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For a long time I have debated whether I ought to do this or not, and finally decided to go for it.

I've collected Lotus cars for some time now and have accumulated a decent collection of not only cars, but also artwork and ephemera.

My first house had only a 1 car garage and my collection quickly outgrew it, so when I built a house on some acreage I decided to build a Barn just for my Lotus (or more accurately, I bought the acreage to build the Barn - the house was a necessary add on).

I will be the first to admit that I am to an extent "showing off", but I decided to post this thread to Lotus Talk so I could share my experience with making a dedicated Barn for my Lotus with others who might be considering doing the same, and perhaps even help out those who are not able to follow suit, but could use some of my ideas or experiences to improve their own space.

Feel free to ask questions and make comments. I'll do my best to add photos of requested details and answer what and why questions as they come up. Just be patient.

So here goes......
 

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The Barn was conceived as sort of a combination Showroom, Storage, Service, and Museum facility. It is a Pole Building with finished and insulated walls and ceiling. There is a bathroom with shower. The building is heated with radiant floor heating by home heating oil. It does not have AC. The outside dimensions of the building are 40x80ft for 3200 sq feet. Ceilings are 12 ft. high. Inside area is somewhat less due to wall thickness. There are front entry and side entry doors, with 2 8x10ft garage doors.

Here are some exterior pictures:
 

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From prior shots, note shrubs with yellow flowers that compliment Lotus color theme.

Also, the decorative plackards in the gables are hand painted by me. They are 4 ft in diameter. I live in an area of PA called PA Dutch Country which is well known for Hex signs that decorate barns. I live just off of a road known as the Hex Highway for the number of hex sign decorated barns that used to be visible from the road. Since my barn's rear view is visible, I decided to continue the tradition. Below are closer views of both of the hex signs.

Also is a detail shot of the cupola and weather vane - not car themed. If you ever decided to put up a large weather vane in a difficult to get to area, get the retaining ring for it. My "Attack Eagle" has already taken flight.

There is also a view of the little side room built for the furnace.
 

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On to the Interior. Walls and ceiling are steel liner panels similar to the steel on the exterior only not designed to be as weather resistant. The small room in the front is the bathroom. Lift and service are in rear. Artwork arranged on walls. My entire collection of Lotus (plus my brothers ELise) are within.

These are views from back to front and front to back
 

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These interior shots are pans from the center of the building
 

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Some of the cars - '74 Elan Plus 2S 130/5 '91 M100 Elan '05 Elise '72 Europa TC
 

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More Lotus - Type 69F2 (Castrol) Type 61Mx Mark VI Lotus Sport 110
 

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I know you might not even be done posting pics yet, but please allow me to be the first to...

:drool: :drool: :drool: :bow: :bow: :bow:
 

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I have a work area in the back.

There are some garage furniture from Gladiator - a workbench, and cabinets. All of the cabinets roll so they can be move for cleaning purposes or if I want to rearrange the layout of the Barn. I bought all of the Gladiator stuff (except for the stationary one I use for my library - later) from the Sears internet site. They often have special deals so if you save the internet site to your browser and go there frequently you can get anywhere from $20 to $40 off the price. I order them online and then pick them up at the local store. Gladiator Tall GearBox

The red tool chest and cart are Craftsman. They do an adequate job and are leftover from the old 1 car garage. I may update them sometime for more capacity and to match the rest of the work are better.

The Lift is a four post from Greg Smith Equipment. Greg Smith Equipment Sales Inc. - The lift professionals with quality automotive equipment at discount prices. I picked it up from their DE store with a couple of hand operated hydraulic jacks. The price was reasonable and I built it with mostly one other person - later a bunch of other Lotus friends showed up to offer advice and drink my beer. The car on the lift is the last of collection. It is one of the factory built Esprit race cars known as an X180R. My car was driven by numerous drivers, most notably Hollywood stars Bobby Carradine, and Paul Newman.
 

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Barn Storage:

I have already shown the Gladiator Tall Gearbox. They make a Gear Locker as well. Once again, I'll say that I like these units because they roll. I not only use them in the work area for storage of car care stuff and supplies, I use them to put spares for the cars in. That way if I am doing work on a car, I can move the Gear Box with that cars stuff in it to the service area.

Views of Gear Box/Locker closed, car care stuff, locker, partsopen.
 

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More Storage. The Barn Ceiling is 12 ft high, but the bathroom is standard height, so there is space above for large items like wheels and tires and spare bodywork for the VI. With all the stuff up there it looks cluttered, so I made a frame out of PVC tubing and hung racing flags from it to obscure the view.

I bought a Gladiator storage box from Lowes. I though I could put wheels on it but couldn't. Not without fabricating custom brackets and getting non Gladiator castors, so I stuck it in the back under the clock, next to the lift and put my collection of Lotus Books in there.

With so many cars and sets of keys it started to get out of hand, so I bought a key locker from Harbor Freight and attached it to the Gear Locker. Now it's easy to find the right set of keys.
 

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This is pretty standard bathroom, but just to demonstrate it is there and complete....
 

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sweet merciful crap :panic: :clap: :bow: :drool:
 
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