I think you would be very suprised how inexpensive it is when it's new
construction. You add the floor
space equal to your garage for 10-20k. One problem most people who
have done this is, they forget to
lower the floor space under the garage. Because the garage floor itself
is generaly lower than the foundation walls
this lowers the ceiling under the garage. By lowering the footing
around the garage by 2' this solve a ton of trouble.
But think of the pro's. Solid concrete all around, no noise for the
rest of the house. Enclosed concrete means you
can finish your projects without the worry of fire. Realestate around
by me starts at 50k plus the cost of the building
and utiliies plus drive time. I'm considering this for myself although
the house is already built, the cost still
is better than a seperate building 10 minutes away.
This reminds me of an episode from the SciFi channel's Ghost
Hunters series. What does the paranormal have to do with a basement
shop? In the second part of this episode the team investigates a
house where the occupant claims to hear noises and feels dread and
anxiety. It turns out, after the investigation, that the most
probable cause for the occupant's problems is not something other
wordly, but what he's got in his basement. The synopsis of this
episode (see the URL below) doesn't specifically mention this, but
the occupant of the house is a woodworker, who I believe did a lot
of restoration work and had a lot of finishing products in his
basement. Along with a couple of other things that needed to be
fixed in the house including mold, the biggest problem was probably
caused by all the finishing work he was doing in his basement and
the chemicals he was using to do it.
So, if you wind up thinking your house is haunted--maybe you just to
need to do your finsihing outside or in the garage. :)
: http://www.scifi.com/ghosthunters/episodes/season02/0221 /
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