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Metal Bldg/House experts...need advice?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by LAWDOGKMS, Dec 25, 2012.



    Jun 11, 2001
    So...I'm looking at a 2200sf living area metal-building with a house built inside of's been in the market for a while and I think they'd accept quite a bit less than the listed price..

    Lots of acres come with it, I LOVE the land...the house, not so much..

    Wife can't stop talking about the land...the electric gated entrance..the scenic driveway through the oak trees..the privacy..plenty of room to have a small farm etc...

    The house is ok...there's just nothing to ooh and ahhh about.

    The biggest thing that bothers me is that the ceilings are low, both upstairs and downstairs..and the house is very compartmented...definitely not an "open" floorplan..

    1/3 of the house is 2-story high shop where the owner keeps his airplane..yes the property has an unimproved grass airstrip..good hunting...and a shooting range..

    I guess i'm just used to 10' ceilings, granite counters and open floorplans..

    what I am wondering is, is how hard it would be to raise the ceilings in a metal building/house and or how difficult to turn the massive shop into more-house?

    My thought is, buy the house for 250K or so...put 50K into turning the huge shop (already foam insulated like the rest of the house) into another 1000sf of house..and put a c perling 4 car carport off the end off the end of the house..

    Thoughts? Advice? Ref metal buildings as homes, reconstruction etc..





  2. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Good God, go for it. It has tremendous possibilities.

  3. G30SF/F-250

    G30SF/F-250 GTDS Platinum Member

    It's only metal, you can do anything you want with it.

    Cut the beams, jack them up, weld extensions in or block underneath.
  4. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    What these guys said..
    Seriously, if you can get it for a price that agrees with you, then go for it.

    Do you have a problem with the exterior appearance?
    Add a facade to make it look any way you wish.
    Did you ever notice, almost every modern conventionally-styled house has fake shutters flanking the windows?
    They do nothing, they're only added to make the facade look a little less plain box-like and they form a significant portion of the house's "face".

    With some creativity that garage you referenced could be styled to give it a more interesting overall form.
    Hire a young, hungry architect if needed for ideas.

    Perhaps add a multi-level deck on one side..

    Interior? I would assume it has some columns, or perhaps it's clear-span. Either way, the interior can be whatever you wish.

    The property appears to be so nice that you shouldn't let it get away from you.
    Go for it.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  5. dino1


    Mar 10, 2001
    austin tx
    Buy it, build a new house on your own time. Then turn the house/shop into all shop... Problem solved
  6. Buy it and get yourself a couple gyro copters.

  7. The pond looks like it is about dried up
  8. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
  9. Lawdog, we bought a foreclosed property that has 18.5 acres, and 2 small houses on it. The houses needed a lot of work done on them, it would have been easier and cheaper to tear them down and rebuild. The problem was that the county made a rule that you have to have 20 or more acres to build a house on your property. Our houses were built before they made this rule so they were grandfathered in, so we had to restore them from the ground up without tearing them down. You might want to check the status concerning those issues.
  10. dac1204


    Aug 10, 2006

    So no one can build a house in that county. 20 or more acres, are you sure?

    I have heard of some counties requiring atleast 1/2 acre or more but not 20. That would be one huge subdivision.