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Old 03-27-2012, 06:32 AM   #51
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That looks really good. What are the plans for the upstairs? Just light storage?
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:26 AM   #52
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Okay to answer a few questions. As for the inside of the house, well it is in need of a good bit of sprucing up of it's own but it will have to wait until after the garage is completey done, probably at least next year. A new dishwasher will be needed soon, but painting the walls, new curtains/window coverings for some rooms, making my son's room into an office/craft room after he leaves for the army, maybe re-dos for the bathrooms, and a few other things will just have to wait. As for the upstairs of the garage, yeah, just storage for now. The framers left us a good bit of left-over wood so we will use it to fill in more of the attic floor & maybe some shelving. We will get a TV for the garage & some new speakers for an old stereo system Mike currently has in the shed that will move to the garage. There are cabinets & counters (they never used) at my parents house we will install. Mike & I will have someone come & do insulation then we will put pegboard on the upper walls & bead board on the lower with chair rail between. We have not decided yet on the floor covering. We want to put small shelves around the walls for our model cars & hotwheels & plan of course to move all trophys, plaques & car related things out there. I am making a collage from pics of our cars & probaply will get some metal signs, maybe a Chevy shop light, a small refrigerator, Chevy stools & a few other things to spruce it up inside. All gradually of course. Thanks everyone for all the kind words. It is fun to see what you think of it. Feel free to give any thoughts or ideas as we are still deciding on things as we go. We are having a blast watching it all come together. Mike is like a kid, he just can't stop hanging out, out there, looking at it out the windows & talking about it. He may never come in the house again after it is finished. LOL
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #53
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Very cool read. The reason I asked about the upstairs is I see the garage is 28' x 28'. I'm not a builder so I may be just a nervous person. Anyway, since the trusses span the entire length, are the bottom beams large enough to support a decent amount of weight? Trusses, again not a builder, I believe are designed to support the weight of the room and transfer it to the exterior walls. I don't know if they are built to support additional weight in the center. Maybe a builder will chime in here.
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They knew we planned to use the attic area as storage & they installed the partial attic flooring & the attic access ladder so I would hope they figured that in. Mike commented that they were using some sort of special bracing that is supposed to be for hurricane force winds (new codes?). As for weight, we are no spring chickens so I doubt we will be hauling any heavy stuff up there but even so I know weight can add up. The builders seem to be doing a really good job so I assume they do know what they are doing. If anyone that is a builder sees anything to the contrary or can tell me what to check, that would be good. They come pretty highly recomended, both the parent company (Outback Builders) and this particular contractor/franchisee(sp?). Mike checked them out on-line pretty thouroughly along with the other contractors we got bids from. This guy impressed Mike from the get-go. He looked at our cars & said "How about I get you 10' wide garage doors so getting in & out will be easier for you". No one else even mentioned that as a possibility. He has done several things like that to try to accomodate our needs rather than putting some cookie-cutter garage up. The crews have all been real hard workers who seem to do good work. I'm no builder either but my dad was & Mike's dad too. We have both have heard enough things from them to have a pretty good feeling about these guys. I hope I'm right. Good thought to consider though for sure. Anyone feel free to chime in.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:59 AM   #55
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Okay, cool. It's going to be really nice!
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:04 PM   #56
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It was too dark for pics today when I got home, but there was nothing too impressive to see anyway. They worked on the wiring but have more to do tomorrow if the weather does not stop them (slight chance of severe storms). That is all for tonight.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #57
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Mike called to say the electrician is back & the gutter installers are there too. All the crews have really loved our cars. The framers said they were surprised they were able to get any work done because they could not stop looking at our cars. They really got a kick out of me taking pics & posting on C5. I showed them the post & one guy said "Wait until Monday. I'll be looking good for pics on Monday". LOL I didn't tell him I would not be home in time for pics on that Monday; didn't want to burst his bubble. Not sure I will be home before dark again today. It depends on if my late clients show up or not. One more day of work this week 'cause Ruby gets her windows tinted on Friday.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #58
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Its looking great. You have motivated me to try and work on mine this year. I have an attached garage that just has drywall and one coat of tape on it. I think this may be the year to finish the drywall and paint it.

I have a small collection of old license plates and a few metal signs that I could hang. Gotta wait another month or so still too cold here to mud the walls.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:25 PM   #59
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I just made it home as the sun was setting to snap a quick shot. We now have gutters & the electrical work will continue tomorrow. Who knew wiring a garage would take almost as long as building it did?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #60
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Wow, jealous!
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #61
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You have that car & your jealous of my little 'ol garage?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #62
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Funny... Yes, I've always wanted a nice garage like that. A lot of room to properly store all the right tools and detailing items. The doorways seem nice and wide too. In Northern VA I swear all the garage doors were built just to barely fit cars in. No room for a good workbench... I don't get it.

