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This belongs to a close buddy of mine.   He didn't get to build it until he was almost 70.   40x36 with a full upstairs.   The issue is two carry columns for the second floor,  and the ceiling is only about 8 feet.

 

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39 minutes ago, alsancle said:

 the ceiling is only about 8 feet.

 

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I've always loved old trucks, but to keep myself in check from bringing home a big old Mack or such, I limited myself to a seven foot high door and 8 foot ceiling. In retrospect, the high ceiling would have allowed for a double stacker. I had to replace the one piece roll up garage door with a sectional one that completely cleared the opening for the '21 Chevy pickup.

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17 hours ago, Pfeil said:

A Ford guy with a spattering of Olds, Cord, Pontiac, Chevy. I doesn't look like you work on the cars though-unless you have another place for that.

 

Just one of our garages. I will save the shop for another time.

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3 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

This isn't mine, but it may inspire someone who

wants a beautiful antique car in his family room!

I found it on the internet, but it's apparently from

a 1958-era Lincoln-Mercury customers' magazine.

 

Just imagine a beautiful light-filled family room,

perfect for family living and with a view of the outdoors,

with your cherished car right at hand:

 

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I've always dreamed of having a house with a door where I can park my car in the living room, or maybe just a room attached to the living room where it's visible. I am glad to see I am not the only one who thought that would be awesome!

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Someone above mentioned buying a house based on the garage. That isn't quite what I did, but we bought our house before we started the business and having a big garage or an area to build a big garage was important. I joked with our realtor that what I really wanted was an awesome garage with some kind of house attached. Ultimately, she found me exactly what I wanted: a 100-year-old Victorian (I love old houses almost as much as old cars) with 3/4 acre of land and a carriage house out back. It also included a newly built and very spacious 2.5-car attached garage on the house that's deep enough to handle even the limousine with room to spare (it was 3 cars wide but you can see where I commandeered a bit of it to build a mudroom and dinette in the kitchen). The carriage house will hold three cars comfortably with a decent amount of storage, and there's a full apartment upstairs where my in-laws stay when they visit (you have no idea how awesome that is). Nice to have heat, A/C, and running water with a kitchen and bathroom with a shower out there. I was originally planning to convert it to a workshop, but, of course, I was lucky enough to open the business and a facility where I could do all my car work, so the carriage house is just parking for our personal cars.

 

I always try to take a photo of the front of the house with whatever car I bring home in front. Over the years, we've created an evolution of the front of the house and the cars that we've had, which is kind of neat. The photo with the pink Chrysler and the Buick limo was taken just last week.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

Someone above mentioned buying a house based on the garage. That isn't quite what I did, but we bought our house before we started the business and having a big garage or an area to build a big garage was important. I joked with our realtor that what I really wanted was an awesome garage with some kind of house attached. Ultimately, she found me exactly what I wanted: a 100-year-old Victorian (I love old houses almost as much as old cars) with 3/4 acre of land and a carriage house out back. It also included a newly built and very spacious 2.5-car attached garage on the house that's deep enough to handle even the limousine with room to spare (it was 3 cars wide but you can see where I commandeered a bit of it to build a mudroom and dinette in the kitchen). The carriage house will hold three cars comfortably with a decent amount of storage, and there's a full apartment upstairs where my in-laws stay when they visit (you have no idea how awesome that is). Nice to have heat, A/C, and running water with a kitchen and bathroom with a shower out there. I was originally planning to convert it to a workshop, but, of course, I was lucky enough to open the business and a facility where I could do all my car work, so the carriage house is just parking for our personal cars.

 

I always try to take a photo of the front of the house with whatever car I bring home in front. Over the years, we've created an evolution of the front of the house and the cars that we've had, which is kind of neat. The photo with the pink Chrysler and the Buick limo was taken just last week.

 

 

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Carriage house is 24x36?

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4 minutes ago, alsancle said:

 

Carriage house is 24x36?

 

I never really measured it, but it's built on the foundation of an old barn (that's what the locals tell me, anyway). I think it's a bit deeper than 36 feet because I can park both the '29 Cadillac and the '41 Limited nose-to-tail on the right side (the stairs up to the apartment and a big storage closet are on the left, limiting it to one car). My gut says it might be closer to 40 feet deep.

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1 hour ago, Matt Harwood said:

I've always dreamed of having a house with a door where I can park my car in the living room, or maybe just a room attached to the living room where it's visible. I am glad to see I am not the only one who thought that would be awesome!

 

Some people here may have seen the collection

of retired jeweler Nicola Bulgari in Allentown, Pa.--

or at least heard of it.  He has an apartment overlooking

one of his car-storage areas.  (Our AACA region 

had a tour to his place, and this year the AACA Grand

National is scheduled to be there.)

 

Matt, your car facility would be perfect for such an arrangement!

 

 

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5 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

This isn't mine, but it may inspire someone who

wants a beautiful antique car in his family room!

I found it on the internet, but it's apparently from

a 1958-era Lincoln-Mercury customers' magazine.

