Lowes Barns

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  1. tnokie

    tnokie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Has anyone ever made or thought about making one of the two story barns that lowes carries into a house. Wife and I are thinking about moving to a state where property prices are much higher than here.We were thinking about buying one of these and finishing it into a house. (A very small one but a house non the less). You could even connect two and have even more room! Looks like this would work till you could pay off your land and then start building your house.Ny pros or cons or thoughts on this would be appreciated.
     
  2. FarmboyBill

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    I have a 14 X 40 and a 14 X 24, They are seperated by a space which I inclosed that is 12 X 24, makeing a portch that is 16 by 12. My FIL ran the roof betweem them at a slope of 1ft for 24ft. Wat to little, and now it leaks, and has for years. Cant get on it now as the bracing between it is rotton in places. I wouldnt do it again. Id see about moveing in a house from somewhere. I might be able to break these up and sell them as individual small barns if and when I get a house makeing them profitable in that way. Time will tell.
     

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    I've thought of doing a 2 storied cabin.
    This cabin is one that I spotted near where I live.
    So, it can be done.
    This one is on a ridge near Prospect, TN -

    Angie
     
  5. woodsrunner

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    I too have considered buying a larger prefab barn and converting it. One look at the 2x3 lumber frame and other details changed my mind. I don't think they would be durable enough as a house. Making them durable enough would cost too much.

    I'm leaning towards this someday.
    http://www.jshow.com/y2k/listings/57.html
     
  6. clovis

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    I think I would look at building my own, whether it be a barn or a garage.

    A lucky and resourceful person could save a ton of money on supplies.

    For instance, you can buy top quality mistinted paint at Sherwin Williams for $5 a gallon. Do this enough, and you could save a bundle of cash on a living quarters.

    Nonetheless, I would make certain that whatever I built would enhance the value of the property in the future.

    Clove
     
  7. Terri

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    While you are thinking about this, look at Tuff Sheds. Or consider starting with the garage.
     
  8. daytrader

    daytrader Well-Known Member

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    Why not have a metal building set up and you finish it into a house?

    This is nothing new. Cheap and you get what you want.
     
  9. unregistered6474

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    Why not buy one of the "Katrina Cottages" offered through Lowes? They are meant to be houses and they are really quite cute.
     
  10. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Check with one of the regional or national garage builders. If the slab is already poured they can have one up in a day or so. Perhaps have the garage doors put in, secure the panels in place and then remove most of the overhead track. Then on the inside put up a false wall with insulation to hide them. Have plumbing put in slab with water and septic extending to where it will be used once you build. After you build you can then keep it as a cottage or convert it back to a garage with a bathroom and a canning/summer kitchen.
     
  11. tomstractormag

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    Look for the book >A Tiny Home To Call Your Own<. Also research small houses. You can get plans for many of them pretty cheap. The townships here (PA) need a certified set of plans.
    I have thought of building a small house to replace the trailer we currently live in (14X66 actual size).
    Have decided to work on the trailer instead and super insulate it. Not building a new structure will keep my taxes reasonable. Add a foundation and expect 2X the tax burden.
    On another note I did build a 2 story 12X40 addition to my garage. Its pole construction on the first floor and standard framing 16 inch centers upstairs. Upstairs is split in half with one side my little machine shop/office and the other storage. I would have no problem living in the upstairs if it were finished.
    The basic structure I built in 01 for around $5000. Did 99% of the work myself.
    Tom
     
  12. MomOf4

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    I know ericjeeper turned a pole barn into a house - you might try to touch base with him...
     
  13. Hogleg

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    Was thinking the same thing. Home Depot here in Texas has some 1 and 2 story home shells that they are selling for around $15k and up. A bit more than I wanted to spend right now. To finish it out would probably double that price.

    As I researched this more, I discovered this site - http://www.countryplans.com/. The forum is very helpful in describing what you may be getting into. I like the 20x30 plan.

    I have 40 acres that we will move to in the spring. No house, no fences, no utilities. We will first construct a 24x40 shop, that I will add a bathroom and a temporary kitchen. We will sleep in the camper and live in the shop until the main house is ready for us, hopefully in the fall.
     
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    My son has been looking at those as a possible house to build. I think if you had the plans you could improve on the materials and design a little.
    I cannot remember his name but there is a person on this board that has a sawmill and cuts custom packages, his name is something about sawing. He's in middle TN if I remember correctly. This might be a better alternative.
     
  15. just_sawing

    just_sawing Haney Family Sawmill

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    Where are you in TN. I am in Cannon Co and yes it is fesiable and I have the Patterns to do it.
     
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    This is by far the fastest and cheapest route.
     
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    I think many locations you would get into code issues trying to live into what is more of a play-house... Will depend on your location.

    I was going to suggest, but others have ahead of me, putting up a 2-stall garage as a basic structure/ living, and once your house is done you will have a nice garage or storage building of value to you. 'Here' you can get materials (not concrete, & you'd have to do more insulating & pipes & such raising the cost of course) for $5000 for a 2-stall, so depends what you want to do, but would give you something now, and also in the future. That's a real bang for the buck.

    --->Paul
     
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    if i were to build again it would be a metal building approx 60x40 and finished out inside to my preference
     
  20. Quint

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    A lot of folks around here build a large pole building and convert part of it into living quarters while they build their home. When the house is done they have a nice insulated shop with water and electric, a full bathroom and you can convert some or all of the living space into an office or storage when your house is finished.

    Acquaintances of mine built one with a large loft that had an apartment in it that was finished really nicely. They were going to convert it to a large heated storage area but it turned out to be quite useful when they had a large number of guests for holidays and such. Even had friends who lost their home in a fire stay there for a couple of months.