About 20 years ago my brother-in-law in Georgia, who was an Engineer with Lockheed before he retired, built this building next to their house with the help of his son, Mark , and future son-in-law, Roy.
When we were recently visiting there, and staying in the apartment upstairs, Roy told me that helping BIL build this all-purpose building was one of his first memorable experiences with the interesting guy who was going to be his father-in-law. Roy was just in his early 20’s and about to marry BIL’s daughter, when BIL made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He told Roy that if he would help build this all-purpose building, BIL would then help build a house for the newlyweds. Roy agreed, not only because he would get help building his new home, but because he liked his future father-in-law and brother-in-law, so he was sure it would be fun to work with them.
Roy said that he had never helped build anything this big before, but even he was pretty sure you should have a blueprint. So, he was totally shocked when the way they built it was each day when they started to work, BIL would show Mark and Roy a plan for that day’s construction that he had sketched the previous evening on a piece of notebook paper! Twenty years later, and Roy is still amazed at the great structure that was the result (and at all he learned about construction from his fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants engineer father-in-law while building it).
On the ground floor, besides the two-car garage, there’s also a storage area. Upstairs, there is a complete one-bedroom apartment, including even a washer and dryer, and a large separate room that was originally planned for storage. But that room has now become “the dining room” for family get-togethers because, with five children, spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their family now numbers about 30.
By the way, since the family were going to have Christmas dinner in the meeting room, and it’s a very basic room with no architectural interest, two of the daughters got together and made this “fireplace” to add to the “atmosphere.” I thought it was very clever.
So, in conclusion, we had a great time staying in the apartment, and I’ve told Hubby I’d like for him to build a building j.u.s.t l.i.k.e t.h.i.s in our back yard. Think of the storage! And how great would it be to have a totally separate apartment to offer guests when they visited? I just “covet” (yeah, I know you’re not supposed to do that) all that space. But, when I say I want one, Hubby just smiles. I know what that means. It’s not going to happen (for one thing, it would realllly screw up our view of the lake!). But, I can still wish.