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Who has MOVED to a new house because of your pinball addiction?


By Pinzap

1 year ago



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    “Have you moved to a new house in order to expand your gameroom?”

    • Yes, I needed more space for pins amd moved (or will soon) to a new house. 71 votes
      48%
    • I would love to move to a house with a bigger gameroom, but it’s not in the cards. 34 votes
      23%
    • I have learned to live with my addiction in my current space. 28 votes
      19%
    • I’m set... no addiction... perfect space already... at least that’s what I tell myself. 14 votes
      10%

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    #51 1 year ago

    Anybody's wives moved to a new house because of your Pinball Hobby? LOL!?

    #52 1 year ago

    No need to move...1,800 square feet of gameroom. Yeah it's completely full.

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    #53 1 year ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    No need to move...1,800 square feet of gameroom. Yeah it's completely full.

    Wish I had the room for your set up for sure.

    Quoted from Rockytop:

    What is the process like for expanding a basement?

    I'll be looking into that as well. Where's PM Wolf when you need him

    #54 1 year ago
    Quoted from Rockytop:

    What is the process like for expanding a basement?

    In my case, they dug out the area just like doing a new build. Set forms, drilled the existing foundation and pinned the new basement to the old one. After it was poured I had a doorway cut between the old basement and the new one. ( I do have two sets of stairs going to the basement, the original and a new set in the new addition for easier pinball moving). The new foundation and part of the exposed old foundation was wrapped in a plastic material with dimples to wick moisture away form the walls and allow air to flow through. Drainage put in. Sump pump put in, floor poured, walls backfilled. Then basically the first floor built just like a new build. Basement is dry as bone.

    #55 1 year ago

    I wouldn’t say I moved because of my pinball hobby...but when we did move 3 years ago, space for my games was a factor on the house we chose.

    #56 1 year ago

    Kind of backwords as i built a 5 bedroom with full basement in 2000 . Then was trying to figure out what to do with the basement so 7 years ago i bought a JM for 1400 just for fun . Well now we got 12 pins , pool table ,video game and movie center and no more room

    #57 1 year ago

    I've helped a number of pinball guys buy homes here in the Bay Area and it's always tricky to find ones with a good gameroom spaces. Generally no basements around here and very high dollar per sq ft. The garage, family room (if your wife is tolerant), or spare bedroom is where the pins usually end up. Last year I found someone a house with a 500 sq ft gameroom over the garage. And I was very lucky to find myself a place with a spacious gameroom as well. It's almost like finding a Unicorn. We are all extremely jealous of you guys with full-length basements.

    #58 1 year ago
    Quoted from homebrood:

    Anybody's wives moved to a new house because of your Pinball Hobby? LOL!?

    Yes, to that question as well.
    Not all relationships are conducive to the hobby.

    #59 1 year ago

    I added a daylight basement to my house similar to what pm wolf did. Well more accurately its a cut and cover tunnel connecting my house and a gamesroom cut into a hillside. About 1750sq ft in total. I'm thinking about extending the gamesroom part of it another 1400sq ft.

    #60 1 year ago

    I'm in sales and will often drive 1,000 miles a week. Bought a hybrid? Nope. Bought a Mazda CX-5...for pins.

    #61 1 year ago

    Moving would cost money and raise the property taxes substantially. Which would mean less for pinball or other various sundries. And then I'd have to get a real job.

    So I am fine staying put for now.

    Best way to save space is to not get married and don't let a woman move any of her junk into your abode.

    #62 1 year ago

    Rather than go to the trouble of moving house and packing up/transporting everything which would take me and my partner months even with hired professional movers I usually opt to buy another vacant block in the vicinity, erect a sealed/lined warehouse sized shed with security system and store any overflow there in the interim rotating them in and out on an as needs basis.

    Most of the fresh container imports, ongoing restoration projects and machines for immediate sale are at that location so it works well as you don't have the inconvenience of randoms showing up at your main residence. Whilst at the same time you keep the finished restored products in the main residence gamesroom for regular play.

    I use this same method/rationale for a bulk of my car collection as well. The lesser valued vehicles get stored offsite in one of the secure sheds, the Ferrari and other high value models stay close to home base for obvious reasons. More practical for insurance purposes as well.

