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The new shop is getting started!

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Well I am excited to report that progress is now moving forward with the new workshop. Some plans are still in the works, but we are under way. This is going to be located on my parents new property and it will house all of the horses. This is a huge part of my dad's retirement and I am lucky enough to share in the excitement with him. I am going to try and keep a running update on our progress. We are real pleased to be getting this started.

When it is all said and done we will have a 30x60 pole barn with cement floor, and electric and water out to the building. The shop will be approximately 30x45 and the other 15x30 will house dad's truck. Will be deciding on a heating source in the future.

Here is what was sitting there before............

Old 2 car detached garage. We tossed around the idea on making this our paint booth but this building is in pretty rough shape and needs to much work to save her.
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In one day the old garage has been removed along with all of the old concrete. Added was a sound base and ground work has been started. Framing will start this week as things will move fairly rapidly. The inside is what is going to take some time. Looks much different out there in just one day!
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Will keep everyone updated on our progress............... :thumbs2:

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Looks good Scotty keep up the good work, :scratchead: It will be done in no time! :hide:

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When I saw the first picture of the small garage I thought it was the one where the Ponds first got started. Had to check my Wheel Horse Story book to make sure it wasnt the same one :hide: .

Looks like your off to a good start :scratchead: .

Mike........

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Looks like a good days work! :scratchead:

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Looking good. :scratchead:

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Scott you did use your D to doze that old garage down....right?

Seeing how your out of your storage in that detached building I'd be happy to keep any of that stuff here for you... :scratchead:

I'm sure it will be exciteing for your dad & you watching the new building going up.

Hope your mom is recovering from her injury fast too.

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Good luck with the new shop, Scott. :hide: Ya seem to be off to a great start. :scratchead: Keep us updated on your progress.

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Sounds like it's going to be a great place to work with your Dad on your horses. I'm "green" thinking about all that room!! Keep the pics coming!

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Hi Scott,

That is very good progress! Pole buildings go up pretty quick and you will have WH space before the snow fly's! On another note hope your mom is getting along good. A speedy recovery I'm sure is in her wish's as well as ours.

Take care and keep us informed Scott!

Gene :scratchead:

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Thanks guys....it will be a nice place for dad and I to goof around. Hoping to make the inside comfortable and somewhat clean. It won't be a museum by any sorts.

Mom is doing better and taking each day as they come. They moved her in to a private room, so she is getting more rest right now. They are planning on keeping her in the rehab unit of the hospital until Friday. They have been working on occupational therapy as well as physical therapy.

On another note there house in Michigan has been up for sale this entire time. They were going to take it off the market due to the fact that a hospital bed was in order for the front living room. (They live in a quad level, not real condusive to someone with a broken leg) Saturday someone wanted to come and see the house. That night they gave a fantastic offer.......I don't think Mom and Dad could have drafted it any better. They have 150 days after closing to be moved out. The buyers knew mom's situation and are being more than helpful allowing them to rent at a very reasonable price until she get's mobile and is ready for the move down to Indiana. My parents realtor was blown away by the offer and couldn't believe they received such a good deal during the state of economy in the Metro Detroit area.

Thanks for the prayers and well wishes.........they truly have worked!

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Scott...that is fantastic news...prayers work, and the pole building has a space to grow... :scratchead:

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Well here is a little update on the new workshop. Things have progressed quite well. We are doing a little overkill on some things as we definitely want this to last. The crew that has been working on it has been a great group and they are not cutting any corners.

Here is the first shot of it framed as you are facing the building coming up the driveway. It isn't the best picture as I couldn't get everything in that I wanted to but it gives you an idea. The lead gentleman on the project is actually standing in the workshop taking a phone call to kind of give you an idea of the size.

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Here we are taking a gander from the north east corner of the building looking through it.

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And another angle shot, this time from the south west corner.

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Also decided to put some drains in. The floor will have a small slope to allow suds and bubbles to flow right in to the drain. There is one located in the 45x30 shop area and one in the 15x30 single car garage area.

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The trusses were delivered tonight and will be set tomorrow. The electrician will be on his way out to run electricity out to the barn as well as water. Monday morning the cement floor will be installed. Once everything is smoothed out and ready to set some of the metal will be installed. By this time next week we should have a building standing on it's own equipped with garage doors, man doors, windows and then ready to move on to phase two.

