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08-08-2009 05:05 PM

I am a member of LumberJocks, and I am a carpenter and cabinetmaker, finishing up my building construction degree. I am looking at designing and building my first house. I need some ideas on how to start?


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08-08-2009 07:56 PM

Welcome from another cross over from LJ’s. Seen your work there too, you do some nice stuff. Good luck with the first house. I’ve never done an entire house but probably every room remodel and / or addition over the years. Just don’t have the guts to put it all together and on the market. I’m sure you’ll do well. From what I’ve seen so far, this should be a great place for good ideas and technique. Kinda funny how the books end up translating to the real world, especially when you throw in a code inspector or two. BTKS

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Dan Lyke

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08-10-2009 05:24 AM

I’m in the process of trying to design my shop, and I think unless you’re really dedicated to it, it’d be easier to start from someone else’s plans. My plan is to draw up the entire thing, then pay an architect and/or an engineer to certify it. However…

It’s a simple rectangular shop: One window, probably two doors (a big barn or garage bay door and a small regular door). The complication is that if I build it myself I want a living roof. This has sent me down doing my own load calculations for the rafters, which cascades into doing additional load calculations for the walls, and shear calculations for seismic zones, and extends all the way down into trying to figure out what my soil compaction factors are so I can figure out what I need to modify on my foundation. I’m learning a lot of stuff, and if I had to worry about all of the bits of code for the entire house, not just an outbuilding, I’d have to learn a lot more.

Not that that’s a bad thing, but it is something to be aware of as you start to tackle the notion of designing your own home: There’s a lot to getting code right.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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204 posts in 5048 days

08-10-2009 03:37 PM

Yes I have took a building code class in college, but I am going to get me a code book. On the house plan all I am doing redrawing some else plan off the internet to fit my needs.


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08-17-2009 10:51 PM

Welcome to the site. There is alot of great info. I have to set away sometimes. I will spend more type on here than doing my projects.

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08-24-2009 10:29 PM

I am also new here. I think this is going to be a great site.

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08-25-2009 01:11 AM

welcome on board; i see you’ve been checking things out here and there.

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12-30-2009 05:35 AM

Of course before you start you need to consult for an interior designer to help you decorating and designing your house. And also you must have a complete tool and equipment that you used. The most important is the theme of your house.


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