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JamesColey

10:09AM | 04/17/02
Member Since: 04/16/02
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I have a 24x30 masonry block garage (on a slab) sitting on an adjoining lot to my house. I'm investigating the addition of a one or two bedroom guest house/mother-in-law apartment onto it. Other than the obvious building permit and neighbor approval (if necessary), do you have any other recommendations for me? I'm trying to do this on the cheap - basically for supplies cost and doing all of my own labor. My ideal would be to find an existing plan for a 24x30 that I can use instead of designing a custom plan, but most of the plan websites I've found don't have small homes (720 sq ft plans). I live in the county (TN) and there are a variety of home styles around me so I think the approval process should be pretty easy. My biggest roadblock is my budget, I would like to frame out the exterior at first and then complete the remainder over the course of a year or two (typical redneck project). Any advice would be appreciated.

rpxlpx

05:54AM | 04/18/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
It's not clear to me whether this is already a 2-story building, or if you intend to add a floor to an existing 1-story building.

JamesColey

10:19AM | 04/18/02
Member Since: 04/16/02
2 lifetime posts
Sorry. It's currently a one story with pre-fab trusses sitting on the block (or sill plate) around the perimeter. The inside of the roof is exposed to the garage below (no supporting joists/girders/piers), so when I remove the roof and trusses I'll have a 'hole' to fill up with joists & subfloor before I can begin the second floor. I want to add one (large) or two (small) bedrooms, a full bath, laundry facilities, and an open living room/kitchen. One 30' face has a great view so I'll probably put the living room on that side, taking advantage of a sliding glass door or large windows for a view. The other sides I'm not as concerned with, I'll put in whatever windows are required for code in the rooms but I don't plan on anything spectacular.

LDoyle

01:56PM | 04/22/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Sounds like the 'foundation' on your garage is typical of a slab garage but not adequate for a 2nd story addition. Consult with your local code folks.
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