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Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Mark's Monster Garage....3800 sq ft

I was lurking on another forum and heard mention of the Garage Journal. I couldn't get here fast enough. Originally from Indiana I had a love of barns and cars. Moving to Florida in 1983 my first home did not have a garage. In my twenties I had no trouble getting up early every morning and wiping off our cars. Fortunately 4 short years later we purchased a home down the street with a two car garage......YES. I managed to get by another 4 years before I was able to add on a 3 car garage to the existing garage. NICE.......but as barns and garages go I found myself short on space. I really wanted a lift, more room to work, a place to park my truck, and more storage. In 2005 with blessings from the wife I started construction on a 2400 square foot detached garage. I was in heaven and had the man cave of my dreams. I ended up with two lifts and now cars started coming apart. Needless to say I really wasn't sure how they were going back together.

Long story longer my family decided we would buy a large piece of property were we could all build and live close to each other.......that meant new garage time. I had built the garage of my dreams but now I had it under my belt and I was ready to really build the garage of my dreams.....garage guys are never satisfied are they?

I couldn't wait to post and sorry not ready to add pictures. They will come soon. The garage is already built but I would like to try to document the build.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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How long ago did you build it? Sounds cool all living together!
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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All of that and not even one teaser pic? C'mon now.

Welcome to Garage Journal. Once you come to the site, you will realize that you need to change the garage all around. This place sort of has that effect on people.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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Welcome! We need pictures or it didnt happen...
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Like Kevin said. Welcome and get ready to do yer garage over again!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
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All that description and anticipation building with not ONE photo of ANY of the aforementioned photos?!?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
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Pics or ban!!

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:49 PM   #8
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Man you guys are tough on this garage forum. I guess I have been hanging out in some of the sissy forums and was used to getting my way. Ok, I know I threw out all of the hype and just left you hanging. As a "type A" person I wanted to post all of the build pictures in order...........however, somehow I can't seem to find the beginning stage pictures. I guess I am not going to be one of the guys with the 5 stars on his thread. I am going to post some plans in the next few days so you can see the layout.


As many garages start, it was on a plain sheet of paper. I had spent so much time on my last garage I took the basic footprint and enlarged the size. Believe it or not I used a Homes and Garden Designer Suite Program to design the outside elevations to show to the architect. Although not a licensed contractor I was going to act as my own builder.

So here you go, one single photo of the front of the garage. On the right you will see the door to the RV garage, to the left and next to the tower is the guest apartment, and then two doors to the main garage on the far left.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:53 PM   #9
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How long ago did you build it? Sounds cool all living together!
We have spent the last 4 years on this project from property purchase, design and build 3 homes and my garage. A few fun facts on the garage, it was the first building we started construction on. We were selling a home in Indiana and we had a 50 x 70 Morton Building up there, my garage and home here in Sarasota and we needed a place to keep all of the "stuff". The garage was just almost one year ago. However, it has taken one year just to sort through everything and get my garage into a condition I was comfortable with sharing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #10
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All of that and not even one teaser pic? C'mon now.

Welcome to Garage Journal. Once you come to the site, you will realize that you need to change the garage all around. This place sort of has that effect on people.
The one about the soap and the speed in which one washes quoted in your post........I just used that one yesterday so I guess i am in the right place!!!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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Holy Crap a castle, wheres the moat
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #12
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Holy Crap a castle, wheres the moat
thanks for the compliment......I wanted to build a "castle" theme but it presented a lot of obstacles......too many round walls for one so I guess i had to lower my standards to "old world". As I will eventually share, the house matches the garage......yep, I am probably one of the few men who actually got to design his garage first. Wife was OK with it and we ended up carrying a lot of the inside trim work over to the house. Cant wait to show you.
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SBJ!!!

What a palace!
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:08 AM   #14
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I'm pretty sure I have seen this before. What other forum(s) have you shown this on before?

Very nice btw.

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:09 AM   #15
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WOW awesome!
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #16
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You have to give us more than that, Quickly!

Looks like it could be one of the better ones here on GJ, get those pics in order, inquiring minds want to know.

Very, Very, Nice!
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I'm pretty sure I have seen this before. What other forum(s) have you shown this on before?

Very nice btw.

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Bruce, the only other forum you might have seen it on is the AVS Forum while I was doing my home theater build. I am also on 67-72 Chevy truck forum as I am building a 69 Chevy p/u. I like building stuff! These forums ate a great way to get ideas.
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I'm pretty sure that is not a garage... but rather a castle...

Nice!!
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I'm pretty sure that is not a garage... but rather a castle...

Nice!!
The hard problem with building a castle is that the door folds down instead of going up. But maybe that can give more head clearance for the lifts... IGO, is it too late to change the doors????

Nice work! If that building is just the garage, we will need to see the floor plan to undertand how your Second Dream Garage has come to be. Maybe we can learn from your experience and reasoning. I love the tower!

BTW, Welcome to GJ from a litte north of ya. Although I do end up in LWR for a project on a regular basis...
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Holy crap!!!! We ask for a pic and get THAT slammed into our face.

Looking forward to seeing more.
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