CapriJake bought his first house - Double garage/shed build

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  1. CapriJake

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    So i finally bought my first house after looking for about 4/5 years and seriously looking for the last 2

    Its been tricky to find something in the area i live in, in the South East that was 1. Inside my budget and 2. Had parking/garage and workshop space for myself and the horde of old Fords i have found myself with. Hopefully with space for future purchases.
    I also wanted some outside space for BBQs etc. Not an easy task trying to find somewhere on my budget, ive bought alone so house size wasn't really a priorty nor was the house condition. I can fixup the house and potentially extend but i can never add on more land if it didnt already have it!

    So here it is, i found myself a nice 3 bed semi with a 'double plot' to the side of the house. A nice sized double garage had been erected already about 15 years ago and a nice large 3 car driveway leading to it from the rear of the property. Possibly 4 cars at a push (but thats not all)
    The house is tucked away at the end of a no through road, and obsured by fences and other cars parked along the road.

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    Behind the garage (Towards the front of the property) there is a leanto covered already erected and was previously used as a bar/bbq area. I will be modifiying some of this to improve the roof, sort the electrics and turn it into a workshop/BBQ area, i will also have to redo most of the fencing and i will be able to extend this area quite significantly and potentially build another outbuilding

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    There is also a small shed at the bottom of the normal garden which i may use for an engine building room.

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    The first thing thats taking up my time at the moment is redecorating the entire house and sorting out some dubious modifications the previous owner decided on.
    There isnt a personel door in the garage, so ill be cutting a hole in the back for access into the garage from the workshop/bar area
    I will hopefully be able to fit a 4 Meter workbench out there. Which means ill increase my working area considerably from the black and decker workmate ive been making do with!

    Unfortunatey the roof of the garage is leaking in a couple of spots fairly badly at the back and front right. So that needs to be sorted before i get the cars in there. its a flat top roof in felt atm, so ill be replacing with an epdm rubber roof.
    It looks like its not been leaking too long, as the plywood roof doesnt look rotten, just wet. 2 or 3 plywood panels may need to be replaced. But ill see once it gets stripped.
    Ideally i wanted to convert to a pitched roof for some loft space/potentially a lift but that was a long term plan.
    I just need to get it watertight and dry

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    I'm lucky enough to not have to move in right away so the house and garage is empty right now.
    Hopefully some dry weather comes soon, so i can get the roof fixed and i can start on painting and making it my own!

    Mostly a place holder thread, so i can throw a few pictures up when some work starts taking place on the garage!
    Summer 2022 Capripower meetup at mine!
     
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    Congratulations, garage and parking is more important than the house!!!!!
     
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    That's the way I bought men a couple of years ago, and now even the house is growing on me. Certain repairs are much easier before you move in, and will enhance your time there. Doing those will keep you feeling good about all the money you're spending. ;)
     
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    I think thats a bit too much info Crash.......
     
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    Certainly the major reason why it took me so long to buy somewhere.

    Could have bought something 2 years ago with a driveway and a garage in a block or very limited parking, or no parking. But that would just not work for me!
    Kind of wish my hobby was stamp collecting or something that doesn't take up alot of room!

    The estate agent was "looking for a shack with an acre of land" for me, not quite there but good enough for the next 5 years or so :D
     
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    Congrats on your new home!

    Think this will be great in the end!


    I'm moving into a new flat this summer which is located on top of a garage, small but all new.
    Best of all I will have my own parking for at least 4 cars, my own sitting area and inside my mates garage there will be a car hoist at some point.
    Hopefully my build will progress a bit faster as I will have the Capri at home.

    Still renting tho', but brand new place is much better than worn old flats that's I'm used to.
     
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    Very excited for you and so much potential, fair play for not compromising. There is a lovely steel beam to build off too, very hand for lifting equipment.
    Jon
     
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    Oof! I've mentioned before how my computer changes what I type sometimes. I'll have to watch closer...Technology is just hell-bent on getting something wrong at every opportunity. :oops:
     
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    HUUUUUge congrats always nice to get your own place and good to see the garage is alarmed as well, change the code first job, lots of room as well, compulsary carpet on the wall to save damage when opening the car door, well done jake
     
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    Many congrats Jake, proper pleased for you mate ;)
     
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    Me? Jealous of that garage and parking space?
    Never !!

    Well done.
    I still think property is the sensible move to ensure a reasonable old age and I can't see that changing any time soon.
     
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    Wow looks like you have landed a Utopian dream, decent garage and space to grow into ! mind you will soon have that filled mind you with your fleet of cars ..
    Congratulations
     
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    nice one Jake, plenty of spannering room there and a barbie can't be bad well done mate chuffed for you
     
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    Thanks all, hopefully once everyone’s allowed to travel and all safe I can host a CP evening similar to Manea towers!
    I’ll be posting updates on the space and hopefully project v8 will start to progress with the space to work on it.
     
