Revvin' Kevin Wrote:
I've always wanted/needed a big garage. I just wish i was 20yrs younger. It's been a long hard road and it just keeps getting harder.
@chance- did you just get released? Haven't seen you around here in years. My old garage only had 10 ft ceilings with a second floor. The 25x25 was ok, but they used a 25ft 8" i-beam to support the second floor across the middle, but they ran it side to side, or i could have raised the second floor of one bay to install the lift.
We were looking for a larger house and we found this place. Built in 1860, the house needed a lot of work, but well within my price range because of it's condition.
I spent over a year on the house updating the entire heating/cooling system, electrical, plumbing, remodeling the bathrooms, and a shit ton of painting. A few odds and ends since then, but all of that hard work paid off as it more than doubled the value of the house and now i've got "instant" equity, on paper anyway. Now i'm finally getting the garage in order.
The barn was built as a carriage house. It's 50ft wide and 30ft deep. Originally the doors entered in the middle of the 30ft side, and you could drive your carriage straight out the other side, with 5 stalls on each side for the horses. Originally there was a post every 10ft inside. In that shot of the barn, you can see the 2 rollup doors and a tri-fold barn door. They raised the second floor (roughly 20'x20') just inside of the two rollup doors and used a 6"x10" TREE to support the floor and eliminate the post between those two bays.
In the far opposite back corner of the first floor, they walled off 20'x20', so it's like the back room. When you entered through the trifold door, a few feet in front of you were the steps leading to the second floor. I moved them to the other side of the wall, so now the steps are in the back room where they belong and i have 3 bays to pull in and the motorcycle lift will go in the remaining front left corner.
The hole in the floor left from where the steps were, i put one of those cheap HF electric hoists, so i can hoist big shit upstairs. At my old garage i put a 28x60 hole in the floor along the side wall. Using bed frame angle iron, rebar, some garage door track and a few rollers, i made a platform elevator using a HF hoist. I might do that here, only bigger.
The 9' bay doors are tight together, so centering the lift in the second bay would have put the lift into the other bay, so i needed to widen the section of raised floor to be able to move the lift over, which left the 20' 6"x10" tree too short, so i supported the end of it with 2" 1/4" thick angle and doubled up on some of the timbers.
In that pic of the barn you can see a window high up on the second floor on the side. They raised the floor to just below the bottom of that window. Now the floor is in the middle of that window, so i've kinda gained a skylight in the garage too.
Here you can see the post that was supporting it still there. They scabbed a post on to the side of the first floor post with a half lap joint. I moved everything over two feet.
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There's a 1931 license plate hanging there that i found holding a door in the floor closed.
This is after moving the first floor post over.
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This is the beam extension/support viewed from the rear of the second floor facing back toward the bay doors.
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