I’ve started a home garage project and by request I’m starting this separate thread to discuss. Instead of making it just about my plans I figured it would be best to make a more generic thread that everyone could discuss their past/current/future setups.
(Unfortunately) my attached garage is quite typical for many homes being built today. It’s 19.5"x19.5" (plus ~7ftx16" bay window) with (2) 8ft wide doors that are 7" high. Fortunately, my ceilings are a little taller than typical at 10’2" on the high side and 9’10" at the low side (due to the floors slant for run-off). The garage is used for storing both of the family vehicles ('09 Avant and '11 Volvo XC70 T6) and NOT a junk pile Although it would be incredible to have a much larger garage this space meets my current needs.
However, the last few years I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a summer “fun” vehicle that my wife and I could enjoy on weekends. It will be something we’ll drive in the nicer weather and will want to take good care of. This sounds great in theory but where to park it in my two car garage? There is no way my Avant would be booted outside and my wife wouldn’t be very happy (or agree to the third car ) if she was expected to walk to her car every morning in the rain/snow.
After considering off-site storage options the only answer was a storage lift. My ceilings are higher than “normal” but still not optimal for stacking two cars. I’ve done many calculations and it will be quite close with the cars I’m considering (Boxster/Cayman/Carrera Cab), even on-top of my lowered Avant. Fortunately, if it doesn’t quite work I have many feet above my garage to expand the ceiling, but it would take considerable re-engineering (and cost) of the current trusses.
To get optimal use of the height I started by getting high-lift garage door tracks and Liftmaster 3800 jack shaft door openers installed. This allows the doors to go way up to the ceiling and out of the way. Instead of the tracks being at ~7ft-8ft above the ground they are now at 9.5-10ft above the ground and don’t extend into the garage nearly as far. The 3800 lifters are mounted on the end of the jack shaft (on the wall) and eliminate the middle tracking and main unit which is typically installed over top of your car, which also has the advantage of no lubrication dripping on your roof The 3800’s also include an automatic deadbolt so the doors can’t be pulled up from outside.
video of 3800 w/ deadbolt
This is pretty much where I’m at now. I’m considering my flooring and storage options before I have the lift installed.
Flooring I’m considering…
Racedeck …mix of diamond and free-flow patterns to allow rain/snow to pass through and drain out.
Polyaspartic Coatings…expensive shit, but “should” last forever…or at least until Dec. 2012
Storage I’m considering…
MonkeyBar storage …I like this stuff a lot and seems to fit my needs/space perfectly.
Here is the link to the lifts I have my eye on…
I’ve been down to the “showroom” in Oakville (Ontario) a few times and I like the design and the dimensions seem to work well for my space. It’s a little wider and longer than their DX model which seemed tight on width for my Avant…or a future Murcielago :
‘bangoman’ …to answer your question they charge $650 for delivery/installation.