I’ve wanted a decent garage for years now and there’s always seemed to be reasons why it wasn’t possible. Not least of which being the difficulty of finding a contractor prepared to work with us where we’re located. (We hear “you’re too far out a lot – despite the fact that it’s only 20 mins from town).

We’ve also had challenges on location of a garage. Our lot is big (an acre) but the majority of it isn’t really useable as we back onto a rocky hill. While going through the last round of “can we/can’t we” we happened to be lunching with one of the other members of our local ‘vette club and as it happened his son has just set himself up as a contractor doing this kind of work.

Mike came around and looked at our situation. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling very optimistic, I thought I’d been through every permutation of what was possible. But he came up with a different proposal that should work just fine and doesn’t require anything fancy on the permit side of things. After several discussions and running ideas back and forth the plan looks like a go and we signed the paperwork last night to get the ball rolling!

I don’t feel “excited” as such yet. I’m definitely pleased that we’ve finally got some movement in the right direction, but it still feels too far off to get really pumped by it. For now the work will be prepping the site, leveling etc. with the actual construction happening next year once the weather breaks.

The plan is to build an oversize double in size. 24 by 32 with a 10 foot roof. This will give me good parking for two cars and the space to put a car hoist in there down the line as well as a bit of a “shop” area for working on projects etc. We couldn’t afford to go any bigger really and I don’t think we’d have room without starting to hit the rock and bumping the price up dramatically.

Mike is coming round to do a site survey and mark up the location on Wednesday and then do the leveling on Thursday. It will be interesting to see how it looks. I must remember to take some “before” now.