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Old 07-22-2008, 09:51 AM   #43
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We're having no luck finding local covered storage for our impending arrival! So now we're contemplating building something on our property. Does any one have some good plans or ideas or a suggestion of where we could fine some? I dread giving up "open space" but with enough hedges etc. I'll do my best to camouflage what I can. Better than leaving it in an outdoor lot, and probably cheaper in the long run...
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Janet,
if you google it under "Steal Buildings" there are some companies here in the South East that engineer steel buildings and ship them to you and then you hire a company to set them up. They do sizes from 2 car garage up to full size buildings, which would give you an added income because you could rent the extra space to others who wish to do the same thing. Another option for you is to find someone who builds barns and have a barn built on your site.

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Old 07-22-2008, 06:11 PM   #44
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It's a real benefit to live where building codes aren't as restrictive.
Meaning....?
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:01 PM   #45
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I meant to make a comment about your Stream-Port .Nice job, I got so busy trying to down size the pic of our barn the I completely forgot to comment on yours. Can we just chalk it up to age?
Anyway GOOD JOB and the design is heavy enough it should last 30 or 40 yrs. at least.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:26 AM   #46
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Thanks!

Should have known it would be here somewhere. Great thread. It's just that I'm not ready to repolish, but want to protect from the elements with something that will be relatively easy to remove once I do get to the polishing.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:00 AM   #47
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Argosy's new home is under way.
16 x 30 with scissor trusses & metal roof.
Updates as weekends progress.
Found some help and got the trusses and roofing installed in about 10 hrs.
Permanent bracing and trim is next.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:36 AM   #48
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We've have been planning on building a shop for years. In fact, we bought a new place with just under an acre here in town where we could build one in the next five years or so. Well, then I got laid off and plans have needed to move back some. I still am excited about getting this going so drew up elevation drawings along with a floorplan and 3/4 view drawing. There has been talk of us needing to provide a place for Julie's mom as she might need a place. She is happy to live here and even live in a trailer along as she has all the comforts of home, plus I'd like to provide her with an outside covered area for enjoying the mornings when our weather permits.

Here's the 3/4 view drawing and if MIL chooses to live elsewhere, we could not build the roofed over area and just build the enclosed portion.

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Old 08-08-2008, 10:53 AM   #49
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Please as soon as possible get some diagonal bracing into that structure. Also perhaps some strapping from the trusses down to the sill 2x8's. Right now you are counting on the depth of the posts and the rigidity of your truss/roof to keep the structure from "swaying". Not enough for sure.

For me, at the minimum you need a bottom chord across the truss from side to side with diagonal bracing across those chords. Then as a minimum bracing from each post up to your 2x8's. Yes, you have a beginning that is gonna be great; but please get those trusses strapped down and some diagonals on.

A good cross wind will get that building leaning and then guess what will happen.......

Right now the first up draft wind is gonna lift that whole roof up and then drop it down if you are lucky away from the structure; but more than likely straight down onto what is inside.....your baby............
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:16 PM   #50
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Also, I'd incorporate the side panels that allow in natural light.up high on the sides rather than the roof skylites....those will leak over time. A guy down the road here put this in about a foot high all around the top of his building continous (like under the gutters) Looks great but I don't know what the call them. Jim
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:40 PM   #51
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I like the idea of a permanent campsite...that would make for easy get-aways! Great idea, Dave.

Re your neighbor...poor guy. I can empmathize with the poor schmuck...the first time we brought the Bambi home I entertained the neighborhood for a good 45 minutes getting it into our driveway...thank gawd it was mid-afternoon and the lots of neighbors were at work...so I wasn't totally humilitated. But was totally frustrated. One woman down the block was literally out in the middle of the street taking it all in. You get the picture. That was 8 months ago. I am happy to say that now I can back the Bambi into its port in a matter of minutes. At least it wasn't a big ol' 5th wheel thing. I know they were watching because one neighbor recently came out and congratualted me on my newly acquired backing-up skills!

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I was soooo embarrassed the second time I tried to back my trailer into my driveway....we're on a hill and I couldn't get the trailer into the driveway backing up the hill....
I decided to turn the trailer around and back down the hill into the driveway....
I went into the culdesac across the street to turn the AS around.
I got stuck...could not maneuver the darn trailer because there were too many cars parked.
I had a BIG audience watching me. Everyone started yelling...turn right...turn left....
Eventually everyone had to move their cars out of the culdesac...and those that weren't already out watching were called so that they could move their cars also.
Now that was embarrassing!
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:55 PM   #52
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Right now the first up draft wind is gonna lift that whole roof up and then drop it down if you are lucky away from the structure; but more than likely straight down onto what is inside.....your baby............
Not to worry. Had to come home for business. Only 48 hrs. to gamble on no severe wind.

Guess I should have expanded on “permanent bracing” to read; metal hurricane straps, 4x4 angle braces connecting posts & beams, interior wind braces, etc. Our local building inspector will appreciate someone helping him cover the bases.

On the Green side; we will be adding gutters to collect rain water for the benefit of future shrubbery.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #53
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Hi, i saw your post on shelters and thought to share what i put up. Its made by a company called Shelter Logic and I bought it through garagedepot.com
Its 14ft high by 12ft wide by 32 ft long. I got if for my class c Winnebago this year and now it houses the airstream. I live in a very windy area and was concerned about it but now that I have seen it in action i feel much more secure about it. Here are some pictures of it. I installed it myself (not for the faint of heart) and it took me about one week.. they say 8 hours... The cost was 1800 dollars not including the 250 for shipping from the east coast to Cal.
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The bigger problem is how to get it in there with my crew cab! It took me and a neighbor nearly a half hour as it was placed for the class c and not a pull trailer. I told my wife i need an airport tug! Hmm. not a bad idea actually. She didnt even crack a smile!

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Here's a pic of our little sugar shack. Not fancy but keeps the rig out of the weather. This picture was taken just after we bought the Limited last year, and just before we sold the Safari.

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Hi, i saw your post on shelters and thought to share what i put up. Its made by a company called Shelter Logic and I bought it through garagedepot.com
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Is this the site you reference?
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