The garage will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 foot wide by 24 foot deep with a 15 foot ceiling. The height is for a future car lift so I can change oil and tires on my vehicles in my old age without bending over :)
First things first, before I can really get into this I have to get a working draft of the plan that I can submit to the local code thugs so I can find out if where I want to put it will be allowed. Real pain in the behind since if they wont let me put it where I need to put it then the entire project will have to be scrapped. :( So needless to say I wont be spending money on a 'bought' plan since there is a chance I'd never get to use it.
So I'm starting out with the basics, the foundation, after digging around a bit I'm kinda stumped as to what I need. So here are the questions.
1. How deep will I have to make the footer if our local frost line is 32 inches and my soil is very heavy clay. Do I have to make it like an inverted 'T' or can I just go straight down. 2. This will be a framed building with plywood sheeting and siding on the outside and sheetrock on the inside. How wide must I make the footer, 4, 6, 8, 10 inches???
3. My soil is a very heavy clay do I have to put drainage around the bottom of the footer?
4. I want to dig and pour the footer first then later after the building is up have the floor poured, mainly since I plan on doing all but the slab myself I figured it could be the last thing I do budget wise and I could even hold off if money was tight and still get use from the building. Should I make a 'lip' on the inside of the footer and pour the slab on over it or can I just pour it to butt up against the footer.
Sorry to be long but I'm kinda stuck here until I can get this figured out. If I was out in the boonies like my Dad I'd just put up a pole barn and be done with it but here in civilization I have to do better.