Quonset Hut Homes Taking Off in Detroit — 9 Comments

  1. Hello, I read somewhere that you can stay in the True North hut overnight, it that is true can you please let me know I would go about booking it?

    Thanks so much

  2. Owen

    I’m looking at using reclaimed ISO Rigid Foam insulation, 3″ for interior insulation/finished walls. SPF would be sprayed as a vapor barrier, then the RF screwed into furring strips. I still have my hangups with SPF but its performance on metal roofs is hard get away from. I do like the idea of the thin plywood as shown in the True North project. I have not been a fan of plywood as an interior finish, but they show that the curvature of the Qs brings new life to plywood as a finish. There are several companies that are in the reclaimed game and the RF is half the cost of new. While quality of RRF might not be on par with new, it is still serviceable for the above application.

  3. Kelly

    Your “Carriage House” shows just how creative one can get with using a pre fab structure like a quonset. Q’s arnt the end all be all, as every building technique has its compromises. However its one option that I see speeds up the construction process if we play to a Q’s strengths. I see so many people building with alternative processes but end up spending so much time/money trying to make the alternative building look conventional. Keep up the good work guys!

  4. Previous story about steel quonset hut tiny house:

    This type of tiny house would be very lightweight, strong, portable, highly weather resistant, near maintenance free, and easy to get permitted. All engineering is provided by the manufacturer.

    Here’s their finished quonset tiny house on wheels:

  5. Quonset buildings have lots of advantages. They come in many standard shapes and sizes as you can see in this free SteelMaster PDF:

    Quonset buildings are maintenance free. Some brands have 30 year warranties.

    They can be assembled in various configurations. The steel has a high percentage of recycled content. Most buildings are erected by owners with a minimum of tools. They are bolted together fairly quickly with a cordless drill and magnetic tipped nut driver.

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