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The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

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I used 1/4" black commercial striping tape with the peel off clear cover.  It's been good for 10 years.

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It looks fantastic and although you’ve battled about everything, the progress is impressive. 

 

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Well we blew through spring and are now nearing Summer.  Seems I made steady but extremely slow progress.  The wife was under the weather for a Month so her duties with the kids and house fell on my shoulders, that wiped out march into April.  Then the snow finally melted and we had some massive clean up as the early snow and frequent bad storms with high winds brought down piles of limbs and a few trees.  I dug the crap out of everything with the plow as our first snow came the 2nd week of November and never left. The ground not being froze yet,  really lended itself well to being torn up by the plow.   Not to mention the piles of sand and Ash everywhere from all the ice storms we had.  

I think I leaf blew for 2 weeks.  I ran 5 gallons of gas through the thing.  Of course this was between the rain storms. 

I finished the soffits off down the side of the building in April , They are tongue and Groove wainescoating with mitered ends and was able to get alot of the long batten strips on.  Also putting up the top band boards. 

I sorted, ripped the boards for the far end to a standard width and even got all the ones that won't need to be stained that had the cup the proper way pre screwed so they will go up quick when I get to the far end. 

I figured out a sill with a drip edge I could bend up for the lower windows , cut and bent , painted to match then installed all of those on both sides.  

I did the same for the top and even managed to trim out all the windows down the drive side, so that side other than a small molding  I want to put up in the soffit to seal it up better is done.  Of course that doesn't include the stone work on the bottom but that's not needed or in the budget at this time to get the CO.  

I actually managed to also get 2 of the upper windows on the power line side trimmed out and short batten strips on.  I have everything pre cut with screws already started for the remaining 4 so I will hopefully be able to get those done tomorrow.  

It will be nice to have the two long sides pretty much finished.  

I need to go over to the lumber yard and get Cedar shakes now for the gable ends. That's going to be another $1000.   They all still have to be stained as well so probably another 5 gallon pail of stain at $250. 

I'm going with the middle grade shakes as they had a wider exposure so it won't be quite so busy on the end and the quality as well as size of each shake is much better than the cheap ones.  It's going to be about twice as much as the cheap ones but the savings will probably come in, if you figure in the time it takes to install alot more of the cheap shakes.   

That Gable end is going to be the next project. 

As you can see the wife already suggested flowers in planters and the bench to make it look a tad Homier. 

Of course the darn planters were $50 each then I bought smaller ones to drop inside so I could take the flowers out to put them out in the rain for water and try to winter them over in the other heated garage.  The liners were another 15.00 each then I had to build platforms in the bigger ones for them to sit on.   All these stupid little jobs always turn into bigger projects. 

I also managed to tick one of the things off the wife's wish list.  She has been saying how she would like some nice flowers to replace the bushes that randomly reseeded in front of the house so it looked like a jungle.  I decided this year I was going to take care of that wish and dug them all out,  moving them out to along the bank of the new shop.  I left enough space so I could still drive the lift and tractor down through but they do make it look a little less industrial.  I couldn't kill them either as they are / will be nice bushes some day and they don't grow too big.   Of course that was another project to put them in. 

I then dug down and took out 8 inches of dirt in the flower garden area, then went and got new soil for flowers and bags of manure to refill it.  Of course a few hundred dollars later in flowers weed screen, Mulch etc.  and she finally has the garden she wanted.  As usual she started helping  and about a 1/2 hour into the job gave up and I got to finish it. 

Here are some updated photos I took today.  It goes real slow when it's a one man show and these side jobs keep popping up. 

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Here are some shots of the "garden" Project. 

The lilies by the bushes were another one of those someday projects.  We brought them from our old house and stuck them in a corner where no one could see them just so we had them then they multiplied like crazy into a big mass.  The garden started with doing the first tier,  of course once you get going you might as well finish so I tore the rest of the bushes out up top moving around what was left then putting in all that stuff we were going to plant "someday"   Hopefully it all fills out nice.  Of course that means I'll be putting in Annuals every year.  I think I like to just find ways to make more work for myself. 

