Garage Construction

Slims River Headwaters, Icefield Range, Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, Canada


 

On April 26, 2002 we began construction of a combined garage/apartment. We intend to occupy the apartment portion of the building and temporarily close off the car bays to provide ourselves with approximately 950 square feet of living/storage area. The plan is to live primarily in the apartment and use the car bays as storage while we demolish the existing house and construct a new place to call home. This is exciting for us and we are enthusiastically throwing ourselves into this latest adventure!

 

Here are a few images of what we hope to accomplish in the next few months. Enjoy!

First, here is an idea of what the exterior should look like when completed.

 

Next, we have a general overview of the interior plan.

 

 

And now a detailed view showing some of the interior dimensions.

 

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And now, on to the actual building process...

 

Some shots of the construction of the footings and foundation walls.

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The footings and walls are done, now for the plumbing and backfilling.

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The wood has arrived! Now it's time to get to work.

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After the first day of framing and raising walls - we had no idea we could do this!

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Another day, another wall section...

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The walls are standing and the sheathing is almost finished. It's starting to look like a real building.

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The trusses arrive!

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With the help of a friend and neighbour with a good heart and a strong back the trusses were up in three days.

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Now it's time to start the roof sheathing and then the shingles...

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We're almost there! The cement is poured and most of the exterior work is finished. The electrician will be here November 18th and it will be move in time shortly afterward. Whew! Just beating the winter weather...

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For those of you who have been following our progress - Thank you! Your enquiries and encouragement have been appreciated.

November 23, 2002, we began habiting the new building in a limited way. We have our bedroom suite and television moved in and are in the process of setting up the lavatory and kitchen areas. Before we can accomplish either of those tasks, however, the sewer connection must be made to the existing septic system. Henry is working on that and we expect that to be complete Wednesday or Thursday. more to come later...

Drop us a line if you'd like to know more or just want to say 'hi!'. If you're in the neighbourhood, stop in and have a look, but don't be surprised if we ask you to lend a hand. Don't be shy - roll up your sleeves and pick up a hammer!

On May 6, 2005 we began the demolition/construction process. The old farmhouse, built in 1833, had to come down to make way for new construction. To see the old house coming down please visit our New House Construction page.

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