Buying A House

rwcarpet

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Just bought a new (built 1973) house, finally convinced the wife that "this is the one". When house shopping I would always check the garage door height. This house has a nice deep 2 1/2 car garage, but door is 5 inches too short for the 2500 Express with Pro 1200. Even fully loaded with the Cimex, freshy tank full, all the other goodies I carry, the van is still 83-84 inches at the very rear. The door is 79" at full open. I told wifey it would fit, one of my kids spilled the beans that it wouldn't. She bitched. So now I have to raise the door header, (which I planned to do before winter), add a panel, insulate walls and ceiling, and have the GD reinstalled. There's plenty of ceiling height, just a low door.

No more driving to the shop to store the van.

FML.......
 

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did the same thing here. We were a medium size water/fire restoration company back in 1999 when my wife and I decided to downsize to just me cleaning carpets. Went from a shop to buying a house (#1 requirement was a garage floor drain LOL) but the garage door was just a tad low so we had to raise the header and get a taller door. Changed both doors to insulated doors, insulated the attic and walls and installed a gas heater. My wife LOVES getting into a warm garage in the winter.
 
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I built a 1000 square foot shop with 10' ceiling, 18X8' garage door, heated and A/C with bathroom. Neither van has ever been inside during the Ohio winter.

Go figure!
 
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Good for you! Congratulations! Not having to go anywhere but home after or during work is terrific.

True dat Kenny. I've been renting a shop for over 30 years. Coulda bought the building. So tired of parking in front of the door, going in through the man door, opening a stubborn 12x12 door, manually. It's not insulated, so it frosts up in real cold weather. Landlord won't replace it or install and opener. It would have cost me at least $2500 to replace. And it's a commercial door, so many companies wouldn't touch it.

I'll probably keep it (at $400 a month for 2000sf x 12' ceilings) and sublet it to my motor head friends.
 
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I built a 1000 square foot shop with 10' ceiling, 18X8' garage door, heated and A/C with bathroom. Neither van has ever been inside during the Ohio winter.

Go figure!

Bob, you live in the temperate zone of Ohio. I live in the NE of Ohio. just 3-400 miles SW makes that much of a difference.
 

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Son of a gun, can’t believe somebody else out there living my life!! I did the exact same at my rented 30 yr. building. Had Street Outlaws OKC at one end of my piece of crap building and a music studio that gave kid lessons next door on one side, and an AK manufacturer and sales on the other. I couldn’t take it anymore. Nearly impossible to get in and out of my piece of crap shop. I’m in heaven now!!!
 
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I got her a BIG kitchen to get lost in. I just want her off my back. I'm too old.
I pushed the wrong like button😂 I did that too. Mine really was on my back about moving the shop and the house. I mean she was out nearly every other day looking for that place. But I found it🤷🏼‍♂️
 
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My plan:

The garage is 24x24. I'm adding 20' to the front. I need to raise the garage door. I'm also planning on raising the entire current garage by 2', by jacking it up, having a block layer come in and add 3 course of block, and lay the foundation for the addition. I was going to just raise the roof x 2 feet, add an additional 2 foot stud wall, but all info says not to, because it would create a knee joint between the original wall and the upper, new wall. Wouldn't be a problem until a good wind hits.

Or tear it down and build an entire new garage.
 
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