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One of my favourite threads on the internet: Let's see your Man Castle

Also I have not gone down the Garage Journal rabbit hole, but if you are like me and you do, see you never. I have heard it is just absolute garage porn.
 

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As a non-metrosexual I don't have "mancave/castle" or drink double IPA's. I have a TV room, basement, garage and drink beer. Boxed wine in a juice or water glass is also good enough for me.
 

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A neat garage is a sign of a sick mind.The only car I've had in the garage in the last 50 years was a 1915 Model T I had for about 10 years. Dumb assed projects we never finish.
I made a divider between the 1 car and two car door of the garage and made shelves upon which is stored crap I rarely use. Seasonal decorations that made the wife happy, etc. I've got a bit of roofing left over from when we added a room 25 years ago and some floor tile from the same period. I should rent a big dumpster and sh-t can a tonne of stuff!
Or have a happy garage sale and have people argue you down to pennies on stuff I know is worth big bucks!
 

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Some years back the quest for a particular car lead me to a guy who lived in a normal suburban neighborhood. It had a two car garage. When he took me in I saw that he had added on to the back of the garage all the way to 6 feet of the property line and then took a left all the way along the rear property line. Huge! His response to my dropped jaw was that he was going to install a swimming pool but changed his plans.
 

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If I started over I'd be looking for a place within an hour of a good hospital with room to shoot in the back yard, 100 yds would be ok, with no whiny neighbors. I'd build a simple ranch on a poured concrete basement with an outside walkout/rideout access, and build an attached garage for the regular driver stuff. Add a nice screened porch for the wife. Then my garage would be a nice air conditioned building with plenty of space and a bathroom. As long as we're wishing, I'd also like grass that mows itself and no bugs. Not asking so much, is it? Fact is, I really don't spend much time in most of the house I have. Best, DD
 

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I always park my vehicles in the garage. Better security, keeps them clean and certainly great to not need to scrape off snow and ice in the winter. Acura TSX on one side with a porch in front and space to walk behind it, so could maybe fit a Honda Accord on that side. I have the bike up on a centerstand on a dolly in front of a CRV with no space to walk behind the CRV. I drive
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the vehicles up to some boards to stop them. No way could you fit a bike in front of a pickup in a standard garage. I do have a 10x12 ft shed in the backyard with power that could be used for the bike But it would be difficult to ride it out in the spring with the mud and snow.
 

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I love this item. Previously, my Connie demanded it. The vstroms not to bad to jockey around but this is a great device that in a small garage has been awesome.



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As for fitting my truck in the garage, the truck is 19' long and we're not looking at anything less that 26' in length.

Why move? In short, we're tired of maintaining a 100+year-old, 2800 sq. ft. house and 2 acres of lawn when it's just the 2 of us.

Parking in the driveway is an option but, as others have mentioned, we live in an area with real winters. I'm not finally getting my first attached garage only to start having to park outside. That's a non-starter...like my truck could be the first time it hits -20.

I like the idea of the dolly, especially the one for center-stands (my bike's the same copper color), to help get the bike into tighter spots.

While the idea of a separate bike/storage shed is an option, most of the neighborhoods we're looking at don't allow them.

I was talking with my wife tonight and we discussed various concessions we'd be willing to make to get certain features. I said that I'd be willing to give up on a finished basement (another strong wanna-have) if we could make one of the 3 car designs work. It'll still depend on what we get for our house, but it increases the likelihood of getting a separate 'bike garage'.
 

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Perhaps your truck should be one of the sacrifices. I would not be happy making too many though. Moving from a large home that has maintenance chores to a small home that does not suit your lifestyles does not sound like a good idea to me.
 

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I don't have a man cave, but I definitely drink double IPA's ;)
I don't drink IPA, but I buy root beer at IGA, I am a man, and my townhouse garage is partially set back into a hill, so I guess it could loosely be defined as a cave. My first garage was a 6'x10' metal shed that came with our mobile home.
 

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We downsized our home 5 yrs ago. Went from 2200 sqft, 4 beds, 3 baths, 700 sqft garage to 1400 sqft House w 400 Sqft garage where main area is 17' deep x 21' wide with a 5'x12' storage area on one end. In that I park one car, 1 moto, do moto maintenance, and make sawdust. The old Suburban parks outside, the car goes out when I need space for a project. An enclosed cargo trailer on the RV pad next to the garage is the "Garage Annex" for storing tools and supplies I'm not using at the moment. Light weight stuff is stored in the attic. It's a constant shuffling act moving things out and in but it works. Best thing about this garage is the mini split; working cool in summer and warm in winter is nice.
My wife constantly looks for another house w a bigger garage. I just look for a bigger trailer for the "Annex".

Good luck on your sale and search.

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Vehicles get parked inside - period. Sun and weather are brutal on them. Other than a temporary project on a bike where it sits for a day or two and Jeep gets parked outside for that.

We have a pretty standard ranch house but on a full basement. Is that an option?
My Jeep
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Water heater & well tank
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Bicycles etc.
 

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Once again I find that I must explain the physics issue here:

A ONE car garage will hold ONE car.
A TWO car garage will hold ONE car and a bunch of junk.
A THREE car garage will hold a bunch of your junk and some neighbor's or in-law's stuff and the cars and motorcycles sit outside.

This is known as the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics, clearly stated in English: "Shit expands to fill the space available."
 

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I have cars I want to keep for a long time and I want them in the garage. Here is my bike in the garage. In the riding season it stays upstairs. This bike had a bad day.
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The SUV gets driven only occasionally. It is a minor hassle to move the bike, but I deal with it. In the off-season, or when I am wrenching it goes downstairs in the man cave. My house has a 2,200 SF unfinished basement where I keep my boat, tractor, 2 bikes, ATV etc., etc.
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My basement has a walkout with a garage door. Unfortunately, there is no driveway around to it, so if the yard is very wet it makes getting the bike out a little messy.

The wife wanted to finish the basement. It cost me a Florida Room upstairs to get out of that.
 

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It’s made by shelter logic called garage in a box. I he had it for about 4 years and it keeps the bike dry and out of the elements. Not quite like a seals heated garage but it works for me
 

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As a non-metrosexual I don't have "mancave/castle" or drink double IPA's. I have a TV room, basement, garage and drink beer. Boxed wine in a juice or water glass is also good enough for me.
Well la-te-da. A juice glass. Down south we real men drink our boxed wine from mason jars. And not those fancy ones you buy a big city stores with handles. Those are for city people and those on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Uh-oh. Just went through the mancave thread Vanislejay linked and now have a vision for what might shop will look like after AdventureTech. I think my Norton and Kawasaki Triple ill need ride on/ride-off pedestals.
 

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Even though you don't want to, one car outside is the most logical appropriate decision.

We have a standard 2 car garage but it'd be almost impossibly tight with our 2 4Runners just by themselves. Add in a small dog run, tools and workbench, 3 motorcycles, small laundry area. and the usual garage- stored items like camping gear, bicycles, etc., and it'd be impossible to get both cars in. By putting only one car in (mine, the least used one) and one car outside (hers, used daily) there's plenty of comfortable room for everything else inside the garage and for me to actually do work in there.

Most cars sit outside. Weather ain't gonna destroy a truck. And I say that after living in northern Ohio for 39 years and parking outside most of the time...
 
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