Foundation Questions for detached Garage
Let me preface by saying that I usually just lurk here at BT and post infrequently. I am a fairly accomplished DIY’er and want to embark on my next project. I have outgrown my current 12 X 20 pole building- which I built myself – no surpise there I guess. Between mowers and tillers and wintertime storage of pool filters, etc, it just isn’t big enough. So I want to go all out and am thinking of building another building in its place. At first I am thinking 24X20 but that’s only 2x the floor space of my current building and as such is probably not big enough. So now we head up to 40×30.
I think I would like to frame this one conventionally, but am still on the fence. Here’s why- the spot where the building is to go lies very wet for a good part of the year. Right now if I dug down 36″ I’d hit water. In a wet spring, there is water at the surface. And I’m in MD, so I have to go down 40″ for footers. Then block on top. Is all this water in the soil going to cause problems for a traditional foundation? Because of this would another pole building be better? The current building has a plywood floor and I really want concrete. Can a slab be poured on such a soil? I’m not sure due to all the moisture = movement.
I need to figure out what type of building I want then I can go to designing the thing. Basically all I need is a box with 4-12 or 5-12 roof. But let’s face it, this thing is going in my property and this size building isn’t pretty to look at in the first place, so I would like to make it look a little nicer. That’s why i have been leaning away from a pole building, I have not seen anything that looks non-industrial. Any ideas for ways to make a pole building not look so much like well, a pole building?