Dedicated Wash Bay
I bought my house purely for the potential to build my dream garage. It had this really nice pole barn with an attached room the previous owners used for RV storage and as a shed. I decided to make it something I had always dreamed of having: a large, covered, enclosed area where I could wash my cars day and night. Well…my vision has become a reality better than I could have dreamed.
God willing, it won’t be long, so I’ve actually started putting pen to paper to organize my thoughts.
View the Farewell Tour of the “Temporary Garage” video here.
This past year, I’ve come to the realization that it is not the cars that are the anchor of my obsession. Since I’m not interested in being a “track-rat” or having grease all over the floor, I’ve had to come to grips that the cars are just a by-product of my passion for what is The Garage.
The general theme of this project could be the use of the word “sterile.” Well lit, super clean, highly organized, and overly simple with ample tools and great tech are my primary goals. My vision for this sanctuary is in my head, but I would say it’s blurry. I intend to dump down what I know on this thread and reason out the rest as I work through design.
For the construction of this, I have a very simple vision that includes a myriad of complex issues and careful planning. I wish to take you on this journey with me, and my hope is that you will add your input and share your thoughts as I progress.
Here is the short story.
- Started Blogging my Ownership Experience of My Carrera S & M3
- Got a GT3
- Built What I Call “The Temporary Garage”
- Started a YouTube Channel
- Designed a Website to Dump What is in My Head onto the Net
- Found Our Dream Home that Doesn’t Have a Garage but Plenty of Room to Build One
- Sold My Old House at the 11th Hour and Moved Into the New One in May
Now that you’re up-to-date let’s start talking about the new project. Until construction starts, (fingers crossed sometime late ’16), I intend to share the design process. I figure I can’t explain to a builder what I want unless I have a solid grasp on what that is, so I bought Home Designer software. If you haven’t used this software, I’d highly recommend it. I messed around with Sketch-Up and some other software, but found it too difficult to navigate without spending tons of time learning how to use them. Someone suggested on my first video about the new garage that I get the Home Designer Suite. I bought the $99 version, and it’s been great to work with. I’d highly recommend it.
Purchase the Home Designer Suite software here.
My initial ideas were to save cost and add onto the current pole barn. I also had grand plans to wash inside the garage. If you care to see the evolution of my thought process, these videos below explain it.
I decided after getting a quote for about $300,000, that adding onto the existing barn wasn’t a good choice. It’s not what I really wanted anyway, so I decided to build a car compound instead. This is the survey of my 5.67 acres and where the house is placed on the property.
I have 8′ set-back requirements, so the main garage will run along the property line. This isn’t to scale.
So this is what my dream looks like using my crude Home Designer software skills. The pole barn that currently exists will become a dedicated car washing bay complete with a 19′ x 13′ room for all the awesome stuff I use to wash cars.
This thing is pretty awesome. It is 30′ X 40′ with 11′ ceilings.
The relationship of the two structures are going to look something like this.
The main garage is going to be 36′ wide x 90′ long with 12′ ceilings. The doors on the front will be 10′ x 10′ and the back door will be 10′ x 18′.
I’ll be sure to update you as I continue on this process.
I’m not a “barn” kind of guy, but this thing it pretty sweet. At some point, we will probably change the color of the house, but for now the yellow is going to stay. Here is what it looks like with the cars and trailer in it.
See episode 5 of the Wash Bay Project here.
I finally found a plumber that gets what I’m doing here.
Test fitting the CR Spotless. I have the wall mount version coming, DIW-20.
Putting a waterline stub in so I can get drywall done.
30 amp 220V wiring for the Kranzle K165STS Pressure Washer.
This is the Mosmatic 6’9″ Boom Pole that will go overhead of the washing area. This thing is built like a tank. It costs about $600.
These Prier Quarter Turn hose bibs are absolutely amazing. I scoured the internet to the tune of 5+ hours over several nights figuring out what bibs to use. I learned that, although unnecessary for Florida, the frost-free version was the only acceptable enough quality for my high standards. Check these things out if you need one.
I chose the quarter-turn, with built in anti-siphon(makes sure water doesn’t pull back into the line or only comes out not in) P-164. These are really nice. I chose the threaded 4″ pipe version. You can order the pipe with Pex ready end (not as secure) up to 24″ long.
