50x70 Garage House - FULL TOUR and COST Breakdown
what's going on guys today I'm giving you a
breakdownof my pole barn
garagehey guys so before I start the detailed video I just wanted to put out there that I bought this land when I was 22 and I designed and got the
housebuilt at 24 so by no means was I an expert on designing or building a
housethis was my first
houseafter moving out of my parents so I never even bought a
housebefore and I jumped into designing and getting a
houseconstructed from scratch I wouldn't suggest it for anyone if you don't have a lot of patience and are willing to learn a lot it was definitely stressful but totally worth it in the end and I've already had a lot of questions on the
housebuild video as to why I didn't do certain things a certain way and the answer is pretty much always
costat 23 and 24 years old I obviously didn't have a huge budget for for everything that I wanted to include I looked at all the options and I had to weigh the pros and cons of exactly what I wanted to get in the
housemy main concern was to get the overall footprint big enough and then build from there I have future plans to make it exactly what I want it's not perfect right now still work in progress but I'm really happy with how it turned out and where it's at today so we'll be starting the
touroutside I wanted to show you guys exactly what I was working with so when I bought this land it was all completely wooded kind of as you see...
here and it's also there's a good slope to it it's kind of hard to see maybe in video but there was a good slope to the whole lot so the very first thing that needed to happen was to clear out trees so I actually got loggers in here and they cleared about one and a half to two acres kind of in the middle of my lot so once they were done I did have to do a lot of cleanup they only took the biggest logs but that was kind of okay because I got to save a lot of the wood for firewood as you'll see when we get inside I do have a wood stove that I used to heat the living portion of the
houseand there's kind of a little wood shed I made to keep some of my firewood dry once we got the trees cleared out we started excavation and the biggest part of that was flattening the site for the
houseso they actually did that by just pulling dirt from the top side and pulling it down to the low-side and giving me this nice flat pad for where the
housesits some of the other big parts of excavation were burying my electric so the electric actually comes from a road that's like way up there and it's buried underground like through here and then goes to that corner of the
garagealso for my septic system I needed to use a sand mound type system so with that I have tanks that actually sit right here you can see the caps in my front yard so the septic goes into those tanks and then the liquids are actually pumped way up the hill way up there and that's where the...
actual sand mound system is so it's actually kind of nice because it's on a hill and it's in the woods so you don't really see it sometimes if you're in like a neighborhood that has a sand Mound you can see the big hump in the yard and it doesn't look that great the other excavation tasks that was done was rain water retention so if you see my gutters actually go straight into the ground and then they run over here to a big basin that's underground that has it's basically just filled with rock I don't know if there's a couple different grades of rock in there the idea behind that is to disperse the rainwater back into the ground I thought it was a little excessive but it's what was required by code so now is for the actual structure of the
garageit is a 50 by 70 structure 50 by 48 of that is the
garageand 50 by 22 is the living space so this end we're looking at here is obviously the shop I've got the
garagedoor I've got a regular door there beside it and then on the front of the
garageI did these bigger windows I believe they are six foot windows so as opposed to a normal window which is I think more like three foot so I did the these larger windows on the front to let more light in and also having a normal sized window on this large wall this is a 14-foot wall looks really small so this kind of gives a little bit of a different look to it so as you get down here this is kind of my front door to my
don't really use it as that because I just go in through the
garagethis is the front door I have a couple windows a light this is my chimney for my wood stove so here we run like the low side of my living space side of the
houseso on this end I tried to put a bunch of windows and two sliding doors to let a lot of light in and it actually works out well in the winter the Sun is on this side of the
houseso it heats up the
houseportion really well so now I'm on the higher side of the living portion end of the
houseso as you can see here I did a different roof pitch for the living section and I did that just to kind of break up the structure so it didn't look like one huge ware
houseand also that roof pitch gives me a second floor in the living space and I did design it in such a way that the roof pitches actually line up perfectly you can see the the pitch from the
garageportion and the pitch on the living space section line up so with these two sliders on this end I definitely plan to do some type of a deck or porch out here and maybe actually put a little roof over it that should definitely improve the look and it'd be nice to have a little bit of outdoor living space as well so then on the back side of the
househere I've got a couple windows that are in the living space and then I've also got a door that goes into the
garageI've got a shower in place here but I did not yet build any walls for it and here I have normal size windows on the...