 

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Are you sure you were not a professional builder in a previous life?  What a fantastic building.   Love the terraced gardens in front of the house.  I did similar for our last house.  Took all summer and then we sold it three years later and moved to the ranch. Wish I would have known!!!!

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It will probably be the same here.  We will get everything finished off then decide the winters suck and move somewhere else. 

 

I do have to admit I had some practice before I started building. 

This was my first big project I did from scratch for a customer.  Took 2 years with 1 full time helper and a few phases we had a couple of extras. 

I did everything but the Electric, plumbing, Chimney, and actually setting the windows. 

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Small update for today. I finished trimming out the last 4 windows.  Now that side is done as well.  I also went to the lumber yard and got 1/2 the shakes.  

The wife started the dipping process.  Looks like it is going to go pretty quick,  so I'll be working on the gable soffit on Probably Tuesday as it's suppose to rain Monday.  

Tomorrow I'm taking the day off the garage and cleaning my truck as well as putting the summer wheels and equipment back on it.  I haven't washed it since Hershey.  I still have Hershey Mud on the Summer wheels and tires.  

Hopefully there will be enough time to dig the Hudson out of the garage and get it out for the Summer.   Just too much to do and not enough time. 

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What type of roofing did you go with? From the picture I'm not sure what it is. Some architectural composition shingle maybe, thicker.

 

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They are just a Chateau green "lifetime" architectural shingle.  I'm sure lifetime means the life of the shingle.  whatever that is really suppose to mean.  Probably a 30 years shingle if I'm lucky so I can be re roofing it when I'm 75. ;)  or selling the whole complex when I'm 65 and moving someplace further south. 

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Looks fantastic!  The house and the shop.

 

As a property insurance adjuster, I can confirm the stated life expectancy of any particular shingle is 99% meaningless.  They are only as good as person handling and installing them.

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Funny part is we bought this place from a roofer.  The existing garage never got capped.  Since he is still holding the paper,  I mentioned it to him and he sent 2 guys over one day to do it.  They capped it,  no vent ridge.  I even went out and mentioned it,  they said it was all they had and they didn't have the longer nails for the vent.  I told them I'll run down to the lumber yard a mile away and get everything,  needless to say it is all on without the vent ridge.  Better than it leaking though.  Now I'm going to rehab a coupola, basically build a new one from scratch and just reuse the copper roof,  they left behind when he hauled his junk out and install that.  I should have just done it myself,  but I'm not crazy about roofing.  Now I will have to drag the small coupola up there and put it on. 

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I did take a couple of days off the Garage project and really finally cleaned my work truck, inside and out.  I haven't done that in a couple of years.  Waxed polished, the whole 9 yards.  With my pending literature haul being delivered I also finally had a real good reason to take the winter door covers off the other garage and Fire the Hudson up for the summer (finally).  I ran great.  I eventually even took it for a 10 mile or so spin.  Runs just like it did in the fall when I put it away.  Reminds me I really need to swap out the cobbed up exhaust for the new custom bent one I have waiting for it in the corner.  Plan is to put the literature in the Hudson bay so I can get it sorted in short order.  Meanwhile the Hudson will have to share the big garage with my daily beater until I get the Hudson bay cleaned back out. 

The new shop will make a nice back drop for car photos in the future when I get the end finished up. 

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On 6/13/2019 at 7:28 PM, auburnseeker said:

 

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Nice trucks and what a great job on the garage. It is probably the classiest “shop” I’ve ever seen. 

 

One of these days I will go through dad’s pics I hauled home, (then to Medford, then back home). He had a couple nice looking Hudson pick ups like that. He sold them before I got there. They caught my eye and I really like the looks of them. 😍

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I would love to see the pics if you ever get a chance to dig them out.  

Thanks for the kind word s as well.  

The wife really hated me "ruining" the property as she called it building the big monstrosity but when we go for walks around the property in the evening we walk by the garage sometimes, as it's on a side loop that's flatter than the hill loop, and she comments how good some things look on it.  So I guess, though she's not thrilled with it,  it gets a pass. 

She's the one that thought it needed flowers out front.   It must be growing on her. 

Didn't hurt I was able to put her truck inside when they were calling for hail either.  

