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Don't lie Grev, you LOOOVVEE the snow.

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Snow is nice, ice is fun but when you don’t have to shovel it is heaven !
In fact the view from the front door and the sides of the house is just short of what I would think of as “A little piece of heaven”. When I stood in the front door and looked out thinking of the farmer’s porch on the front and sitting there, that is when I decided, this is it !

So back to reality here is the latest update:

We are at the point of down payment AGAIN and this time Fannie Mae is moving a little more in our direction.
Well Certification and Septic Certification are being done, House inspection is happening tomorrow and the land problem was not as bad as first thought. (turns out to be only access for horses to walk along the land’s/road's edge to keep out of traffics way. Not a problem as long as they carry a $hit Bag, a BIG $hit Bag and pick up their mess, not a problem at all…LOL)

Hopefully after today we will be on our way to owning a piece of SoCal.
Will be heading to SoCal for closing, not sure when, and to start looking for a good Contractor to get things going.
Any suggestions form those in the Temecula, CA area, PLEASE/thank you ?

I have the new shop designed but am having trouble getting a front view drawing out of the guy, so I can see that we are both on the same page.
Anyone here know of or have a steel building made by “Absolute Steel Buildings” ?
I like the way these guys work, so far that is but not sure what the hold up is on the front view, I need something !
If I can find an Absolute Building in the area I would like to see it and talk to the owner, mainly to see before buying but also maybe find a good contract to put in the Mono-Slab and put up the building.

So this all boils down to YES we have ignition and will be moving to SoCal.
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Electricity is on, the contractors are lined up for the remodel and we are ready to drive there with the first load of stuff to include some tools to start the gutting process.

Will meet with the Contractors the first week we are there to get an idea of the overall cost.
Need to see if doing some of the gutting ourselves will reduce the cost sufficiently to make it worth the effort.

The shop design is laid out, can’t get drawings until I put the down payment in the mail.



Overall measurements, 32 wide x 36 length.
Main Bay is 22 x 36, side bay is 10 x 36, open floor no center beams.
Main Bay with lift towards rear allowing for an vehicle in front, side bay will be for the welding table/shop, Tractor and GARDEN Tools, what garden, the place is all sand, rocks and dirt…

The drawing/building is designed by Armstrong Steel, was thinking on Absolute Steel but didn’t get an answers or even a stick drawing from them and they wanted all of the money up front, that didn't sound too good to me.

Armstrong want a 10% deposit and the remainder COD/Registered Check, that sounds ok to me. The Armstrong building is the standard steel building with three main trusses and then bridge work to hold the sides and roof. I didn’t want this type of structure but it lends itself to more room inside and the ability to build in a mezzanine later on for some storage.

Can’t wait for the move, just a few more details here and then off we go, an adventure driving across country in a 20 foot truck with the WIFE… this will tell if we can really stand each other for another 30 years or so, well maybe less, GOD willing !

If anyone had an opinion on the Armstrong Steel Buildings, PLEASE say something, I am open to any and all comments and would appreciate the effort.


GOD Bless all and thanks for listening… so far !

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Well the trip to SoCal is delayed for another three months.
We, the wife and I, decided to finish up here in MA first, rather than do the crisscrossing the states a few times.
My daughter will have to put up with us a little longer than expected but it will work out.
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thats a nice sized building for you! house looks good too!
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thats a nice sized building for you! house looks good too!
Thanks, I got them to use the open floor plan too, they didn't want to but it cost $300 more for the opening up of the whole thing.

Hey, have you ever heard of "Armstrong Steel Buildings" ?
That is the company I am dealing with at the moment but I have not found many reviews on the web.
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dang i wish i was getting one of those built! looks good, i'm guessing fannie mae finally worked everything out with you?
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Yup, things worked out !
Will be there soon.
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Thanks, I got them to use the open floor plan too, they didn't want to but it cost $300 more for the opening up of the whole thing.

Hey, have you ever heard of "Armstrong Steel Buildings" ?
That is the company I am dealing with at the moment but I have not found many reviews on the web.
I have not specifically. I asked a friend to chime in, he recently bought a steel building so he was looking all over. Maybe he has heard of them.
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Thanks, I got them to use the open floor plan too, they didn't want to but it cost $300 more for the opening up of the whole thing.

Hey, have you ever heard of "Armstrong Steel Buildings" ?
That is the company I am dealing with at the moment but I have not found many reviews on the web.
I have an Olympia building which is actually made by Jacob Industries. It appears to be about the same if not the same as your building.

I have had mine delivered but have not saved enough cash for the concrete. So I can not really tell you how easy it was to assemble.

I didn't really read the thread too much but im assuming your having a contractor do the work?
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I have an Olympia building which is actually made by Jacob Industries. It appears to be about the same if not the same as your building.

I have had mine delivered but have not saved enough cash for the concrete. So I can not really tell you how easy it was to assemble.

I didn't really read the thread too much but im assuming your having a contractor do the work?
I can’t believe these buildings are made by too many companies… I think most of these guys selling the buildings are just sales agents and they put in orders.

Yes I plan on a contractor, getting a little too old to put in the work required for the build but i plan on doing the electrics and the plumbing.

