5 year old buck +
Thanks guys for all the great ideas. Keep 'em commin'.
Mice, on the other hand are prevalent. I finally figured out a great mouse trap. I put a couple inches of WR into a 5 gal bucket and put it on the floor. I set it next to something that mice can climb easily. They jump into the bucket for the WR and are trapped. They die pretty quickly. I guess they eat themselves to death and have no water. They can't get back out of the smooth sided bucket.
Do not do this in a box stand that you are not going to check on for a few months.
Build it longer than you think. I sat with a builder and he explained to me that your costs for ends, doors, and windows are about fixed whether you go 48' long or 64' long. To make it longer, you just need a little more concrete, a roof truss or two, and some extra roof and sidewall steel.
Jack, I pretty much am doing this exact thing. A few notes, the bank does not consider it a home/house there for would not be considered for a house mortgage. But we didn’t have to finance a very large portion of the project.
My plan for it after the house was built was similar to yours, friends and family can come and stay there when they visit, also we do have elder parents that maybe looking to move out of their homes and may need some assistance in the near future, and don’t want to go to an assisted living. We also figured as we get older ourselves, we could rent it out, but permits in our area only allow 1 living area per property, so that may be an issue down the road if we decide that route. If I were to start over, I may have decided not to build in the trusses as a bonus room. It certainly has increased the costs way more then just doubling the lower area and making the living quarters on the main floor. Either way, it’s to late for me to change my mind, and so far I like it.
You could also park a camper in your new shed for temporary living quarters. It'd take 5 minutes to demolish and re-purpose your space back to shed things. You might even recoup some of your camper money when you sell it.
In floor heating is the way to go to heat your house, no doubt about it, but it isnt much for cooling it. You can hook it up to a geothermal system, and then use it for cooling as well, but rather then using the tubes in your floor, you would be better off running them into a evaporator so it can remove moisture from the air, rather then just cool it.