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HorseFeathers 12-14-2008 09:08 PM

Our lofty endeavor
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New here and so is our building experience! Since we are now empty nesters we figured we start with living in a garage/apartment. I'll probably be on here asking annoying questions! ........our humble beginning......

shumakerscott 12-14-2008 11:18 PM

I have been talking with my brother about doing the same thing. He has way to many big boy toys and is single. He needs a shop much more than a house. Much more usefull space. Are you planning on a deck off the 2nd floor? More pics! I will be following your progress. Dorf Dude...

HorseFeathers 12-15-2008 06:42 AM

Yes, deck on the back. I will take pics as we go! 5" Slab is 30 x 32 at 3500 PSI. Right now we have 12" I-Beam up. C-Channel purlin on top floor is 8" on 12" centers. Husband is a welder not a carpenter so if anyone sees something going awry, pls tell us! :eek:

Eustace1080 12-16-2008 09:57 AM

Good luck, looks like it will be fun.

cocobolo 12-27-2008 10:07 PM

I take it by looking at those steel stairs that you will have a second floor?
Definitely not lacking in the strength department!

HorseFeathers 12-28-2008 12:18 PM

Yes, upstairs is our one bedroom apartment. Stout because I'm petrified of bad storms. :whistling2:

shumakerscott 12-28-2008 12:59 PM

You have a bomb shelter there! You must be on the Gulf. I didn't see an escape hatch in the floor for tornados though? Keep us updated, Dorf Dude

HorseFeathers 12-28-2008 02:13 PM

Don't laugh :blush:, we have a tornado shelter already in the ground nearby. :eek: :laughing:

cocobolo 12-28-2008 10:44 PM

That is definitely what I call being prepared. If you aren't one already, you should become a boy scout leader!
I hope that you never need to use that shelter, but in the event you do, it must be a comfort to know it is there.
Do you have any sort of schedule for getting the building to the lock-up stage? Or is it one of those "Well, it will be done when it is done" sort of things.

Tigwldr 01-03-2009 07:42 AM

Nice Place you are starting. I to am a welder by trade, been remodeling a house since august. I wished my wife would go along with me building a house the way I want it. :D It would be all steel and wrought iron all around. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

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