the bionic doghouse
I have been in the process of building a man cave for 10 years now. I built a 24 x 32 foot shop with attic in nebraska then moved to utah, after five years I built a 40 x 42 foot steel miracle truss building. did all the work myself on these 2 (with a lot of help from my friends and family of course) then right after I finished that building I had to move again. I hope that this is the last time I ever move I told my wife I would not move if I couldn't build a new shop. This time, since I injured myself slightly on the last one, my wife convinced me to have the shop assembled by a pro. It went up so fast that I am very glad I had them do it. now I have just been working on finishing the inside.
here are some pictures of my shop. I call it the bionic doghouse. it is 60 by 40 inside I have a 44x40 main shop then I have a 16x20 foot separate woodworking shop that I can close off and keep the sawdust off my cars. I will have a small bathroom area and a 10x 16 ft area just for my dogs. I have a 10 x 10 foot wood deck off the back of the shop, inside there is a small fridge and microwave. I have a pretty good collection of hand tools, 2 air compressors one 60 and one 80 gallon bead blaster, powdercoating oven, woodworking tools. with a selection of 3/8, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch sockets drills and since my dad retired and moved out to iowa he has added all of his tools to the shop so I am feeling pretty good about things now.
it is still in the construction phase but it is coming along. the outside is done but the inside is still being worked on. as you can see the term dawghause has two meanings. it is a house for my dogs and a place I can go when I am in trouble with the wife. it is bionic because I keep building it better than it was before.
this is the original floor plan.
this is a picture of the land after clearing the grass.
I can hardly believe that this is the entire garage.
a view from the road back to where the shop is going. we have about 3 acres of land.
looking out of the dog kennel along the west wall.
here is my doggie deck. it is inside the fenced in dog run at the back of my property. the run is about 20 x 200 foot. plenty of room for the dogs. the door now has a dog door.
this is looking in from my main garage door. to the right through that garage door is my woodshop. the door at the far right goes into the kennel. on top of this wall there is a loft that is 40 x 16 feet. it has a pull down stairway and is used for storage.
Last edited by mustanggarage; 06-29-2010 at 05:38 PM.
this is looking down my woodshop area from what is now the bathroom.
this is my air compressor and tool cabinet storage. I have added a light above the compressor door so that when I turn on the power to the compressors it lights up to remind me to turn it off before I leave. I will get better pictures later. I have also urethaned this cabinet since the picture was taken..
inside the cabinet. all my air lines are run with airnet aluminum lines to the point of service and then short rapid air lines to the implements.
I have 3 hose reels. one in the wood shop, one in the main work bay and a retractible one by the secondary bay.
my blast cabinet is hard line plumbed with a shutoff in front.
this is looking down towards the bathroom.
the drywall should be done tonight and I will then paint and trim out the bathroom and post some pictures of it when I am done.
yes the mustang is a work in progress. I have had it for over 20 years and have rebuilt it from the ground up more than once. sadly I don't drive it as much anymore. since I have been working on the shop I have kind of lost interest in it a bit. I need to get it out and drive it and remember what a fun car it is.:thumbsup:
20yrs worth of fine tuning - it shows. I have an 05 Mustang I bought with the intentions of modding out and giving to my son for his first car (beats the hell out of the 77 MGB I got for my first). I didn't complain though, it was better than walking! Well, I probably towed it more than I drove it, but it was good to cut my teeth on.
Your Mustang truly looks mint - job very well done.
yeah thats the thing. I like tinkering on it more than driving it sad as that seems. it is a hobby for me. so now Ive got it pretty much where I want it so I bought a 67 to start on. i plan to give it to my daughter to drive to school. she will have to be the coolest kid in school when it is done.
Decided I needed a little seat time in the stang after these last couple of posts. I drove to omaha yesterday to a mustang club meeting. it is about an hour away. The stang ran great. it is fun to drive. miss the air conditioning this time of year but I was not on call so I did not have to worry about answering the phone and it was a fun trip. that car is a blast to drive.