April 10, 2009 at 7:29am
I bought a 30 X 60 foot package with a 14 foot eave height back in 1999 and erected it myself. I bought it from Southern Structure in Youngsville. I believe Southern is out of business now but I believe another company is in operation in their place, check with them as they are close to you. I believe steel is down right now and you may be able to save on shipping. Check locally to see if they are good company. Get some good roof vents and insulate. If you build it yourself have spud wrenches and impacts onsite if possible. You can basically design your building like a house, do some research there are some nice places out there. If you build a building with a higher eave height you can deck above your living area and use for storage. Also, if possible, have an overhead door on each end of your shop area for good cross ventilation. Also, all your area does not have to be under the main structure and roof, consider lean to configuration to cut down cost. If you frame your living area with 8 foot wall studs at least vault the living room area to open it up a little. As I type this I am currently designing a house in a metal building to build at a lake in Louisiana. Good luck.