Things are going well............. :scratchead:

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Startin' to shape up, Scott. :hide: Looks really big from the pics. Good idea with the floor drains. :scratchead:

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Thanks guys! It looks pretty big on the property when you drive up. Especially since the grade of the land slopes off and we had to put a little fill in that north east corner. The walls are 10 ft. so that adds some good height to it as well. The trusses should be starting to go up this morning. Water and electric should be stubbed in today or tomorrow as well. Monday the noticeable difference will take place.

I will definitely be heading out Monday night after school and snapping some pictures. Concrete should be finished Monday and we should see some steel up on the building. The building will have a green roof, white walls, green wainscoating, green trim around the doors and windows. (It will be hunter green, not Deere green by any means) There may be some painting that needs to be done, was thinking of going rustic but thought we might want to add some urban touch from Detroit. Any sample ideas?????

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Looks great so far. :scratchead: I bet it's really exciting to check it out while progress is being made. Good luck on the entire project!

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Scott, that's a great looking new workspace. Looks like you're on a good track to get it buttoned up before winter, eh? And congrats to the folks for selling their place. I've heard that the residential market in the Detroit area is in the toilet.

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Jason,

Yes we should have everything under one roof before the snow flies. But as we all know living in the great midwest, anything can happen. The buidling going up is the quick part. Getting everything wired, insulated, walls built, etc..... is what becomes time consuming. In a perfect world everything would be finished on how we would like it before things start moving in there. Actually moving it slowly would be the most ideal.

The market is horrible. The realtor was somewhat suprised on how good the offer actually was. Only a few thousand under asking price and the buyers know about my mom's situation. They made the deal allowing them to stay up to 150 days after closing so that she doesn't feel rushed on getting out of there. It truly is a blessing. Now not only is it sold but she can rest easy during her rehab as she won't have to rush out the door if a potential buyer wants to see the home.

I am sure these guys might be embarrassed if I said something but stevasauras and Duvall are some really great guys.......offered to help with the parents move. I am very appreciative of the kind gesture they showed to me and my family during chat. Thank you again guys......the offer was very humbling and will not be forgotten!

:hide: Oh yeah.........Duke if you read this I heard your grader blade has been painted green. I don't know how but I have heard of crazier things happening! :scratchead:

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:ychain: Oh yeah.........Duke if you read this I heard your grader blade has been painted green. I don't know how but I have heard of crazier things happening! :scratchead:

If I Read It? I wouldn't miss it for the WORLD! :ychain: No problem on the green paint if its what I think it is, it will prolly wash right off! :hide:

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Oh wait Duke I think I heard there was an unfortunate accident with the blade. The 5 o'clock news out of Illinois said there was a tragic accident involving a pickup truck and a grader blade. Somehow it was trying to cross the driveway when the truck was backing up......sad, sad story! May it RIP! :scratchead:

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Oh wait Duke I think I heard there was an unfortunate accident with the blade. The 5 o'clock news out of Illinois said there was a tragic accident involving a pickup truck and a grader blade. Somehow it was trying to cross the driveway when the truck was backing up......sad, sad story! May it RIP! :scratchead:

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First of all thanks for sharing in the fun I am having with this project.

Also to all of you that have shown concern for my mom. She knows it is just a small hiccup in the plans. She and my family have appreciated your concern and messages. It isn't life threatening, but no fun to say the least. She has seen the messages and was blown away by everyone's kindness.

Well a little update on the workshop...............

Went out this afternoon with the family to see what has been done. I know the barn is the correct size. When we pulled in the driveway my wife said....."Oh my gosh that is huge, your mom is going to die!" Now I don't want mom to die but with that comment I knew in my mind it was just perfect! :scratchead:

Since the last update the trusses have been set and the floor received some more prep work for the concrete that is now scheduled for Tuesday. I am hoping to get out there Tuesday evening to get some more pictures.

All of the steel is ready to go along with the windows.

Here are a couple of shots of how she sits as of today.

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More visual progress will be shown this week. It will be exciting to see the steel go on. Stay tuned.................

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One word Scott... Sweet :hide: Ok two words jelouse :scratchead:

Very nice progress!!!

Thanks,

Gene :ychain:

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