back of the
houseI did place them I think a little bit higher because I knew I was gonna be putting a workbench inside there so for now I just have stone all the way around the
houseI think it's called river rock I definitely plan to eventually have probably some more landscaping but this works well for now it keeps the grass away from the
houseand it just gives you a pretty clean look and here we are in the
garageportion of the
garageis 50 by 48 with 14-foot ceilings and I did six inch concrete throughout the whole
garagebecause at the time of planning I really didn't know where I was gonna put lifts and things and normally with lifts you do need at least six inches of concrete so I just decided to do six inch in the entire
garageso as for lighting initially I just had the builders put in these three-foot LED lights and they initially had nine total which actually lights us up really nicely I did add as you can see a few more in certain areas like in my work area here and my workout area in the back there but yeah the LEDs do really a great job with lighting up the space it definitely helps when you have white walls I have like my
garagewas white and I painted the big back wall white so I never have an issue with having enough light in here I also made sure that I had plenty of outlets in the
garageyou can probably see I do have outlets placed on the ceiling there's outlets that are for just the lights that are on a switch and then there's...
other outlets that are just there they're in the back I have a pulldown extension cord I love having that I'll probably add more in the future I also did make sure I have a 200 amp service here to make sure I definitely had enough power for everything I'm gonna run like a lift and welders and maybe a compressor and stuff like that so now on to the more detailed aspects of the
garagedoor I actually ended up deciding to go with a single door but it's pretty big it's 18 foot wide and 12 foot high so 18 foot wide is enough to fit two cars easily beside each other through it and I decided to go straight in the middle I was back and forth on having two
garagedoors there's different theories on it but this has worked out well for me having just one large one in the middle also I made sure I put a drain in the
garagefloor right here so the concrete slopes down a little bit going towards that drain just in that area so when it's snowy or rainy I park a vehicle right there it kind of can drip off and go into the drain more or less and it keeps the rest of the
garagea little bit cleaner I could also wash a car in here I've only done that probably a couple times but if it is in the middle of winter and it's crappy outside you could wash a car in here so now I'll just kind of take you around the
garageand show you the different aspects I did put in place a spigot inside and there's also one outside right here I do like having...
this one inside because I end up just leaving my pressure washer hooked up to that and then I just bring the pressure washer over right here to wash cars outside that way it's always hooked up and then I can just wheel it right back inside easy access in this little area I just have mowers and you know some rakes and stuff for outside landscaping type stuff and then this wall and this general side is mostly storage so you know I have a lot of old car parts I will probably need some more storage eventually maybe build some more racks so I can more efficiently store things so I've got some straps and here's a bunch of wheels and tires but as you can see all around I do have outlets in place because you know when I was designing I didn't know exactly how I was gonna lay it out and it might change for sure in the future so then here's where the Jeep sits for the time being and this is the back wall so on the other side of this wall is the living space portion so right here is kind of my workout area pretty simple I don't have everything you could ever want but I have the essentials that are needed I built this platform for deadlifting and a little platform under the rack there to keep everything nice and and clean so then going past the workout area this is the door that actually goes into the living space section and then after that I do have a wash sink I would definitely suggest having a wash sink in your
garageyou know if it's just for washing...
your really dirty hands or cleaning off parts it's nice to have a sink in the
garageas to pose to going inside into your
housethere is a toilet sitting here I always get comments on that why is there a toilet just sitting in your
garagethe toilet is hooked up and usable I haven't built any walls around it yet I definitely plan to build some walls around that I think I'll keep the walls just around the toilet so that the wash sink is still really easily accessible and then past that is kind of just some more storage that's like a paint cabinet chemicals you know cleaners stuff like that that door goes out to the backyard and then kind of the most important part this is the working area of the
garagesoon after building the place I purchased a lift it's something I've always wanted I know how important it is when you're working on cars to have a lift so this is the one I chose so I picked this up myself actually went to a dealer and put it on a trailer in pieces so this is the Atlas P v9p so it is just a 9,000 pound lift but it it is the more commercial-grade lift compared to their normal 9,000 pound lift you could tell this one is a lot meteor as far as if you look at the arms and just the structure in general and it gives you a little bit more confidence you know when you're under a car especially if you're by yourself that nothing's gonna break and this has performed very well for me I've had no issues with it at all like I said...
it came in pieces and me and a friend did the install it went pretty smoothly took a couple days and as far as location like I said when I designed the
houseI really didn't know where the lift was gonna go so if you look it's off to the side for sure but when you come into that
garagedoor you can pretty easily turn and get straight into the lift area I put it there you know just in case I'm if I ever wanted to put like another lift it would probably go right here if I wanted to put another two-post lift and then also if I wanted to put like a four-post lift I'd probably put it like in the corner that'd be more for storage but no real complaints with the location that I chose I kind of wanted it off to the side so it's not right in the middle so I still have a lot of open area over here but I also didn't want it too close to the side with my work benches so that I could maneuver around it so after about two years of having the lift here I don't really have any complaints of the the lift or the location of where I chose to place it so as far as what I have as machinery and tools like I said I'm still on a budget I'm still young I'm not gonna waste a whole bunch of money on things that I don't need so you know I have some pretty basic toolboxes they work fine yeah they're not a snap-on toolbox but they also were like a hundred dollars not a thousand so I'm perfectly okay with having those you know have sander saws I do a...
