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Old 08-08-2018, 08:29 AM
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Default 2400 sq ft garage build advice needed.

Meeting with the architect soon to go over final plans for the new garage/shop.
This is what I have so far and if anyone has suggestions, maybe something they wish they would have done or have seen, I am all ears.
This will be a concrete block building with steel hip roof.
40' wide by 60' deep with two 14' tall doors at the front.
8' garage door at the back for ventilation more than anything.
Two side man doors one at from and one at back.
Inside there will be a 400-500 sq ft enclosed workshop area that will be reinforced concrete block and serve as a hurricane bunker as well. On top of that I will be able to add an office/studio and both will be air conditioned.
Plumbing will be added for future upgrade after build.

I am going to look into a large hangar style door instead of two separate doors.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:51 AM
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I would encourage getting your plumbing plans sorted out sooner rather than later and speshully so for sewer/drain lines.....I sooo wish I had done that when I built mine. I recently jack hammered about 12' of concrete when adding a bathroom in our house - not fun.

Lighting/electrical - my building is 30 x 60 and half shop, half "carport" like, I have 6 LEDS on the inside and 4 outside - love it. Get at least one 30 amp circuit - if you run a real table saw, big compressor, MIG welder or the like you will really come to appreciate it.
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Lots of lights. Go ahead and run plenty of air and power overhead to feed hose/cord reels. Floor drains if allowable by code. Water resistant wall covering so that you can was cars/boat indoors out of the heat.
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Plan on sloping the floor, unless there is a specific reason you don't want to. Or, if you do floor drains, make sure the concrete sub knows to slope the grid to the drain. Not just the surrounding 2'.
And plan for "future whatever". Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
If this is at your home, and you have to run conduit or plumbing to the new building, run some extra.

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Old 08-08-2018, 09:26 AM
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I would add a roof overhang on one side of between 12 and 16'. I have one and prefer it to work on things, also we sit under it in the afternoon sipping a cold one.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:30 AM
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I would recommend adding an attached, covered outdoor bar/grill area. When you have a garage like that, all your friends come over to "hang out".
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:42 AM
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I would sub one of the 8 ft doors for another 14 so in case you want to pull through with rv/bus etc or easier to drop trailers and such
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:58 AM
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Just finished my own show garage for my Hot Rods and boat. Roughly 30 by 60 with separate enclosed room for Garden equipment. Wanted to do block but had to go with frame to save money. Drywall, HVAC, with lots of auto, gas, oil, and boating signage. Also some neon. Life long dream of mine fulfilled. Also have stairs which go up to a storage area for things you don't use too much. Trusses were designed around that requirement.

A lot of thought was given to the floor. I wanted something special but needed to keep cost down. Seems like any special flooring or even a tile which can withstand the weight of a car is expensive. Ended up going with powered color added to the final troweling which was done to a super smooth finish. Contractor sealed it the day after. After all the construction on top of it was finished, a good scrubbing and then (4) coats of floor finish and it looks like glass. Because the color was put down by hand with a irregular method, the finished product actually looks like marble in a lot of areas. Could not be happier.

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Old 08-08-2018, 10:09 AM
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How far above sea level are you ? Maybe raise your bunker to be above flood stage (if needed).
Also , pex tubing in the slab for cooling.
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I doubt you will be able to put a drain in the floor, you can't up here but they are great. You could hide one, put a cap over the pvc drain and finish the concrete right over it, say 1/4" below the finished concrete.
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Lights, storage, outlets, if the boat is going in it a raised (level with boat) platform
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Originally Posted by Clamdigger II View Post
I doubt you will be able to put a drain in the floor, you can't up here but they are great. You could hide one, put a cap over the pvc drain and finish the concrete right over it, say 1/4" below the finished concrete.
yup that's what I did for my garage bathroom
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I have a 32’ x 50’ with 2 12’w x 14’t doors. Scissor trusses inside for greater head room. In the rear, I have a loft 8’ from the floor. One side extends 30’ from the rear. i park two full size crew cabs in tandem on this side. The other side extends 20’ from the rear. The boat goes on this Side and the aft end of the boat actually goes under the loft. With this setup, I can climb in and out of the boat directly from the loft. I’m also able to load gear into and out of the boat with ease. I also have a 4” trench drain directly under the motors, so I can run them in the shop. I can also wash The Who,e boat inside. I specifically had the builder give me 18” y’all concrete stem walls, so I can hose out the garage easily. The drywall is primed and painted with external grade paint, so even when it gets occasionally sprayed, I’m not worried. I have a couple hoists for my bean bags above the boat too. Would have been easier if the builder installed a few 1x 6s for me to wound to. With the angle of the ceiling, it wasn’t fun getting those hoists installed. Lots of electrical outlets, (especially on each side of and between the garage doors), hot water heater, and 2 hose bibs (one strictly cold for the motors).
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:45 PM
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I have a hangar home. My hangar door is 40’ wide.

I recommend a big door for main opening.

The Higherpower Door is the ticket for hangar doors. It doesn’t need a heavy overhead beam or truss. It has its own frame.
https://www.hpdoors.com/hangar-doors/hangar-doors.asp

https://www.hpdoors.com/videos.asp


Also have recommendation for epoxy on the floor.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
... if anyone has suggestions, maybe something they wish they would have done or have seen, I am all ears....
If you haven't already, post on Garage Journal.

"What would you have done differently" is a great way to get valuable feedback.
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I beam for a hoist
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Im in the initial stages of building a 40x40 on a piece of land I own. My soil guy did 3 test holes last week and couldn’t get past 4 feet so I have some excavating to do.

I am going 2’ poured concrete wall above grade with 2x6 on top. All block would be nice but I don’t see any hurricanes. I know Florida doesn’t have basements so it may rule this idea out but I will be adding a 12x15 room under the slab to house a compressor/Hvac and storage. Keep all that noises stuff that takes up space out of the garage.
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Originally Posted by bansil View Post
I would sub one of the 8 ft doors for another 14 so in case you want to pull through with rv/bus etc or easier to drop trailers and such
this! make the 8ft door a 14 ft. will also help ventilation!

get one of those big ass fans. googel big ass fans that is the name of them
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