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Backyard Gameroom in the Desert


By Chosen_S

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I'm finally starting to get my gameroom built, its been about 3 years in planning, so maybe soon I can join the ranks of those that have a solid dedicated place. Right now all of my games are spread to 6 locations among family and friends homes. There's no real need for basements in this area of Texas, so everyone builds up and rarely down.

    The plan is to build a 2 story extension to my house, but first it has to be built as a metal building accessory to be compliant with the city .

    The electrical lines that come from the pole are in the way, so a new pole will be planted in the rear corner of my yard and the cables will run underground to the house.

    So trenching will be first...
    (Actually... first I had to remove a 50 year old dying mulberry tree and a 10x16 metal shed... done)

    Edit...

    Spring 2019...

    Building is 99.5% complete, just a few loose ends to tie up

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/backyard-gameroom-in-the-desert

    Simple explanation video

    A better explanation video of the building coming soon

    #2 2 years ago

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    #3 2 years ago

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    #4 2 years ago

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    #5 2 years ago

    Paused at this time?

    #6 2 years ago

    I've been working on it every day! More pics coming soon, just been working on the same area, I ran into some bedrock that has been a pain busting out... spending as little as possible for this phase. The next phase will be soon I hope!

    #7 2 years ago

    Removed the old building and got the new telephone pole installed in the corner of the yard, I have the trench and tunnel dug, waiting for pre inspection so I can finish the electrical conduit.

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    #8 2 years ago

    Inspector won't do pre inspection, lol

    Conduit installed... 30" to the bottom, at least 24" to the top of the conduit

    Oh... and a small curious child, which happens to be the most inspired pinball start button pusher that ever was... no kidding, every game in the house had a 4 player game started last time I turned them on for guests.

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    #9 2 years ago

    Re did the conduit to 2" from 2.5", using a longer sweep.. inspection complete

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    #10 2 years ago

    #demoday

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    #11 2 years ago

    Making a mess is the easy part

    #12 2 years ago

    WOW that's some work. I'll be watching.

    #13 2 years ago

    The company arrive at 6:30 this Saturday morning, ready to go with equipment, saws blaring and busting up existing concrete... I love disturbing my neighbors

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    The company arrive at 6:30 this Saturday morning, ready to go with equipment, saws blaring and busting up existing concrete... I love disturbing my neighbors

    #15 2 years ago

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    #16 2 years ago

    Are you going to have some kind of elevator system to get the games up and down?

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Are you going to have some kind of elevator system to get the games up and down?

    Yes, I plan to build a cage that can be lifted by a winch, then the cage can be locked into place on the edge of the 2nd floor when not in use

    #18 2 years ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    Yes, I plan to build a cage that can be lifted by a winch, then the cage can be locked into place on the edge of the 2nd floor when not in use

    #19 2 years ago

    A structure like that here would not pass any zoning here. In a single family residential area, with restrictions on building square footage ratio to lot size. It would have to have a garage door on it. Being a garage in a residential area there are also restrictions on the height of the structure.

    Keep us posted, on your progress, congrats.

    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    A structure like that here would not pass any zoning here. In a single family residential area, with restrictions on building square footage ratio to lot size. It would have to have a garage door on it. Being a garage in a residential area there are also restrictions on the height of the structure.
    Keep us posted, on your progress, congrats.

    Same here, I got all kinds of greef when I did my garage addition.

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    #21 2 years ago

    No foundation?

    #22 2 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    A structure like that here would not pass any zoning here. In a single family residential area, with restrictions on building square footage ratio to lot size. It would have to have a garage door on it. Being a garage in a residential area there are also restrictions on the height of the structure.
    Keep us posted, on your progress, congrats.

    Here we can have a 1 story, 600sq foot detached storage, with a height of 20ft. It has to be 5ft from the adjoining property line, but can use the rear property line as a wall as long as there is no garage door, if there's a garage door, then it must be inset 10 feet from the alley property line.
    I'm within guidelines... at least as far as the inspections will be concerned

    #23 2 years ago

    You're good as far as I'm concerned. Carry on

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from hlaj78:

    No foundation?

    No. It's attached to the existing foundation and supported by the cement pads along the 3 sides. But I did put 4 more pads along that main side.

    #25 2 years ago

    Looks like a cool project. Keep the updates coming!

    #26 2 years ago

    looking good

    #27 2 years ago

    Nice work!! Keep up on that custom TX Sector artwork too!

    #28 2 years ago
    Quoted from seshpilot:

    Nice work!! Keep up on that custom TX Sector artwork too!

