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My clubhouse construction

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Recently moved with the family to a subdivision near our prior place. This location had several conveniences that made it a bit more attractive for us. It also had a 3 car attached garage and I only had a two car detached at the old house.

 

Of course, these homes only have a 20ft deep (barely) garage. That doesn’t leave much room to work on my 60 LeSabre or 72 Electra! So, the plan was to build a detached garage at the top of the driveway (my clubhouse).

 

Work started in earnest today, digging the footers. Little issue with some unmarked cable and phone lines, but they worked around them. Plan is 24x25, which is the largest the Town will allow.

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That’s a pretty good day’s work there.  Will you be able to build high for a good attic space or second floor?  You’ll quickly use up all those square feet!  Maybe you could install one of those handy car lifts.

 

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about towns that limit the size of “disconnected” buildings.  It seems like there should be some appeal or waiver process based on drawings and specs.  My opinion only but I think that size limit is overly restrictive- unless there are things like property line setback rules also limiting you.  

 

Will you be expanding or lengthening your driveway?   Also what kind of construction?  Looks like there might be a short concrete stem wall.

 

Please keep us posted on the clubhouse progress and thank you for sharing.

 

 

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I had originally planned to go back further, but had to scale back when I learned about the square footage limitation. The only setback requirements were to stay 5’ off the side and rear property line. 

 

I will have storage space upstairs, but they don’t allow a second story either. So just has to be attic storage. I am also building a large shed behind it that will allow some storage as needed, but mainly to keep the yard and kid items from taking up garage space.

 

I actually have fairly high ceilings in the attached garage, so I am thinking a 4 post storage lift could work in one of the bays there if needed down the road. I am also planning for a lift in the clubhouse for repairs, though that probably won’t happen any time soon.

 

The top of the driveway will be extended to the new driveway. I set it off about 13 feet from the house to give plenty of access room for the back yard. That has it about 17 feet off the end of the driveway currently. There is a slight slope in the rear of the yard that will require the block to come up as a retaining wall some.

 

Inspection of the dug out footers today and concrete poured for them tomorrow so that block work can begin next week.

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A parallel project, more for my wife, we are adding a screened porch at the rear of the house. She gets hers and I get mine!

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5 hours ago, parkertom said:

 

A parallel project, more for my wife, we are adding a screened porch at the rear of the house. She gets hers and I get mine!

Or, she gets hers so that you can get yours!

 

That will be a very nice and spacious screened in porch. 

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Atleast you have a little longer building season in VA than we do in upstate NY.   I made sure when we bought our new place that though it came with a 28 by 50 foot garage,  it needed to have enough space on the property to build a bigger garage. Fortunately I found something that the wife liked and fit the bill for what I wanted.  Would have been nice if the building was already on the property though as everything related to building is expensive,  especially if you are going big. 

As Joel Mentioned,  keep us posted.  We love shop builds.   He has made real nice progress on his,  while mine is moving along at a snail's pace with winter closing in. 

I wish digging around here was so easy.  I can loan you some rocks if you want to add a little more challenge. ;) This is a pile of the smaller ones we didn't bury.  There are a few more piles and rows like that around the site still.  

Around here you dig out the bucket loads of small rocks so you have room to get around the bigger ones to move them. 

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So parkertom  this town has no provision(s) at all for any kind of variances when your building is a detached structure ? I would think as long as you didn't get outrageously large they could give you some slack on the size of your clubhouse.

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On 10/31/2018 at 10:35 PM, Mark Simmons said:

So parkertom  this town has no provision(s) at all for any kind of variances when your building is a detached structure ? I would think as long as you didn't get outrageously large they could give you some slack on the size of your clubhouse.

The Zoning Ordinance specifically limits the size of accessory buildings.

 

On 10/31/2018 at 10:38 PM, auburnseeker said:

Do you have to deal with an HOA as well or just the town?

No HOA, just lot covenants to match the materials (siding, roof, windows) of the existing home.

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Footers were poured on November 1st. Finally, after a wet stretch, block work for the foundation began late this week. Final courses should be up tomorrow.

 

Back wall will have two additional courses over the sides due to the slope that is back there.

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Looks like you are getting a good start.  You will find everything seems to take longer and cost more than you planned.  I thought I was making good progress on mine. (working by myself especially) then we got nailed with a snow storm and Steady wet well below normal weather,  that looks to be carrying over for another week atleast. The high on Wednesday is suppose to be 28.  Fortunately my dirt work is done for the year.    Send us some of your warmth.  Today we shoveled the 600 foot drive,  then i had to clean up 4 trees that fell down in the storm, and dig the plow out, to put on the tractor tomorrow as another bigger storm is headed here in a few days. 

Keep us posted.  I finally have some progress to post on my own tomorrow when I get some pictures.

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Luckily no snow...yet. We have had plenty of rain this year though. Nearly 2 feet above the average for a whole year so far to date.

 

Hoping to get some rough grading and gravel in place while the sun is out next week. Trusses are being delivered on the 19th.

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They were able to finish the block yesterday. Little miscue on leaving out the walkthrough door on the side. Will have to make some alterations on that.

 

More rain in the forecast this week, even some snow and ice on Thursday.

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Things are a little tight while waiting for the new space to come online. I have to move lawn equipment out of the way just to get back to my toolboxes or use the air compressor that is taking up the area in front of the Skylark.

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Don't feel bad.  The old one was full up,  so I built the new much bigger garage (60 by 72 foot clear span)  Now that is full of the equipment I bought to build it and the materials (siding trim etc.) I have yet to get up. Here is a shot of the old garage I was trying to finish off and now a shot of the newer garage.

I know one thing, everything when you go this big really adds up to expensive.  I'm trying to build it as I have the money to do so.

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13 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

Don't feel bad.  The old one was full up,  so I built the new much bigger garage (60 by 72 foot clear span)  Now that is full of the equipment I bought to build it and the materials (siding trim etc.) I have yet to get up. Here is a shot of the old garage I was trying to finish off and now a shot of the newer garage.

I know one thing, everything when you go this big really adds up to expensive.  I'm trying to build it as I have the money to do so.

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That is quite the building. A friend of mine just wrapped up a project that almost took a year, a 6 car plus center shop section that can hold 3 with additional shop space. Certainly took longer and added up to more than originally thought.

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If I live long enough (I'm not that old) ,  maybe I'll get it finished. Of course I'll probably never have any spare money to fill it with cars, which was the original plan.  I just wish it was still warm outside with that grass still showing.  3 more inches of snow today.  With another 3 coming Friday.  Just can't catch a break this year. Blazing hot ridiculously wet humid summer and early fall then right into the freezer almost a month early. 

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