    #63 1 year ago

    Actually downsized. Kept all the pins, just got rid of the other stuff. Like the pool table. HOWEVER, definitely made sure the new gameroom has walkout access!

    #64 1 year ago

    I've done it twice

    #65 1 year ago

    Difficult to do with real estate prices being what they are here in California.

    So, I'm attempting a very modest renovation - and detailing in this thread:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-1987-ford-escort-of-game-room-renovations#post-4256598

    #66 1 year ago

    I have a huge walk in basement, however I bought a building a block away because it had a huge storefront with room for as many pins as I could ever buy. I ended up moving my collection there, then moving it back.(my brother and friends wanted to kill me) even though it was only a block away, I'd rather them be right downstairs.....now the 2 rental units above help resupply the pin fund.

    #67 1 year ago

    Had this built more for a work space and storage. 1200 sq ' and 200' of it heated and air conditioned.

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    #68 1 year ago

    question for those that have built a big out building that is temperature controlled...

    What is the most efficient way to heat and cool the huge space?
    Thinking geothermal with in floor radiant is worth the investment?

    Eventual plan (dream) is a 80 x 40 building.

    #69 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    question for those that have built a big out building that is temperature controlled...
    What is the most efficient way to heat and cool the huge space?
    Thinking geothermal with in floor radiant is worth the investment?
    Eventual plan (dream) is a 80 x 40 building.

    I wouldn't think the additional expense makes sense for an out building. Its expensive. But I have radiant heat in my home and I am so spoiled by it that I can't imagine ever living without it. It is simply the best.

    #70 1 year ago
    Quoted from ibuypinballs:

    Had this built more for a work space and storage. 1200 sq ' and 200' of it heated and air conditioned.

    Beautiful outbuilding and lawn. Well done

    #71 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    I wouldn't think the additional expense makes sense for an out building. Its expensive. But I have radiant heat in my home and I am so spoiled by it that I can't imagine ever living without it. It is simply the best.

    Not only is it expensive, but it takes a long time to heat up a space because you have to bring the entire mass of the concrete floor up to temp. For an out building, I'm assuming (but maybe incorrectly) that you'd want to keep the temp at a cool 40-50 degrees most of the time to save on heating costs until you want to go out and use it for a couple hours. Like in the evening or on the weekend. In this instance, you'll want some type of Modine or Hot Dawg forced air heater that can bring the space up to temp in a short period of time (30 mins or so).

    It all depends on how much you want to spend and how quickly you want to heat it.

    #72 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinzap:

    Not only is it expensive, but it takes a long time to heat up a space because you have to bring the entire mass of the concrete floor up to temp. For an out building, I'm assuming (but maybe incorrectly) that you'd want to keep the temp at a cool 40-50 degrees most of the time to save on heating costs until you want to go out and use it for a couple hours. Like in the evening or on the weekend. In this instance, you'll want some type of Modine or Hot Dawg forced air heater that can bring the space up to temp in a short period of time (30 mins or so).
    It all depends on how much you want to spend and how quickly you want to heat it.

    I was under the impression that a vertical or horizontal loop system allows you to just use the circulation pump to keep things as a pretty stable temp (55-60) year round? I would assume some smaller wall units for more rapid heating or more likley to assist with cooling when hosting a big party?

    #73 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    I was under the impression that a vertical or horizontal loop system allows you to just use the circulation pump to keep things as a pretty stable temp (55-60) year round? I would assume some smaller wall units for more rapid heating or more likley to assist with cooling when hosting a big party?

    For geothermal you are probably right... sorry, as I'm not familiar with that and was basing my response off of an on-demand water heater I had in a garage floor that had propylene glycol being pumped through.

    The nice thing about in floor radiant heat is that it is definitely the most comfortable option.

    #74 1 year ago

    Some of you guys have amazing game rooms and detached out buildings. Here in California those are rare and far between.

    Curious; being detached, do you find yourselves maybe not going to the out building as much, if it was attached?

