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Yesterday was party day which means that the house was at DEFCON 4 throughout the day. (for those keeping score at home that was 3 days in the same sentence) I mostly puttered around outside looking at the damage that winter had done to the castle’s landscape. While I was cleaning up what I could I was hit with an idiotic flood of ideas regarding the former single car attached garage that I want to be my home office. We have to do something with it this year as right now it is a garage door with no driveway leading up to it. The project has had fits and starts with more than one contractor flaking out on me before the work even began.

The problem is that I don’t want a complete remodel. A, because I can’t afford it and 2, because I’m not really sure what I want to do just yet. I know I want the current thing gutted and hauled away. The drywall is crap and covering up the complete lack of insulation that the home builder failed to put in. So its basically taking away the drywall and other detritus down to the studs including the garage door itself and all of the hardware as well as framing out the opening where the door used to be and installing a couple windows and some siding.

Everyone I’ve talked to wants to do the complete thing or at the very least do the electric and drywall. The problem with that is I’m not sure where the outlets and lighting will go until I see what I’m working with and decide on a design. Also, I’m not sure I want to go with drywall either. I’ve seen some really cool alternative interior walls and I would like to take this thing on as a project this summer. Then I’m trying to figure out if there is a cost effective (cheap) way to do spray foam insulation as I would love to turn this thing into a cooler. This will be a great sound insulator which will help with my job as well as help keep it comfortable with minimal effort and expense.

All of this leads to me wanting to get this done in stages with as little cost as possible. (are you sensing a theme from the two kids in college guy?) Basically a professional’s nightmare. And so here I sit sketching out the first stage. I need to do this because I have to pull permits for this work. Not only as it is in the front of the house for all to see but also if my dream of leaving this state ever comes true I don’t want an unpermitted room that the city knows nothing about taking a chunk out of my future ass.

The city isn’t real happy with my plans either. Things are much easier for them if the whole thing comes in drown completely out. I completely stumped the person on the phone when I said I have no idea what will be included in the final project. dead silence. like I was joking. Then he said “bring in what you’ve got and we will see if we can issue a permit.” I love government. Anyhow, if this thing gets off the ground I will try and post my way through the project. I started to tell you that yesterday I had mentally planned a complete tiny house attached to the front of my just a little bigger one. This should be fun if nothing else.

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