I am seriously considering an out-building of some sort for the sole purpose of extra storage space. My house only has a 26'x26' attached garage and a shed that's too small for much beyond a push-mower and a rototiller. My model M, my forge, and my tools/workbenches will stay in the garage simply because my F250 doesn't fit in the second half of the garage anyway. It would be nice to have a place to store my camper, equipment trailer, riding mower, and other stuff that isn't out in the open or crammed into every nook and cranny of the garage.
My basic specs are a 12' tall door to get my camper through and something that is about 30'x30' in footprint. It will have a concrete slab for a floor and foundation as needed per building type. Budget is $10,000 or less. I will be doing all of the work myself so labor costs will basically be pizza and beer for whoever I can Tom Sawyer into helping me. My plan is to get just a basic building up and weather tight; insulation, heat, water, and electricity might never be something that I add to the structure. The only codes I need to worry about beyond basic structural code are property line setbacks.
Here's what I've considered so far:
Pole barn style construction seems to be an obvious choice based upon the height needed to get the camper into it. Plastic wall or ceiling panels can also be used to let in light. However, digging footings for the posts would be a real pain because I don't have access to a reliable backhoe.
Conventional construction might be cheaper if I didn't have the height requirement, but I'm not sure how to go about framing something that tall. Regardless, a block foundation is still really easy to dig and set by hand.
A Quonset hut would go together incredibly fast and not need any foundation because they bolt right to the slab. Ceiling height is only critical in the middle where the camper would get parked. I would reserve the perimeter for attachments and small machinery which doesn't need more than a few feet of airspace. Also, I think they look really cool. The biggest drawback to a Quonset hut is that they can't really be added onto in the future like a pole barn or conventionally built building.
Shipping containers bridged by trusses are a final option as well. I can buy a pair of 20' shipping containers and have them set on a slab for around $4,000, then bridge them with trusses set on a short wall for a little extra height. Solid, lockable, and weather proof for sure, but they also break up my floor space into three inconvenient sections. My county also has no building codes for a structure of this construction which at the very least will mean a whole lot of extra research and extra leg work on my part.
Since yous guys love spending other people's money, what are your thoughts?