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I suspect the $$$ you sunk into it may have something to do with her opinion.  Wife's always know that no matter the size we will FILL it.

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5 hours ago, Robert G. Smits said:

I suspect the $$$ you sunk into it may have something to do with her opinion.  Wife's always know that no matter the size we will FILL it.

Well to a small degree yes.  We are both a little picky though and I can understand you have to live with something ugly every day,  so why not make it nice and as least intrusive looking as possible.  Of course and still be on a budget.  

She thought I was nuts to upgrade to the nice door,  or roof returns, among other things,  but she always seems to like it better when I do stuff like that.  She still thinks it looks like a Walmart super center,  but just a little better looking one.  

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It would have been a lot cheaper to throw up a commercial metal building like I did but the result speaks for itself.  Out here on the ranch esthetics don't count for much.  Most people think I store hay in it. 

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IMG_1559.JPGIs that an aftermarket or special order grille, never seen one down here. Bob 

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Seems like years since I posted an update as I haven't had much to post.  I did get back to the project though and have finally just about finished the one gable end.  I had to quit 2 rows from finishing the shakes when the skies opened up. 

I finished all the soffits on this end as well.  Of course prep work was done over the summer including more staining and precutting as much material as possible.  It took about a week and a hlf to get this far,  but weather slowed things down,  plus I ran out of shakes and had to get some more prefinished. 

I also was short on flashing and had to bend up enough for both ends.  

I also have 2 nice vents for each end that I pre finished brown,  changed my mind and stripped then restained them green.  Screened the back sides in and made metal flanges to install them.  Got up in the lift, went to cut the openings only to find out they fall on just about every brace of the piggy back and upper plate of the lower truss.   Regardless of how I looked at it ,  there is no way to install them or even build new ones to install.  Even if i shortened them significantly,  they still wouldn't fit.   The plans didn't call for them as it has a vented ridge and soffit but I though they would look nice and be practical.  They were made by a friends friend the same as the ones for his building but his building probably had a different truss layout so it wasn't a problem for him. 

I'll probably build a custom ornamental brace for each end and stain them with the same natural wood finish I used on the soffits.  Kind of a bummer as that's one reason I ran short on shingles. 

I prebuilt the trusses for the roof return on the other end and after finishing the last little bit on this end over the weekend.  I'll get a fresh start on the far end after Hershey.  As usual winter is knocking at the door and I'm in a hurry to try to get it finished up.  I did pre finish all the trim for the other end,  but now we are about 8 bundles of shingles short to finish so I need ot get all 8 bundles stained before I can finsih it.  I also believe I'm going to run short on wainscotting for the soffits so I need to get some more of that and prefinish it. 

I really wanted to finish that end today,  but I guess it will get done probably Sunday as we have a huge town wide sale to deal with Tomorrow and Saturday. 

Here is a first part of the week photo and one taken today by the wife while I was at work. 

 

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The dark photos hide the different colors but it looks much nicer on a sunny day. 

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I'm glad you listened to your wife an put in the potted geraniums.  Looks more civilized.   

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I'm actually the one that likes to dress things up.  She doesn't mind planting if it can be done quick.  When I start talking clearing stuff out,  digging down adding good dirt,  weed screen , mulch,  constant miracle growing she throws her hands in the air and says you are too fussy. 

 

I tore out some bushes at the house,  and actually moved them over to the shop as I couldn't just kill them,  then did just that by the house this year to two flower gardens.  Watered them every day and fertilized twice a week,  but the results showed. 

Next year I'm going to expand that some more and maybe some more landscaping around the shop. 

Things are in a bit of disaray in the photos as I just sanded the deck clean and we refinished it. 

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Only so much you can do with a dark photo but I had to try.

 

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That does help.  I'll try to get a photo tomorrow once it's done. 

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Just read the entire thread. Thank you for sharing with us. I have zero knowledge of building a building and I knew it had to be complicated, but I'm seeing all sorts of things I never even thought about. I appreciate that you're telling us the costs as well, most people seem to be secretive about that sort of thing. Your shop is actually bigger than my entire house! 

 

I hope I get a chance to see your Hudson at some point. Lake George is my favorite place in the world so I spend as much time there as I can. 

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