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Old 01-27-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Mid-Century Moto Mecca Makeover

Hi there. Long time listener - first time caller.

This thread will serve as the home to my garage makeover. I've never had a garage before so I'm very excited. Now, before you shed a tear for me I have had a shop - a nice one actually. One featured in magazines and even the book "Motorcycle Dream Garages" but that is my old life. My life in NYC when I raced with Team Incomplete. We started in a small room in the basement of a building on 15th Street next to the boiler and over the last 15 years kept getting kicked out of spaces until we ended up in Spannerland in NJ. 10,000sqft of machining and motorcycle bliss. 3 CNC's, 4 lathes, 3 mills, a paintbooth and our own dyno. It was nice. It was also in NJ and I had to cross a bridge, downtown NYC and a tunnel to get there and then pay a $13 toll to get home. That sucked.



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A year ago I moved to Portland, OR after 18 years of trying to leave NYC - having two kids was finally the thing that made it happen and Portland was chosen because my wife was from here and I would have been happy anywhere west of I-25. But I really love Portland.

After months and months of looking for a nice mid-century house we found a great Saul Zaik designed place as a short sale. We made a low offer as a backup and kept looking. And looking. And looking. Six months later our offer was accepted and we closed last week. That six months saved us $100k and I finally got a garage - as a bonus it came with a really cool house. I'm psyched.

Anyway, it will be a while before we can move into the house as we have a lot of work we want to do before we move in. Unfortunately I won't have the time to work on the garage before I have to move into it as my space in Spannerland is already claimed. So much for doing radiant heat right now.

Anyway, I don't really have a plan for the garage yet. In fact I don't even know if all my stuff will even fit but where there's a will there's a way. Mostly I've been dreaming of having my shop right next door for the last 20 years and I'm a few months away from that coming to fruition.

Here's the place now in it's current rough shape.







It's a small two car converted from a carport. The ceiling is made of butted together 2x3's and the post and beam structure of the home carries into the garage. I want to keep some of the uniqueness of the design but it also has to be home to my mill, lathe, cold saw, motorcycle lift and 1000lb welding table. Oh, and 7 motorcycles.

There's a lot to figure out but that is part of the fun.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:03 AM   #2
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I'm excited to see where you go with your space, looks like you'll have a lot to figure out.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:15 AM   #3
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First off, congrats on the move - I've never lived in the big city but I bet life in OR will be a lot less stressful.

Love the house and garage certainly looks serviceable. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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Congrats on the move, beautiful country.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:59 AM   #5
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Great story, great space - subscribed!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:45 AM   #6
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Love the house and the bikes. Congrats!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:08 AM   #7
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Looking forward to this one!!!!!! Subscribed
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:39 AM   #8
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Congratulations on the move! Can't wait to follow your build, I'm subscribed!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:18 AM   #9
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congrats , cant wait to see the results
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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Cool looking house and the lot looks interesting!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:15 AM   #11
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Great setup! I'm still convincing my wife to move out to pacific northwest, she thinks the rain is depressing...
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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I see a LOT of potential in that great house. Sounds like you guys are very excited with the move. Oregon is heaven on earth, from what I hear from people who live in Oregon!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:42 AM   #13
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Nice place . I love that house style .
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #14
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Rad man. I've read your stuff on welding web...and probably somewhere else...ADVRider perhaps? Anyways, I expect some awesome stuff to come on this thread! Welcome!

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Welcome!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the place.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #16
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Awesome house!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:08 PM   #17
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fab house, 100k budget for the garage should see you out eh
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #18
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Im excited for ya . I know how it feels to want a shop and finally get one. Good for you my friend.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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Congratz with the great looking house.

Please post more pic's!
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:16 PM   #20
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Welcome to 'The We(s)t Coast'! Portland is an intriguing city; lots of charm amongst its varied neighborhoods. Your house may be both classic and modern at the same time! I googled Mr. Zaik and apparently he is alive, well, and working still....

http://www.oregonquarterly.com/spring2010/feature1.php

It might be interesting (and/or expensive) to have his firm update your 'carport' to fit your shop needs; wouldn't it be really cool to have the 'old man' himself draw the refresh of his early effort?

Please keep us posted on your progress; and more pics of the interior/exterior of your new abode.
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