mandag 14. mars 2011

Building the car garage ..and workshop.

Our house was built around '54 -'55, and then extended 2 times later.
The last extension was in the early 1980's where they also added a single car garage in the basement.
While this garage turned out really nice after a lot of work, there's no room for a car anymore.  The garage is now a motorcycle workshop. 

We are going to change the looks of the house over the next 1-2years, and at the same time we (I :) ) decided to add a new double car garage. Available space was limited, so the footprint of the garage was limited.  So we decided to build up instead, and install a lift to store the third car.

Apart from some of the landscaping/ leveling, we will do most of the garage build ourselves with help from family and friends.  So we have to do this on evenings and weekends, since we both have daytime jobs.

But first we had to spend a lot of time making a foundation for the garage, since the backyard is sloped.

And then we also needed to level the backyard and make a new sloped driveway..
The excess dirt and rocks was pushed into the lower part of the backyard, we will later lift and level the whole backyard.

The driveway:
 Then the driveway was was filled with course gravel and then fine gravel, and compacted several times.

And luckily, we managed to pour and polish the concrete floor on the absolute last possible day.  The frost set in the following day. 

After one and a half months of really cold weather, we got the precut framework/ roof trusses delivered just before Christmas.  It was -18 degrees celcius outside, so the crane on the transport truck was causing problems for a while.

The garage build was started on January 1st , and most of the framework was up within two weeks.

Quite a bit of snow came in January, so it was a pain to keep the buildsite clear of snow..

Theres a porsche 911 somewhere under the snow...

The roof was then built, and the walls covered by windproof/waterproof boards.

We managed to get the roof covered just days before I went on a 3 week business trip/ vacation to Florida/California..and got the Porsche out of the snow...

4 weeks later we started working on the garage again, preparing for the outside wall siding and the inside drywall/sheetrock.

We managed to cover 2 1/2 walls last weekend, after some long days of working.  The garage doesn't have a very large footprint, but it's tall. The wood boards are primed impregnated "vestlandskledning) horizontal boards.

Sunday evening at 22:30,  nailing the last anglecut board in place...tired after climbing the ladder the whole weekend.. 

more later...

2 kommentarer:

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    I have a '40 Civilian 340 "rider" . I'm interested in some information about your saddlebags / luggage carrier; but can't seem to find your email address.

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    Brad in Atlanta GA (AMCA member)

  2. Hello,
    I just ran across your Blogspot again, 1st time since last year ! My message to you
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