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Old 02-24-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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i have an asphalt foundation and would like to know how to begin with the framing? mainly how to keep the water out.

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Asphalt would be a very unusual foundation material.
Do you mean that you have an asphalt pad and you want to start building a garage on that?

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A garage requires the same foundation that your house is built on. One that starts below the local frost line. Building on a slab without a proper foundation is bad practice. The building would not survive for long.
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i have an asphalt foundation and would like to know how to begin with the framing? mainly how to keep the water out.
There is no such thing as an asphalt foundation. If you think you can build on your driveway....you can't. You NEED a foundation.
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Big project. You better take the Elephant Eating approach.

1. Pics of the site

2. Plans for what you want

3. Township/ Municipality Reqs

4. Budget & Time Frame

5. Available resources (tools, labor, skill set)

I'll think of some more as soon as the coffee kicks in.
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6. Survey of lot with set-backs, easements, ROW etc.

Come on coffee, come on...
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Will you be handling the whole thing or subbing some out?

Which parts will you sub?

Are you required to sub the Electric to a Licensed Electrician(not uncommon).
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There is no such thing as an asphalt foundation. If you think you can build on your driveway....you can't. You NEED a foundation.

You can, you'll just have to tear it down in a few years
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8. A Schedule (Cup number 2?). While not essential, a Gantt chart showing Critical Path with dependencies and time estimates for each step will help make sure that your Electrician arrives on or around a day after your Framing is completed but before you Insulate.
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All of the steps above have an order that makes more sense than I listed them. For example, you should not go out and pay for a Survey until you have done a design and budget.

Least expensive and permanent to most expensive and permanent is a good rule of thumb.

You'll waste less time and resources by handling "Proof of Concept" issues up front.

Ask "Can this project be completed realistically?" before you ask "How do I complete this Project?"
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9. A Rough Take-off (Materials and Labor Estimate) followed by revisiting the Budget, followed by a Detailed Take-off.

10. Working Drawings not just a Concept. Build it on paper at least three times (its lighter)

Sketch-Up is a great tool for this.
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