New garage build is underway! The last 10 months have been super busy, getting the old house ready to sell, and then starting on a new house build. Yeah, the garage will have a house attached to it, but the priority is the garage!
In the old garage, I had a pretty good setup for detailing and also woodworking, but the lack of separation between the two hobbies was a bit of a hindrance. I needed more room around my truck, to be able to open the doors wide. I also wanted to be able to wash inside, to avoid the constraints of weather, but the shop tools cannot get wet.
A few pics of the old garage, all cleaned up for the sale:
I had hoped to find a buyer who would want the shop tools along with the house, as I spent many hundreds of hours getting this shop setup. The buyers ended up being a couple older ladies, and they had no need for tools, so I spent another hundred hours disassembling the shop and getting all the tools moved to a storage unit.
The new garage will have room for three vehicles, and I made it wider, with an 18-foot double door and 10-foot single door. First order of business was floor drains for washing inside, and also for all the winter lush that ends up falling off the vehicles in the heated garage. With the trench drains in each parking stall, and the floor sloping to each drain, all the winter crud will fall off and run under the vehicles, rather than across the floor to the doors.
The builder on this house is an engineering client of mine, which gave me the fortunate opportunity to do some work myself during the build. I installed the drains and piping, with a small catch basin just outside the garage to collect the dirt. The pipes drain to the rear of the lot to a small swale, and also pick up the rain gutter downspouts.
The new layout has a Workshop area off the rear of the garage where some of the woodworking tools will go, and then there is a basement below the Workshop which is accessible from the back yard, and some tools and storage will go there. While it is not ideal to have tools in two different locations, the size and layout of the sloped lot would not allow for the main garage to be any bigger.
The Workshop will get flooring, and some cabinets with workbenches The table saw will go under the duct dropping from the ceiling, with the dust collector down in the basement.
Building a garage from the beginning gave me the ability to get it roughed-in for dust collection and compressed air, pick the locations of all the outlets, have wall mount garage door openers, and get blocking installed for the fans, hose reels, and pressure washer shelf.
A few pics of the house, which will be completed by the end of March.