    I do like my attached 3 car garage; 2 bays for pinballs (22) and 1 bay for wifey's car. I maybe less inclined to go out to an out building, if it was detached as much. Then again, my lot is only 9,000 sf. That's another thread all by itself

    #75 1 year ago
    Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

    Some of you guys have amazing game rooms and detached out buildings. Here in California those are rare and far between.
    Curious; being detached, do you find yourselves maybe not going to the out building as much, if it was attached?
    I do like my attached 3 car garage; 2 bays for pinballs (22) and 1 bay for wifey's car. I maybe less inclined to go out to an out building, if it was detached as much. Then again, my lot is only 9,000 sf. That's another thread all by itself

    If I found an out building, I probably wouldn't leave

    #76 1 year ago
    Quoted from ATLpb:

    I got divorced a couple years ago. When I looked for my own house, the number two requirement (after proximity to work) was a first floor game room close to a garage walk-in that could fit 6-10 machines. Found one and jumped on it.

    You mean you got to keep the pins?

    #77 1 year ago
    Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

    Some of you guys have amazing game rooms and detached out buildings. Here in California those are rare and far between.
    Curious; being detached, do you find yourselves maybe not going to the out building as much, if it was attached?
    I do like my attached 3 car garage; 2 bays for pinballs (22) and 1 bay for wifey's car. I maybe less inclined to go out to an out building, if it was detached as much. Then again, my lot is only 9,000 sf. That's another thread all by itself

    I've got a 3000 sq ft outbuilding on my place. It is 300 yards from my house. Although it is used for pinball storage I rarely go out there. Even before I built the games room I didn't go out there often. If you go the outbuilding route, make sure it is as close to your house as possible.

    #78 1 year ago
    Quoted from ibuypinballs:

    Had this built more for a work space and storage. 1200 sq ' and 200' of it heated and air conditioned.

    Very nice and even has the ice dams on roof!

    #79 1 year ago
    Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

    Curious; being detached, do you find yourselves maybe not going to the out building as much

    I tried the out building but quickly became paranoid after what happened to Rob Anthony.
    The way it was set up on my property, (its large) someone could pull in back with a truck and take their sweet time breaking down and loading up games as I slept. Even in the middle of the day it would be unlikely I'd hear anything.
    Or if I were to go out of town as what happened to Rob.

    This would be an unlikely event I know but I sleep much better knowing my baby's are in house.

    #80 1 year ago

    When we were finishing our basement there is a "pinball closet" designed into it. It was the perfect size for holding our one pinball machine. Well, one became two, two became three, three became four, etc. If I had it to do over, I would likely have designed things more purposely around my this hobby. Having said that, perhaps it's a good thing to be limited. If I had more space I'd just fill it and I'm not sure I really NEED anything more.

    #81 1 year ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Very nice and even has the ice dams on roof!</blockqu

    Learned the hard way, had gutters installed a week later it snowed 8". The problem was when the sun came out the next day it heated the metal and all the snow slid off in one shot taking out the new gutters. I replaced the gutters again and installed snow guards.

    #82 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinzap:

    The nice thing about in floor radiant heat is that it is definitely the most comfortable option.

    Agreed. No dust being blown around the entire home like with forced air. Really helps if you have allergies and pets. It runs silently and is very energy efficient.
    And a personal observation, no dry, scratchy throat during winter months from the dry, hot air blowing around.

    Hilton, here's decent article to read: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/radiant-floorvs-forced-air-heating/

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    #83 1 year ago

    When my wife and I were house shopping 5 years ago, the basement was a huge factor. We immediately ignored any that even remotely smelled of mold, or had strange footprints or would require entire demo and rewiring. We tried to find a walkout for the 18 game collection but they were few and far between.
    We ended up with a 1900 sq ft ranch with matching basement footprint, unfinished and dry as a bone. We were able to design the electrical to split the load on the games so no worrying about blowing breakers.
    We had looked at homes w outbuildings, but I couldn't justify heating and cooling another building, and I sleep much better knowing my valuable collection is right downstairs. Last but not least, Michigan gets cold - if I have a few minutes and want to play a couple quick games, I don't want to have to get all bundled up and trudge through snow or rain to a pole barn I'm keeping at 50 degrees - I wouldn't end up playing half the time.

    #84 1 year ago

    Actually, I have sold half of my collection to help buy a winter home in Scottsdale. You can't take them with you.

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