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    Count me in if the Xpack is ready!
     
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    Congratulations. Nice to have all that work space. That extra area at back is perfect for more tinkering.
     
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    Excellent find.. difficult area for property prices.. you say South-East.. I immediately think Kent !! (Murder !!)
    But you have found something of size and workability that suits you ..
    I am more than happy for you.. Garage space looks OK. but if there is room for future expansion as well then you have done exceedingly well..

    Best Wishes with your dreams .. well into the future .. Happy Days :)

    Welcome Home .. I believe is the greets you will be happy with ..
    nearest town is?
     
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    Excellent news Jake. Would like something similar myself for the future.
     
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    Jake you still in Berkshire area, and whats the nearest area to you bud, could have a saturday working there with a few round and a bbq in the evening, i will be there for the bbq but not working on it with you as im getting fed up off hospital food, from working on Capris
     
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    Worse than Kent for prices and space! Berkshire!
    I’m not too far from Windsor

    Sounds good to me, BBQ and beers can never go wrong.
    Yeah still Berkshire, not too far from Windsor.
     
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    Kent is THE South East!

    North of the Thames, South of The Channel, East of The Medway or West of Clacket Lane Services are all "foreign".
     
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    and definately the sh!t end of the country..
    Driven through there 2-3 times now .. no more, next time I going to France will be from Newcastle (or Hull at a stretch) ..
    I see no reason to subject myself or my family to the sh!t of having to drive through there again.. .. You can keep it
     
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    Well done!. Somewhere nicely tucked away from prying eyes and I’m sure you’ll improve the overall security of you new gaff too!!.
     
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    Kent is meant to be the garden of England county, i have relatives in Kent and i think its the outhouse at the bottom of the garden to be frank
     
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    Having been over to France a fair few times..
    I just hate that last bit thru Essex & Kent to reach the port.. Traffic is mental, road manners just not there, looks parched, the water in the hotels seems stale..
    We vowed in 2016 never to drive thru again, after many successful journeys via Newcastle & Ijmuiden..
    2019 did it again in the A-team van to Disneyland.. I think it may have been the combination of size, and Rabbs hillbilly attitude actually made it enjoyable..
    but yes Kent is just a waste
     
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    Well my little bit of Kent is pretty!

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    Lucky man I only got to see Margate and Broadstairs, oh and a Sittingbourn police cell, long story not going into it
     
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    Being from The Toon I can vouch for the Newcastle - Ijmuden crossing.
    Do your research tho . . . one is a normal crossing, the other is a 'party boat' crossing . . .a bit livlier :)
    Then there are the 'Specials' . . .Bands on out and back on a weekend away . . .Craig Charles DJing. . . .there are some proper party nights.
    Came back from a cycling holiday on it and we were puggled before the boat left. . . On the top deck, still in cycling gear, DJ had the music turned up, cracking warm day . . .what's not to like?
     
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    Cheers Mon
    strangely - I generally travelled out Thursday night, if it was a car club weekend wanted to book in Friday..
    then generally coming back, depart Tuesday / arr Newcastle Wednesday, so that I could return to work Thursday.. It was a timesheets week thing !!
    and that tradition stays on travelling out Thursday, Return Tuesday .. better ticket rates too !!
     
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    Im like an hour and a half from Folkstone and the Euro tunnel only takes 35 mins, so its a no brainer. And if you arrive early you can just jump on an earlier train.

    Travel down from up north, stay at mine convoy from there...
     
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    Jake get that home brew going ready for post lockdown, soon as iv'e had my jab i will be there to to help you drink it before it goes off :)
     
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    Yes, totally! I have room now, i can actually make use of all my barrels. So should be able to get 120 pints on the go at once :D
     
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    Now there's a plan in the making
     
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    You have done well Jake.
     
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    that is a lovely offer.. I always vowed never to use the channel crossings again, but in 2019 we did a family tour to Disneyland Paris..
    our Grandkids, the kids, and it was ultra-comfy in the A-team van..
    we stopped at a caravan park on Isle of Sheppey for a couple of days prior to the tunnel crossing.. It turned out not too bad..
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    If youre only an hour or so from the tunnel, then thats a decent benefit.. I wonder now how easy and delightful, since Brexit, this process from 2021 going forward will be...
    The UK-Gov have really screwed the public over now thats for sure..
     
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    Been past that sign many times when delivering steel and working at Eurodisney. Happy days. Well done Jake, loved the reference to Manea Towers, don't let Rambo and Lazer boy fight over the sofa! Finn.
     
