Originally Posted by BridgeMan
Don't know your location, but I suspect a barn-type structure like you've shown will be a magnet for lots of flying critters (birds, bats, etc.). Also, if you have walls on all sides, not letting sunlight get to the cabin's windows, it could get gloomy in the living space.
Curious about the picture--has the concrete in the pole footings not yet developed its strength? Way too many diagonal braces and waste of material if that's not the case. Also, you might want to give some thought to using rafters and joists for the roof's support system instead of the trusses shown. Trusses waste a lot of space, which could otherwise be utilized for storage (with sheathing on top of the joists, and some convenient access stairs, either pull-down or permanent).
That was just the closest picture I could find on a quick search. It's the same basic style, but the way they do is locally is use 6x6 posts. looks like 4x4's in that picture. They also provide all the materials except for nails/screws.
I wouldn't have the sides come all the way down, except maybe in the back.
Just low enough to keep rain/snow from being able to blow in and reach the roof of the cabin.
I don't have the specs on hand, but I plan to keep the south facing roof at an angle that''ll block out the summer sun, but let in the winter sun.
I'm also going to have a small attached greenhouse on the south side too.