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Houses Made from Quonset Huts

Houses Made from Quonset Huts

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  1. Ob Fuscated

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Nice buildings. I've a Steelmaster trussless straightwall myself. Many of those pictured are Quonset huts or Nissen huts but the modern ones are not as the early styles went out of production many decades ago. If you want to build one, know the terms and the differences between styles and makers.
    I used anti-seize on all my bolts and was able to take down my 20×20 and reassemble it easily after I moved. You can also buy kits which integrate shipping containers as sidewalls which is a very good idea.

  2. Tracey Jones

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I love all the windows!

  3. Charity Fjogstad

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    WOW! These look amazing! I would love more info, including pricing for a completed (as in constructed for me) Quonset Hut Home. Are they fire, tornado, and earthquake safe structures like the aircrete dome homes?

  4. Jennifer H.

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I would like to see more ideas of interiors particularly where the ceiling is not that typical Quonset metal but has been redone into something else. Will continue to search for this.

  5. Robert Carver

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Sorry to be a downer folks, but have to state the truth here. Most of these are just ugly, they feel wrong. The basic thing they teach in Architecture now is that a building has to have top, middle and bottom, otherwise it is unsettling. The ugly commercial buildings with flat roofs have those false fronts now to people don't think 'UGLY' when walking inside. When it looks good, the material is used as an arch, fine, great idea going back to before Roman times. It was great for fast erections during war periods, fine. So to make this work, there are four things to overcome. First, need to have a solid base, a foundation, something that connects it to the ground. If it snows 3 feet like happens in half the US, then lift the walls using masonry, even block, stone would be great, but solid concrete pours will work and not cost that much.Second, the walls have to be there, so the front has to be the predominant image of the structure unless there are dormers. The top has to have some kind of overhang to appear to be a roof, otherwise it just does not feel right.Last, the aluminum or galvalume, whatever the metal is, has zero insulation value. It does reflect the sun well, it does shed the rain well, it does manage wind well. It is a rigid structure, no question.
    So how would I manage using this? Follow all the ideas I suggested above, then consider if it is cost worthy to make it double skinned. Holding it six inches apart, foaming the inside with aircrete or urethane foam should solve the insulation problem. Air crete or foam crete is concrete mixed with foam. It would have to be braced inside to do that, but then when it cures in a month, it would be rock solid and should last forever.
    One last point; never, ever use Styrofoam in construction unless it is a temporary use. If you don't understand why, take a cup and sit it in the hot sun for a month. It will crumble away to dust. If it is perfectly sealed, it will still outgas and shrink by 15% in ten years, and the next ten will be worse. A group of friends bought those foam blocks that get filled with concrete and steel rebar against my advice. In three years, all of them scrambled to sell their houses, all of them. The people who bought them got screwed. All the doors and windows rattled like an old Chevy. Their garage doors just failed because all that Styrofoam was shrinking so fast. It is worse when exposed to heat.

  6. Tim Travasos

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Love the hybrid mix of quonset and conventional.

  7. Martin Kirkov

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I love it. Need more info..gonna look it up.

  8. Ihor Vent

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    commercial is OK, but for living ?no good for health?

  9. lee williams

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    That is kicking ass love it…

  10. George Mount

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    This is awesome! Quonset huts fascinate me. I love their history and the charm and elegance of something so practical. This video took my Quonset appreciation to new levels. Thanks for posting!

  11. albonyo

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    beautiful!

  12. ilililhy1

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    ugly

  13. Terry McClannahan

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Greg the green hut with black roof is that asphalt shingle 1:46 into video
    Thanks

  14. Terry Scheibelhut

    March 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    hi, it is a shame you do not have my quonset hut home on your video, in the northwest georgia mountains, it is small but mighty. let me know if i can send you a pix, thanks terry anne, Little hut in a hurry 😀

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