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Old 10-21-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Fire house and garage (winter projects)

So it begins...
As the wife says I have more money than brains and I don't have any money...
I have a couple of toys that I need to put under a roof.


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A great lot of pictures that are just great to look at.

(winter projects)
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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So I figure, why have just 1 garage, when I can have two. After looking through many of the builds here, I called George of Geobarns (thanks to member floyd) and have come up with two buildings. The garage is a basic 3 bay with a full up stairs, and the fire house or barn is a 48X30 building with a full upstairs.
The digging has started and footers in. Looks like the pad will be poured for the barn tomorrow and the block will be in the garage shortly thereafter.
The first three pictures are the footer for the garage. The next two show the barn blocks and pad steel mesh. The sixth picture, I just wanted to put in another picture of the fire truck. The last picture, if you squint real hard, you can see my patio extension and the excavation for both buildings.
I apologize for the low quality pictures, I will work on that in future postings. These things always take more time that one would think, but I will post updates as they happen.

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I should say thanks to Bull too, he is the one that started it all for me.
His thread http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=10752

And floyd's
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=17545
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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I believe that everyone should own a fire truck at least once in their lifetime. I had a 1926 American La France ladder truck once. I had no place to keep it, and no one to act as a tiller man on a regular basis, so I sold it. Wish that I had in now, since it was really a sharp truck. I think it got about 3 MPG, but back then gas was about 25 cents a gallon...
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:25 PM   #4
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The members here with Geobarns have some danged nice structures so I would say you won't be let down. If I remember right, they won't give you much time for progress pictures, one day, the footers, next they have the roof on. Okay, maybe an exaggeration but from my memory they don't fiddlefart around like most contractors.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:26 PM   #5
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Mine is a 1972 American Lefrance pumper in pretty good working order. I drove it from my parents house where I was storing it for the last year to my house (about 7 hours in the fire truck) and it ran like a champ.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:34 PM   #6
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From 1926 to 1972, they improved the suspension. Mine had solid rubber tires, and I don't think that it had shocks, but it did have huge springs, and a dual ignition, hand crank ladder, and a huge gas tank. It also didn't go very fast, but it did make a lot of noise, since the muffler didn't muffle much.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #7
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The members here with Geobarns have some danged nice structures so I would say you won't be let down. If I remember right, they won't give you much time for progress pictures, one day, the footers, next they have the roof on. Okay, maybe an exaggeration but from my memory they don't fiddlefart around like most contractors.
Yea, I have been surprised how fast he finishes, especially given the quality of building he puts up. I now get updates to his current builds and am amazed at the daily progress. I figure, I will have both buildings finished by christmas. Of course, I am usually overly optimistic, but with George, I'll bet we will be close.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:20 PM   #8
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I am so glad for you! Welcome to the Geobarn family, and thank you very much for the mention in your original post. I can't wait to see your barns, and I bet you are right, George will finish on schedule. He is such a good, and a talented guy. He was just here the other week for a quick visit.

One day, I'd like to build another Geobarn. I certainly have the space, just not the cash lol. Such a great experience.
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Don't know if I should ask the question, but about how much does a barn cost to build today, as in your picture??? Thanks Junk..
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Don't know if I should ask the question, but about how much does a barn cost to build today, as in your picture??? Thanks Junk..
George told me last year that he builds for about $25 per square foot. But, that price can be brought down by contributing your labor, hospitality, choosing hemlock over Doug Fir, and not going crazy with windows.
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Does he do everything from the excavation, footings, and foundation, or is this done before he starts his work? I would love to have one built on my property. thanks
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:01 PM   #12
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Does he do everything from the excavation, footings, and foundation, or is this done before he starts his work? I would love to have one built on my property. thanks
The excavation, concrete, finish work, and electric is additional and needs to be done by someone else. It will still end up being less than what a local builder quoted for a traditional stick built building with vinyl siding.
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The excavation, concrete, finish work, and electric is additional and needs to be done by someone else. It will still end up being less than what a local builder quoted for a traditional stick built building with vinyl siding.
And that is what impressed me so much early on, when I first discovered George and spoke with him. I had assumed from the website that I would not be able to afford to hire him, since the buildings are so nice. But, the value he provides, and the passion he has for people who share his love of his buildings is wonderful. You end up with so much more than a vinyl, stick-built structure.
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Mine is a 1972 American Lefrance pumper in pretty good working order. I drove it from my parents house where I was storing it for the last year to my house (about 7 hours in the fire truck) and it ran like a champ.
onemoretry, where are you?
I too collect antique rigs. I currently have a '58 Maxim TDA (see below on left), '20 Stutz pumper (see below on right) & a '36 Dodge/Stutz pumper.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:59 AM   #15
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Man,who doesn't love a fire truck...





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onemoretry, where are you?
I too collect antique rigs. I currently have a '58 Maxim TDA (see below on left), '20 Stutz pumper (see below on right) & a '36 Dodge/Stutz pumper.
I just moved from Lafayette IN to Frederick MD.
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:33 PM   #17
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Well we got a little bit further today. The stone is done in the garage, nothing new in the barn.
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #18
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I am going to try this with a little bit bigger pictures, sorry if it doesn't work out.





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I work for a department that has a 1923 Stutz. We plan to restore it. I'll probably be dead and gone before it happens.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:52 PM   #20
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So geobarns will build anyplace you want them built one in MA now building in MD. Hmmmm sounds like a good company.

Seeing your pics made me miss home, may have to rethink the idea of retirinf and staying in FL and move back up to MD or VA. I love the view of the mountains in the back ground.
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