Well, shall we?
Back in 2004 I started researching building a metal building to live in. I know it sounds more than strange– it sounds weird and commercial. And that is exactly what every building contractor I contacted told me: We don’t do residential metal buildings.
My online research led me to a couple of companies that sell kits for building metal residential buildings, but they were very expensive. So, my search continued, and then the 2005 hurricane season sent everyone into a tail spin of recovery from the flood damage. . .
And a put damper on our spirits. Mine. Everyone’s. When trying to recover from a storm, it’s difficult to think about building a new home. And then once you enter into negotiations with FEMA for any repair assistance, there are dozens of hoops to jump through and lots of dotted lines to sign saying you’ll do this and that and you won’t do thus and such.
Building seemed a far away dream, and not even one I was sure we should pursue–especially after another devastating hurricane season last year (2008). But, here we sit, in our old home four feet off the ground, flooded twice, yet never repaired to pre-storm conditions because it must be elevated about 11 more feet in order to do so. There’s no way we can be good stewards by putting that kind of money into this old shack. It’s just not feasible or practical.
And we’ve waited and watched while the red tape of recovery has wrapped around and around until we have all choked on it. But today, I broke free from the red tape. I am going to build my metal building to live in.
It will be 12 feet above the ground. About 14 feet above sea level, and it will withstand 140 mph winds. If the water comes any higher than 12 feet and the wind any higher than 140 mph, well, there won’t be much of left of anything down here, and that will be the day I follow the steps of LaLoutre (the lead character in my book) and “move up the bayou”.
This is your invitation to come along for the metal-building ride, every step of the way.
Are you game? If so, say so and let the process begin!
Your building BW!