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    Default Getting ready to start a garage build need some lift help

    Ok so I'm planning to do a 2-story addition to my house. First floor will be a 2 car garage and above will be 2 new bedrooms for the kids. My first of many questions is what ceiling height do I need in the garage to be able to install a post lift? Also, can you park another car under a 2-post lift or does it need to be a 4-post lift?

    I'll probably just keep this thread and update it as the build progresses.

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    Height depends on what you want to park in the garage. The taller the vehicles, the taller the ceiling. If you want to stack 2 cars AND have bedrooms above, its going to be quite a tall structure.

    Yes you can park under a 2 or 4 post lift, BUT 2 post lifts you don't have anything to stop oil and dirt from dropping down on the lower car, where as with 4 post lifts you can slide a tray in to catch it. Both 2 and 4 post lifts are built to safely lift and lock cars in the up position, so either will do the job.

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    If you search through some of my threads, my dad had this problem. What he did was put the lifts on one side and make it 2 stories, and the bedrooms on the other side and make it one story. The bedrooms over the 1 story portion get to over look the lifts, so its pretty cool... i lived in it in high school.
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    That sounds like a pretty good Idea but my only problem is I'm only working with a 20x30 garage area and bedroom area. Was going to do 2 bedrooms so If I shrunk that in 1/2 the bedrooms would be too small. If I can't do a stackable lift its not the end of the world. I was just trying to get an idea of what minimum height you would need to stack 2 cars.

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    aaron what kind of cars will you be storing? I have read people say the height of the two vehicles + 6" + any height lost for a garage door (not applicable of you do roll up garage door)...... that brings the height up fairly quickly unless you are storing some small vehicles. They also make some shorter and or portable two post lifts if your primary function will be minor vehicle work such as wheel/tire swaps etc.

    good luck!

    i am dropping my ceiling as we speak, it will be about 9.5' tall, so i am comfortable with being able to work on the exige, but nothing will be going under that.

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    Yeah I'm thinking potentially like a 911 and F430. Shouldn't be too high but can't have a 20' high garage and 5' bedroom lol

    I wonder if there are some manufacturers I can talk to

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    I have a single post lift from American Custom Lifts and have been very happy. The garage was not built with a lift in mind, but Im still able to lift it high enough to duck under the tracks and can stand up with plenty of room between the tracks to clean/maintenance my car. (I'm 6')
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    If you're doing it by the books, you can ask your architect. He will be able to answer all your questions regarding heights in both the garage and bedroom areas. You may set the heights you want but in the end it all might change because of a code in your city. That would be your best bet without having to pool information from various places, the architect will figure it all out.

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    yeah I won't be using an architect. I'm using my design firm to do the drawings and we'll get them stamped but code compliance is up to me. It's ok I'm a general contractor and this is my life. I was hoping for some rule of thumb info on lifts. From talking with another friend who has a 4 post lift with a camaro on top and firebird underneath. He only has 10' ceilings so I think this can be done. I'll post a floor plan and elevation soon

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    Good luck!
    I'm fighting the same problem right now I want a four post lift to fit my Bronco & GTR I have 18 ft ceiling height (real only 10.5" to floor) but don't think I have the width to fit both in. Plus I would have to cut and reinforce my supports..

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