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ann7
Old Barn

We have an old 44 X 30 monitor pole barn on our property in SC with a 20 X 30 loft. My son wants to put an apartment in the loft and live there. We know that some of the posts are rotted on the bottom which we will fix or replace as needed but would it be safe to convert this space to livable space? The main floor of the barn would still be dirt and house horses. Right now buzzards are living in the loft. Thank you

dj1
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I know nothing about your town and your building codes (if any), but any converted living space has to be permitted, inspected and signed off with a certificate of occupancy before anyone can move in. If your son meets all the local requirements, heck, why not?

Re: Old Barn

I did this for my dad at his place in Washington state. We did ask if we needed permits and after they learned it would be a 2 hour drive each way for inspections they told us go ahead no permit required :) some people out that way don't even get permits for actual houses lol . So I would would do it if I was you, but check first.

ed21
Re: Old Barn

Definitely check about permits as mentioned. Some counties where I live don't require permits for agricultural buildings, but all require permits for occupancy.
Chances are requirements for snow and floor loading alone won't meet code for occupancy. Then there's egress, fire safety, electrical and plumbing requirements. Not to mention cleaning out the buzzard crap.

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