As I rack my brain for alternatives to purchasing a house, I seem to lean towards prefab homes and kits. Havingsuch a curiosity about kit homes, I wonder if there’s any way to put a couple of Tuff Sheds together and call it home, or at least a temporary home. With an apartment above the garage, not only could our car fit, but we could also use the other half of the garage as storage.
The 42-page e-book contains the framing plans, required lumber, and drawings for this structure. It is a very interesting option, but the problem with building new houses is that you need to get connected to heat, water, and power plants. Don’t forget to include the cost of building permits and building inspection fees in your calculations. I added a 12×15 ft TuffShed on to a garden shed of the same size by removing both sheds end doors and attaching them at the facing ends,the opening becoming the passage from one to the next. At the time, about 6 years ago we put about 5000$ into this project by doing most of the work our selves, getting over run sliders, sale moldings for sills etc. I would like to use your photo in a powerpoint presentation (for my work as an urban planner) as an example of ancillary housing in suburbia. Looking forward to hearing more information, ideas and advise to afforable housing (tuff shed) and my new adventure in Hawaii, building my tuff shed housing project. I have had experience while working for a contractor as well as by building my own home as the contractor.


The standard design of the Premier Ranch Garage includes 8-foot exterior wall height, an overhead garage door and a steel service door, although many of our customers choose to customize their garage to match their home. Every time I swing by the Home Depot, positioned just outside their front door, are a variety of Tuff Sheds. Since we’d be on our own land, we might as well keep as much stuff as possible in our garage instead of paying for storage. I know that where I live, all the nearby land is bought out by companies that are putting in cookie cutter homes. The same is happening in my neighborhood, any vacant land is being turned into a multi-housing community (no matter how small the land)! I don’t know how this works in the US but wouldn’t it be a significant extra expense? Please let me know since I don’t own the rights to many of my photos here on this site. When we built, our rural area had several extra charges they added on to help fund the infrastructure development required by all us city folks moving to the country (mostly related to highway improvements and new interchanges to get to our country properties).
The only prefab home website where I saw the cost of land prep was Wee House and they estimated up to $120K for land prep, sewer, plumbing, electrical, permits, etc. This might be something my husband and I look into more seriously in a few years when we make a decision to purchase property.
Now it would cost more but the main price point is determined by how much you can trade for or do yourself after the basic shell is up.


Granted, the shed doors are wide open and there’s not a lick of furniture, or anything else for that matter, inside. The TS folks don’t advertise this, but they will actually do many modifications if they are reasonable, no more work or cost. It was a shock when we went to get our building permit – $1500 for the permit, $10,000 in other fees. After the framing,roof and siding is done, they leave and you mount the custom doors and windows you want.
Having browsed many a home plan, I know that it’s possible to build an apartment above a garage.
How and where they frame the doors and windows for instance is mostly up to the purchaser as long as its structurally sound. I think Id be happy adding a bath and galley kitchen to this studio, and eventually an upstairs sleeping loft when I re-roof the old half.



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