John C Daley wrote:Do you need an architect or a building designer or a draftsman to simply draw the plans etc?
S Bengi wrote:Architect fees is 10% of the final price, so thats a big chunk of money. I feel your pain.
If you are building it just for your privater personal use then I support less regulation.
But if you are building for the public (my grandma) to come visit, shop and even sleep(motel). Then yes I think some public/government bare minimum standard makes sense.
S Bengi wrote: DMYS, mostly cares about roof, bond beam, 4 weight bearing post and the foundation. They dont care about non-load bearing walls, and that is your ticket to doing creative stuff. They normally dont mind if you use strawbale for insulation.
Nissa Gadbois wrote:to shop, to learn, to eat, to sleep, perchance to dream.
John C Daley wrote:At 35,000 sq ft the structure is enormous.
Anne Pratt wrote:I’m quite sure that there are no counties in Massachusetts where the OP can built whatever she wants. It’s not that kind of state.
It might be, though, the kind of state where sustainability might bring some interest from the Commonwealth, and possibly even funding.
S Bengi wrote:The county, I plan on moving to is like that, I am allowed to do my own electrical work and plumbing, etc. I can cook/ferment my food however I want for my home use. But once I open a restaurant, they now have alot of regulation, even my sink has to have the right certification and they want dimensions, even though it is the exact same live free or die county. It gets even worse when #1 of tiolet per worker/customers and parking regulation and such is factored in their decision to give out a permit.
35,000 cubic feet volume or 3,500 sqft assuming 10ft walls. Even 4,400sqft with 8ft walls doesn't sound too big.
I wonder what your motel rooms look like?