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Curious on the size of your office/lounge area there, and connections to your home.

One thing I absolutely require is that out garage, at least the practical one with fail drive cars connects to our pantry/kitchen. so when you bring groceries etc home, it’s right there to put things away. However, this prevents me from having a trophy room glass connection so you can see the cars say through a living room because I don’t want to walk through the living room to get to the kitchen.

Im not sure there is an easy solution to have all the above, other Than yours, which is to have 2 garages. One that practically attached to the kitchen pantry and another somehow tied to a living room? Even that’s tough for me to imagine a layout where all that works. But I see the appeal to peak at the cars as they are art pieces. But may need to content myself with a office/lounge area in the garage itself.
my office area is roughly 40 feet wide by 23 deep. My daily garage is not directly connected to kitchen- but a short walk. Went though a million renditions to try to get this right as I agree- direct connection to pantry is ideal but I could t make it happen.
 

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Your garage- design it as you see fit. Some folks love to work on their cars so lifts, tools, benches make sense. For me- I want clean, museum like. No lifts, tools anything. Personal preference.
Well I’m also building a barn, so I guess I could move work area in there and do more of a trophy style space…something to mull over.
 

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Thanks. Still about 18 months away from completion. Long way to go. Here we are as of lat week.

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Gorgeous hills and view. Congrats man that’s stunning. If you’re comfortable saying so, roughly where are you. It’s not LA I don’t think.

‘One of the designs we are considering would also cut into the hillside but leave some exposed limestone as a wall/gap with glass to feel like the rock is part of the house. But then i started to worry about water coming through. Nice to see others in the process.
 

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Gorgeous hills and view. Congrats man that’s stunning. If you’re comfortable saying so, roughly where are you. It’s not LA I don’t think.

‘One of the designs we are considering would also cut into the hillside but leave some exposed limestone as a wall/gap with glass to feel like the rock is part of the house. But then i started to worry about water coming through. Nice to see others in the process.
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Gorgeous hills and view. Congrats man that’s stunning. If you’re comfortable saying so, roughly where are you. It’s not LA I don’t think.

‘One of the designs we are considering would also cut into the hillside but leave some exposed limestone as a wall/gap with glass to feel like the rock is part of the house. But then i started to worry about water coming through. Nice to see others in the process.
I tried to do that - make the back wall of the garage the hillside but the stone wasn’t hard enough. It would have crumbled onto the cars. My builder also talked me out of it. He said unless it’s complete granite- too risky.
 

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But then i started to worry about water coming through. Nice to see others in the process.
Perhaps not useful for your desire for exposed limestone but I used XYPEX admix in the concrete for my retaining wall hillside cut out and floor foundation. Works well.
 

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Curious on the size of your office/lounge area there, and connections to your home.

One thing I absolutely require is that out garage, at least the practical one with fail drive cars connects to our pantry/kitchen. so when you bring groceries etc home, it’s right there to put things away. However, this prevents me from having a trophy room glass connection so you can see the cars say through a living room because I don’t want to walk through the living room to get to the kitchen.

Im not sure there is an easy solution to have all the above, other Than yours, which is to have 2 garages. One that practically attached to the kitchen pantry and another somehow tied to a living room? Even that’s tough for me to imagine a layout where all that works. But I see the appeal to peak at the cars as they are art pieces. But may need to content myself with a office/lounge area in the garage itself.
I hear you. It just wasn’t possible for me to execute without rebuilding half the damn house. So, I settled for a detached lower garage and this for the upper. At least, I get a partial view from kitchen:

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Your idea of the 2nd trophy garage viewable from living room sounds very appealing. Yes, I for sure consider the cars rolling art, which is a good thing since I don't drive them nearly enough. lol
 

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Well I just finished the project of redoing my garage. I decided to go with Epoxy. I went with ArmorEpoxy ArmorUltra 100% solid 3 layer coating system. For a three car garage, the material was around $2k. Currently I own a contracting business, so I decided to take this on myself. It was quite the process and took more time than even I had thought, complicated by being a existing garage with the previous floor being stain that had to be ground off- boxing up everything on my shelves, hauling everything out into my driveway, only to be interrupted by one hurricane and one tropical storm. I also repainted 4x 8ft commercial metal shelves while I was at it. I finally finished about 2 weeks ago, and then gave it a good 10 days of final curing time. I decided to forgo the common colored flakes to give it a smooth shinny appearance. While the floor turned out great, not perfect but most of it I would only be the one to notice.

