As I mentioned on Wednesday, the work crew arrived yesterday and erected our new utility building in only a few hours.
It's not very large by metal building standards, but at 400 square feet it's more than six times bigger than the old, dilapidated, owner-built shed that came with our house. Once it's complete, it'll be very useful indeed. Now to lead electricity to it; install a garage door; add a small split-level ductless A/C unit; insulate it against our very hot Texas summers and frigid Texas winter storms; and assemble shelving. Then the fun starts of carrying boxes, totes and bits and pieces from the house to the shed, along with others that are scattered in three different storage spaces here and there. That'll keep me busy in my spare time (what spare time?) for the rest of the summer and into the fall, I'm sure.
I should give a shout-out to Big Buildings Direct, the dealer through whom I purchased the shed. They don't actually build it themselves: they prepare the design, then contract it out to a company in your area to build. I was a little dubious about that at first, but their contractors did a great job today. BBD was very competitive on price compared to others from whom I requested quotes. Bailey Hanson of their sales staff was extremely helpful throughout the selection and design process, always willing to answer questions that must have seemed terribly basic and uninformed to her. She was very patient with this novice shed-buyer (even though I was after a much smaller, lower-cost, less profitable building than those BBD usually sells). She prepared computer-generated images showing what my design would look like as we went through various iterations, and explained the various steps involved. All in all, it was a pleasure doing business with BBD and her. If I ever need another metal building, they're first on my list of people to contact. (No, they're not paying me to shill for them: they just did a good job for me at a fair price, so I think they deserve a public "Attaboy!")
So far, so good. Onward!