julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 19 15:38:43 CST 2006
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 19 Dec 2006 at 18:49, Alexandre Souza wrote:
>> Dunno why in USA building is so expensive, here everything for building
>> is so cheap :) The labour is expensive, but a shed is nothing hard to do
>> with help of a friend.
> Permits, inspections, codes all make for putting up anything more
> than a meter tall very expensive.
I expect that's the case in most countries. Doubtless many of us are
sufficiently engineering-minded that we could put up something ourselves (or
at the very least assemble something from a kit), but it's all the rules and
regulations which are the killer (and it least in the UK, can take months too).
> Out here in Oregon, the cheapest
> structure is a "pole barn"; essentially large creosote-soaked poles
> sunk into the ground, then usually sheathed and roofed in steel.
> Since it's viewed as an agricultural building
In the UK I think you can often get away with building things out of wood
rather than brick / steel as it's then viewed as a temporary structure and so
the necessary planning permission's a lot easier. Obviously that's not likely
to work in the US as major structures are often made of wood anyway :-)
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