Weather - HOLY SH!T!!!
Actually that's what i'd be saying if I wasn't prepped. My only problem now is power - but that hasn't gone out yet.
PM me with your location info/phone number and I'll post it on a bunch of websites.
Nah, be happy to give you a call and chat about feasibility of home-brew welding. We would need power on site, that's for sure - unless I get these batteries and get some load/runtime data. I'm kind of keeping an eye out on the water rising right now, but don't mind chatting as long as you're with power and all. I'd be happy to do any/all of the welding (whatever's possible with my particular welder) and get a buddy or two to help out so long as you provide beer and the occasional sandwich or gatorade.
Hell, build a little fire pit and
Neat design btw. Very securable, and relatively low overhead in terms of additional structure to be built.
Personally I'd go with an apex roof, just because my experience with simple shed rooves with long runs and low rises is kind of crappy. We get such high rainfall around here that a low slope roof like that will have problems with damming if you get leaves up there - not enough velocity for the water to wash the leaves out of the way, and it kinda piles up.
If you didn't want to cover the whole thing at once, you could plan for some of that clear ondura stuff over the courtyard later, but put in all your brackets right now (at time of construction, anyway). Anyhow, the idea would be to do a higher slope shed roof - same height, but shorter run, so that your roof formed sort of a ring, following your plan, instead of a single shallow roof covering the whole structure. This could allow you to turn that inner area into a greenhouse sort of deal later if you'd like, and with that sort of height, I could totally see an orange or lemon tree right smack in the middle, kept pruned to about 8 feet tall, providing interior shade, air quality, and drop-dead gorgeous fruit and aroma through some interior windows. That simple ring structure might be the single best asset in terms of comfort and defensiblity, as well as energy efficiency - a greenhouse in the middle would provide much-needed warm air in the winter, if properly insulated and ventilated to the interior.
Plenty of options there, but as always, just my .02
PM if you want to chat in more detail, or just catch up when I'm over in norfolk next week.