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Old 11-06-2009, 05:15 AM   #16
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My project is quite small right now. I have a 12 x 32 garage on my property, and it's about to get moved to the back of the property line, so that it can become my project room.

I need the foundation for the garage dug and poured, the garage moved, and to get it organized, for the projects that start this spring.

Eventually it will become my "Home Building Office" (hopefully by next fall)

I do have helpers that are ready to start, but I'm already thinking that maybe I will need 2 - 12 x 32 garages, and should double the footings and slab for a second garage.

We will need to stay there overnight some of the time, so bigger is better, and think of the storage when I'm done!!!

This is my garage, (below) made by an Amish Gent close by, he is going to clean it up, and check the roofing for me. Then we may talk about another one.

The house is going about where the garage is now, and I also just purchased the property next to it. Waited 10 years for that piece of earth!!! Woooo Raaaaa!

Good luck to everyone, so enjoyed your photos and posts.

Sorry for the poor photo.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:16 PM   #17
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Everyone is doing so much! WOW!

I love to see what everyone is doing, but it makes my itty bitty "try's" look so small!

That's OK, you guys encourage me with all of these photos.

Your projects are so huge! What Talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep it up Pleeeeeease!
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:58 AM   #18
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A small update..........

Although I have not done anything yet, I HAVE the CASH needed for the foundation, at TWICE THE SIZE (24x32) as before, along with the cash for the additional Electric lines to be extended from the front, to the back of the property.

The extended line for the electric was much cheaper than they told me it would be 2 years ago, and I'm working on the permits for the foundation now.

We are also considering plumbing, but have not decided on that yet.
These will eventually be a "Do Everything" kind of structures, so I would like to know what others think about the plumbing idea?

Future uses:
1. Office for Home building and DIY projects
2. Storage
3. Gardening Area

Is there a serious need for plumbing?
What is your experience with garage/shed/office/gardening area?

Suggestions please
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:14 PM   #19
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ICF walls, going to have a monolithic dome roof on the living space and conventional roof on the garage.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:58 PM   #20
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MMMMMMMMMM tell me more about ICF, your building looks fantastic!

I've been fighting with my brain, between a Stick built, and a Block built home forever, but this looks pretty interesting.

What size is it? and what is ICF?

Thank you for posting this one, I like it a lot.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:12 PM   #21
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Hi Sheila, ICF is "Insulated concrete form". You use it as the form for a steel reinforced concrete wall and then it stays on as insulation. I used the logix brand, but there are a lot of different brands out there. I grew up in a little spot called "Soldotna" in Alaska. Two of the people I grew up with sell ICF forms. heh

www.logixicf.com

THe house will have about 3400 or 3500 square feet of living space, about 3100 on the main floor and the rest in a three story tower. The garage is about 1100 square feet. The living area will have a monolithic dome for a roof

www.monolithicdome.com

The garage will have a conventional roof.
I'll post a graphic of the design, it should look close to it when I am done except I turned the house on the lot and moved the garage doors.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:43 PM   #22
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GreginAlaska,
That is one Great Home your building. I didn't know that is what it's called. We have those buildings here too, however, here they usually look like one continuous wall, at least the ones I have seen. There are no seams showing, and the ones I have seen are all just as large as yours too. I've never seen a small one.
What a wonderful size, I sure would love to have one that large.
My last home was about 2200 sq. ft. and since I moved from a smaller home, I thought it was huge, but you can't make a home too big in my opinion.

The home I plan to build is really downsized since my children are all grown. Funny thing is, we want a huge garage over living space. Boy how things change when you retire.

Your garage area is a dream, and I can't wait to see the dome when it's on, so I hope you plan on posting more photos. I also look forward to seeing your graphics, and anything else your willing to share.

Seeing what others are building, just gets my brain perking every time.

More photos too!
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Thanks Sheila. I'll post more pics when we start working on it again, that won't be until next spring.
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I am building my house this is an end product. Right now I am still waiting to upload the real pics of the foundation.. but this is a starter.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:48 PM   #25
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Stairs and all floors in our house had been covered in carpet for 40 years when we bought it. To work we went - what we found was very strange, it seems only the edges had ever been finished - they must have had some sort of giant area rug there or something.

Before you ask, no she did not do all the work - I just stopped to take pictures haha.





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Nice job! It looks great.

How difficult was it to sand the stair treads around the spindles? What tools did you use?

I have to sand my oak stairs that look like _____ because there was never a coat of polyurethane put on them.
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Thanks. I used an orbital sander for the main part of the step which was a bit of a nightmare since they are slightly curved since they are so old.

I used a square palm sander for the corners and a .... "mouse" I think it's called? A palm sander that's shaped like an arrow for the smaller areas.

In between the rails I did by hand w/ one of those sanding sponges w/ new sandpaper wrapped around it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:18 AM   #29
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Thanks for the info, that'll help a lot. I bet it's a relief to be finished with that project!

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New member here. Thought I'd post a Photoshop mock-up of my makeover plans for the old house I just moved into. Doing it in Victorian/steampunk style.
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