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    When we lived in Virginia we knew our next move would be the "retirement" move. Last move we'd make.

    After 26 years moving in the military and working out of a 2-car garage I knew I'd want more work area than half of a 2-car and honestly I needed more space for all of the tools.

    So...the wife was in Korea for a year and when she hit point that she had four months left I started the online search for places here in Georgia.

    We both agreed that we were tired of living in a neighborhood and I needed a place to work. So with those two requirements I started the search.

    Found a place that was nice, but had been on the market for over a year. Sent her a Zillow link, asked the wife about it and she said "Well, we should see it in person first." So that weekend the kids and I made a trip to see it.

    3 1/2 acres, a pond, two houses, a small "shop", and a separate building (honestly just the box of a box truck) for mowers and such.


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    The guest/party house on the left and the "shop" on the right. The shop is 18x30.
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    Shop and main house.
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    Inside the shop.
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    Last edited by ProjectTwin; 06-09-2020, 10:07 AM.

    #2
    So when the kids and I came to see the place I called her via FaceTime and took her on a tour of the main house. When we were done with the main house I asked her if she wanted to see the other house.

    "No, I'm going to get back to sleep" It was after 3 am in Korea.

    So the kids and I finished checking the place out and headed back to Virginia. The realtor was pushing to get me to make an offer on the place, but we had a place we owned here in town on the market as well. Wanted to get that one sold before we were serious about a new place.

    The problem with the house is that the entire first floor of the main house is all garage space. The 2nd floor is where all of the living space is. Most anyone that came to look at the place wanted to remodel and convert a portion of the garage space to living area.

    Not me.

    So...when you walk into the front door of the house this is what you see. A 3-car bay.

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    Standing in the back corner of the 3-car you can see the front door, the door to the 2nd floor, and the rest of the garage space. The area in the distance with the yellow lighting is a 2-car bay.

    The area on the left between the exterior wall and that open wall, is where I thought would be a good place to put the wood shop.
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    There's a 1/2 bath, a small sink, and some cabinets between the 3-car and 2-car. The 2-car area was originally a carport that got enclosed.

    The open wall on the left was a solid wall and this walkway was where the doorway from the carport to the garage was. When the carport was converted to enclosed garage space the wall was opened up, the exterior door removed, and it was, at that point, a garage large enough to hold seven cars.
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    Standing in the wood shop area looking out into the 2-car and 3-car bays.



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    Standing in the 2-car looking towards the wood shop area.
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      #3
      Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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        #4
        So after seeing the place I loved it. It was perfect. Tons of garage space, property, a 2nd house, a pond, and privacy.

        Since the house we had owned for 15 years was on the market we kind of wanted to wait before making a move on this place, but someone flew in from Louisiana and made an offer. That kind of sped things along.

        Told the wife and she said "Well, if it's meant to be, it'll be."

        Told her that realty doesn't work like that. If she likes the place we need to make an offer.

        "Well, if you like it, go ahead. I left you power of attorney."

        Explained to her I'd have to do all the loan paperwork and so on. "OK"

        So I go through the process. All of it. I made sure she was emailed and kept up to date on everything going on.

        Finally, there was nothing left to do but for her to come back to Virginia, the movers pack our stuff, and for us to head to Georgia.

        All of the paperwork was done. The place is ours. Literally the only thing left was going to closing.

        So we end up on a video call. She's in her last few days in Korea.

        I asked her if she was excited to get back. "Yeah, I miss you guys"

        I asked if she was excited about the new place. "I guess"

        I was confused. "I guess? That's it? You're not excited? When was the last time you looked at the pictures?"

        Her: "I haven't looked at them."

        Me: You haven't looked at them?

        Her: "Yeah, I've been busy."

        So I started taking her through the pictures while holding my phone up and showing here the images on the laptop. The first two pictures were the first two in the OP. The gate to the property and then the next image was the guest house.

        Her: "Oooh! That's our house? That's nice!"

        Me: "No, that's the guest house"

        Her: "We have TWO houses?!"

        At this point I was in disbelief. I sent her the zillow listing, she saw the purchase price on the loan paperwork, and I'm getting a crazy feeling that she had NEVER looked at the zillow lising.

        Me: "Um...I sent you the zillow listing. You looked at THAT, right?"

        Her: "No"

        Me:

        Her: "We really have two houses?"

        I bought this place and she had never seen it other than the walk-though I did with her on a video call.

        "You know, when I did the video call with you I SPECIFICALLY asked you if you wanted to see the other house."

