I would like to add a room onto my garage/home to use as a workshop.
I am recently retired and in great shape. I am also an inveterate
diy'er. I have done sheetrock, layed tile, fixed plumbing, and do all
of my own car work. Anyway, I have just toyed with the idea of doing
the addition myself. I would like to know the wisdom of even
considering such a project from someone who has done it. Am I biting
off more than I can chew??
Thanks, Al Kondo
<< Am I biting off more than I can chew?? >>
Not if you've got a good set of plans and a nearby source of rental tools and
materials. Don't be too proud to go for professional help where it makes good
sense, like finishing the concrete. When you're done, hold a party and enjoy.
Agreed. Have good plans before you start, at least for the
foundation/shell/utilities. Don't need an architect, at least in most areas,
but you do want an experienced residential designer who can come up with
something safe and legal, that won't look 'tacked on' like so many DIY
expansions do. (ie, lean-tos on the end of the garage.) It won't be that
expensive, and will be a lot cheaper if you can come up with a set of the
'as built' blueprints for your house. Don't forget to take into account
having enough juice for tools in the new space, along woth heating/cooling,
and maybe water.
(slightly prejudiced, since my old man has been in the business of doing
designs like that for 50 years or so.)
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