I helped a friend do a US Steel Building a few years back and it too looks the same.

Thanks for the info and let us know how the building works out.

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She in MA under construction, one new bath, one bath remodeled, new trim, etc, too much to list.

It will be n the market soon enough.

As soon as it does get on the market we will be off, when that will be,,, oh ya the wife knows. Lol.
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Finished the outside fix up on the house in MA.
Now for the spiral stair case rebuild and then the first level ceilings.

Got the outside stuff done while we had some warmer weather… let is snow, let it snow, let is snow. lol !
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Working on the inside of the MA house.
Looking good.
Just was informed by the wife we will be in MA until the second week in Jan... ???
Appears my daughter is coming here for a baby shower so the wife wants to be here for that, go figure. Last month she couldn't wait to get out to California.

Realtor came by the house in MA and liked what is happening can't wait to sell.

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Awesome!

Thanks for the update.
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MA house on sale for one week, under P&S, waiting to hear from inspection !

Full price offer, nice !

Checked out the house in Cali after nine month of not seeing it.
Seems smaller than I first remembered, still 2500 sq ft, still the same house but the rooms seem smaller.
We are trying to minimalize the new life so things are getting smaller, except the shop, that needs to be big or even bigger.
Won't be long, contractors will get the designs going and start to gut the place.

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Yeah, the f-inn banks can't find that happy medium anymore . Our last mortgage got bought out by Wells Fargo. WF had our mortgage for 1 1/2 years before I wanted to refinance the loan they already owned. 8 weeks later and more info then I gave the first bank on the loan....They were happy to do business with us...what a joke. They found a house I owned when I was 12 years old...My dad and I have the same name and WF wasn't able to find the pay off for that loan when I was 12 and still in grade school. Nice strecth of land.. makes me think of a back drop on some early western movies. Any history of movies made in that area??? Good luck with that long ride. I guess you already know...you'll talk funny to them...LOL Any local critters your wife might be afraid off out there???

My next stop is Tenn, retiring in about 5 years. Can't afford to live in Illinois anymore. We're paying way to much in jail expense for our convicted elected officails. Got another one this week, she stoled $740,000 from fees for permits doing business with the big city...Put them all in jail right now....

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I had the loan swap happen on my house before we paid it off, funny how five banks can make money on It.
Not sure of any movies made on the land around me will have to look into that.
As far as critters go, yes, coyotes, rattlers and maybe some mice. I am buying a higher powered Gamo Pellet gun to take care of them, at least scare them a little.

I thought about North or South Carolina but my daughter is here, grand child(s) is here, so easy choice. Florida was a thought but a short one, no income tax, that did sound good. Most Malls, the Post Office and my daughter are all within 15 min drive, easy ride in Wine Country. Doesn't take long if I don't stop at any of the Wineries.

Hopefully things will move along fast and we will be out in Cali soon and permanently.

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Yeah, got to move were you can afford to. good luck with the Pondarosa...
A 1.000.000 watt halogen hand held lamp for every exit of the house is a good weapon too. We vacation with freinds of ours in Ramer Tenn. and when the sun goes down its like that seen in Pitch Black with Vin Diesel....Lots of sounds big city slickers never heard before....WHAT WAS THAT????
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I have one spot light on the rear of the house with motion detector, only the door light on the front.

After the remodel of the CA House there will be more light outside.

Talking to contract/designers now to do some work in CA.
Gutting and remodeling first floor, need to complete the second floor.
Hard to decide without seeing there work other than the web.
I guess I will line up some interviews and start getting prices.
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Put the deposit on the new shop, 32'w x 36' long, doors on the short end.

Purchased from Bison Steel Buildings, similar to the one I was looking at, an Armstrong building, except it was $7k cheaper and included a few things Armstrong didn't. Hope I made a good choice.

Now to locate a contractor to put in the slab and the one to build the shop.
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Build it and they will come....wow...thats gonna look like an oasis in the desert. Is the building anchored to the concrete or does the corners of the building get set in concrete sonotubes???
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You put down a monolithic slab with thicker sides.
Then the building is bolted to it, should stay put.

Bison tossed in a free Weather Vane, hey free is for me.

Now the permit cycle begins. So farmhouse a PITA.

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You mentioned coyotes. I don't know if you have any small dogs or cats, but look out if you do.
Coyotes are well known for making a meal out of family pets.

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You mentioned coyotes. I don't know if you have any small dogs or cats, but look out if you do.
Coyotes are well known for making a meal out of family pets.
Thanks and yes the dog is little and would make one quick meal.
We have coyotes around our house in MA too, more every year.
I am buying a Gamo Pellet Gun, one of the high powered ones, should hit them at 50 to 75 yards and get my point across, "get out" !

Just found out my next door neighbor makes pellet Guns for National Competition; his Guns have won a number of awards.
They are having a Air Rifle Competition on his property next month, I will be in MA finishing things up and will miss it but next time for sure.
He even offered to tweak the Gamo once I get it, nice enough. Will buy it in MA before going back to CA.

Anyway we are thinking on getting a larger dog to keep the animals out of the fensed in back yard. We will be adding some wire mess on the inside of the 5' fenseing , should keep them from coming between the rails.

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