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    Hope your northern friend gets a invite
     
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    Late to the party but we'll done Jake! I bet you'll have it looking just the way you want it in no time :)
     
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    Been working on the house, the garage has taken a back seat unfortunately at the moment.

    Once i got in and realised the house was worse than i thought ive stripped everything and starting fresh.
    Holes in walls the previous owners made to run cables for tv etc were just done with a hammer or their fist, and then no tidying it back up.

    Poor paint in some of the rooms with bubbling and plasterboard paper lifting in other areas. So ive had to filler, sand, paint every wall.

    All the wood was painted terribly, so had to sand/paint strip that all and properly prep the doors\frames\skirting\dado rails everywhere.

    Electrics out to the garage was off a 13A spur in the hallway, which just isnt enough for me to be happy with long term. So might as well get that fixed now...

    So new fuse board in the house and in the garage for a 63Amp supply with a new 10mm SWA cable dug in and burried under the patio.

    Also i have been running CAT6 network cables throughout the house and into the garage (As im an IT Consultant, i need good networking and space for my kit. And bonus i can do it all myself easily)

    Some before and afters:

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    I have a new personnel door being cut into the garage soon, and 2 roller shutter doors being installed in a few weeks

    So things are progressing at least a bit for my garage.
     
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    looking good there Jake
     
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    A wee bit of paint stripping and sanding makes all the difference to the finished job.
     
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    thats a fair bit of work done.. Well done Jake..
     
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    Nice to see progress :)
     
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    Pic of the new board in the garage. I still need to redo all the sockets and lighting in the garage so no conduit yet.

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    What it looked like before
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    Nicely done. And suggests further....
     
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    nice work
     
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    Coming on nicely.
    Just one question as I have pretty much a carbon copy of your door install to do, is there a lintel above?
    Cheers
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    No, no lintel in the end

    Initially i wanted one. But decided due to the leanto on the otherside it was going to be difficult and a bunch of extra work.

    Plans are potentially throw on a pitched roof in the future, so if i do that. Ill likely need a lintel, but can sort that as/when.

    Im going to watch make sure the morter doesn't start cracking and if nothing changes im happy without one. Those bricks don't hold much weight.
     
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    Put a coat of white masonary paint down. The plan is going to be walls all white.

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    I used a roller and a paint brush to get into the cracks, but it took me ages. And i need to do atleast 2 coats likely 3 to get a good finish.

    Spent ages cleaning it all as well before hand.

    So im going to buy one of those electric paint guns tomorrow you use on fences with some of the paint watered down next. As this is less than 1/4 of the garage complete and will take me forever to do it all!
     
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    tis a real nice looking structure Jake
     
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    I had a spray gun with a big nozzle for emulsion, big paint pot as well, sold it to a bloke that used it to paint the interiors of porta cabins, hope your electric you buy gets the job done.
     
  52. CapriJake

    CapriJake Registered Capri Power Member

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    It was a long shot, but the masionary paint is a bit too thick for my gun to work without thinning it with water about 60% paint 40% water
    Hoped it would only need about 10% water. But still too thick

    It helps get some of the hard to reach places, but it also isnt very precise on the spray, over spray was a massive issue.
    Managed to spray a bunch of stuff in the garage nowhere near the wall being painted, so then spent time cleaning that mess up!

    So its now going to be roller job over most of it a couple times. Big masonary brush to finish off and then spray gun with watery paint for the hard to reach nooks.

    Now, i just need to fully empty the garage into the shed and get a cleaning!

    House is coming along as well, slowly but surely, installed a hinged loft ladder at the weekend, just need to make a new hinged hatch for that now.
    Saves me throwing up a step ladder everytime now!
     
  53. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice to see progress lots of storage for new struts and stuff..
    Talking of which.. how’s the tailgate strut supply doing?
     
  54. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    people mad, round the bend, up the wall, crazy and nuts
    looking good Jake, white will make it bright and thats a good thing
     
  55. chris249

    chris249 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Looking great so far Jake!
     
  56. CapriJake

    CapriJake Registered Capri Power Member

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    Had the electric roller doors fitted and it increased the internal space by a good few inches.

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    The P100 which is my longest vehicle fit with room to spare either end with enough space for me to jack it up and do an oil change.
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    Video of doors closing - https://i.imgur.com/vfqmJFU.mp4

    Walls have been all painted properly and i threw up the old cabinets i pulled out of the master bedroom - Recycling!
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    Front shot
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    I managed to buy 3 of these lightly used 3 month old work benches for less than 50% of the cost of 1 brand new. So thats a bit of a bargin. I only wanted 1 to go underneath the cabinets but couldn't turn that price down

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    House is still progressing, sorry for the lack of content/social media from me. Life ya know
     
  57. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    Nice to see progress.

    I have the same bench somewhere :)
     

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