|Forum topic by dbhost||posted 09-13-2011 06:04 PM||1145 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
09-13-2011 06:04 PM
Long story short. I have a friend that lives out in the country, has plenty of land, but not a lot of budget. He has been issued a threat by his wife over the shop in his garage and needs to move it. Mind you, he is here in coastal Texas as well, so no basement to move to. He needs an outbuilding… Now the question he gave me, is how to source lumber / building material for free / cheap to build such a structure. I am pretty sure there are going to be some items that we just can’t get free / cheap but some I am betting we can…
From what I can tell, that which must be paid full price for…
#1. Concrete, rebar, stands, ties and misc hardware for the slab. #2. Electrical components to run power. Luckily he has sufficient power in his main breaker box / service to feed the new building, but we are talking a 50 ft run from where the box is to where the closest wall of the new building will be… #3. Windows. We already sourced those from a mistake order. He got 2 @ $125.00 windows for $25.00. Nice deal, wish I could have snagged them. #4. Window unit A/C. Snagged a “broken” unit from a CL curb alert post. Tore into it and found that it had an internal breaker had tripped. Works good as new, 18K BTU, no remote though… #5. Nails, framing and roofing. This time it was Freecycle. Got a guy was giving away a couple of boxes of framing nails and roofing nails that happened to fit my guns… #6. Caulking. He has tons left over from an old siding project. (at least a case left). #7. Paint. He has an inside track there… #8. Roofing shingles. I had at least 6 packages of shingles that literally my neighbors roofing contractor left on my lawn after they did their roof repairs after Ike… They simply didn’t want to take them away. They don’t match my roof, but they do match my friends place… #9. Door lock / deadbolt set and hinges for man-door. These are takeouts that I had when I had a roomate prior to LOML. He will need to pay to get them rekeyed, but no biggie…
What we want to find cheap / free would be stuff like.
2×4 and 2×6 stock for framing / roof trusses.
He is wanting to build a 24×24 “garage” basically with 10’ ceilings, and here’s the tough part, wants to keep the entire cost under$15K. Can it be done, and how?
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