Kyle D. – Woolwich, Maine
XS-Model, 25’W X 20’H X 55’L
Customer Kyle D. contacted SteelMaster when he wanted a unique, custom home that would handle southern Maine’s heavy snow loads. Cameron worked with Kyle and his contractor for almost two years to bring the project to fruition.
Quonset hut home projects can be complex because they fall under a different set of load requirements than the average garage.
“[Homes are] considered a category 2 design which has a higher snow and wind requirement,” Cameron said. “We also have to factor in collateral loads when designing homes. Simply put, it’s the weight that is going to hang from the arches like drywall, sheetrock, insulation, et cetera.”
Cameron said this project was even more challenging than the typical Quonset hut home because Kyle wanted a large opening to create a breezeway.
“When you cut a large opening in the side of one of our buildings, we need to thicken the arch panels where the opening is to maintain the shape since all the structural integrity of the building resides in the arches,” Cameron said. “That on top of a massive snow load, custom design (non-standard model), and unique foundation design made this one the most complicated project I’ve had to date.”
However, Cameron used his expertise to help bring Kyle’s dream home to life.
“He was incredibly happy with the project and couldn’t wait to send in some photos of the building, especially the kitchen, which I’m a huge fan of myself!”
Cameron suggests that customers interested in a Quonset hut home take the time to think about all aspects of their building’s design.
“I would advise customers to come up with a good idea of what the layout should be on the inside of their home so we can design a building that’s going to work for that floor plan. That helps us provide the most accurate information we can,” he said.