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Old 02-09-2020, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Over the years I've seen a handful of these in here... those of you who've done it, and still live in it. What can you share to save me hassles
Would you do it again?
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I would go talk to your building department to see what their requirements are. Once I understood their requirements I changed my direction with my build, however my setup was going to be somewhat temporary and I didnt want to sink that much money into something that I wasnt going to use 2 years down the road.
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I have lived in a metal building for 15 years...didn't build it and I would never build one.

Build a SIP shop with min 4/12 pitch roof. Cover the sides and roof with anything you want. Build out your living area and have a quite, super insulated and draft free home and shop.
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Over the years I've seen a handful of these in here... those of you who've done it, and still live in it. What can you share to save me hassles
Would you do it again?
completely depends on local code. the shared space thing in many cases makes it less costly to build separate. because the shop space can be built to lesser code than living space, when combined all needs to be built to living space code.

around here if you want to do as i think, there is only one way to go. build a shop with everything needed to add the living space and state the intent is to live in a camper. have it all signed off. once the gov is out of the way do what you want, make it a living space without further inspection. pole barns type building wont ever pass as living space.


i got really lucky to find a place already built, 1000ft2 of living and 4500ft2 of shop. living space has a crawl space underneath and the entire structure is 2x6 framed insulated and sheet rocked. it would be crazy expensive to build new that way, and the appraised value is the same as though it where a 1000ft2 home with 2car garage.
my place was built for a guy with way more money than me as a vacation spot for him and his buddies. shop space and concrete pad have full hookups for 5 rvs. all his buddies would come and take the 50ft boat on trips, while the 'hens' stayed in their homes away from home and did their thing.
makes for a super nice shop space. but not very affordable to build. or maintain, thank god the roof was replaced just before i bought
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Are you running from the cost of internet or AB5?

I had relatives live in their barn for about 2 years while they built their McMansion. I got to stay there during a winter and it was interesting to say the least. It was east Texas and during a mild winter so it wasn't too chill.

If it is temporary, I'd go the route of setting up a shop bathroom and shop breakroom(ie kitchen) then use a small trailer to live in. Or in your case, two

I think this route would be cheaper in the long run and you could recoup the cost of the small trailer(s) down the road.

As others mentioned, permitting might become an issue. And depending upon where, it may not even be possible. One area near us won't allow garage apartments; garage size larger than living quarters in one building.
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I had relatives live in their barn for about 2 years while they built their McMansion. I got to stay there during a winter and it was interesting to say the least. It was east Texas and during a mild winter so it wasn't too chill.

If it is temporary, I'd go the route of setting up a shop bathroom and shop breakroom(ie kitchen) then use a small trailer to live in. Or in your case, two

I think this route would be cheaper in the long run and you could recoup the cost of the small trailer(s) down the road.

As others mentioned, permitting might become an issue. And depending upon where, it may not even be possible. One area near us won't allow garage apartments; garage size larger than living quarters in one building.

This is exactly the route I am going now with my build, we were going to build an apartment in part of the building, but the permitting and costs were going to be ridiculous so I abandoned it. Now I will just have a shop with a full bathroom and kitchen right next to where I park an RV.
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