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Old 03-02-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Finishing A Barn Vs Finishing A House


Hopefully this is the right spot to post this general construction question.

I'm looking at a newly built, very large barn to possibly finish the upper level into house/apartment living space. Im wondering if there are any issues and additional expenses with finishing a barn structure into a heated living space above and beyond finishing a typical house. For example, most homes have basements. Barn is just a slab. Maybe there are differences in the venting for barn vs house construction. Maybe there are dozens of differences that Im not aware of that make barn conversion difficult.

If it makes any difference the barn is concrete floor and cement block construction up to the first floor ceiling with extensive steel beams on top of the cement block, supporting the upper floor (also concrete) and large gambrel roof structure.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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no basements here...and the houses are still stands..you may neet to insulate the ceiling of the first floor so the second floor won't kill you with heating/cooling bills.
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This is a change in occupancy which requires a permit and insuring the structure meets current building codes for the new occupancy rating. So, get a building permit that shows all portions of the building meeting code. These include:

site grading
foundation specifications
slab specifications
framing structure
siding
electrical
mechanical
insulation
exterior finish
interior finish
adequate natural light
adequate natural ventilation
proper interior and exterior door sizes
adequate roofing
and I probably missed some.

Just make sure it conforms to the rules that any new house in the area conforms to, insure that you can document things that are existing, you will be golden.
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Before you even think of this as a project---get drawings done by an architect or designer----fire proofing and proper roof ventilation both may be beyond the 'design as you go' that you may be considering----
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