Is 200 sf. the standard around the nation for "Accessory Buildings" without a permit? In my county it's 120 sf.. Even our ag buildings need a plan review as of the beginning of the year (Too many people moving into their barns. Poor people are a pain in the butt. Why don't they just get a loan or something? Jeez!).
Breath, Drew. Better? Okay, continue.
Anyway, my wife, Dan, and I had an idea about building a collection of 10x12 buildings in close proximity of each other, but over the 6 or 8 foot limit imposed by the county. We're thinking putting them on a square with the doors on a gable end and all facing the center. In the center there would be an outdoor kitchen. Each of the four buildings would have a special purpose. One would be (If it was legal of course) for sleeping. One would a shower/outhouse with a composting toilet. It might also house the solar electric system if I can do it safely. The other two would be home offices for herself and me. No more mysterious stuff showing up on my desk OR magically disappearing. Ahhh.
My dad and I have a joke about solar powered air conditioning. While I think I'll see what else we can do to beat the summer heat besides even a small AC unit, heating or cooling a small space is easier than a big one.
The kitchen in the middle will be covered but not walled. It will be unfriendly after dark in the rainy season, but other arrangements will necessarily be made for that. Canned tomatoes, stuff like that. Dirt. Rodents.
(Side note: Just got off the phone with the building supply store. Our framing and roof lumber is on its way to my place. Enjoy your AC tonight, fellow Spartans, for tomorrow we frame in Hell!")
While Dan and I had done some home improvement jobs together, Casa Guacamole was our first attempt at a free-standing structure. Here it is, a 10'x12' built to plans from a book.
Aside from the learning all aspects of this kind of construction there was the working with family aspect (Ahhahahahaa!). Now after three years of experience I am only a complete jerk for the first 45 minutes of the work day. We also learned a lot about what not to do next time and how to "componentize" a lot of this. With four near identical buildings we should see some economies in design and reusable parts.
I'm thinking gambrel roofs for the extra space up top, but four little barns in a square? It sounds like it might look a little, um, what's the word? Dopey?