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Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

We're thinking about building a new place, where I can finally have room for a proper garage and workshop area. What do you guys think of these plans:


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I think that if you change the full size tube for a shower only you should be Ok.

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Re: Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

Swap kitchen and bath. Add washer/dryer and you're good to go.
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Re: Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

Put the living space in a loft around the perimeter, then you also have the extra height in the middle for anything tat might require it like a car lift.

Make either an out building adjacent or put in a saparate room made of CMU filled with grout for noisy things like Air compressors and dust control equipment. Otherwise I think it looks great, why cant the TV and sofa be in the garage?!?

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Re: Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

This is just the garage/workshop, right? (not the house in its entirety?) Either way, I agree with Dan: swap kitchen and bath. Make the bedroom and bath bigger than they are. They are always too small! I assume the bedroom is for guests? Give the bedroom independent heating/cooling controls.

Add a washer/dryer.
Make the tub a shower, also. Flexibility is good.
Consider making everything handicap-accessible. Much easier to do it now than later, even if you think you'll never need it, and this is a selling point if you ever do. Wide doors are a good thing.
Consider a way to keep shop smells out of the bedroom. I don't know what form that would take, but it's annoying (and it really bothers some people) to have oil and gas smells around.
How about an outside entrance for the bedroom? When your guest arrives late he doesn't have to work his through the shop to get to the bedroom.

In the shop:
  • storage, storage, storage. Commercial shelves, overhead storage, loft storage. Whatever you can do is good.
  • TV, phone, internet, hot and cold water, lots of outlets, heating, and cooling.
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Re: Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

Ken,
Lose the kitchen for a walk in gear store room. Just go out to eat.
Maybe add a rollup door on the back so you can ride thru the shop.
Did Dayle have any input on this?

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Ken,
Lose the kitchen for a walk in gear store room. Just go out to eat.
Maybe add a rollup door on the back so you can ride thru the shop.
Did Dayle have any input on this?
Or keep the kitchen - make it smaller if you have to, but it will be invaluable because you WILL be spending serious time in this area, which means you'll be eating meals while working, entertaining, talking bikes, whatever - and build a gear storage room.

Doors on opposite ends of the shop are a great idea. We did this to our barn rebuild a few years ago and we use them all the time. It's kind of like a drive through "beer dock".

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Ken,
looks good to me. You might want to put a half bath on the far end of the garage.

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ever see "worlds fastest indian"..... similar layout :-)

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Keep the kitchen. You'll need the oven for curing powder coated parts when not baking frozen pizza for dinner!

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Stumbled across those "plans" on another list, and thought y'all would find them amusing.

Funny how we actually get constructive criticism, just shows what a fine bunch of folks we have around here.

Although I can say that Howard's place over in oHIo works very well (thanks again to Howard and Lisa). I even managed to grab a couple hours of shut-eye there . . .

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The first time I went house hunting I told the realtor that I wanted at least a 5 car garage & a 2 bedroom house & the garage was the most important part. She thought I was kidding until she tried to show me the first place & I wouldn't even bother to get out of her car to look.

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When we bought our place up in the local mountains, the one requirement was a garage. Probably 95% of the cabins don't have one. Realtor couldn't understand.

We have a garage.

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The bathroom just has to go !!
Big waste of space. Just need a basin, cold water faucet and 44gal drum of gunk off.
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Re: Plans for the Ultimate Motorcyclist's House

Switch the location of the kitchen and the bathroom.

Or put the water closet in the bedroom and just shower in the wash rack.

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