    Thanks! And uh, I think I may do some side art maybe for TX, star_gazer is doing a great job on the translite!

    I just went on vacation so I won't have any new stuff done afaik til next Friday, so in the mean time all I'll be doing is thinking of ideas for the interior

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    #29 2 years ago

    Back from vacation! Back to work---

    Floor power boxes in place as well as cat 6 runs in place

    An extra clean out and pipe run for sink.

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    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    Back from vacation! Back to work---
    Floor power boxes in place as well as cat 6 runs in place
    An extra clean out and pipe run for sink.

    What are ya planning on putting in the middle of the floor, bar?

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    What are ya planning on putting in the middle of the floor, bar?

    I don't know exactly what the layout will be just yet :-/

    BUT! I'm trying to plan for anything... I also have a bunch of arcade games that I need to figure out placement for also... I'll also be looking for a skee ball, or ice ball and should have a few spaces for more future pins

    #32 2 years ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    I don't know exactly what the layout will be just yet :-/
    BUT! I'm trying to plan for anything... I also have a bunch of arcade games that I need to figure out placement for also... I'll also be looking for a skee ball, or ice ball and should have a few spaces for more future pins

    Dang...is that new space gonna be big enough for all that plus all your pins?

    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Dang...is that new space gonna be big enough for all that plus all your pins?

    With 2 stories and a few places for games in the built in patio, I sure hope so...
    1200 square feet game room space
    340 under the patio (which I will build glass walls into)

    I'll build it up in sketch up again and look to see how it all fits now that I know my exact layout , last time I did, it all fit and I had plenty of room to spare

    #34 2 years ago

    Can't wait for the build, I'm watching every step.

    #35 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Can't wait for the build, I'm watching every step.

    Right on! Thanks man,... I'll keep things updated

    #36 2 years ago

    Concrete day 1!

    2 of The electrical boxes accidentally got filled with concrete, so we had to chisel it out, no big deal

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    #37 2 years ago

    In for updates

    #38 2 years ago

    Well this is frustrating ...

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    #39 2 years ago

    They took the yellow caps off and filled then in? Boneheads. Doesn't rain when ya want it too and rains when ya DON'T want it too. But you guys needed the water right. Is your building a kit or stick built? That 2nd floor is gonna have to be VERY sturdy.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    They took the yellow caps off and filled then in? Boneheads. Doesn't rain when ya want it too and rains when ya DON'T want it too. But you guys needed the water right. Is your building a kit or stick built? That 2nd floor is gonna have to be VERY sturdy.

    Yes.. boneheads! Actually it was an accident, the lids popped off when they were smoothing stuff out.

    Yes we desperately need a lot of rain.

    The first floor ceiling and walls / 2nd floor is an engineered steel structure I'm purchasing from a local steel building mfg. it's designed to hold 20,000+ lbs

    The rest will be built of wood and metal

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    #41 2 years ago

    Wow, yeah that will hold your games. What does the 2nd floor and roof look like? You gettin a pool table too?

    #42 2 years ago

    In to continue to see the progress, sounds like a really cool project.

    #43 2 years ago

    My backyard is just a backyard

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    and my game room is just a game room.

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    Well, there are a few games in the clubhouse too.

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    #44 2 years ago
    Quoted from TimBoch:

    My backyard is just a backyard

    and my game room is just a game room.

    Well, there are a few games in the clubhouse too.

    Awesome! .... but! Are you in the desert?

    Beautiful yard btw! That's a rare sight where I am, actually it's pretty non existent here, lol

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Wow, yeah that will hold your games. What does the 2nd floor and roof look like? You gettin a pool table too?

    A hybrid of these two images are what I have in mind

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    #46 2 years ago

    Concrete day 2!

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    #47 2 years ago

    These game room builds are my favorite, I can't believe that I'm just finding this thread. This looks great so far. I can't wait to follow your progress.

    Thanks for posting.

    #48 2 years ago

    Looking cool so far. Bookmarked.

    #49 2 years ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    A hybrid of these two images are what I have in mind

    I see, a slightly pitched flat roof. I hope you have an overhang over a nice deck on the 2nd floor.

    #50 2 years ago

    I build in Australia and love these threads as it shows the differences in how we build.
    Down here concrete slabs require a sand base and a plastic liner under the concrete. We have to use "bar chairs"to hold the mesh up, no bricks allowed!!
    The rebate/step around the edge of the slab is a lot bigger than what is shown.
    We have to put foam around any pipes penetrating the slab.(This allows the concrete to move and not affect the pipe.)

    NOT picking just find it interesting the differences. Good luck with the build!!

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