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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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garage camp

Has anyone built a garage and then eventually made it into a camp with a kitchen and bathroom? Would it be much more expensive to do it with 2x6 wall vs. 2x4. I want a camp that I can work at making it like a home a little at a time rather than paying the big bucks right up front. I don't want a loan or mortgage either.

I was thinking a garage with 2x6 walls and metal roof and siding to start. I wasn't sure if a pole barn might be a better way to go. The land is cleared, and has power, septic and well. I just need to put something on it that will evenually be good enough to live in full time.

Anyone make a camp from a pole barn or garage and if so how did it turn out? What would you do different?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 11:41 AM
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Re: garage camp

The numerous garage builders ( Packages) will do whatever you want. You can add or delete options to make a shed or garage a camp from the beginning. The Amish tend to be the best deal, but not always. I have a friend who ordered a garage from Wood-Tex, minus the garage doors. He saved about $1500 by deleting the doors and having that wall framed. It is a 24 X 24, now he has added a porch, and its as nice as anything out there for a lot less. I also have a business contact who made his office from a 14 x 32 two story Gambrel shed. Its all finished in Pine inside, and would make a perfect small camp, plenty of room to stand up upstairs with that type of roof. If its going to be longterm, put it on a foundation or slab.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 12:44 PM
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Re: garage camp

Also make sure the roof system is complete. That means felt and ice protection and guttering.

Some sheds are "bargains" due to cutting a few corners here and there. Roof's are a great place that remains unseen as well for the cost cutting.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 02:22 PM
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Re: garage camp

One of the nicest camp that I was in was a two story garage with a concrete floor. Everyone hung out on the ground floor. They had several picnic type tables, game room, kitchen and bathroom all down stairs.

Clean up was easy they just hosed everything down.

Upstairs they had all the bedrooms and a another bath and kitchen.

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