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DaveBell
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2020 06:10
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I am looking at these as a cabin idea. Fireproof, secure, simple. The walls and roof are one single structure. I may be size limited by IRC requirement for 8% of floor square footage glazing requirement. Unless I call it a garage and make the back half a living space. I was watching a Dirty Jobs show where Mike Roe was putting Shotcrete on a vineyard cave wall that was a half circle. It stuck to the walls and ceiling. I wonder if I could do that to the outside with some 4x4' rebar? Then the cabin would be a bunker.

ratfink56
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2020 09:07
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Pics?

Bruces
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2020 20:35
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At my old place on Manitoulin ,there was a guy down the road who erected a new grain silo for a cabin

paulz
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2020 21:38
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What's the foundation and floor?

NorthRick
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2020 16:02
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We had a lot of those up here. Still some around including next door to our house. Our neighbor uses it as a shop.

For me, any structure with walls that slope in, like Quonset huts, A-frames, and geodesic domes, drive me nuts. Although structurally efficient, they can be a pain to deal with on the inside.

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2020 01:13 - Edited by: KinAlberta
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Quoting: NorthRick
For me, any structure with walls that slope in, like Quonset huts, A-frames, and geodesic domes, drive me nuts. Although structurally efficient, they can be a pain to deal with on the inside.


Only if they are too small is my sense. Increase the size so the angles and slopes aren’t compromising the basic space needs and the oddball shapes should enhance the structure. (Like The commonly added perimeter storage on storey-and-a-half homes.)

I never liked the small A-frame cabins I grew up seeing and so thought the whole concept was dumb, until I saw some photos of earlier and much larger A-frame chalets. Built large enough, they seem very desirable. Do them on the cheap and I’d guess that they'd be horribly awkward, cramped spaces.

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