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Old 03-10-2014, 01:18 AM   #1
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New ranch,house & 1500SQF Garage Build thread,and hopefully help vets...New pic 3/19

I am a disabled Vet, I am moving out of Houston to about 1 1/2 hrs north.I have purchased a ranch with a main house,a couple barns etc etc....
My mother who is getting up there in her yrs is going to move from Cal to come live in the main house in the end of march...Since the house is not set up for the disabled,and has some really nice stuff in it i could never use we have decided to build another house for myself...I am going to build a barn house to live in...which a lot of people do on ranches as it saves on taxes...Anyway I would like to post pictures as the build go along to share with anyone interested,as I am also building a 1200-1500 Sq garage inside the barn house...
I am also going to build myself a gun range to shoot ..Not to long just short range ...I will at a later date purchase some more land behind my property just so I can shoot long distance up to 500 yards before we get too my other people buying up land to build homes on...

I am going to also build a paint ball range to invite some other disable vets to come and get out and have some free fun...i will also have things like atv rides,maybe rent some horses or get some vet programs to bring theirs out,i may also have gun shooting for those that cam still shoot a weapon without issues...
I would like to build a program where disabled vets can maybe spend the day,or even the weekend all free of charge...If there are any membersor vets that would like to help out once i get set up pls let me know...
If there are any disabled vets that would like to come out and be part of it,pls pass of your info to me,spo i can contact you when we get going....I know it will be slow at first,but even if its on at a time,it will be worth doing it to give someone a good day..

Anyway If anyone has any ideas as I go along pls feel free to give your input,or if you know anyone that might be interested in paint ball for disabled vets pls feel free to pass on their info for when i get started..thsk...
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:21 AM   #2
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This is a picture of the main house on the property
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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In a garage that big, I'd do floor drains for sure so you can wash cars inside.

Is the plan garage on the main floor than live above it? Or all on 1 level?
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:21 PM   #4
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the new house wi all be one level with 4ft wide door and no lips even to enter the house,
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here are some pics of the main housre and the guess house that came with the ranch
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this is a pic of the outside of the guest house and a storage area
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This is a pic of the horse barn,not sure if we are going to have horses or not as it takes a lot to car for them,but we are going to take a couple extra donkeys from my dad's 450 acre ranch to help keep the grass down instead of having to always pay someone to cut it..
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This is a picture of just the main road coming through the ranch,and a little pond its just a area that seems to always stay full of water,and the last owners called it a pond..It's going to need a air pump in it,and maybe dug a little deeper,and then stocked with a bunch of fish to eat the nasty little bugs so we can try to keep the blood sucking down...lol..Either that or find away to dry it up....I dont want any of our animals drinking out of nasty water
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This is a couple over head shots of parts of the ranch,all those junk cars are gone from the barn,and we have gotten rid of one of the trailers.the plan is to build my barn house off to the right of the over head shot of the main house and guess house through those two trees..the main house is 2400Sqf and the new house will be 3600 sqf...with 3 bedrooms 2baths with all the other normal rooms a house has just inside a big barn,so from a distance it just looks like a barn...Its cheaper to build a barn house than any another house the same size. Also if i ever want to remodel,i can just move any wall any place i want as none of the inside walls are not load bearing,like with normal homes....
It something that ranchers have been doing for yrs,I think it started when city people started moving out to the country looking for a even better tax break when they didnt want to have a true farm or cattle to raise ....
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I am very thankful,as without help from my dad and his ranch hands I would never be able to do it..I could not be out there rolling around in my chair asking for this to be done etc..etc.. so my dad is acting as the building contractor using his ranch hands and hiring contractors as we my need them...
The plan is to build about 90% of it ourselves...things like pouring the slap is hired out.
As soon as i get my tracked wheel chair i will be able to go out there and get around really easy,and decide what changes i want to make etc...

Here is a couple pictures of what i am going to use to get around,one is call the ripchair which i just back my wheelchair into it and drive it like a small Atv-tank its the yellow one

The other with my son is call a action tracker,and its a wheel chair i just sit in and drive just like a power wheelchair,which as you can see one of the action tracker's also stands up right..
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Here is a video of the Ripchair enjoy,even those that are not disabled can enjoy driving it

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Here are some pics of the progress so far..we have taken out about 80 dump truck loads of dirt out,and then replaced it with good dirt to build the foundation on...
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We have now started installing the pluming ,and getting the back stop built up for the gun range in the back ground..This is one of my dads ranch hands running the pipe
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This is the driveway going up to the garage area i believe,lol

Also this is a better pi9cture of the back stop for the gun range,I am going to plant a bunch of grass on the hill to help stop the rain from washing the hill away...
I want to set up a couple of benches,and have some auto resetting targets,paper tagets,and then just be able place items in front of it to shoot...what ever it may be..
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Sounds like a great plan. Love the pics. Bet you'll have plenty of vets participate!
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I sure hope so,as i know how much my life really sort of sucked for the longest time,and if i can bring together some vets,and give them a happy place to go to once in awhile,as maybe a meeting place for new friends for everyone,it would really make it worth the investment..
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As a combat veteran I stand behind your idea. I have guns and paintball guns, willing to help where I can.
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Looks like a really nice setup. You have some cool toys too. Giving back makes you that more special.
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Great idea man, and great progress so far. I hope I'm in your area one day, I'd love to stop by!!!!
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As a combat veteran I stand behind your idea. I have guns and paintball guns, willing to help where I can.
Thank you you will be welcome,and thank you for the offer
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Great idea man, and great progress so far. I hope I'm in your area one day, I'd love to stop by!!!!
All you have to do is Send me a P.M.
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Here are some more pic's we are getting ready to pour....But the weather has play games with us...they have had to put it off 3 times now...
If you look we have built the foundation to last for ever it's twice as deep,and strong as most company's build a house...
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As soon as I get my ZL1 sold I will have some more funds to put towards the project....
So if anyone wants or knows anyone looking for a smoking deal,pls let me know....
I have been purchasing some more weapons for the range...Anyone that has built a paint ball course,that can pass on their knowledge it would be helpful as it will have to be set up so those in wheelchairs can use it,as well as those able to play normally..
thks for the support
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Mark,
Love everything your doing! Sorry, I can't make it to Camarofest because of the 16 hour drive. My back won't let me drive that far, as 100% s/c vet also can't do allot of things and the long drive is one of them. I would love to come down and meet everyone and show my car off to everyone after all the work I've done over the winter. Of course we got more snow last night, one of these days it will be nice out that I can get the car out. I'm going to make the trip to Sturgis at the end of June, should have some fun there, take care.

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That sounds like a lot of fun,are you going to drive your ZL1 to the bike rally..?
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