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*Disclamer* Sorry for my life story, hahaha.

I bought some land back in 2001. In 2002, I broke ground on my house and finished it December 2003. I built the house by myself with help from my father. I locked in at a 6% interest rate (decent rate back then) and since then, my house and land county tax rate has almost trippled in value.

Well, most of you know the interest rates have dumped to an all time low. I have been kicking the idea around about refinancing for a few years now. I finally pulled the trigger and got locked in a 4.5% earlier this week. I decided to borrow a few extra dollars to build a garage since I had some equity (sp?) in my house. It will be almost three months before it's closed due to the boom of refinancing. I cant wait to get started.

I had to share the news, my friends and fiancee are tired of hearing about it, lol. I've got so much going on right now it aint funny. Getting married in less than a month, cutting down tree's to clear off my land in front of my house, and now this. It's a really busy time in my life right now, but, its all positive things.
My question is, anyone have any advice or tips on the garage? I'm kicking around building a 26X30 detatched garage. Pics of others garages would be awsome. Looking for ways to lay everything out right (cabinets, storage do's, dont's, and air compressor location.) I want room for two vehicles, my lawn mower, and my rag of a four wheeler. It will be my work garage, plus a pout house from the new wife!

I have a 23X21 in my basement now. It works great for storing my T/A and 8N tractor. Not a very friendly daily use garage tho (everytime I fire up the 8N the smoke detectors go off, not to mention the smell of fumes all through the house.) I'll also be glad to get all these gas cans, etc out of my house.

BTW, sorry for the long drawn out post, I'm bored.
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What ever you decide on building , make sure it's big enough . Your space will get gobbled up quick . You might want to even consider building it big enough for a lift .
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Have different locations to hook up your air hoses. a toilet
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You might want to even consider building it big enough for a lift .
Def something I've been thinking about. Only thing is it's close to my house and Im thinking I need atleast 12' for the lift. That may make the garage look awkward beside the house (taller than the house that is.)

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Have different locations to hook up your air hoses. a toilet
Both are a MUST!
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Just have the floor cut to fit this into it. Will give you some lift, with out being too big. A body shop friend of mine has one in his garage with a 9 or 10 ft ceiling. Says works great when painting the sides.
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a pit would eliminate a lift, just like what muffler shops use, or even better a pit like alignment shops use
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My garage had a 14 ft. ceiling I could put my Ram in there and put it all the way up . My lift was a 9,000 lb. asymmetrical with clear floor from Eagle . Cost right around $2500.00 . Looks like their runnng a special this month . Damn good prices too . I installed it myself . Not hard at all . The only thing you need to watch out for is the garage door . I would recommend to ya to get a garage door that rolls up inside of itself just above the door . If you have a door that goes up and across the ceiling , it may hit the back of the cab of the truck . I'm talking from experience . Any questions feel free to contact me .
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Some really good advice here. I just want to say congrats on the refi and your upcoming wedding. I don't see where a garage taller than the house is a bad thing, people here do it all the time to house their massive boats lol. One guy even put a loft in his garage where he keeps his storage area, light yard tools and what not and heavier tool chests, air compressor, etc. on the ground floor. I doubt I can get a pic of that one, but very nice setup, IMO.

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Speaking from experience, build it at least 50% bigger than you think you need. If you don't want a hoist - 10" ceiling. If you want a hoist - 14-16' ceiling.

Don't worry to much about it being too tall.....you can always add another floor to the house later...LOL

Recently I was at an out of town acreage, and had 'heard' about the guys 'big' garage. My first impression was "Whats the big deal.....basic 3 car garage". Later that night, the owner offered to give me tour of the garage. although, I was not real excited about seeing a basic 3 car garage, I figured that since he supplied the supper, I could be gracious.....so touring we went.
Up close - first impression - Doors look kinda big!
Inside the 'basic 3 car garage - John Deer tractor - 60HP with single drive wheels and all the attachments including 72" belly mower, 72" finishing mower, 84" snowblower, tiller, etc. Beside that - CAT 931 track loader, then a huge Polaris 6 passager ATV, a 1953 Buick (I think it's a 53), and an empty bay!!!!!
That's when I realized the doors were 12' tall by 14' wide. This garage is huge, but from the outside, he had done such a good job of scaling the siding, space between doors, eaves, etc. that it looks like a basic 3 car garage from any distance at all. Was one of those times I wish I had checked it out in daylight so I could take some pix. the optical illusion was phenomenal. His comment - "I didn't want a huge shop that took away from the look of the house, so I built it to look small."

I have a 24 x 32.....to small.....and I don't park in it. Am trying to get the city planning to agree to my 12 x 32 addition.....not looking good so far.
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