From: "Dave Martin" <dave.martin@x?????xxxx.xxxx
Date: Mon Dec 27, 1999 4:17 am
Subject: Building shell design
I'm about to start the process of building a building for a new room. My
current (rough) plan is to have a builder build only the outside walls and
roof, and I'll finish it out as I can afford to do so. The basic shape will
be a rectangle 40x50 with 15 foot walls, with a 25x25x15 addition on one
side. The main building will be divided in half, with a 25x40 half as a
tracking room and approx. the other half as a control room (10 feet for a
machine room and another iso booth would give me approx. 25x30 for the
control room) The addition would have toilets, a mechanical area, entrance,
If budget allows, I'd rather have a sloped roof (which would give me the
alternative of either putting a ceiling in at 15 feet, or making the
tracking room side a lot taller). My first two thoughts are to go with
either cinderblock or a basic wood and fame building. Since I'll be doing
all of those things that Everest suggests when finishing interiors, and the
building is in a pretty rural area, I'm not nearly as concerned about noise
as I might be in a city.
Since I'm not particularly good with tools, my plan is to find a builder
contract the whole shell out. The interior will be built out with a
combination of commercial workmen and trading out with local craftsmen who
are singers and players (I know - we've all done that...)
I assume that I've forgotten something that I'll need to make part of the
shell, and I'm asking for suggestions.
Electrical and HVAC will have a mechanical utility room, about 10X10.
Plumbing will be via a septic tank (either one for that building or tied to
the one for the house). Rather than floating the floor, I plan to have the
slab poured in sections with an acoustic barrier for the control room, HVAC,
and a drum booth. (This would be cheaper, I'm told, than cutting the slab
Does anyone have a rough idea about cost for block vs. a frame exterior?
Thanks for any ideas!