It was fun going through this thread and watching the progress. Thanks for posting all the pics.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:55 PM   #63
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Thanks, we are already rather fond of it too. I suspect that will get worse, possibly into obsessive territory for my husband. LOL
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #64
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Those are some great pics! Id say your hubby will be spending very little time in the house
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:02 AM   #65
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cool camaro cave, sounds like you'll have a nice little den as well.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:24 AM   #66
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I think it's time to have a Music City Club party at Mike and Jan's house.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:12 AM   #67
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Really nice Ruby! My supposedly two car garage just barely fits the Camaro. My truck is just too long. No matter how close to the wall I get it still sticks out about a foot. When we move I am deffinitely test fitting the garage this time.
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Let there be light!! ..................and lots of electrical outlets. And yes, now my husband is officially obsessed. He took his little Ipod speaker and one of the new gravity chairs we bought out to the newly electrified garage...............and stayed, and stayed and stayed. He finally came in & got in the shower declaring that the acoustics in the garage are fantastic & he can't wait to move his old stereo out there. My obsession at this point is taking pics of it..........so here are a few more.
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And here is a WalMart print of the pics I will use to make the larger collage I will make for the garage. This one will go to my office at some point.
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Really coming along nicely. Yeah, I tend to spend most of my time in the garage as well.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #71
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Looking Nice... !

Wish i had a garage like that

My Camaro and the HHR..sit in a garage that

was built in 1952 by my father.

In Pic isnt my HHR or my Camaro but thats how close it

was for the TrailBlazer SS and Blazer Xtreme.

junk on the side of the blazer is gone now.

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Garage doors are being intstalled today. I may not make it home in time tonight for pics though, but soon.
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They knew we planned to use the attic area as storage & they installed the partial attic flooring & the attic access ladder so I would hope they figured that in. Mike commented that they were using some sort of special bracing that is supposed to be for hurricane force winds (new codes?). As for weight, we are no spring chickens so I doubt we will be hauling any heavy stuff up there but even so I know weight can add up. The builders seem to be doing a really good job so I assume they do know what they are doing. If anyone that is a builder sees anything to the contrary or can tell me what to check, that would be good. They come pretty highly recomended, both the parent company (Outback Builders) and this particular contractor/franchisee(sp?). Mike checked them out on-line pretty thouroughly along with the other contractors we got bids from. This guy impressed Mike from the get-go. He looked at our cars & said "How about I get you 10' wide garage doors so getting in & out will be easier for you". No one else even mentioned that as a possibility. He has done several things like that to try to accomodate our needs rather than putting some cookie-cutter garage up. The crews have all been real hard workers who seem to do good work. I'm no builder either but my dad was & Mike's dad too. We have both have heard enough things from them to have a pretty good feeling about these guys. I hope I'm right. Good thought to consider though for sure. Anyone feel free to chime in.
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I have been a residential builder for almost 20 years. It looks like the ceiling joist on your trusses are 2x6 and they will hold some weight.......not real sure exactly how much since I do not know the spans and materials used but it will be greta for attic storage.

IF you are planning on finishing the inside with drywall ( Which I HIGHLY recommend) then the rating will go down a bit because of the drywall weight
factor.

WIDER garage door are always better but more expensive , standard are 9 wide 7 tall but tend to get kinda tight so the added width was a GREAT choice...you will not regret it and probably will wish you had went wider....I know I do and I have 10' wide doors with one 16' door in the middle....but are garages ever really big enough....NO...we just run out of money or land....LOL

It looks great and they appear to have done a good job.

Usually word of mouth is a great business card. If they are licensed, have a good rep....which appears they do then you should be fine.

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Thanks Dr Jkel. Right now we are thinking of peg board upper & bead board lower walls with chair railing in-between. Can't decide on insulation. It is fun doing all the research & deciding on things though. Looks like I will get off early so pics soon to follow!.
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I would definitely insulate the walls if your budget allows. I have an attached garage and 2 of the 3 main walls are insulated because they are against my house. I wish I had insulated that exterior wall when it was in studs.

Now it will be tougher with drywall up but even though I have one uninsulated wall my garage rarely goes below 32 degrees unless the outside temps get into the single digits. I would bet it get a lot colder if I did not have those 2 insulated walls.

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