lot of metal work so I have you know a metal chop saw I have a grinder I have a couple welders here something to think about if you're designing a
garagedefinitely try to consider where your working areas are going to be and where you're going to place work benches so I made sure that on this entire wall I had the outlets placed higher so here you can see there's an outlet and then there's a four-pack outlet here so they're higher so that you know they're above the workbench area I also made sure I have a couple 240 volt outlets there's one right here for my welder I also put one on the ceiling which is right there because I had an idea that I wanted the lift in this general area so I put the outlet there and then I wired up the lift and then I could just plug it right in also keeping with the theme of budget-conscious I built my work benches I definitely suggest doing this if you go to buy work benches they're usually really expensive and you probably don't need a lot of the things that they have but you know workbench like this probably
costme under a hundred dollars in materials I usually use like a 2x3 construction for the the top frame and then two by fours four like little legs and if you know if you want to make another shelf down here I always use 3/4 inch plywood for the the top surface because that's pretty tough and you know you have to worry about breaking I can stand on my this workbench and it you know it doesn't...
give it all and then this other workbench is actually 16 foot by about 3 foot and you can see here we actually ended up cutting the plywood around the structure of the building so that it goes the whole way to the wall and that's just kind of nice so that you know nothing can fall behind it I put a couple shelves underneath and these are actually built as two separate work benches you can split them in the middle they're screwed together right now but you can split them right there and there would be two eight-foot benches and materials total for that whole thing was I think like 150 dollars so like I said I've got you know over 24 foot of work bench for around 250 bucks so you can't really beat that if you're gonna go try and buy a workbench or buy something super fancy what that you don't really need so then as we head back here I have a little of material storage here in the corner and then here are some of my lift accessories these are just you know tall jacks and this is a oil drain pan I'd suggest having both of those if you do have a lift so that's it for the
garageportion as it sits now it is not insulated and it's not heated which it does get a little cold in the winter months but it's really not that bad if you have a heater I have you know one of those propane torpedo heaters there I would like to insulate it and heat it at some point down the line I know insulation alone will do a lot for this but like I said at the time I...
didn't want to give up other things in order to get this insulated I'd rather build you know a little bit bigger
garageand then eventually insulate it as opposed to building a smaller
garagethat might not be big enough you know down the line that would be insulated so now before we head inside to the living portion I wanted to mention this is a fire rated wall that separates the
garageand the living space as you can see it actually goes the whole way up to the roofline and that was required by code to have that fire rating between a
garagespace and a living space so now we are in the living section of the
houseand this portion is extremely simple and open the living section is 50 by 22 and the ceilings are nine and a half feet so the only section of the living space that I divided off was the bedroom so you can see here I have a drywall wall and a door that goes into my bedroom so in here it's just my bedroom as you can see I have the slider there let's in a lot of light I got a window I have my bathroom and I have a small walk-in closet here so it's pretty basic it's exactly what I need I have a little bit of an office space with my computer and stuff there but yeah it's everything I need for now I think the bedroom area is about 15 by 22 so then the remainder of this space is is completely open so over here I have some more work benches this is where I my vinyl cutter so this is where I make like decals or you know vinyl for shirts and stuff...
like that or just working on anything that I can work on inside out of the cold here under the stairs I actually have my my water heater in my pressure tank and I chose to do that because then I can keep it out of the
garageI don't have to worry about anything freezing and also going under the stairs is a good use of space I plan to wall that off where I have this shelf right now and just do a wall here and probably put a little door for access to the water heater haven't done that yet but I plan to do that and that's why you can see I I stained this section of the steps underneath because I plan to leave that exposed so then I have a little bit of a kitchen table here and this area is kind of like a living room I have some sofas the most important part the wood stove the wood stove does heat the entire living section I don't have to use any other type of heat if I do go away I do have the electric baseboards that you can see down there that I can turn on not the most efficient thing in the world so the electric bill definitely goes up with those but I rarely have to use them so the wood stove does a really great job here I have a small TV I have my wood storage and me and a friend did do the whole kitchen build ourselves the cabinets I believe were from Lowe's off-the-shelf cabinets not too expensive the countertop is from Ikea it is solid wood so all we had to do was cut this area for the sink that turned out pretty well and then we just cut this one...
