Many of us are ready to downsize into one-level living. These combo garage/house designs are very popular! They combine the convenience of having a garage and home into one building with a metal roof for low maintenance! These are great for off the grid living where simplicity and energy efficiency are key elements to the design.
Our summer home is a metal building garage that we found on the market. Since it was 100′ x 40′, we took the back 24′ and framed off our living area. This took a little figuring, but was so worth it! The insulation factor is amazing…. a building within a building. The space above the headers became our attic accessible from the large building. We ordered new windows and back door for the back wall. We had to remove the loading dock door and cut through the metal with a sawzall for the window openings.
I like to use a battery operated (“D” batteries) hot water heater for camping, or even in the barn for animals. How are others coping with keeping your water from freezing for your animals or for running a shower indoors?