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Growing up, my family called the garage, "the garage."
This garage, my garage — "the Garage" — is also where I'll park my cars. Namely the Cobalt SS/SC and a back-up/fun/touring ride that is as yet-to-be named or purchased. It will also house the as yet un-purchased work truck when there's a free bay.
Here's the deal with the Garage: Most of the houses I've looked at that I could reasonably consider buying sometime in the distant future, don't have garages. A number of those that do, only have space for one car and not much else. Consequently, adding an attached two car garage is a necessity for me — I'd go for three, but that just adds significant cost that isn't absolutely required.
See, I'm reasonable and cost-conscious — it's just that I want to be able to do things and actually succeed at doing those things, and that costs significant money I don't have.
Back to the Garage: Because of the significant cost of my hobby facilities and the fact that in order to keep costs as low as I can, the buildings will need to have multiple uses, the Parking Garage will also be used for automotive maintenance and light repair. Especially in the beginning when the Service Garage hasn't been built yet — which, I can almost guarantee due to the cost, is going to be a while. In fact, it's even possible that I may finish rebuilding the LX and the GT in this space for their respective projects Special K and GT Revival.
In order to do all of that, the Garage is going to be fairly good-sized at approximately 30'x28'x12' — which will likely change due to the size of the house. Some of that 28-foot length will be taken up by a utility closet for the house — which will also house a small, quiet air compressor — and an alcove for a workspace on the maintenance and repair side.
The truth is, I don't like working on cars in the same space that I park them in because of the potential for damage and unavoidable inconvenience, but with my limited resources, I'm forced to make some compromises I would rather not — again, at least in the beginning.
Like the Wrench Works Service Garage, the Parking Garage will also feature an attached carport. The reason for the carport is three-fold: a place to park the future work truck under cover, a place to wash and detail the cars out of the spot-inducing sun, and a place to work on the messier jobs I don't want inside the Garage. The approximate size for this lean-to is 15'x28', and it will feature an integrated fence and gate.
Finally, as a part of building the Garage and its carport, I'll be laying in a driveway. Not that there aren't worse things in the world, but washing and detailing a pristine black car only to immediately drive it through dirt and gravel still rates pretty high on the suck-o-meter.
My house has to house more than me: it has to contain my daily driver and be a functional part of my Hobby Complex.
Project: Auto House is how I intend to build the garage addition on an as-yet non-existent home that doesn't have one.
Maintenance & Repairs
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This was supposed to be the week I kicked Classics and Performance into a higher gear.
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The other night I was in the Old Classics and Performance Garage and it was damned cold.
Have a finished garage and have problems with holes in the drywall from all your tinkering?
So, you want to build a garage?
Man, I wish I had a shop to use my new Longacre Pro Precision 4.5" Tire Gauge in.
Change is inevitable.
It seems that, just to prove my point about the Hobby Complex plan being fluid, it already needs to be revised.
Normally, being boxed in is an issue, but within my Hobby Complex, the Boxes are a row of sheds that allow me to free up work space — and freedom is good.