This RV Garage/Shop Project is Part of a
Larger New Home, Pool, Cabana and
Casita Project for HCBR Texas.
Well, you have to start somewhere so this is where we started.
Digging in the dirt.
This is where we are today, finished up the 2 part exposed aggregate
as a part of the 3000 sq. ft. perimeter concrete pour.
This driveway design will continue out to the street.
As is not typical in the Texas Hill Country, this building site is
uncharacteristically void of rock. The exterior and interior concrete
beams were excavated down 4 feet before reaching a solid bed of caliche.
Yeah, this is how you pound in foundation stakes in Texas
After the plumbing is roughed in the vapor barrier is placed, then
a whole lot of steel reinforced rebar is bent and placed just right
to achieve a strong, long lasting foundation.
In addition to the shop slab, we are also pouring an additional
4850 Sq. Ft. for the house slab.
Man, that’s a lot of concrete!
Pouring in the dark? Yeah, with a large pour like this there just isn’t
enough daylight to do it all before the sun goes down.
It’s better to start in the dark rather than try to finish in the dark.
With 285 yards of concrete to place and finish,
it’s better to start as early as possible to get’er done.
Double pumping, now that’s the way to go.
These big pumpers can move what ever is thrown their way.
I have used a lot of concrete companies over the years but somehow I just wasn’t satisfied. These guys are simply the best, they really do a great job. Now I am satisfied 🙂
A huge pumper and 28 concrete trucks will
always put on a good show.
By the way, the triple culvert we built 3 years ago is holding
the 80 thousand pound concrete trucks without even breaking a sweat.
With concrete in the rear view mirror
it’s time to focus on some framing.
These RV Garage walls are 2×6 by 16 feet tall.
It is pretty tricky to stand them up and then peace them together.
They are really heavy!
A lot of lumber in this simple shop structure.
RV Garage 18’x45′, Shop 24’x40′ and then a
covered storage area 12’x40′
On the back and right side we were able to use Hardie lap siding.
That’s a lot of roof decking to get up on top,
hand over hand, one sheet at a time.
Now, in the Texas Hill Country there just isn’t enough room to put stuff.
To remedy this condition we built a 15’x24′ loft down the center
of the shop area where the head height is the highest,
complete with a full set of stairs over the small shop bathroom.
Now, that’s a lot of room to put a lot of stuff.
It will be climate controlled of course.
That worked out so well we tucked in another loft
under the covered overhang.
Now, let’s get the Hardie lap siding and Board & Baton painted. I love the accent color with the siding, the stucco and the stone.
Wait for it, it is stunning. My wife is the Queen of Colors. I have learned to just follow her lead and I have never been disappointed.
Works well with more than paint colors too!
Stucco is next in line, and a lot of it!
Stucco is done. See how the colors are coming together?
Shop doors are next. Roll up doors on the back and right side for side and back access.
Also opening the doors creates a really nice breeze/wind tunnel.
Panel doors in the front, just to make the HOA happy.
Well, we love these doors too.
With a Sherwin Williams oil based clear finish,
it really brings out the cedar characteristics.
Wow! these doors really sets off the whole building.
They are a custom made specialty cedar doors
hauled in all the way from Fort Worth Texas.
I think we need a “Go Fund Me” campaign.
We have 2 more of these cedar doors all sealed and ready to be
installed in the main house garage when the time comes.
One of the reasons we built the shop first was to
be able to store materials for the house project.
Next on the agenda is the stone wains coating. I have used these
masons for years and they are really great! Old school all the way.
They cradle the stone in their arm and chip away with a masonry
hammer/chisel until it fits perfectly.
We combined 3 different stone colors to achieve
the look we were seeking.
Now that all the colors are together, it’s easy to see why
I trust my color coordinator.
By day, an RV Garage/Shop.
By night, Las Vegas!!!
Now that the exterior is complete, we have some flatwork to pour around the exterior. 12 feet across the back, 12 feet along the right side, and then 25 feet across the front.
Wow, it really ads up fast. A little over 3000 Sq. Ft.
My concrete guys pay a lot of attention to the details.
You just have to have a hat like that when working in the Texas sun!
Someone said that after a while all that liquid mud get’s
hard after a while, well they were right.
The 3 foot borders you see will be the second
pour for exposed aggerate to break up the flatwork.
Finishing concrete is a real art form.
This building really needed a personal finishing touch.
This weathervane really did the trick.