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#1 Cliff Neubauer

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:00 PM

I've been looking around for a house of my own and the only thing close enough to get my attention is a 20+ year old moble home for $65,000 :blink: I'd consider renting but there really isn't even anything decent to rent unless I go to town 10 miles away which I'd rather not do. This has got me thinking about building a new shop with an apartment built onto it. My thinking is that if I took $600/month that would be going towards a house payment or rent and rented the shop back to the farm for say $5,000 year (farm would pay for the shops utilities) I'd be looking at about $11,000 per year which would give me a building budget of close to $150,000 on a 15 year note. For a building I'm thinking along the lines of a 70x80x20' shop with a 24' lean to down one side which would be divided in half with office space on the front and living quarters in the back. I would have enough height to go 1 1/2 stories so I could have a couple of big bedrooms upstairs. Since the shop would already need a septic system for the bathroom and it would have floor heat with a geothermal heat pump the additional cost for the living quarters would be very minimal. With overhangs on the roof and wainscotting around the bottom along with a porch or deck I think it could be built so it didn't look like I was living in a barn. When I outgrow it the apartment could be used as a break room or more office space. The problem I have is locating the building, I have a perfect place in mind but it would be 20' away from where my grandparents house is now and would require removing a couple of old outbuildings and trees from their back yard. I get along with them good but I don't think I could stand living that close to my grandparents and I really doubt they'd stand for cleaning up some of their junk for a new building.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:05 PM

i say go for it cliff, guess you would never be late for work :D
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:17 PM

I would Research your local county building codes before you start. Hate to see you built that and then have the county come in and say you can not live there.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:18 PM

I've always entertained that idea, my problem is I always view the living quarters portion as infringing on the shop space, I was thing 50x100x16 and doing 30x50, 2 story at one end, BTW this idea flys waaaaaaay better if your single :blush:
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:27 PM

Yup, you definately gotta be single to do it, but it's a great idea. I know a couple friends that live in their shops like that.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:29 PM

Cliff,

There is a local guy that has an apartment above his body shop business. Travel time and expense to get to work would always be nil but I doubt I could get over the smell of paint thinner and welding smoke in my living quarters! This might apply to your design too.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:31 PM

I don't think there would be any code issues "here" and I know of at least one Morton building with an apartment in it. Here are a couple designs of FBI Buildings website that are kind of along the same idea.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:45 PM

.................... BTW this idea flys waaaaaaay better if your single :blush:


Not only works best if you're single but you had better plan on staying single. Would be hard to convince a lady to move into a shop/apartment and you sure wouldn't want to have to build a house a few years down the road with what you would already have invested.

If you do go thru with your plans you'd best become good friends with Rosey Palmer :lol: :lol:

On 2nd thought, maybe I should look into something like that for those times there's frost on the ceilings in the house :o Wouldn't make a bad "doghouse". I'm certainly in one often enough ;) :lol: :lol:

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:00 PM

In theory, Yes good idea. Reality is, probably not something I would do. I really wouldn't even put an office in the shop if it contained all the farm files. You think it could never happen to you, but I know of at least 2 shops around here that have burned. One was a smaller one bay shop owned by a guy who owns 4 trucks and does all his own mechanic work. It is attached to his modular home and while the fire didn't get to the house it did get close enough to burn the siding. He lives about 3/4 of a mile from the fire station and is a volunteer fireman himself. That is the only reason it didn't take it all.

The other shop I know of burning was a farm shop. Among the things lost--two 1-season old JD combines, one 930 head, parts to rebuild 2 of those heads, parts to rebuild a corn head, lots and lots of other parts and 40 years worth of farm tools. This farmer had finished harvesting for the year, blew off the combines, washed them and had them parked in the shop to go over. They think it was an electrical fire on a combine that started it but it was a complete loss. I know if I had to go through something like that I would sure hate to lose my house too!


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Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:09 PM

Cliff...........it can be done, there is a single fellow I know from our church that built a nice shop (Morton type) and he put his living quarters in a corner of it and loves it.

But hardtail, Boog, and sweetcorn70 all gave some counter points to take into consideration.
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