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I am in the process of buying a house and the home inspection brought up some interesting issues. The house is in the Atlanta area and was built in 1979 with a drive-under garage. The garage ceiling looked strange in that it was insulated but sheet rock was never put over the ductwork or plumbing. The inspector mentioned that the house doesn't have a proper fire barrier between the house and the garage. It was a building code that wasn't present at the time that the house/garage were built. We wanted to finish the ceiling to have that barrier but mostly know that it would probably be an issue in trying to sell the house later. We're trying to determine if the cost would be too high for this project since there are a lot of other small but expensive items that would need to be repaired. I first was trying to figure out two things which are if it is even possible to do and if so a range for the project. I took a couple of pictures during the inspection so you can get an idea of what the state of the garage is. The water shutoff is on the ceiling of the garage so we would at least need to have it redirected to be on the side wall so it is easier to reach. The inspector seemed to think that the only thing we could do is add sprinklers which would be fine but we only plan on being in the house for 4-5 years so the re-sale ability is important. I've attached the images and would love an opinion from those that may have tried to attempt similar projects or from those that have worked with sheetrock. It is something that I would definitely have a professional assist with if we do it but if the cost is too much we might just keep looking for a different house.
Thanks, Cindy garage ceiling garage ceiling side with water shutoff valve

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