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Author Topic: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"  (Read 10164 times)

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #120 on: March 31, 2017, 08:31:25 AM »
 Not much happened over the winter. I tinkered a bit but nothing to write home about and then suddenly Spring! Time to get going again. It's going to be a very busy year for me at my daytime job this summer so not much is going to get done that you can see but there's lots to do. We need to run the plumbing that is going under the slab, then we need to pour the slab. there's landscaping to do around the foundation and a set of garage doors to build.

 What I'm working on now is to bury the power lines you can see in the last picture. The pole with my transformer is right next to the foundation and a guy wire comes right down where the door will open. The power company says they will move the transformer down one pole and run a whip back to the power head which we will go ahead and mount on the building. They also said we can put in our breaker box as long as it is covered. I figure I'll build a little open backed dog looking house to place over it to shield it from the weather.

 Believe it or not I still don't know what the living area is going to look like. I have sketched up a couple of plans but I haven't come to a conclusion. I had to let my architect go he just wasn't producing. Luckily My builder and mason are experienced enough that they knew what specs to build to.

 Right now I am thinking about a timber frame. I would absolutely love to have a timber frame but it all comes down to price. I am in contact with 2 timber framers and have my fingers and toes crossed.

 That's all for now. Thanks for listening.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #121 on: April 01, 2017, 03:36:06 AM »
Thanks for the update John.

I have the place in Grafton listed since last week. I also have an architect designing from my sketches. He probably won't start until another week. We have used him before on the Grafton house. The neighbors next door are also selling and going to Saskatchewan where the money is. Teaching and gas/oil business.

Have a good one.  :)
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« Reply #122 on: May 20, 2017, 01:26:00 PM »
Really enjoy following this thread.  Always fun to watch the step by step process.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #123 on: October 10, 2017, 01:09:02 PM »
Wow, what a summer. My daytime job has had me hopping all around the country!

 Still very little has physically changed on the foundation. I finished back filling, Did a little more block work For a rock facade to sit on.

 I had a handshake deal with a timber framer to frame the house but my last communication with him was back in may. I honestly do not know what happened to him. I am assuming he is no longer interested. ::)

 I'm back to trying to get some drawings done so my next potential builder can cost out the work. Last weekend I had a drafter meet me at the foundation. We walked the property, kicked the foundation, talked about his past projects. I liked his easy style. I told him that my original plan was to build this BIG garage and then build a small house next door later. Now my plans have changed I plan on putting the house on top of the garage. My problem is I want a huge garage and a small house. He sketched an Idea while we were talking and I think he really nailed it. We deck over the whole foundation but part of the decked area will be porches with roof over them, reducing the sq ft of the house. So instead of running the roof line along the 60' side we run it along the 40' side. A smaller house with decks sitting on top of a large foundation.

Here's the sketch he came up with.

 

I like this a lot. It is part post and beam mixed with conventional framing. right in the neighborhood of 1500 sq ft.

 I have also started talking to another builder. My original builder wants to retire and the timber framer disappeared. This next possibility is a younger guy full of energy. I have asked him for referances and to see some of the houses he has built.

We will see how this goes.
Good thing I have given myself until 2020 to make the house livable. Livable and finished are two very different things.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #124 on: October 10, 2017, 01:42:36 PM »
Turn the house 1/4 turn and you have my first drawing. I decided to make the house the same size as the lower so my garage ceiling didn't leak around the outside deck area.
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« Reply #125 on: October 10, 2017, 01:56:37 PM »
That is a concern.
I believe that a membrane under the deck. A slight slope to that part of the floor and overhanging roof lines will prevent that.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #126 on: October 10, 2017, 03:19:49 PM »
Jon remember that your not getting younger think about humping food and all your staples up steps

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #127 on: October 11, 2017, 06:44:35 AM »
I know. Every day I'm reminded that I am not the handsome young man I was 35 years ago.

My house is being built into the side of a hill so the basement is a walk out, the front door will only be about 5 steps to get up to.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #128 on: January 12, 2018, 01:01:56 PM »
 The drafter has finished the plans and I am really happy with them.
He also included some drawings of what the house might look like finished.

Here's the front of the house/cabin. I havn't quite figured out what I'll call it.


and here's the back. The upper area/loft is the master bedroom/bath.


It's about 1800 sq ft including the loft. Not really small, I'd call it comfortable.
The next step is getting a structural engineer to put the numbers to beam sizing and such.
The first (I was going to write crook but I'll hold my tongue) one I talked to quoted me $4500.
I fell out of my chair and told him I need to get a 2nd quote. I am meeting with an engineer this weekend that my buddy Wayne recommended who he has been using for the last 20 years. Over the phone he quoted me $500 and Wayne says not one of his houses has had a problem due to poor engineering.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #129 on: January 12, 2018, 02:48:33 PM »
Yep, that will work! 8) 8)
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« Reply #130 on: January 12, 2018, 04:35:24 PM »

Here's the front of the house/cabin. I havn't quite figured out what I'll call it.


I'd call it home. smiley_thumbsup

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #131 on: January 12, 2018, 05:21:36 PM »
Looks good to me Jon, lots of porch rocking space.  I see you think like me, roof over it and bug screen'n. ;D Are you using jack posts from the ground up to the porch deck by the walk-in? That is what I plan on. 
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« Reply #132 on: January 13, 2018, 08:40:42 AM »
Nice!  Complete with an older Jeep Cherokee!

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #133 on: January 13, 2018, 09:00:38 AM »
 Looks good from here!!  I like the concept.   :)
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #134 on: January 14, 2018, 07:46:48 AM »
The porch is fine.  Looks really good.  My kind of place.
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« Reply #135 on: January 14, 2018, 02:46:07 PM »
Very nice!
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« Reply #136 on: January 24, 2018, 07:40:39 PM »
I see you have screened in part of the porch ,good move in the summer time . I like your plan . I think you may be coming to the project this year ,looking forward to seeing you again.
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« Reply #137 on: January 25, 2018, 08:37:47 AM »
I think you may be coming to the project this year ,looking forward to seeing you again.

Slider, I plan on it every time. This annoying thing called work demands a lot of my time.
I am very hopeful to make it this spring.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #138 on: May 16, 2018, 08:04:06 AM »
We have recently made some nice progress.
My concrete guy poured the footings for the lally columns and the chimney and then my contractor and I put in the under floor plumbing.


 

The next step is to pour about 30 yards of concrete.
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« Reply #139 on: May 16, 2018, 09:36:08 AM »
Glad things are progressing!  I was wondering how things were going.


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