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Old 12-14-2008, 09:08 PM   #1
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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......

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Old 12-14-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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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...

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Old 12-15-2008, 06:42 AM   #3
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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!
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Good luck, looks like it will be fun.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:07 PM   #5
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I take it by looking at those steel stairs that you will have a second floor?
Definitely not lacking in the strength department!
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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Yes, upstairs is our one bedroom apartment. Stout because I'm petrified of bad storms.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:59 PM   #7
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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
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Don't laugh , we have a tornado shelter already in the ground nearby.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:44 PM   #9
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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.
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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.

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