I added a Gilmour quick connect to the end of all three bibs, so I can quickly adapt to any of my hoses. I’m super proud of my engineering prowess on my bucket filler idea. I thought about doing some sort pot filler faucet, but stumbled on a braided hot water heater hose at Home Depot. This was perfect. 20″ long, pliable, and easily adapted to work with a hose bib. You just need 3/4″ threaded adapters to convert the higher pressure treads to regular hose threads.
Crappy old hose bibs went straight into the trash.
I also had time to get all of the low-voltage wiring done. I’m doing center channel on a floating shelf above the 65″ Panasonic plasma, left and right that will sit on the countertop, subwoofer, and HDMI.
I also prewired the AirKing fans to be switched.
Center channel (Will be Dynaudio Excite X24)
Home Run back to the receiver and right speaker (Dynaudio Excite X14)
Subwoofer Prewire (JL Audio E112)
Stub for the pressure washer/deionizer. I’m not sure what piping we are going to use to plumb/valve it. That’s next week project.
I also installed my Eley hose reel.
I got the drywall in, walls and ceiling painted, so now it’s time to do the flooring install. I’m a simple guy, so gray and black suit me. I’ll most likely be painting the exterior of the pole barn at the same time as the main garage when it’s done, so this sterile vibe will look a little less out of place.
See episode 6 of the Wash Bay Project here – Swisstrax Flooring Install.
Swisstrax is pretty awesome stuff. I’ve never been a fan of any kind of flooring outside of polished concrete, but this stuff has changed my opinion. It always looks clean. All the dirt and crap fall underneath and is invisible. Leaves get trapped in the first few tiles rather than blowing all the way to the back.
The gray tiles are Ribtrax.
The black are Rubber Ribtrax.
I’ll have a ton more photos of the finished product once I get my lighting done.
Ryan helping with clean-up
I had Air King fans in my previous garage and really liked them. These are super heavy, industrial grade products that really move some air. It’s a significant investment at nearly $300 each, but my guess is that this these are going to last for a long time. I’ll have more pictures of them later on in this thread.
These are the quiet version. They are pretty loud, so I couldn’t imagine what the regular ones sound like. They make them in 24″ and 30.” Mine are the 24″ version.
Watch the full AirKing Fan Install Video here.
I’ve had my eye on this wall-mounted, professional, German made pressure washer ever since I discovered Kranzle from Phil’s blog at Detailers Domain. This model is the K165STS and costs almost $5K! Now I know what you’re thinking, but this this is one of those bucket list, spare no expense items that I hopefully only have to buy once. Kranzle makes a very similar, version without the fancy stainless box for a lot less, but I wanted the clean looking version.
I’ll have much more detail and footage on this unit once I get it all set-up and have some time using it.
See episode 8 of the Wash Bay Project here – Kranzle Wall-Mounted K165STS Pressure Washer Install.
I’ve had the cart version of this Deionizer for about a year now, and it has worked flawlessly in combo with my Kranzle 1122TST pressure washer. The wall mounting and hard plumbing of this will be amazing. I will never have to roll anything out again. I’ll have more detail on how this gets plumbed with valves once I figure it out. I’m going to use T316 stainless steel piping and valves.
See episode 9 of the Wash Bay Project here – CR Spotless DIW-20 Deionizer Install.
I have done trim work before in my first house. I bought a Dewalt saw and some material, and got to work. For some reason the saw wasn’t cutting straight 45s, but I got the job done and cleaned up with some latex caulk.
See episode 10 of the Wash Bay Project here – Terminating Speaker Wire.
See episode 11 of the Wash Bay Project here – Trim Work & Painting.
See episode 12 of the Wash Bay Project here – Saber Cabinet Arrival/Unboxing/Assembly.
I love Saber Cabinets. I think its the simplicity that I like so much. They are super durable and are 90% of the quality of cabinets that cost 5 times more.
See episode 13 of the Wash Bay Project here – Saber Base Cabinet Install.
See episode 14 of the Wash Bay Project here – Continuing Saber Cabinet Install.
While working on the cabinet install, I had a concrete company come out and pour a new sidewalk to replace the flagstone.