The product and company was first rate. Time will tell how it holds up, but the prep is the most important part of the finished product.
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Well I just finished the project of redoing my garage. I decided to go with Epoxy. I went with ArmorEpoxy ArmorUltra 100% solid 3 layer coating system. For a three car garage, the material was around $2k. Currently I own a contracting business, so I decided to take this on myself. It was quite the process and took more time than even I had thought, complicated by being a existing garage with the previous floor being stain that had to be ground off- boxing up everything on my shelves, hauling everything out into my driveway, only to be interrupted by one hurricane and one tropical storm. I also repainted 4x 8ft commercial metal shelves while I was at it. I finally finished about 2 weeks ago, and then gave it a good 10 days of final curing time. I decided to forgo the common colored flakes to give it a smooth shinny appearance. While the floor turned out great, not perfect but most of it I would only be the one to notice.

The product and company was first rate. Time will tell how it holds up, but the prep is the most important part of the finished product.
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Looks fantastic. I have a friend who has epoxy for 10nm years now and his looks new. He added sand to his last layer for grip because his previous floor got too slippery when wet. His floor took the contractor 4-5 days to finish because of all the prep and number of layers used. He claims the flaking occurs when the contractors don’t know how to do it right, and don’t take the right amount of time. So maybe expertise is part of that flaking factor. But his floor does still look great, and so does yours. Well done!
 

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I decided to go with Epoxy. I decided to forgo the common colored flakes to give it a smooth shinny appearance. While the floor turned out great, not perfect but most of it I would only be the one to notice.
I wouldn’t skip the flakes in an epoxy floor since they help conceal imperfections in the slab.
 

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Sand or any other abrasive additive will not conceal but will help with traction. I had added to my first coat of the top coat, but didnt care for the appearance. Dispite keeping it stirred, I found its dispersion was uneven in places. I ended up sanding the first layer of top coat and recoating without any additive. It gave me the smooth appearance I was looking for. If it ends up being too slippery, I will just add mat runners in selected areas if needed but over time, regular use should provided the needed traction from normal wear
 

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Well I’m also building a barn, so I guess I could move work area in there and do more of a trophy style space…something to mull over.
Well, since you mention "barn", one of our members here has a beautiful barn / McLaren & Lotus (and other cars, super-bikes, etc.) man cave. I hope he doesn't mind if I post -- Mike G., put some pics buddy!
Has area with computers, shelves for parts, really cool oscillating 10' fan above, lifts ... and a Silo attached!
 

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This thread makes a great case for raising the higher threshold tax rates.
Wtf???

why? So that people spending money that will benefit local contractors, trades people, electricians will instead not do those projects and just give it to the government?!

Feel free to send In a bigger check when taxes are due. Nothing is stopping you.
 

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This thread makes a great case for raising the higher threshold tax rates.
Wtf???

why? So that people spending money that will benefit local contractors, trades people, electricians will instead not do those projects and just give it to the government?!

Feel free to send In a bigger check when taxes are due. Nothing is stopping you.
Yea, he lost me with that statement. lol
 

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I’m also in the middle of building a 6 car detached garage/man cave and have given a lot of thought to flooring. While I’m not ready for the flooring install yet (just took out 30, 16ton truck loads of dirt to clear the space), I’ve decided on porcelain tile. Epoxy seems to be the popular choice...but mine will be more of a show garage with a small lounge area. Terrazzo would be nice but it’s silly expensive. Porcelain gives it that high end car dealership feel/look and is extremely durable as well. Epoxy is nice but it’s too common and colored concrete fades and wears...IMHO.

Either way...frustratingly fun times...
 
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