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Best way to convert pole barn or metal building into home? Options
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:59:11 AM
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I am looking to convert a morton building that is 48ft x 72 ft into a home and shop. It was built about 30 yrs ago and is wood framed with beams every 12ft with sheet metal over it and has a sand floor. There is well water nearby and electricity is already in the building. It is on my parents farm and they are willing to gift me the buildng and a few acres around it in Nebraska where I grew up. I have looked at doing a concrete stained floor and maybe something like earthbags for the insulation as sand is readily available there. What would you recommend to finish it out inexpensively yet with great quality. Also what would I need to do to make it most energy effecient as it gets pretty cold there.
#2 Posted : Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:25:52 AM
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#3 Posted : Friday, August 08, 2014 11:42:32 AM
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Oh fuck I am at the wrong place!
#4 Posted : Monday, August 18, 2014 12:18:38 PM
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Caleb. Twice I have attempted to respond with help, but this system program keeps kicking me out.
#5 Posted : Monday, August 25, 2014 11:06:18 AM
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Caleb; Earthbags are mass,not insulation. The simplest way to construct an energy efficient structure within your existing building is to encapsulate the earth beneath it. Rent a "Ditch Witch type vertical excavator and dig a vertical narrow trench approx. 2 to 4 feet deep, with the confines of planned residential section, install in the trench 2 to 4 inch thick, tongue and groove, extruded polystyrene sheets, wired together at the top and held up in place, at the level of your future residential slab section within your existing building. Pour slab. Western frame residential section, with shed roof(Waterproof in case of future external roof leak)with roll roofing. Use spray foam in framing bays. align framing opening with existing opening for egress and light.
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