Friday, January 20, 2012

My building envelope and restrictions on this lot are TIGHT.

So tight, in fact, that there may not be room for the stairs to get to the front door. Which means the staircase might have to go under the house...didn't think I'd be building a second treehouse here!

(Note: I'm learning how to use google sketchUp, I only use AutoCAD normally. This was just for fun)

I am not sure how many piers this foundation is going to require yet, but they are going to have to be buried at least 3 feet into the ground in concrete forms, and the piers themselves will probably be cinderblock.

I am terrified of how much this is going to cost. We haven't even gotten to the HOUSE yet, people. Let's not even talk about how much it's costing me to have the present shack torn down. I'm thinking of posting a Wanted ad on Craigslist, for an arsonist.
And guess what? There's a 35' height restriction. When I bought the lot I didn't think the foundation needed to be quite this high, so I thought there was plenty of room for a two-story house.

LOLZ. We'll see.
Posted by Katy On 1:12 PM 3 comments


  1. I am anxiously following your blog! This is so exciting to me to actually get to watch this all come together. You're a talented woman! I'm wishing you the best of luck in pulling it off!

  2. Thanks Dana! I'm completely anxious too, so glad I'm spreading the trepidation! ha ;)

  3. I'm really excited to see what you do to your own little piece of beach :-)

    Love that you are playing with sketchup :-)



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