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  1. Default If you could build a new building for a haunt it would... 
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    After 7 seasons running one of our haunted houses under the stars we are finally going through the process to put it in a 5000' building. It will be sprinklered and fire protected with concreted. We are planning a low voltage and regular voltage ovethead grid and a central security system... if you could start from scratch... what would you do?
    Patrick Barberry
    www.legendsofthefog.com
     

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    Put in a legit subterranean tunnel system to use for all your haunted catacomb/ sewer/ mine shaft/ needs.
     

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    18' ceiling height for large set stuff, second floor stuff and an overhead observation catwalk. Add a covered queue line (or indoor), add another 1000sqft just for wardrobe and actor break/banquet and construction/storage area. Separate customer/staff restrooms with a shower, and a room with a comfortable bed and cable. But that's just me- and I'm crazy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombietoxin View Post
    18' ceiling height for large set stuff, second floor stuff and an overhead observation catwalk. Add a covered queue line (or indoor), add another 1000sqft just for wardrobe and actor break/banquet and construction/storage area. Separate customer/staff restrooms with a shower, and a room with a comfortable bed and cable. But that's just me- and I'm crazy...
    Yeah. That seems a lot more practical than a tunnel. I'd go with his answer instead.
     

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    Love that you're doing that! It's such a great thing to be able to control the building to your needs. Make sure to incorporate many emergency doors along the perimeter to make the Marshall happy!

    The only luxury thing I would really like is a second floor balcony, to oversee the entire haunt (for theost part) that can double as an actor prep area with a private staircase hidden from the public for actors to go straight to their spots without being seen. Throw in a water line for a sink/bathroom and you're golden, us yourself up artists would LOVE easy access to water lol.

    Best of luck with this endeavor, I hope you post pictures of your dream building in progress lol
     

  6. Default Headaches from day 1! 
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    A small airport across the street from our farm owns the air rights above the haunt, and the new building is on the edge of the flight path. We should be good for height restrictions but it looks like we're going to hit a ton of red tape before we can pull permits. December doesn't look good... we'll see what happens.

    Patrick
    Patrick Barberry
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    Go with a "big empty box" design. Metal siding with steel truss/support construction and metal roofing. Add a concrete floor. 17'-22' is a good height, but remember most buildings have some type of "pitch" to their roofs. I would add an additional square footage somewhere for costume/makeup and operations. I would also add covered queue line, but not inside/part of the building. What I would do is make a grave patch just outside the building and continue a part of the roof over this area. It wouldn't have to be enclosed, just an open area gravel area with a metal roof (from the building).

    Also take into consideration your doors and hopefully add a 12'x12 roll up door...or two. Ventilation will also be a good requirement to put into place now rather than later.

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    Don't forget parking. Having a state of the art awesome dedicated haunt building won't mean much without a good parking lot.
     

  9. Default Luckily parking is one of our strong suits! 
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    We are fortunate to run our haunt on a 100 acre parcel of our 800 acre farm. We have 25 acres of parking available beside the haunt. We get about 110 cars/acre during the day... Still working on filling the lot for the haunt.

    I am meeting with my electrician tomorrow - We're looking to do an overhead grid of outlets on the ceiling, maybe some retractable cables if we need to have them.

    Meeting with the low voltage guy tonight - thinking about a 16 channel DVR and Cameras that can get 720 resolution so we can use it for commercials and youtube footage. Anyone use a system like this?

    Final wall height is 14', but there is an attic space in the truss for a catwalk.

    We are going to incorporate the building behind our existing facade.
    Patrick Barberry
    www.legendsofthefog.com
     

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    As stated above, the first thing that comes to mind is putting doors along the actual outside walls of the building. Saves you space for the actual haunt without the need for emergency exit corridors along the perimeter.
    Bryce Ring
    St. Matthew House of Mayhem
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