 

Just imagine a beautiful light-filled family room,

perfect for family living and with a view of the outdoors,

with your cherished car right at hand:

 

1958 Lincoln Living Garage 2.jpg

1958 Lincoln Living Garage 3.jpg

1958 Lincoln Living Garage 1.jpg

There was actually a house next door to my old house I was going to try and buy that had a perfect "family room on a raised level above the underhouse garage that lent itself perfectly to this idea.  The rest of the house was above the family room and garage that were ground level built in a bank.  If i hadn't met the wife who absolutely didn't want to move to that town. as it's kind of in the middle of nowhere with a nice lake,  I probably would have bought it.  The two properties together would have ben nice and I could have rented out my house and still kept the garage for my junk.   I actually ended up selling my house to the lady that owned that one to finance my new garage.   Ironic how things turn out. 

Actually codes in many areas now won't let you build a garage space inside your house any more.  Of course what you do after your CO may be your own secret. ;) 

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On 4/12/2020 at 1:52 AM, 3macboys said:

Here's a picture of mine from last September during a true garage sale  - the inside holds way too much precious metal.  The building was built in 1956 I believe and was the second location for the business, the original being about half a block away that opened in 1938.  Also housed a Massey Ferguson dealership at one time.

 

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1 minute ago, JamesR said:

 

I really love your house, carriage house and property. And cars, too! All of it fits together nicely.

 

No modern cars?

 

Thanks for the kind words! We really like living there and eventually I'll have all the renovations done. Eventually...

 

When the weather is agreeable I often walk to work, which is about 3 miles, or drive an old car. However, we do have a few modern cars (I just walked out to the parking lot to take these shots):

 

My 2010 Cadillac CTS wagon:

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Melanie's 2019 Ford Focus ST (note that I have been driving the Buick for the last few days):

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And the 3/4-ton Suburban that only gets driven when there's a big job to do:

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3 hours ago, James Wright said:

Some of you have probably seen this but it's worth posting here. THE PERFECT CAR GUY HOUSE. 

 

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I've always said I need a garage with a house attached.

But a huge garage/shop in the back would be perfect.

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7 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Some people here may have seen the collection

of retired jeweler Nicola Bulgari in Allentown, Pa.--

or at least heard of it.  He has an apartment overlooking

one of his car-storage areas.  (Our AACA region 

had a tour to his place, and this year the AACA Grand

National is scheduled to be there.)

 

Matt, your car facility would be perfect for such an arrangement!

 

 

Car Club 2018 Summer Tour Allentown (25).JPG

Went on a tour of Bulgari's with the Crosley club back in 2012 that included seeing the apartment. Every room but the bathroom overlooks the garage. Great collection/garage.

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Continued. The Body Shop side of the business my better other half owns half. The 58 Chevy belongs to her brother in-law. The 1960 Chevy panel truck is a project one of the guys in the shop owns. The doors to the paint booth.   

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Spent the day yesterday  cleaning my shop/garage. As I stated in another blog, it’s all about Genetics......I got the cleaning gene and my sister got the shopping gene.....she is happy and broke, I am happy and clean.....

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On 4/14/2020 at 4:25 AM, alsancle said:

 

I have buddies who live in Idaho.  One just bought an extra ranch just to get the kick *ss 40x100 foot stick built car barn.    I'm willing to bet he paid as much for the entire ranch as it would cost you to build a new garage.

 

 

Probably right. We're renting and have been looking to buy, and we were looking at a property that had a space to build a two-car garage.  I asked a contractor how much it would cost to put up a very basic, ugly, no-features two-car garage on that spot.  He said ballpark estimate was starting around $150,000.  And of course that's after you pay about $1,000 per square foot on the house itself. And that was the rare lot that had room to build a garage.  It's nice out here, but the housing (and garage) situation is nuts.  Maybe it will be less crazy after the virus stuff ends. 

 

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On 4/14/2020 at 12:39 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Some people here may have seen the collection

of retired jeweler Nicola Bulgari in Allentown, Pa.--

or at least heard of it.  He has an apartment overlooking

one of his car-storage areas.  (Our AACA region 

had a tour to his place, and this year the AACA Grand

National is scheduled to be there.)

 

Matt, your car facility would be perfect for such an arrangement!

 

 

Car Club 2018 Summer Tour Allentown (25).JPG

 

We do have an office and kitchen/lunch room up on the 2nd floor that could probably be turned into a bachelor's suite if I really needed it! Right now the kitchenette (two windows on the left) is just extra storage where I keep all the parts to my personal cars, while the corner office is assigned to my sons (there's a couch, big screen TV, video games, pinball, etc.). I presume their office was used for a supervisor or someting since there are windows overlooking the entire showroom. Rood's Pastry Shop is my wife's family business that was on Yonge Street in Toronto for decades (her father made extravagant wedding and birthday cakes for the likes of The Bee Gees, The Who, Prince Phillip, and other luminaries). The Harwood Motors facility was formerly used for cutting granite countertops--you can see some the air and water drops they used for their cutting tools, which are placed roughly every 15 feet throughout the shop--you can imagine that they are useful for us as well. There were also two giant overhead cranes for moving the heavy slabs of granite, but I didn't get to keep those when we took over the space. Dang.

 

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