        "I was tired."

        So that was a shock, to say the least.

        Her first time seeing the place was when we drove down to Georgia, checked into the hotel, and came to drop off the Chevelle the next day. About three days before closing. She had NO CLUE what we were getting.


        Luckily she likes the place.


        Prior to use moving down from Virginia I made a couple of trips one weekend and dropped off the '65 Coronet and the '73 Camaro. When I brought the Coronet it was late at night and no one was home so I dropped it in the driveway behind the house.

        The '73 I dropped off during the day and put it in what would be the wood shop area.
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        Move-in day. That 53-footer was backed into the property. Dude couldn't make the turn through the gate otherwise. The fence was dirty here. I had the kids cleaning it not long after we moved in.

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        So that's the story that leads up to the build of the shop. It's been a year long process to get a functioning work area.

        I'll have to start posting the build progress later.
        Last edited by ProjectTwin; 05-28-2020, 10:53 PM.

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          #5
          Very nice.

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            #6
            Man that is a CLEAN shop. Suppose it's a good thing you've got American muscle and not toys for the mud. I'd have a hard time making a mess in those work areas!

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              #7
              We had a new fridge for the kitchen delivered the day we closed. Since the garage had a spot for a fridge we moved the old one into the garage.
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              When the movers delivered our stuff the garage was the staging area for all the shit we needed to sort through. I kept the 3-car clean and used the 2-car for all the boxes.

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              I picked up a SawStop with 52" fence and overarm dust collection. Since that would be the base that everything else in the shop would be built around, I wanted to get it in place and set up.

              I tore out the sheetrock along the open wall so I could start framing. PT lumber, Loctite PL8x and concrete nails went down first. Then I could start framing with regular 2x4s.
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              A pic of the wood shop location with the table saw and air filter in place. Here you can see where I took out the sheet rock along the bottom of the beam and studs on the left/right of this open wall.
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              The only nail that was in a wall anywhere in the garage was this one. They had driven it into 4" DWV pipe coming from upstairs.

              I'm not going to remove it. It'll get framed when I finish out the sheetrock.
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                #8
                Beautiful place.

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                  #9
                  I really want to see your dust collection setup.
                  Screw Vertical Scope
                  Lugnut4x4.com

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                    #10
                    Tore out sheetrock along the interior opening of the long wall. When the 2-car bay was a carport this long was was an exterior wall. When they closed in the carport and made it garage space, this wall was opened up. The small area on the left houses the 4" DWV that comes from the 2nd floor.

                    Anyway, tearing out existing sheetrock so I can start framing in the new wall.

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                    The best decision I made was to make additional shop space by putting in a large 45 for a double door. This gave me an additional 6 or 7 feet of shop length. Here I'm using some painter's tape to lay out the rough idea for the walls.

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                    Started framing the long wall. Decided to put three 2'x4' windows in so the space doesn't feel as small as it is.
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                      #11
                      With the long wall close to done I started focusing on the door and how it was going to fit into the mix.

                      Started laying things out with 2x4s and look at how I was going to do studs at the 45s.

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                      Framed up the last bit of the long wall and mocked up the 72x80 rough opening for the door.
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                      The 45 degree wall for the door put it in a location that would cut through the 8ft light above it. That would need to be relocated.
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                      Coffee break.
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                        #12
                        Your place looks awesome, the story about your wife never looking at the pictures cracks me me up. Keep the pictures coming!

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                          PT and sill plates down for the end wall. Rough door opening dry fit.
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                          8-footer relocated. Had to cut slots and drill through the joist to get the power across to the new location.
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                          Started framing the end wall and 45 degree wall for the door.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 97xj4.0 View Post
                            Your place looks awesome, the story about your wife never looking at the pictures cracks me me up. Keep the pictures coming!
                            That absolutely baffled me. She had NO clue what we were getting.

                            How could you NOT look at the pictures throughout the ENTIRE process?

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                              Getting drywall up on the exterior of the end wall.

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                              Decided to run power to a location within this wall before I put drywall up on this side. Nail plates were used on this side...then I removed the drywall on the other side and installed them.
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                              Filler pieces were made for these 45s. It's one continuous, solid corner.
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                              Throwing up drywall on the exterior of the shop just so I could get it closed in. Still had more framing to do here and I needed to add nail plates on the shop side of the studs.

                              Rockwool was used inside the walls.

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                              Drywall going up on the interior of the shop.
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