In my meanderings across the 'net I came across the concept of purchasing a warehouse on the cheap and converting it to living space. It quickly starts sounding like a good idea for a single guy - indoor archery range, basketball hoop, workbenches galore, a vast reduction in nosy neighbors... And the price per square foot, my god. Check out this place in Lynchburg:http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/19739545/2459-Campbell-Avenue-Lynchburg-VA/
6800 square feet, $145,000. I could fit about 7 of my houses in that space. Two huge overhead doors; you could drive through if you wanted. And that looks like a crap ton of solar panels on the roof - pretty nice bonus if the system works. I think it might have at one time been some sort of railway station - it looks just like a railway building close to where I live, at least, and it's adjacent to the tracks. Of course, then you start thinking about trains in Lynchburg...
Then I decided to start looking around Detroit, not because I'd ever want to live there, but I just wanted to see what could be had. Turns out you can buy an entire city block for $50k. Here's one with some really cool masonry work:( Read more...Collapse )
Anyways, I don't see myself remodeling a warehouse any time soon. There are probably more potential challenges than I could imagine. Heating and cooling a building that size would be out of the question, so you'd be looking at walling off a portion of it for livable space in the winter and summer. Do you try to live in an industrial area under the radar? What about when the FD comes by for an inspection? How expensive is it to play by the rules and try to get a zoning variance? Is the building well sealed or will it always be dusty? Are the windows high enough that the zombies won't be able to get in???