I thought I would start a thread on a garage build we are starting. It is somewhat related. Stall #3 will be where the motorcycles will live. It will be mainly for parking our daily drivers but have room to make it a little bit of a shop. Before the make it bigger comments start. We already have a 1500 sqft pole barn which is my shop and will likely remain so. Also another 1000sqft in cold (uninsulated and not heated) storage buildings plus a tuck under garage which will go away at some point. I can see some lighter work like wrenching on a bike in the winter work being done out here but it will shift to tractor parking in the winter for that 3rd stall and most of the motorcycles will go back to the pole barn for winter storage.
Because of existing windows on the house the porch will expand from 12x20 to 12x29. This will mean the west wall will come off, the roof and rafters will come off and the wall will shift over 9 ft to match the back wall on the garage. The garage will be 29x40 and will have a poured patio behind it to make up for the deck that we ripped off last fall. Ceiling will be at least 10' but it will depend as we are going to have two priorities. First match the roof line. Second, we can dig down to get more ceiling height but I don't want the apron sloped toward the garage. We are going with 3 single garage doors and there will be 2 access doors. The porch will eventually be converted to a laundry room and mud room making it so all "living" can take place on the main floor of the house. We are doing in floor heat for the garage with as separate zone to heat what will be the laundry/mud room. I am considering adding one of those Mitsubishi Heat Pumps to possibly do on demand heat and AC in the garage. We are also adding a small utility room in the garage. Power for the house is getting upgraded to 400A Service which is up from 150A. 150A will still go to the house and then 200A to the new garage. I expect to cut the power lines (don't know where they are for sure) to the pole barn and other buildings. So they will all get fed from the new garage. That will also allow me to use more power in the pole barn for welding and such. I only have 60A out there now.
Last fall I bought a Stihl MS 362 R C-M chain saw. I knew I had several trees that needed to come down on the property including 4 on the build site. My small 16" Homelite saw is getting well too old and this was going to be a big project so I went with a Pro saw. The R in the model number means it has a wrap handle. I guess it is a regional thing and isn't available everywhere. By stepping up to the pro line of Stihl got me a few extra features and didn't add a lot more cost over the Farm Boss that I was looking at originally. The one thing I am unsure about is the computer control. But from what I have run through it so far it runs like a champ. 3 pulls every and it fires everytime. I have taken down 7 trees this fall/winter and have another 16 Ash trees which will be deal from the Emerald Ash Borer probably in the next 5 years. I could treat them but it is too expensive because of their size. I would rather spend the thousands of dollars we would spend in treating them on new trees when they die in a few years.
Here is a shot after the three ash trees were taken down. I was cutting up the last one.