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Ever considered living in your shop?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by powmia, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,378


    The safety man told me there is absolutely positively NO WAY to stop smoke from entering the living space.
    (I think it can be done but you do need to put effort into this)
    Its not the fire in the shop that kills you but the smoke creeping in cracks that suffocates you in your sleep.
  2. Big T
    Joined: Aug 29, 2006
    Posts: 638

    Big T
    from Florida

    Drove a 24 hour wrecker and lived above a body shop for about a year. Nothing more depressing than getting off work and going upstairs to live. However, if you owned the shop that would probably make a difference,
  3. When I was building the wagon I spent a lot more time in the shop than in the house. HRP
  4. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,076


    I'm totally trying to do this soon. I've been looking but its tough here in los angeles with all my requirements. Im holding out for something on the ground floor with a roll up door. The ones that are cool are too expensive, and the affordable ones are deep in the hood. I want to try to find something with a small fenced off yard so my chick could pull her car in, and I can park projects, have a dog etc. I just need a covered spot to work on my hot rod, and to build my furniture and other projects. I've known people who've done it, and I lived in an artists colony for a year. It was super inspiring, and I got a lot done and met some cool peeps. Just invest in an electric blanket and get used to wearing sandals..
    as long as you keep it clean, its not bad at all. if you have roommates just be clear and agree on things before hand. We threw some cool parties, and we had a big white wall to project on.
    I designed a cool one in Austin tx for a guy here on the hamb who posted this question a couple of years ago. I think he's starting construction any day now.
  5. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    If I ever find myself single again, I would find a piece of land and build a shop with living quarters above it. Life would be good....
  6. It is! But Carla HATES grinder stink
  7. Crystal Blue
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 609

    Crystal Blue

    This reminds me of - Chico and the Man :)
  8. dogpatch customs
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 560

    dogpatch customs
    from ohio

    My Idol's KRASS & BERNIE did it. I'm "bout to, too. ha

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  9. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    One of the primary reasons the average lifespan has more than doubled over the past 100+ years is sanitation and the clean water that comes with it.
  10. ed_v
    Joined: Jun 2, 2008
    Posts: 239

    from Kentucky

    I am building a shop with an office and a separate small apartment for when family comes to visit. We live on a farm in a very rural area. There is no zoning to deal with here.

    I will warn the op about one thing. I do not do anything automotive for a living. I work from home and it involves sitting in front of a computer all the time. It gets really difficult having your workplace being where you reside at times. Sometimes it feels like I don't leave the house for weeks at a time.

    Good luck. If I wasn't married, I'd live in my shop.

  11. groundpounder
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 260

    Member Emeritus

    This is no shit!.....theres a old Firehouse in Lincolnton, NC. That's for sale...75 K.....huge three bay building, huge kitchen, Bath with shower and living quarters next to the bays. Asphalt parking lot with fence around property......Hey Honey let's buy it!!!......she said No!....If I was single (this would make Divorce# 3! ) I'd be movin' into Now!
  12. Grumbler
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 358


    I'm halfway there. If the bitch keeps pissing me off.......:mad: uploadfromtaptalk1358554476680.jpg

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  13. Recently moved from AZ to OK.
    Had 1850 sqft home, 4 car garage and 2800 sqft shop on 1/2 acre.
    Now 1750 sqft home,3 car garage and 3200 sqft shop attached, on 3 acres.
    No mortages on either and the taxes are 1/4 what AZ is.
    Also No restrictions here either.
    Anybody wanna buy a home and shop in AZ?

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  14. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,378


    I like the idea of living over the shop but stairs are a Very Bad idea as you get older and impossible if you get injured. Does anyone know of a link for a small lift that could lift refrigerators and a couch, etc. I would like one that does not require electricity
  15. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    4X4 wench and some strap's.
  16. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,471


    Now we're getting someplace......:D


  17. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    So, it shops were bridges, would we be trolls? Makes ya wonder.:D
  18. fordsum
    Joined: Mar 22, 2012
    Posts: 124

    from SO CA

    I like the old firehouse …. And it come with a pole I can see many bachelors parties.... as they say could of, should of would of.......

  19. Crystal Blue
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 609

    Crystal Blue

    Hand crank boat winch with block and tackle. Any thing is possible.
  20. What if you make the 'kitchen' look like an 'employee break room' and the 'sleeping quarters' look like the employee's or owners 'lounge area' ??

    How far can they take it? How bad can they hassle you?

  21. edweird
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,187


    thats funny. i'm considering it right now if my wife keeps her shit up!:eek:
  22. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    Not on purpose, thought I was gonna have to a few times... :rolleyes:
  23. unkamort
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,015


    Hope this thread takes off... Just got the papers on MY land last Wednesday! Have been researching pole barn construction, and playing with scetch-up in an effort to design my soon to be new living/work space. You guys should offer up some pix of your space and spread around any good ideas on the subject.
  24. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,378


    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  25. harleyjohn45
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 190


    You just don't ask, then keep your mouth shut.
  26. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,538

    Jalopy Joker

    This is an idea worth considering. just don't leave cooking utensils, clothing, etc laying around shop. again, need to have good ventilation and emergency lighting.
  27. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,071

    Bib Overalls

  28. Lowriders Art Gallery
    Joined: Apr 9, 2010
    Posts: 612

    Lowriders Art Gallery
    from Montana

    When I got divorced, I lived in the back of my 59 Ford panel truck in a garage I rented. Kept everything inside the panel in case the landlord walked in. I was working night shift, got off work and went to the gym. Had the gym pretty much to myself at 3:00 in the morning. Used the shower, and hot tub, and I was in good shape. Got home, slept in the panel, woke up and worked on my projects. During this time I had no phone, and no obligations. Ate wherever I wanted, enjoyed life, and saved money for my house and shop. Years later, I realize how good I had it. I was truly free. Now I have too many bills and too much responsibility. Seriously thinking about doing it all over. I already have a 57 Ford Panel truck, LOL.
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  29. harleyjohn45
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 190


    Consider a metal building, make it 16" high with living in one end.
  30. Cali4niaCruiser
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 490


    That will be awfully cozy.

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