Attic-CA! Attic-CA! ;)

15 Jul

As we work on a pair of hybrid projects that I guarantee will shock some of you…

We’ve talked about taking ISBUs and setting them far enough apart to allow the center section to be “reclaimed as living space”.

In fact, we’ve been talking it to death. It’s a REALLY great way of creating cost effective space using ISBUs as perimeter…

In many of those conversations, we’ve talked about how that space can simply be capped with a SIP/SSMR to allow a small home to be quickly created. Admittedly, it’s my roof solution of choice.

  • But what if you need even more space?
  • What if you live in the land of big snow and heavy rain?
  • What if you’re building on a budget that doesn’t allow for SIPs?

You just might want something that “sheds and spreads”, allowing you to live safely and securely while harnessing all that created roof area for water harvesting and a “panel farm”…

A lot of you don’t live in Hurricane Alley or in a Tornado Belt. And some of you don’t even have to worry about earthquakes. So, you can build just about whatever you want… you lucky SOB’s… 😉

That means you can do some things that we don’t normally do… like combine ISBUs with traditional “stick” builds to create “Corten Cool Homes” for cheap-er…

So, after a bunch of conversations (we’ve had ’em here, you’ve seen ’em…) and some play with Google Sketch-Up…

One of  “The Corten Cavalry’s” Finest… Craig Moorhouse (who hails from “The Great White North”), sent this idea in;

This is a configuration I get asked about  all the time.

People absolutely LOVE that traditional “barn” look. I can just picture this painted red with white belly band planking setting it off… 😉

You get great roof area for a “panel farm”, a really nice second floor that can become a pair of bedrooms or the “monster media lounge”… and much more.

You will really be surprised at how much “comfortable family living” you can get into a 20’x36′ footprint.

Over the next few weeks or so, we’re going to run a series that takes a hard look at this design and then talks about how you could actually build it  using 20′ High Cube ISBUs – VERY cost effectively – using a combination of ISBUs and traditional construction practices.

It’s going to really surprise you.

Stay tuned.