Had some fun driving around in the snow tonight. Not as bad as I thought it would be, but many cars were going very slowly. Jeep had no problems, as expected. Kind of made me wish we got more snowfall this past winter, though.
I'm in the beginning stages of a difficult search for land on the North Shore without dumping $300k into property. I started my look aiming towards a few acres, hoping for 4 or 5... the more I look, the more reasonable I get with being okay with 1 or 2 acres. The CAD above is designed with just over 1/2 an acre of land. The barn is 24x40 with a 20x36 carriage house to the right side. When the land is purchased, the barn is what will be built first, with an apartment on the 2nd floor for me to live in. House will come when there's a wife in the picture.
Just need to find that slice of heaven..... and heaven can't have wetlands!
That looks great man, I'm always designing stuff like that too. Thats a good idea about building the garage and apartment first
Thanks! No need for a full house for just me, the dog, and girlfriend. And a 24x40 with 8+ foot ceilings is a nice little space for a single bedroom apartment, kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
Originally Posted by Cowboyup94
NICE WERK! Just as long as you have a big garage door in one of them for a lift
Absolutely! All the plans I'm looking at for the barn have a 13 or 14' first floor ceiling height to accommodate a 2 post lift. Each garage door also measures 8x8' to fit even the tallest Jeep. Here's a few shots of a more detailed barn I designed in CAD the other day, complete with a few vehicles and the lift. (Don't mind the YJ, it was the most closely related Jeep I could find).
The main barn will be room for 3 vehicles and an area for a work bench and tool boxes, plus the stairs. The reason I designed the carriage house to be attached on the side is for more of a "showroom" with a checkered tile floor for the higher end cars that aren't covered in mud and asking for axle swaps. The F-150 is simply in there 'cause I couldn't find any good models of the other vehicles I have a passion for and hope to someday own. The carriage house portion will be an addition later down the road, and will certainly be a huge help in creating space for less money.
Originally, I was considering 60x40' barns with 13' first floors and then 2nd floor apartment. The cost was looking to be around $120k for the structure alone without electrical or plumbing, simply because its nearly 5,000 sq. feet of space including both floors. By having a small 24x40 (maybe 48) barn, and the small carriage house, total cost would be somewhere around $45k including the apartment for the same amount of vehicle storage, same lift, just not in an open space. Heating will also be much less expensive. I also included a lean-to overhang in the back of the carriage house to store outdoor equipment such as a lawn mower, bicycles, snow blower, etc. Maybe even a project car chassis that doesn't fit in the barn quite yet
On topic... took the TJ to the car wash today and done scrubbed her up!! Washed off the entire undercarriage with the pressure wash cycle and forced some of the water through the frame rails to get the dirt and salt out. Trying to keep her happy this winter. Afterwords, took it over to the dirt lot behind the gun club and took some good shots. Also disconnected the front and did a little mall crawler flex just 'cause we haven't since the last time we were on the trails in December.
I'm very pleased with a few of these photos. The black & white especially. Flex ones aren't great, but then again it was in a parking lot.
So I'm going to replace my steering box with a Durango steering box, as my highway wandering problems still very much exist and I seriously am sick of dealing with it! When you consider that in the last 8 months the: ball joints, u-joints, tie rod, drag link, track bar, drive shaft u-joints, tires, etc have all been replaced with brand new parts... I'm out of ideas. I think that 101,000 miles and 35" tires is just beating the **** out of the stock box and that it's time for an upgrade.
My question really is, I can get a junk yard box in "grade A" condition for $99. No core charge. OR I can get one from NAPA/online retailer for around $200 with a $100 core charge. What's worth it? Is a grade A box okay? Is it worth the extra $100 to get a remaned unit?