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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Garage Shell Is Complete

The garage has a 2 foot roof overhang all the way around. The back of the house and garage line up.

The 3 garage doors face the street. Next - we wrap the garage and cover it with Nichiboard siding. Nichiboard is a cement and fiber material that is fireproof and it does not rot. 

The garage is going way faster than the house did. Of course - the garage does not have all that infrastructure.  Today - they put on the ¾ inch thick plywood sides. Next comes the siding - then the soffits - then doors - and finally roof shingles.

Since the garage is 24 feet by 36 feet - they were able to use complete 4 x 8 foot sheets. The only cutting was for the gables and around the doors. The walls are made of 2 inch by 6 inch studs on 2 foot centers.  Vents will be cut into the gables.

Due to the Florida Hurricane Law - they have to put  many tie down straps and clips to hold things together during a wind storm. This adds a small cost to the building - but the wind abatement advantages are worth it.

When we moved here - the locals told us that Tallahassee "never" gets hit by hurricanes. Then in 2005 - our second year - 4 hurricanes passes directly over town. Yes - by the time they got here from the coast they were calmed down. Because of the new wind abatement construction - our insurance on this home is $500 less than on our old home.

After the garage is complete - we will landscape and install the new driveway.

The garage will be the same color as the house. It will have white trim with dark brown doors. There is one service door facing the house.

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