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Old 07-02-2020, 01:42 PM   #1
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Hello-I am considering buying a house but garage is detached and would like to add a front entry. The house is pier and beam with East west beams on the main level and north south on the right two story side. They intersect with the main level bisecting the two story level. Anyone have opinions on the feasibility of putting a garage into the house on either side? I know about garden variety remodeling but I don’t know about disrupting retaining walls and foundation structure. If it were on the left I could just pour a sloped driveway and then it would be on the same level as the kitchen but on the right I would have to dig out the hill and shore up the house. Anyone have any knowledge on this subject and if it’s feasible. The owner isn’t ready to sell yet so it’s not time to get a structural report or plans but I’m kicking around ideas in my head to figure out if I want to pursue it. Thanks
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How much they willing to pay for advice or is it you who gonna pay for it?

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I’m going to hire an engineer.
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Iím going to hire an engineer.
Or you could hire an old hillbilly from Arkansas or MO. They all know how to build on the side of a big hill. LOL
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I’m going to hire an engineer.
Or you could hire an old hillbilly from Arkansas or MO. They all know how to build on the side of a big hill. LOL
Lol probably true
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you might get some better design input from an architect.

they can usually provide engineering on their designs.
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What kind of work do you do, as a "project designer"?


Get a Contractor over there, pay his rate, and pick his brain for an hour or two.


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What kind of work do you do, as a "project designer"? <img src="http://img.contractortalk.com/smilies/blink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Blink" class="inlineimg" />


Get a Contractor over there, pay his rate, and pick his brain for an hour or two. <img src="http://img.contractortalk.com/smilies/thumbsup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbsup" class="inlineimg" />


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Condescension noted. I do the kind of thing a bunch of dudes with hammers don’t do well. Design a project. Space planning. Finish out. Making it function well and look better. Which is why this is outside my realm. Like I said, I just want someone to help me with a simple question if they have any relevant expertise which is is it feasible to put a garage in a house built on a hill. I am in Texas and hills are uncommon in this area so it’s something I haven’t encountered in passing. I am not ready to start the in person process but I thought someone on the internet might give an opinion so I could know if I am on the wrong track. I don’t need an architect to design for me because I know the elevations I would consider. I’ve got the design part I just don’t have the structural knowledge.
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...I do the kind of thing a bunch of dudes with hammers donít do well. Design a project. Space planning. Finish out. Making it function well and look better.

...feasible to put a garage in a house built on a hill.

...I donít need an architect to design for me because I know the elevations I would consider. Iíve got the design part I just donít have the structural knowledge...

I take exception to this statement "I do the kind of thing a bunch of dudes with hammers donít do well". On more than one occasion "a bunch of dudes with hammers" have fixed piss poor designs, bad layouts and plans that just don't work. that's why we call them the funny pages.

is your project feasible...who knows, with enough time and a big enough check book pretty much anything can be feasible.

you may very well need an architect and just don't know it. they can design with engineering in mind.

and it's a bunch of dudes with hammers that make a job look better and function well not a bunch of lines on some paper...

structural knowledge is a key component to design work. one of those hammer swinging dudes could probably design your project for you...
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As mentioned when you get ready get a contractor who knows what your looking for. If your what you say you are surely you know a few good ones. Everybody thinks they can jump on the worlds worst source of info & get a right now solution. We can’t just look @ some half arse pics & tell you anything. Although from your outlook you think that putting something on prints it works but guess what: everybody on here has had to delay progress or make a field call to make it work if possible sometimes bringing multiple experts in. So looks like you need to find your solution from your contacts & just so you will know a lot of these swinging hammers have chewed up & forgot more than what you pencil jockeys will ever have a clue on. Good luck
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Oh & that’s another thing with you pencil jockeys, having impossible dreams in your one way mind that people aren’t going to put money out for once they see what it takes. Got any more questions now or did you find your answer on the internet
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Oh & that’s another thing with you pencil jockeys, having impossible dreams in your one way mind that people aren’t going to put money out for once they see what it takes. Got any more questions now or did you find your answer on the internet
Honestly that’s the entire reason I am here in the first place. I don’t doubt that with something of this magnitude I need advice more expert than mine And said that multiple times from the beginning but I take issue with wasting people’s time especially if the concept is too pie in the sky. I know that people jerk contractors around all day with long bids that take hours to prepare. For some reason I’ve stirred up some controversy when all I was trying to do is take a first step in a forum where I thought some folks who were passionate about their job might be kind enough to chime in before I called in the local experts, asking them to allocate time when I’m nearly a year from this person wanting to sell. I’ve seen some posts on here before that seemed helpful and collaborative but I guess I misjudged.
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