What are Outbuildings?
An outbuilding, commonly known as a garden room is a secondary, non-habitable building in the yard of your home which accompanies your main house and can serve numerous purposes. Whether you need extra space for a study, want to conduct agricultural work, need extra storage space, or looking out for something like an office close to your house, an outbuilding is the perfect solution to getting lots of additional space outdoors. A steel construction for an outbuilding comes with a spectrum of benefits and saves heaps of dollars in the long run.
Metal outbuildings cost $5-$25 or more per square foot for the steel only. All-in they usually cost $15-$50 or more per square foot depending on design complexity, local building codes, and the loads for snow, seismic, and wind in the area.
A well-built, secured outbuilding is quite an attractive feature to prospective buyers. Adding a farm shed, a farm storage, an RV garage, a camper storage, boat garage, or boat storage is an inexpensive idea to enhance the curb appeal and the release value of a property. A space like this can also get rid of the parking troubles, specially when there’s less parking space in certain areas.
Yes, however, cities, counties, and municipalities handle permits differently. However, most outbuildings do call for a permit, especially for towns or cities where there are certain restrictions on color, size, or placement of a building.
It is “pre-engineered,” which means it shows up precut and needs to be assembled once on site.
While the size of an outbuilding needs to fall under the permitted development rights, you can’t cover more than 50 percent area of the yard with buildings.
Metal buildings can be up to 300 feet wide and can be as long as you want, provided you have adequate space.
A great thing about metal outbuildings is that they are fully customizable. When you plan the initial design, you can simply begin with the number of doors and windows you want to include. Further, you can really work on the aesthetics, ranging from the wall color to the roof styles or facades.
Adding a prefabricated metal building, whether it’s a cabin, a greenhouse, a shed or a home office might be more affordable than you think. Plus, the real budget-friendliness comes further down the line. Unlike traditional building materials like wood, steel doesn’t easily burn, corrode or rot. Your outbuilding will last for years to come, while saving money on maintenance at the same time.
Pre-engineered metal buildings require concrete footers for the columns to anchor to. The floor can either be a concrete pad or dirt, depending on your need.
5 Benefits of Outbuildings for Farmers and Homeowners
One of the chief reasons for homeowners to work up an outbuilding for their property is to store stuff. If you feel that your attic is bursting with items, or there is no longer any space to park in your garage, it’s time to consider going for an outbuilding in your yard. Providing so much more storage space, a backyard shed is an awesome way to free up some surprisingly extra room inside the house. Put the infrequently used items such as old books, extra dishes, cookware, or holiday decorations in the outbuilding to help reduce the clutter. All the tools and lawn equipment can now sit in the new shed.