the length and I actually still have four foot left of that countertop that I can build a table out of they came in eight-foot sections they were really a good deal I think they were like 120 bucks each so happy with that the kitchen build is not complete yet I don't have any upper cabinets and my microwave is sitting on top of my fridge still so the microwave is gonna be going right here and that's why that outlet is there I plan to be doing that soon putting some upper cabinets in to really complete the kitchen build although up to this point I haven't really a room I don't really need that much space for things so this kitchen setup has worked perfectly fine for me and the entire living section is insulated by fiberglass roll insulation in the walls the outer walls and also the wall between the
garagewhich is this one and then it has blown in cellulose in the ceiling and it is actually very easy to regulate the temperature in here it's nice in the winter I can let Sun in and it heats up the area nicely and then in the summer I can close the shades and it keeps pretty cool having the concrete really regulates the temperature so it's never that big of a deal to keep it comfortable in here in the summer for now I do just use a window AC unit in my bedroom obviously you can see this is an extremely simple layout I did create some plans for the future if I want I could put a small bedroom in this area and I would like to probably put a wall to the left...
of this door here make that a little bit more of a mudroom area with my washer and dryer and also here I have space for a bathroom I can actually put a
fullbath in down here you can see this is a drain for a future toilet and this is also a drain for a shower if I want I could probably get away with just doing a half bath there but if I want I could have a separate
fullbath you know if I if I put a bedroom here so that you wouldn't have to go into this bedroom to use the other bathroom and then over here are my stairs to the second floor so the second floor is unfinished I'm basically just using it as an attic space right now but I do have a subfloor down up here so I can use it for storage it was nice to be able to go up here and install my chimney for my wood stove which is back in here the eventual plan up here is to do a master bedroom suite I do have the drains and the plumbing in place to be able to do that I'd probably put a bathroom over in this corner bedroom would be over here and a walk-in closet over here I do have this nice big window here that would be great for letting in some natural light into a bedroom so that's the eventual plan up here but for now like I said I'm just using it as somatic space next up I'm going to address probably the biggest question that came from my
housebuild video which is
costeveryone seems to want to know how much does something like this
costto build and to tell you the truth the
costwill depend on so...
many different things but I'm gonna do my best to try to give you guys a feel of what something like this
costbased on what I paid and based on my research when I was going into building and doing everything necessary to get it designed and built and finished first up will be the land price and unfortunately I can't give you really anything on land price because that's completely dependent on where you live if you're curious just go online and search for some Lots some land and of course size of the lot is gonna change the price quite a bit you know if you're like me and you are doing welding grinding dealing with loud cars you probably want a bigger lot so you're not as close to your neighbors so next up is the permits and planning process for me that was about two to three thousand dollars that's gonna depend on location again just to how much your specific Township or state requires that you do upfront I had to do a lot of planning with erosion and sediment control so I had to do a whole plan for that you know you have to do various drawings that my township needed to get approval for the building then moving on to the main structure of the
houseso that includes all the framing the concrete the walls the doors and windows so for me I have a few walls internal to the structure you know if you're building just a
garageand you don't have any internal walls that's gonna cut down on that
costquite a bit I had drywall inside I had some...
finished living areas I did cut some
coston doing a lot of the interior finishing like you know staining trim I did the kitchen build as I said did all the painting inside so that always helps a lot and that's something that anyone can really do so for me that was about in the 100 to 120 thousand dollar range for the main structure of the building next up electric so getting the electric I did have a 200 amp service put in and I a lot of outlets so if you don't go as crazy as me it might be a little less than that but 10 to 15,000 is about what I paid now for plumbing well drilling I pretty simple setup I have a well in my front yard you know if you're somewhere that you can get public water then you won't have the well
costbut you'll still have to have you know the plumbing inside I didn't do anything too crazy so it was on a lower end of that range but the range I put is twelve to eighteen thousand next the septic system so this has a huge range because it's really gonna be depending again on where you are for my location here there's a lot of rock in the ground so I was not approved for a traditional septic system so I needed to use a sand mount system as I showed you outside so I was actually at the upper end of that range but you know if you can get away with a more traditional system it's going to be on the lower side of that range and for excavation it's it's gonna depend again on your specific lot I was dealing with a...
wooded lot that had a lot of slope so I was again more on the upper limit of that range you could be a lot lower if you're dealing with you know a perfectly flat lot that has no trees your excavation
costcould go down a lot some of that was for the trenches for my septic system going up to the same mount and also the trench for my electric the other big
costthat came up at the end was that rainwater retention Basin that I talked about outside that alone took up about half of the excavation budget so that will bring the total to around one hundred and thirty four to one hundred eighty thousand dollars so again this is all going to be dependent on what you want to do specifically and what you're going to use the building for if you're not gonna have a living space inside and you're dealing with a perfectly flat lot you know you don't need a lot of the things I mentioned you can be a lot less than what I have there but if you want to be like me and live inside and you want to do some finished living space then you're going to be more in the upper range of what I have there so that will conclude my
fully I answered a lot of your questions it's still a work in progress but I'm really happy with where it's at if you do have any additional questions just let me know in the comments and I'll get back to you if you'd like to watch the
fullbuild of this
houseI'll put a link to that somewhere in this area that...
takes you the whole way through from when I bought they roll and to a completed