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Old 12-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Convert Home Depot's 2-story storage building for Cabin?

Has anyone looked at Home Depot's 2 story storage building and thought of building your own and use it as a cabin? I have some land in VA and thought of putting a Park Model on it but those things are $50,000+. I saw Home Depot's 2 story 16x18 storage building and thought a 16 x 24 would make a perfect little cabin. Then, again, I wondered if they are selling them for $7,200, how much would it cost to build it yourself?

Anyone tried?

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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Thought about it alot. If I had the money it would have done been done. You could build it yourself a little cheaper, but not by much. Remember when you buy it they will deliver it. You'll have to have the lumber delivered and build it onsite. This might work at home, but not at a weekend getaway. Some one might getaway with your lumber.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Also I'm almost done with a 12 x 16 dried in for less than 2000.00 Colred metal roof and walls, 2x6 floor joists on 16" centers, 2x4 walls on 16" centers. All I need now is to insulate, wire, and finish the inside.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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Has anyone looked at Home Depot's 2 story storage building and thought of building your own and use it as a cabin? I have some land in VA and thought of putting a Park Model on it but those things are $50,000+. I saw Home Depot's 2 story 16x18 storage building and thought a 16 x 24 would make a perfect little cabin. Then, again, I wondered if they are selling them for $7,200, how much would it cost to build it yourself?

Anyone tried?

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16x24x2 stories = 768SF. Many jurisdictions have zoning that requires at least 800F minimum size for a residence. Also minimum sizes for bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen.

Check your zoning and zoning rules.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #5
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In MI those are made by Tuff Shed. They have dozens and dozens of options, including cabins and garages.

I looked in to it a while ago. Here are some of the down sides

  • Floor/foundation. Best bet is 4-6" slab with footing as required by local code. Pay the money and have radiant heat tubing installed in the concrete. A small wall mounted boiler (or water heater/boiler combination) would be perfect. (Even heat. No duct work). You can even hook it up to a wood burning stove.
  • If you don't want a concrete floor, you can build the floor on top of 4x4 PT posts (check local code). Use PT floor joist. You may even consider 5/4x6" PT deck boards for the floor. Insulating the floor and then covering that with something so that varmints don't tear up the insulation is a challenge. Building the floor a couple of feet off of the ground. Light and air will discourage varmints from taking up residency,
  • No insulation. Simplest thing to do is to pay someone to spray foam. Cover with plaster board or whatever.
  • Wiring and plumbing. I would run them the inside of the walls in a conduit/chase.
  • Bathroom. It would have to be really tiny.
  • Utility room. Add a back porch, enclose and insulate 1/2 of it
  • These things are really designed to be one room. No privacy.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #6
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16x24 and $7200 ? If you have any skills at all, I think you could build a very nice place for less and finished.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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if you bought all the materials i would think finished for 5 grand. scrounge craigslist for camper or mobil home parts. i would make one and run it on 12 volt. if you had a lot with running water i bet you could hook up a paddle wheel to a genirator
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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Could you post a picture of your 12 x 16 building? You had some good points about Home Depot delivering the building .... but I just drove by today and looked at them again and that roof would have to be metal. On that hill I'm thinking about putting it, I would want something other than shingles. The hill is like a ridge top so there's wind most of the time.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:25 PM   #9
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good point ... but out in the country, in those hills, I'm not sure they would ever know the building exist ... but then there is google earth! Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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I like your ideas and all of you have been so kind to give me such good feedback.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:18 AM   #11
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I've thought of this a lot. I like the idea.

First I need to find some land in NC or VA though. I keep looking but just don't know where exactly I should concentrate my search.

Any know good land for sale sites (besides LandandFarm.com) ?
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:45 AM   #12
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i have a friend that went from a $500,000 house to living in the 28x32 two story hd building after a divorce and loves it.he meet the hd contractor that builds the buildings and payed the guy in cash $6000 to dry it in,then him and his dad finished it.he was going to use it as shop to start with and live in his 5th wheel but before he started a guy wanted to buy the camper so he had building built to live in,it has a livingroom kicthen down and bedroom bath up the shower and sink are out in the room and toliet is in closet.
now he is working on his 40x36 shop
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #13
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toymn, just look for the 'local' realestate agencies for the counties you're interested in buying land.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:36 AM   #14
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I looked at the Lowes and HD out buildings and did not like the construction methods used. I did not look at the larger ones.

Last year I built and 12x16 on a concrete pad for about $12.25/ft^2. (Got 10% veterans discount @ Lowes on the materials),(the garage cost $33/ft^2 to have built).

I used standard construction methods and used my garage as a model. One small window, 24x24 skylight, 30 year architectural roof, and homemade trusses and doors. That included concrete for RV pads, side walk to the RV, a stoop pad for a future back door for the garage, and about a yard extra that a neighbor that had a use for it. Other than help with the concrete work, I did every thing myself.

As a matter of fact, I just painted it this week, before the weather turns cold.

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Check their website to see if they are available in your area. They have an online configuration utility that will allow you to price out different sizes and options.
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I looked at the Lowes and HD out buildings and did not like the construction methods used. I did not look at the larger ones.

Last year I built and 12x16 on a concrete pad for about $12.25/ft^2. (Got 10% veterans discount @ Lowes on the materials),(the garage cost $33/ft^2 to have built).

I used standard construction methods and used my garage as a model. One small window, 24x24 skylight, 30 year architectural roof, and homemade trusses and doors. That included concrete for RV pads, side walk to the RV, a stoop pad for a future back door for the garage, and about a yard extra that a neighbor that had a use for it. Other than help with the concrete work, I did every thing myself.

As a matter of fact, I just painted it this week, before the weather turns cold.

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Thanks for sharing ... I noticed the water tank. Is this costly? They are telling me it could cost $10,000 and $895 permit for a well in the hills of VA since sulfar water is a problem and rock. I thought about about a water tank and my family thought I was crazy. Thanks!
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Check their website to see if they are available in your area. They have an online configuration utility that will allow you to price out different sizes and options.
Hey thanks ... I'll check it out.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:35 PM   #18
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I have thought about building my own park model on an old mobel home frame, at my leasure, in my back yard, them hire a home mover to take it out to the lake. Scroung materials and do all the labor myself shouldn't cost too much.
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In MI those are made by Tuff Shed. They have dozens and dozens of options, including cabins and garages.

I looked in to it a while ago. Here are some of the down sides

  • Floor/foundation. Best bet is 4-6" slab with footing as required by local code. Pay the money and have radiant heat tubing install in the concrete. A small wall mounted boiler (or water heater/boiler combination) woiuld be perfect. (Even heat. No duct work). You can even hook it up to a wood burning stove.
  • If you don't want a concrete floor, you can build the floor on top of 4x4 PT posts (check local code). Use PT floor joist. You may even consider 5/4x6" PT deck bards for the floor. Insulating the floor and then covering that with something so that varmints don't tear up the insulation is a challenge. Building the floor a couple of feet off of the ground. Light and air will discourage varmints from taking up residency,
  • No insulation. Simplest thing to do is to pay someone to spray foam. Cover with plaster board or whatever.
  • Wiring and plumbing. I would run them the inside of the walls in a conduit/chase.
  • Bathroom. It would have to be really tiny.
  • Utility room. Add a back porch, enclose and insulate 1/2 of it
  • These things are really designed to be one room. No privacy.
I like all your ideas and especially no duct work, insulating the floor, adding a back porch with 1/2 enclosed. Thanks!
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Check their website to see if they are available in your area. They have an online configuration utility that will allow you to price out different sizes and options.
I checked out and then looked at www.classicmanor.com and found they have a build a quote too.
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