Thanks to both of you.
I visited the building inspector's dept., and found them very helpful, patient, and informative.
I learned that in Fayette County, KY the bottom of the footers need to be 24" deep. That's for a garage...I'm not sure about other structures. It will be a 12" wide poured footer, 6" deep with 2 rebars. On that, I'll probably lay block to get just above the surface, or possibly pour into forms. I'll have a 4" pad with steel mesh, poured over a 6" gravel bed.
BTW, I've since ordered these two books:
- Code Check Building: A Field Guide to the Building Codes (ISBN: 1561585955 )
- Code Check: A Field Guide to Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Codes ( ISBN: 1561586250 )
They seem to get good reviews, and I hope will be a good compromise of detail and summary for a DIY'er like me. I was tempted to buy the complete code (believe it or not, I actually like reading technical documents), but Kentucky is changing to a newer version (2006?) in a few months, and I figured it would be a bit overwhelming for me, anyway. Not to mention it was about $100. The Code Check books are $11 each from Amazon. I'll still run everything fuzzy past the inspectors, but this will be a good reference at 10 pm when playing with plans.
A bit late to ask, as I've already ordered them, but I'm curious what others think of these books, or if they have other recommendations.
I got a quote for the concrete work, and found it much higher than I expected. This is the only part of the job I find intimidating, as I've never done it and I've never operated heavy machinery. But I've had several people say I can handle this. So I'm going to look at some rental rates on the smallest of backhoes (my yard is small) and consider doing it all myself.
What do you think? If you guys tell me this is a job to leave to the pros, I'm an easy sell.
If you think it's not that bad, I'll be happy to hear it. BTW, I can build a square building, have no problem creating and reading plans, am good with machinery, etc. I'm not sure why I find this phase so intimidating, but I do.
And if this could be a DIY project, any particular tips you have to share, I'd be grateful to learn from. I'll get a book or two on the topic. If you have a book or website to recommend, please do.
Regarding plans, I will be ordering stock plans, and will not be making any substantial changes. I ordered one set, but have found them not quite what I'm looking for. I want to build a 16'x24' (or maybe 16'x28') gambrel garage with a standing-height loft for storage. I am considering this one: http://www.coolhouseplans.com/detail...?pid=chp-17593
or plan B202P (page 5) here: http://www.sheldondesigns.com/FullSum2000.pdf
. If those end up too tall, I may consider something like this: http://www.backroadhomes.com/noff/tcconcord.html
. I'd welcome other recommendations as well.
I'm tight for height...code says it has to be shorter than my house, which leaves about 19' for the garage. I'll certainly have the inspector review the plans when I pull a permit. If I'm going to have any problems permit-wise, I want to know about them BEFORE I build, not after!
Sorry to have ramlbed on so long...guess I got on a roll.