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Hot Rods Considering living in an old service station....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BigO, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Wondering if anyone has lived in a service station type building, I'm and old bachelor and don't need much room to live in ( bed, microwave, bath, frig) and a large garage. Pros and cons. What do you guys think, am I crazy.
  2. MO_JUNK
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 890

    from Rolla, Mo.

    I say give it a go.
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  3. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 2,796

    from SW Wyoming

    Yep, if I were single I would be happy to live in one.
  4. firstinsteele
    Joined: Jun 13, 2013
    Posts: 799


    [QUOTE=". What do you guys think, am I crazy.[/QUOTE]

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  5. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,239


    I think a LOT of us have had just that dream. Do it! I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  6. BoilermakerDave
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
    Posts: 235

    from Las Vegas

    Hell yeah. I’ve been thinking the same thing since the wife took off.
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  7. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 1,961


    Best make sure it's zoned residential, or that you can get it (re)zoned that way.
  8. Beats living under a bridge.:eek:
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  9. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,246


    Get yourself a dog and you'll do just fine.
  10. Rent only..........don't buy.
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    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 623
    from Salina, KS

    I'd agree to all above: simple-cool dream bachelor pad service station tiny house, totally cool. But if you're investing any $, I guess you need to have some form of legal occupancy if you're anywhere that would be concerned.
    Personally I think legal zoning occupancy would be total BS, but if you build out a dream bachelor pad, it would suck to get evicted if you live in an area that would mess up your simple bachelor pad plans.

    . . .
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  12. I've often seen old stations for sale and thought how cool would it be to live there. The liabilities concerning old tanks and the soil around them would be a killer if they haven't been remediated.
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    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 623
    from Salina, KS

    If you go through with it, follow up with some pics... maybe cool dream project? OR, Could be EPA disaster?
    Or just keep it a quiet shop, & have fun... like you were just workin' late & slept over, no problems here, "inspector".

    . . .
  14. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,194


    Out by my parents house there is a house across the street from them that was an old country service station, and a gas station it still has the car hoist outside.
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  15. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 999

    ramblin dan

    Hey, you only live once and thing that costs the most in life is regret.
  16. Raunchy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2007
    Posts: 353


    I live alone in a 1000 sq ft house and 2000 sq ft shop. One steel building . Walk out of the house into the shop. I love it super handy. It has 20ft overhang on front and 25 x 60 carport on the end. I work outside under the overhangs alot. Keeps some of the nasty stuff out of the shop. If it's like the gas stations I have pictured in my mind I would say go for it. Just have to build in some kind of a better bathroom.
  17. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    I saw someone do that on a show on HGTV.It looked cool.
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  18. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,239


    If the zoning board gives you any shit about being there full time tell em your the security officer for the place. Whose to tell you you can't protect your property!! :D
  19. 4wd1936
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 693

    from NY

    Great idea, I always thought it would be cool to live in an old firehouse.
  20. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,928


    Go for it!
    I always wanted to buy and live in an early firehouse.
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  21. Hahaha, that's true.
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  22. Definitely.
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  23. Thanks.
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  24. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,375


    Your my HERO! The old stations around here that got cleaned up are now restaurants or taphouses, including the one I worked at in High School. Good breakfasts.
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  25. I'm pretty much all by myself, did the loud and wild stuff years ago, now I just want to to enjoy my hobby my way.
  26. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,312

    from Tampa, FL

    I'd love that too, but have heard the paperwork, inspections and fees to keep it certified "clean" can be problematic. I guess all that never really goes away. Gary
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  27. This is true, something else to consider, this is why I asked for "pros and cons", thanks
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  28. Wouldn't that be a great place.
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  29. You got that right, that's why I'm looking to my thing before God does his thing.

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