The question is this: Does anyone know how do the interiors get finished if you were going to put walls/ceilings in them?
“The purpose of those kinds of buildings is cheap clear span space. I would leave it an open floor plan for flexibility with a small fixed utility core at one low side for heat, water, electric, gas, etc., and bundle my bath, utility and kitchen there. If it had the height, I would build a sleeping loft in the center section with a dome shaped skylight. Dining below, adjacent to the kitchen etc. Spray foam insulation left natural, covering up conduit runs to suspended pendant lights. Exposed duct work run along the floor/wall junction. Row of ceiling fans at the apex. Cheap and easy to build and very changeable in use. BIG doors on both ends for access. I’m thinking a pair of doors like a hangar has, that open the entire end of the building. The ends of the space could be living (With big glass panels in those doors), on one end. Shop, garage and storage in the other. Partitioning off too many spaces and dropping a finished ceiling just builds a building within a building. Pointless for this form. I might try to get some windows or skylights along the sides to bring light in and avoid the cave feeling.
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Another thought. Build a conventional core with (Downstairs) dining in the center, utility and bath on the left and kitchen on the right. Above the dining is the sleeping loft/bedroom with his and hers closets and bathrooms, one on the left and one on the right over the kitchen and utility/bath below. You could even put a deck on each side. Then, build the Quonset for the ends of the structure for living at one end and garage/shop at the other. Dining would be open to the living end. Bedroom loft or mezzanine would overlook the living or “Great” room end.” – bczygan from the www.garagejournal.com
“I’ve always dug their style–’40s/’50s utility/war surplus type stuff… especially when used as auto repair shops and garages.
The idea is to have one put up, and put a 2-story apartment in one end, and build race cars and hot rods in the rest of it. Living area downstairs (kitchen, living room, office) and bedroom upstairs. If I could get one fairly cheap, in the 100-foot long range, that’d be perfect for me.
In my mind, what I see is the bottom of the apartment divided in three areas: Living room area in the middle, industrial-style kitchen with store room (and laundry room) on one side, and a walled-off study/office on the other… the office will be classically styled with wood paneling, book cases and my great-grandfather’s desk from when he was a bank vice president. (it’s fairly large) And if I get really snarky, I’ll put a fireplace in there, with a leather wing-back chair and dead animal heads on the walls. The upstairs would be a loft-style bedroom, and a bathroom, separated by a milkhouse glass wall. Probably a spiral staircase to get to it, and definitely a fireman’s pole to get back down stairs into the living room.” – Brad54 from the www.garagejournal.com
“Here are some old already-posted pics of my 24×60 shop with a bedroom/doghouse upstairs and 3/4 bath downstairs” – TurnipTruck from the www.garagejournal.com