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Old 05-29-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default The Bee Hive Garage Build - 3 Car garage with workshop

My setback variance was granted last week!

And so the journey begins... After an interesting battle with the county over poorly written zoning laws, special preservation districts, and setback regulations I finally made it to the "it's real and finally going to happen" stage!

With some staggering of the walls and a bump out the footprint works out to about 80 x 25

Features:
  • Lift
  • Temp Controlled
  • Plumbed Compressed Air
  • Dust Management System
  • Inlaw Suite over the workshop area. The Garage bays will have vaulted ceilings two stories high


Activities:
  • Auto restoration / Maintenance
  • Bee Keeping Honey Processing
  • Beer/Mead Making
  • Wood Working
  • Metal Working
  • Storage

I have another 16*30 building on the property that I can use for dirty work and yard tool storage.


TO DO:
  • Lighting Plan
  • Electrical Plan
  • Lift Bay Selection
  • Stair Location

Question(s):
1) In high school auto shop we had a floor drain, basically a channel with removable grate that ran the length of the garage, so we could hose the floor off and squeegee water into the drain. Thoughts on floor drains?

2) Which bay should I put the lift in? Left, Middle or Right?

Considerations:
a) I plan on being able to drive a vehicle into the workshop area from the garage
b) Tools will likely be stored in the Workshop space (proximity to lift)


Reasons for garage:
1970 Dodge Super Bee (440 4spd)
1968 Dart GTS (340 4 spd)
1987 Dodge Power Ram (318 4spd)
2006 Dodge Magnum RT
2007 VS Jetta (2.5 5 speed)
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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I'm in!

As for the floor drain there are several threads discussing this but it largely seems to be based on local codes and how/where it drains.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:51 PM   #3
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Seeking feedback on the lift location. Of the three bays should the lift go in the left or middle bay?
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: The Bee Hive Garage Build - 3 Car garage with workshop

I would put the lift in the center bay for 360 access and room to move equipment around the project.

Good luck with the build
The honey projects are of interest too me. So I will be checking in often

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:00 PM   #5
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If the ceiling is the same height in all bays I'd do the center or the left bay for the lift. Does the lift have a control/pump unit that would go better in the little bump out on the left bay? If you think you might hang some kind of curtain to keep dust in/out from the car project I'd do the left so you only have to do one. Then again the left bay is farthest away from the workshop so maybe that's an extra pain to go back and forth depending on how you set stuff up?
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No matter which bay you put the lift in you will eventually build a second set of common tools for the garage area. The left wall of the left bay looks like a good place for a bench. So, I would put the lift in the left bay and keep the two bays on the right open so that cars can be turned 90 degrees and moved in and out of the workshop unhindered. For some jobs lifts are indispensable. But most home mechanics use them sparingly. They are also associated with dirty work. Having the lift out of the high traffic zone will help with shop cleanliness and work flow.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback!

I think I like the left bay. Tools should be on rollers and I can stage them over in the lift bay for longer duration projects there.

I like the control station in the bump out Idea. Based on my readings of Old Car Guy's threads I think I'll either go with a Mohawk lift or a Bendpak depending on budget.

I'll check clearances for rolling a welder around the lift area if needed.
I like the cleanliness aspect. I'd rather have tools further away (or a second set of tools for that bay) than have the dirty stuff near the workshop area.

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