Some Suggestions For Hangar Home Architecture

by KenRisley on March 5, 2014

Hangar home architecture is as much an individual or family preference as housing of other styles. Browsing the architectural designs that combine hangars and living quarters reveals a wide variety of styles. Some owners prefer the traditional minimal open spaces of a hangar, but an increasing number of pilot/owners are choosing a custom designed home that gives equal emphasis to attractive living space and functional plain storage space. Just as with automobile garages, a hangar can be an attached or semi attached structure. Obviously design will require a larger footprint. Most homeowners will still require a garage for some type of automobile or motorized vehicle. In a few of the designs, a plane garage is placed on a lower level of the living quarters. This is suitable for sloping lots, but it can also create access problems. The "above" design emphasizes the living quarters, but there are other designs which emphasize the aircraft space equal to or higher than the living space. The living quarters under this approach could be an apartment or loft design within the hangar proper. The look of this arrangement may be functional from the curb view, or may be more aesthetically appealing. Whether the structure is a renovation of a traditional hangar or a completely new concept and design, it is important to obtain the skills and expertise of a knowledgeable professional for the design and construction process. A professional knows the type of unique requirements involved in the large open span areas required to house an aircraft. Knowledge of local and state building codes and regulations is important. Most individuals who are planning the renovation or construction of a unique home style should be able to rely upon the knowledge of a designer and contractor. In addition, the designer should be able to work with the special needs of garaging an aircraft. These might include sound dampening surfaces, storage of tools and equipment related to the plane and its service requirements, and door options. Those who are considering a unique style of living and storage space would be wise to use the internet as a tool to capture ideas of what suits their particular preferences and budget. Incorporating ones own ideas into the overall design makes the space unique. Garnering or crating a few preliminary ideas tend to "seed" the process and narrow down the design paths. It is the reason for using a professional. He or she can begin from scratch (based upon interviews with you) or take your ideas and put a professional face on them. More emphasis is placed on utilizing outdoor space along with the indoor space. This can include patios, courtyards, garden areas and balconies. When weather permits, this gives the homeowner/pilot the chance to enjoy the air on the ground as well as above the clouds. Those who are considering choosing the lifestyle offered by one of these uniquely styled homes should do the due diligence to ensure that the designer and contractor are knowledgeable and experienced in this type of design and construction Also, the designer must be aware of the unique regulations in the state or local community - which can differ from place to place. Of course, finding references for any professionals on your short list is an important part of selecting the right person with whom to work.