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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone, I am planning on building an addition that will be used as a utility room/storage. This will not be accessible from inside the existing structure only through an exterior door on the new addition. The concrete pad already has a roof and I am just looking to frame up some walls...
  2. HVAC
    Hey all. First time posting so please forgive me for being a noob. I'm building a 256sqft bath/laundry addition. All ductwork is in crawlspace. I recently replaced my existing HVAC unit and upgraded already to a higher ton unit to handle the addition. Any help on sizing for new ductwork getting...
  3. Building & Construction
    Bought this old house a few years ago and slowly been updating everything and fixing sloppy work from the past 50 years. I'm just wondering what I can do with this concrete porch. At first I was thinking of turning it into a mudroom because the porch needs torn down before it falls down (look at...
  4. Carpentry
    Good evening all. Looking for some suggestions on a future project. We plan to build a small H shaped home in phases. First the I, then the other I and finally connecting them in the middle with the - . Building in phases is necessary to build with cash rather than loan. For the exterior of...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone! I need a little help from the experienced ones here. My question is this. I want to extend my 24x24 detached garage from the gable end out another 10 feet. The existing garage is traditional stick framed however I would like to extend it with post and beam framing with just a...
  6. Building & Construction
    Renovation question: I’m considering buying my parents’ home when my mom passes. This would make her happy as she wants it to stay in the family. I am concerned that the renovation I would need to feel content in this home would be too costly. Totally new kitchen, move the laundry upstairs...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi All Bought a house 5 years ago. Brick construction, single story with full basement (concrete walls). The attic was converted to living space (with permit) before I bought it, but it has 43-inch knee walls and only 6 ft headroom for about 8 feet of width. Virtually no closet space...
  8. Remodeling
    Hello, I am adding on to a greenhouse and the addition will have the same pitch roof as the existing (following the same rafter pitch out another 8'). What's the best way to join the new rafters to the existing ones? Thank you
  9. Building & Construction
    I looked at a house I'm considering buying in Southern California with an attached addition. Either the contractor that built the addition or the plumber jackhammered through the outside foundation wall to make room for the copper and ABS drain lines. A real messy job, and right next to a beam...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a single story house on a slab on grade foundation. It was built in 1953 in Minnesota. It has a 4ft block stem wall on footings for a foundation. the slab is in good condition and has no cracks. I would like to build a new two story addition next to the existing house. they would be...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am converting my attached garage into a 2nd bathroom, closet and small master bedroom extension (~120 sq ft). I have to raise the garage slab floor about a foot or so to meet the raised house floor level. However, my basement floor joists 2x6 run different directions in the kitchen vs...
  12. Insulation
    I finally cut open an access panel into the ceiling to our addition. We've heard animal sounds in the walls and ceiling in that area a while ago so I thought I'd see what was there. When I dropped the drywall rectangle down, it had lots of mouse poop, just on the one little area that I...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I’m looking to do an addition to front of my house, I have a standard L shaped ranch. All my bathrooms and bedrooms are on same side of house as the garage. Then the other part of the L is my living room and kitchen, which I want to add on to and create open floor plan. I have liked at tons of...
  14. Building & Construction
    I currently have a slab on grade ranch home in Ohio. I would like to add 16'x20' addition. I am trying to figure out if I can build a crawlspace for the addition without raising the finished floor height from the house to the addition. I would prefer to not use a slab foundation for the addition.
  15. Building & Construction
    Been planning the garage for and need some advice. Below is a picture of my house and current detached garage. It's old and need a ton of work so I'm tearing it down. The plan is to add a 2 car garage attach with a man door that looks like it was built with the house and not an addition. The...
  16. Building & Construction
    .... roof structure building practices? I realize there might be a variety of opinions from some who will feel it IS something that a home inspector should be knowledgeable about, and those who feel it is beyond the scope of what a home inspector would know. But I would appreciate any input /...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've posted on forums, and the first post on this one in particular. Anyway, we have a project and are unsure of how to proceed, and this seemed like a good place to ask for help! I have an addition off of the side of my house, currently closed to the...
  18. Remodeling
    Our house had an addition added on the back of the house before we bought it. We are currently updating the house. We have removed paneling and also removed the old windows that used to be at the back of the house before the addition was built. Now there are just 3 large holes in the wall where...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Hello everyone - I'm looking for creative ideas to avoid the expensive fix. Every winter I have been getting frozen pipes that affect the faucet and washer in the first floor 1/2 bath of my house. The bathroom is part of 2 year old addition completed by the previous owner. The first floor...
  20. Building & Construction
    Hi. I am trying to build a new kitchen area inside a warehouse. It will be built in an empty space. I do have 2 existing walls. I will need to frame 2 walls. One will have a door. I also need to build a ceilng on this. Nothing will be on top. The addition will be 106" x 94". The longest side...
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