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A Hurricane-Proof Retirement Garage That Will Blow You Away

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By The Numbers Garage Specs
Size
78'x72' detached garage
5,600 square feet
11' 6" ceiling height
16' 0" ceiling height in motorhome area
5 full car bays on each side; 9'x18' with a 22'-wide drive between them
Tool Room: 18'6"x15'
Office: 15'x15'
Bathroom: 15'8"x6'8"
Motorhome area: 15'x43'6"

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Mike has lots of memorabilia including these restored gas pumps inside the overhead door.

Construction
Building is concrete block and stucco with stone in some areas.
Walls are 8" concrete block with tie columns and tie beams.
Tie beams are 8"x16" with two No. 7 rebar top and bottom with No.3 bands at 12" O.C.
Trusses are 2"x6" with a 2"x8" bottom cord on a 71/412 pitch. Trusses are designed to give 30'x20'x8' clear storage area in attic.
All walls and ceiling are fully finished with 51/48-inch fire-code drywall.
Three 4'x5' windows and nine 2'x6' windows are all Marvin aluminum high-impact windows.
Entire garage has 8" wood base and 8" crown molding throughout. All windows have wood trim, marble sills, and wood-type Venetian blinds.

Doors
1 - 8'x12'
1 - 12'x14'
The doors are attached to 8"x20" concrete reinforced columns on each side with an 8"x24" reinforced concrete header beam. Doors are 2"-thick steel/foam/steel fully insulated with vinyl perimeter seals. No windows due to South Florida building codes. Lift master electric door openers.

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The garage also has a custom-built air changer and carbon-monoxide alert system.

Floor
8-mil ply moisture barrier on 100-percent compacted lime rock. 6" concrete slab with No. 5 rebar and 6" O.C. each way, poured monolithic with a 12"x24" footer with four No.8 rebar continuous.
Floor Coating: Epoxy / Urethane System by Pro Painting of Hollywood, Florida
The floor was steel shot-blasted to clean and abrade the surface to a profile similar to 80-grit sandpaper. This ensures proper adhesion of the new flooring system. Next, a penetrating epoxy sealer was applied. Then all cracks, voids, pinholes, and so on were patched with epoxy patching cement. Next, two coats of High Performance Epoxy were applied twenty-four hours apart, tinted a light tan color with a dry film thickness of 9 mil. This provides a smooth solid base for the finish coats. Then two coats of Aliphatic Urethane tinted the same light tan with a dry film thickness of 5 mil were applied 24 hours apart. The urethane is extremely durable and resistant to abrasion, chipping, and resistant to all automotive chemicals, fuels, and oils. High-gloss finish will not fade and cleans very easily, just mop or wipe.

Water
Hot and cold water in wash-up sink in work area and in the office bathroom for sink and shower.

Lighting
Eighteen 8' twin-tube fluorescent ceiling mounted fixtures.
Eight 4' twin-tube fixture and four high hats in office and four in entry foyer. All are bank-switched as needed.

Lift
Bend Pak Model XL 94C128, 9,000-pound capacity with 220V power unit and overhead micro switch shut off.

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Alarm System
This is integrated in with the main house alarm. It is controlled from the main house or the garage. If tripped, it sounds off in the house as well as the garage. It has the normal monitored phone call to the police department, plus a radio transmitter located in the attic that is separate from the phone system to the police so they get two signals each time, all with battery backup and emergency generator. It also has various cameras and sensors around and about.

Stand-By Power
A 60kw Cummins diesel-powered generator with a 350-gallon tank, fully automatic system shared with the house.

Floor Drain
1 floor drain to wash cars inside to escape the heat or the rain.

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