1960 24' Tradewind
1956 30' Sovereign of the Road
1963 16' Bambi
Join Date: Jul 2006
I think it's a great idea
Frankly, I've been considering something along those lines myself in the distant future. Especially if one is on the road a lot, it makes sense to me to have an "Airstream hanger" of sorts designed with some cool living quarters than to have a house to worry about as well as Airstream storage.
being a guy that likes wood and things that are old, I think something like this Inventory of Antique Timber Frame Barns might be a solution too. You recycled your trailer, why not do the same with your building.
I bought a 31ft Sovereign to go WITH my 24ft Argosy. Now I have a trailer for travel and a trailer for living at the lake. You have no idea how much fun one of these old Sovereigns can be and the room is fantastic. Storage is good too. Just an idea to think over; however, the metal building sounds good also. Some of these building kits can be very reasonable. I know you will take pictures of whatever you do and they will be wonderful.
1987 32' Excella
1978 28' Argosy 28
Join Date: Sep 2006
As others have said, I don't think you're crazy at all. I, in fact, have a few acres outside of town that my wife and I are thinking of doing that very thing when we retire. She's not quite ready to give up her "stuff" and "home base" for the full time lifestyle. However, what you are suggesting would accomodate storage for the "stuff", and a "home base" whenever needed to store us and the stream. I know there is a web site with plans for such, just haven't got to the point yet of researching. Should you decide to proceed, please keep us posted with pic's.
I am thinking that the metal buildings might be cold, and harder for ME to
add on, modify, and decorate. So I am planning a wood structure with a concrete slab floor. I am planning leanto sheds attached to the structure, for firewood storage, car parking, and such. I want the building to be multipurpose, as I could use a party room and music room to accomodate my undesirable roudy friends and musicians.
Oh yeah ...to answer your question....GO FOR IT !!!!!
I think it sounds like a good idea too. Terry's suggestion about hangar space is good, except that if an airport has ever taken FAA funds, and most public ones have, there are requirements in the FAA's Grant Assurances that limit what can take place within the secure fenced area of an airport. Among other things, living there is prohibited. I see Lawton has a few private strips, but it doesn't look like (on Google Earth) they have much in the way of hangar space.
Below is a link to my web page where I have a couple of pictures of the Taj Garage. My wife hates it... she thought it was going to be a pole barn with just enough room for the AS. I needed work & storage space. I could move into it full time if I wanted... I would like to eventually add a covered deck on the lake side with a screened porch and shutters for the existing screen window (would help in the winter - the only insulated area is a 10 by 12 room in the back corner). Some way to pump to the septic tank would be nice too. Maybe by the time I am ready to turn the house and yard over to my daughter, we will have sewage down our street. Cable, phone, water and 100 amp electricity is already out there.
Careful about codes. A guy around the corner started a huge structure for his Prevost (actually enough room for 3 of them) with a two story apartment in the back. The county would not let him completely enclose it. Now he has a building with three huge garage doors across the front and open sides. I guess the issue was telling them he was going to live in the building with the bus. I don't see the difference between that and an attached garage on a house with living area above it???