost too much more because you would then not have to install lap siding on the dividing wall.  The dividing wall is likely needed for supporting the roof, but you could just use OSB sheathing on it without the lap siding.

It is actually a steel building and the artists rendering is showing horizontal siding, but we prefer vertical and will go that way. The construction gives us the option to enclose the large bay if we choose to do so next year. We have priced the doors and they will run about $5,000 for the pair, installed.  Each door would be a roll up, 16 wide by 14 tall and they are running $2,200 each.  The large bay will also have plenty of light with ten 8 foot 5000k LED's on the ceiling and air moving with two 84" ceiling fans.   

 

We really would have liked to have gone with Brick, but the additional $12,000 price tag put that beyond what we want to spend for now.   The one thing we can do with Steel is add the Sandstone on front to match the front of the house so it has the curb appeal.  I'll do all the wiring myself and will insulate the enclosed area so it can be climate controlled.  

 

To get to a design type that we liked, we've probably looked at close to 300 different models and drawings and each of those can be customized to exactly how we want it.  Now that we've in the final design stages, we're getting rather excited.  We still have the end design, company selection, permits, concrete, delivery and construction, inspection and then usage.  There is still a lot left to do, but the in the end this is going to be a very nice step up from using a 10' x 10' portable canopy to get out of the sun.    Should I also mention that the wife is tired of her garage queen getting moved out of the garage so we can put project cars in there.

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We continue to make progress on the building design and plan.   The wife has decided the colors and the drawing is close, but not exactly as the picture shows.   @TheWolf made the recommendation to enclose the large bay and after some additional reviews, we have decided to do so.  

 

We also made a size adjustment, the big bay is going to be 18 feet wide with a 12x11 wide door on both ends.  The short section will still be 10' wide with a 8x8 door and the entire building will still be 36' long.   There will be a standard walk in door on the side of the large bay and in the center wall separating the sections.   The total building footprint will be 26' wide and 36' long.  The door on the back of the building will be a standard metal building roll up door and the ones one the front will be from the same company that put in the garage door on the house 2 years ago and they will all match.    

 

Next up is the concrete, whenever it stops raining.  We are going with colored concrete and it will match the sandstone on the front entrance of the house and front sidewalk.  The location of the building will be behind where the vehicles are parked. Pretty much from the center of the Lexus and going 26' to the right.  The driveway is currently 48' wide were the vehicles are parked and it will be extended to 60 feet.  We also want to have the driveway resurfaced and colored to match the rest and it is 102' long and goes from 10' wide at the narrowest point to 48 at the widest point.   The last picture gives an aerial view and with my poor freehand drawing, the Red line shows where the building will be going and the Blue line where the driveway will be extended.

 

The timeframe for the building to be put up is 3-4 weeks after the concrete is poured and that is dependent on the weather.

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