I am thinking of building a storage buildong and remember coming
across one time a different way of doing it. It seemed someone used
posts as in a pole barn, but they were cut off short and a mudsill
attached to the posts Conventional stick framing was used on top of
the mudsill. Do any of you know what this type of building is called?
I like the idea of stick framing and it would be a way to have it
without having to pour a footer or slab.
Pilings? Sounds like how they build the overpriced houses around the
golf courses, on the sandbar islands on the Carolina coast. Of course,
their pilings are a full story tall with lattice blowout walls, and they
park the cars underneath, but it sounds like the same concept. Once you
walk up the tall stairs to get in, they are ordinary hurricane-zone
framed houses (clips, etc) but they are just built atop a couple dozen
No idea if a low-to-the-ground version of that is code legal in your
area. Were you planning on a floor system, or living with a dirt/gravel
floor? A slab might be cheaper than the materials for a floor system.
No floor. Just gravel. This would house my old tractor and lawn mowers
and such. I liked the idea beasue I could buid standard frame walls in
my garage and it would be easier to handle the shorter poles myself.
If you build a floor to take a tractor weight you are going to spend a
ton of money. Unless the 'tractor' is merely a small yard machine.
Price out the gravel and concrete slab system before you commit.
Okay, like the 3-sided tractor sheds on many farms and equipment yards-
basically a carport with sides, and in your case a wall over the front.
No real advantage in doing it the way you propose, then- you're gonna
need a power auger to plant the poles anyway. May as well hire out
having the poles planted, and then saw the tops off even and build a
conventional roof over them. Add a few cross-ties to define the walls,
and skin with metal shed siding.
After reviewing the text and pictures at that site, there's something
How are the floor joists attached to...errr...*What* are the floor
joists attached to? Surely not the 2x6 skirtboard, right?
Artistic license. Illustrator didn't understand the concept. Since
it's Oz it's upside down and gravity holds the floor up (or down,
depending on your pov). All of the above.
Note there's nothing in that picture representing a joist and the
floorboards in the middle between the columns under the doorway have no
means of support at all as shown. In short, it's simply wrong.
Read the 'splanatshun on the opening page and the description that a
residential building in Oz must have poured slab floor.
Sounds like more work than a floating slab and you don't end up with a
critter-resistant shed-- or a nice dry floor to keep the humidity
How do you even attempt to make the walls meet the ground?
I built my shed on a "foundation" of white cedar 8X8 timbers (resawn
from old utility poles) layed in a trench filled with crushed stone.
(sub soil is sand), with 2X6 floor joists and 2X8 and 2X10 floor
boards (most of it salvaged cedar timbers from a deck replacement
project and a couple old cedar picnic tables) - and the tick framed
building on top.
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