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PostPosted: September 30, 2018, 8:51 am 
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I did have a flight attendant that I've seen a few times this summer ask if I was a secret shopper. Attendant speak for Air Marshall or FAA Auditor.

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PostPosted: December 17, 2018, 2:20 pm 
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Time for an update on the Too Busy house project.
First, I still haven't completed the punch list items for Wifey Dearest. I hate doing putty and paint on trim. Also hate replacing bathroom vent fans, so...
But the other stuff is done Tile is grouted, all baseboards and trim done, added more shelves to all the closets, and little stuff like that.

Now it's time for MY big project. The house doesn't have a garage. I have my tools stored in a stick built storage building that's 100+ feet from the house. Getting power back there to do anything is a pain. I don't plan on pulling underground power back, and the space isn't big enough to be functional. End result is talk to contractors (concrete, electrical, framing, etc) and work up some plans.
I submitted everything to the city planning department on Friday and they granted my building permit today.

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20x 28 garage coming with a single 16x7 door and a 3 foot man door on one side.
4-12 roof pitch to match the house, stick built with matching siding and 100 amp electrical service.

Progress pics will follow as this develops.
I plan to do the building myself with a little help from friends.

If it looks like a giant PITA for me to build, there's a crew that can knock it out for me in under a week for cough cough cough an extra $6k
Seems like a substantial convenience fees, but they said it would be done, sided, and signed off with a CoO from the city in 5 work days.

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PostPosted: December 18, 2018, 9:57 am 
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For a guy that can't stop building cars that $6K 'convenience fee' sounds good to me. :-) But with enough helpers self-built should go quickly too.

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You're a can-do kind of guy, but that $6K might be worth it, especially if you're financing the build. That $6K might translate to $10-20 per month over a loan at current credit union loan rates. In return, you get a quick, 1-week, turn-key solution and don't have to build it over the winter. You just use it.

It all depends on your particular circumstances, of course.

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Wifey Dearest says the $6k is worth every penny. No chance of me getting hurt (until I get inside anyway :wink: ), no hassles with Building Inspectors, no delays, no tendonitis flare ups, no ( or very little) screaming, cursing, etc during construction.

This is a straight up cash outlay.
$2k for getting trees removed
$8k for concrete which is grading the lot, putting in a French drain, removing/ replacing 3 sections of the existing driveway, pouring 2 new sections, plus the flare, and the 20x28 pad
$7-13K for the building. $7 for materials, $6 for construction
$2k for electrical. Trenching, adding service to the garage, two 220V and six 110V drops.

The convenience fee is roughly 25% of the total budget and one of the few things that's in my wheelhouse. But if I hire them, I have a ready to use space 30 days from now.
If I do the work, it's most likely 3 months.
1 weekend framing
1 weekend sheathing
1 weekend roofing
1 weekend garage door
1 weekend man door and window
3 or 4 weekends siding, trim, finishing
2 weekends electrical . 1 to take the test at City Hall to be legal and the other to trench and pull wire.

The timeline could be compressed if I have an old fashioned barn raising.

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A word to the wise make it longer than 20'. Yeah I know conventional wisdom says 20' is enough, but mine is 24' X 24' and I almost have enough room to put tool benches/chests around and walk around when work is being done. Now is the cheapest time to get square footage and convenience.

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I second it being too small.
Of course I also know from experience that no matter how large you make it, it will still be too small in a year or two. :BH:
More space = more toys and tools.

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I went with depth instead of extra width for two reasons.
First, the aesthetic from the street. 24 wide just looks wrong unless it's attached to the house. I can't attach to the house due to zoning / setback restrictions.
Second, more zoning / setback restrictions. In my area I can't put up more than 600 square feet and I REALLY want the extra depth.

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It may be too late. DO they have an option to change from truss roof to rafter and ties? The additional possibility for elevated storage will help a lot.

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rx7locost wrote:
It may be too late. DO they have an option to change from truss roof to rafter and ties? The additional possibility for elevated storage will help a lot.

Not too late at all Chuck. I've been going back and forth on this question a lot. I have rafters in the storage shed like having the overhead storage. Our garage in SC had trusses and had a nice 8 foot wide run in the middle that I floored. That was a 6-12 roof pitch though.

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Trusses come in different designs. Some have a nice area in the middle. Others do not. My 1st house had a similar 6 or 8' wide open floor down the middle. For me, my current garage has a 8' x 22' loft and a 4' x 16 ' "loft" and it still isn't enough storage. :ack:

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Well the 12x20 "storage shed" isn't going anywhere. I suppose I can keep my off season / off project tools housed in there and keep the mission critical stuff in the garage.

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My shop is 22 x 30. Like Too Busy, if I could have more it would be length.

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Just wondering; is 100 Amp service going to be enough? You mentioned 2 220vac drops, I am guessing 1 each, welder and compressor. If they both load up at the same time, that might be close to lights out. I hate it when that happens.


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