Scary Stuff – Getting ready to buy another home

I’ve finally got everything in place to start house shopping again.  I’ve got to admit, it’s a little intimidating.  While I feel like I shouldn’t have any issues, it’s always a little scary going in to apply for a mortgage, signing a billion papers, putting offers on houses, etc.

Either way, this is the beginning of my whole ‘investment property’ idea, so wish me luck!

12×20 floor plan idea

Basic floor plan idea that I was working on today.

Includes:

  • Kitchen with propane burner eyes and sink
  • Bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet
  • Two bedrooms on bottom floor with bunk-beds* and storage
  • Loft with queen-bed* and built in storage/shelves along side
  • TV entertainment center under stairs
  • Vaulted ceilings in main living area, kitchen, and bathroom
  • Approx:  350 sq/ft

*note:  Bedding will not be actual mattress of standard size, but rather custom cut from 10″ thick memory foam being close to standard sizes.  Also, need to address heating/cooling.

I-Beam Floor Sub-Structure

The following diagram is a rough sketch for a conceptual idea of a sub-structure.  Not drawn to scale, angles are not correct.  Only for demonstration purposes.

Idea:  Outside frame made of 2″x12″ boards.  On two opposite sides of the frame will be a “lip” made of 2″x4″ or 2″x6″ boards.  I-Beams (pre-fabbed or made on site) will rest on the “lip” and be attached.  Top of the I-Beams will be flush with the top of the frame.  OSB board (or other sub-floor material) will be attached to both the frame and the I-Beam tops.  This will serve as the base structure which will be attached to the foundation, and also have the walls built upon it.  After completion of walls, final flooring surface will be applied to the sub-structure.  Pending on the span, bracing may be needed under the I-Beams.  Under 20′ spans may not need bracing.  I-Beams are mostly held together and attached to the frame via liquid nails.  Framing nails and hangers can also be utilized.  Size of boards/thickness needs to be determined for needs.

Furnishing the 20′ x 20′ Layout for a 40′ Container

Dimensions:
  • ~160 sq ft of floor
  • ~160 sq ft of ceiling
  • ~456 sq ft of walls
  • ~68 sq ft of back wall in garage area
Flooring: approx. $530
Walls/Ceiling: approx. $877
Windows & Doors: approx. $620
Exterior: approx. $1400