Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
7/27/18 8:54 a.m.

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Story by Tom Suddard • Illustrations by Sarah Young

My driveway. My carport. My parking space. My parents’ garage. My friend’s shop. None of these are what we wanted to call our workspace. We had a different idea: my workshop. But we didn’t have much money–not enough to pay a contractor, and certainly not enough to move to a new house with that big garage we dreamed about. Nor did we want the ongoing cost and limitations that come with rental shop space.

We did have a few things going for us, though: some money set aside, room in the back yard, and a willingness to work. Is it really possible to build your own up-to-code garage on a budget? We’re going to find out. Hey, if we can change springs on a Miata, there’s no reason we can’t nail together some 2×4s, right?

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te72 Reader
7/27/18 10:41 p.m.

Really enjoyed this series of articles in the mag. We had a house built so we could build a car, since finding an existing house in this area with more than a 3 car garage that was also within our budget just wasn't panning out.


So, now, garage fits 7 pretty comfortably. Double that number if tiny kei cars or things like Miatas, halve it if talking 60's American luxury cars. It's pretty rad, but occasionally I find myself thinking, "we should have put the house as close as possible to the other property line so we could have made more room in the garage." Oh well, work with what you are blessed to have! =)

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