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Old 10-23-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default The "Bunker" garage is almost complete!

I started in May of '07 in building a garage on my lot next to my house.

Originally I wanted to put in a second story for some office space, theater room etc. The city nazis put an end to that with their height restrictions, so I decided to do the next best thing, build down.

First, we started by clearing out the RV pad that ran along the side of the house.



Then start digging a big hole







Here you can see the tunnel to the main house



AH! Found the gas line.. I'm sure this whole project is OSHA approved.



Footings





Can't find the pic with all the forms built up, it was a huge mess, here's the final foundation.



After a 2.5 month wait, we finally get steel delivered.





(I'm skipping all the drama here, and we were out of town for two weeks when the B-decking went down over the beams, and the rebar reinforced concrete was poured over the beams)

Framing





Ah yes.. the drama with the power. We had to completely destroy the front yard to run 400 amp service to the house, and then across the yard again to the garage. (wife was thrilled)


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Old 10-23-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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Very nice and quite the feat of engineering!

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Old 10-23-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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It's good to see a more in depth set of pictures then you have posted in CFOT. I have enjoyed watching the progress you've been making on this. And OMG the view behind your home is just beautiful.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:31 AM   #5
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Getting a new driveway poured...



Inside garage sheetrock pics



Workbench area, wired for TV in the corner



Some of the work being done in the theater room (under the driveway)




Fast Forward.. here's how everything looks today.. all these were taken this afternoon

Out front



Side door.



Inside, paint job just finished...



Mofo t-5 lights man, way small but we have 7 banks of the six lights in there, it's like a freakin' operating room man.. very bright



Workbench area



Heater for the 5 degree days in Utah man <shiver>



And now.. downstairs in the "bunker" area, this is the door in the garage just to the right of the workbench area that leads downstairs. This is the door that I wanted to put a coke machine in front of. <still working on that>



Down the staircase...



A pic of the main area directly under the garage, all set up to be a home gym.



A shot to the left, room on the right is the office, on the left is a bathroom.



A look down the hall to the home theater room



Inside the theater




All the mofo home automation wiring. I seriously don't even know what half of it is for..



Storage room



From the main house, looking down the secret tunnel



Around the corner and down into the bunker



That's it so far..

About 1,200 sq feet of garage space, and about 2,350 of space underneath.

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Old 10-23-2007, 10:48 AM   #6
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Awsome... Just Awsome. Great use of your space man.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:04 AM   #7
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The real PITA about this was that they had to set up a bunch of "shoring" crap up in the basement (about $8k worth if memory serves) Just a pain.
What gauge decking did they use? Was it welded to the beams, or shot with a nail gun? Did they shoot shear studs into the beams? What did they shore up, and why? I'm guessing it's temporary. Just not sure of why they did it. Nice build BTW.

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Old 10-23-2007, 11:31 AM   #8
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GREAT build!!!

I have a couple of questions though, if you don't mind?

1) Why go down? Did you truly want a "bunker" (which I think is COOL)? I admire the different approach.
2) Surely a second story would have been more cost effective, were there other considerations as to why not go that direction?
3) What's with the "windows" here?
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:49 AM   #9
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What a backdrop!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:09 PM   #10
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What did you do to thwart water from coming into the basement?... water logged time capsule comes to mind.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:17 PM   #11
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I love this and am extremely jealous! I have always wanted tunnels and secret passages ways in my house! Please keep the pics coming!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:30 PM   #12
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Looks good. Can't wait to see more pics.

I'm surprised they couldn't do directional boring or a less invasive trench to pull the power across the yard.

Aside from an understanding wife, you must have very understanding neighbors - especially the one on that side of your house.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:06 PM   #13
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:43 PM   #16
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Awesome progress. I am very interested in how this turs out. I have always thought of doing a large garage over a basement as then you have a lot more space that nobody knows about.
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This is about the coolest thing I've seen in a while!

One question: Did you consider the use of pre-stressed concrete instead of all the steel?

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Old 10-23-2007, 04:16 PM   #18
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YOUR THE MAN!!!!!!!!


Way to get around the rules and figure out another way to get your "man Space"!
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