My wife and I had been considering moving to a 3-5 acre piece of property that would be big enough for a house as well as an out-building (workshop/mancave).
We’ve decided to stay in our current home, but with my minor addiction to cars/toys, we’ve maxed out the 4 car capacity of our current garage and I don’t have any room for my project Cobra build.
Solution (excuse to buy) = garage condo.
Part storage, part workspace, part place to escape.
Location is the Auto Motorplex facility (40 acres) outside of Minneapolis. The host facility for the Minneapolis Cars & Coffee and Cycles & Coffee events.
There are currently 7 out of 11 buildings complete, with approximately 175 garage condo units and a 4000 square foot clubhouse with a bar/big screen tv’s/kitchen for ‘owner’ gatherings, events and such.
The unit we’re building-out is 1600 square feet (40x40) with a 16’x40’ mezzanine. Ceiling height is 18’. The upstairs will have a kitchen, ¾ bath, living room type area (flat screen/wi-fi), office and deck for cigar smoking. The bottom level will be a full workshop with a couple of lifts, storage room, 220V power, in-floor heat, wash bay/drains, another flat screen, and a lot of room for cabinets/tools.
I thought some of you might find the build-out process interesting.
Here’s the rough plan, some initial pics of the full-length (80') shell, and a few after the mid-wall was installed of the mezzanine i-beam and mezzanine decking going in (today).
I’ll add to this as the build continues.
Edit - overview pic below of the AutoMotorplex compound during one of the Cars & Cafe events last summer - courtesy of LuisGT3
Edit - if you want to skip the build pics/posts and get to the final product, see posts 219/220.