Considerations In Choosing A Hangar Home Design

by KenRisley on February 22, 2014

For those people who own a private plane and who don't want to waste time commuting from a home in the city to the airport, combining living space with a place to house your aircraft is a great idea. There are many fly-in communities in the United States. This is a unique lifestyle that for many pilots is an ultimate dream. Deciding how large or how small to make your hangar home project has two major elements. First is to determine how large to make the hangar. You want a place to house your aircraft and have it large enough to comfortably move around the hangar. Many owners also want space for storing the tools and working on the airplane or an aviation project. Some want to park their camper in the hangar. The second factor is the size and design of the living space. Unless you plan to start small and move to a larger hangar as your plane or family grows, it's best to plan ahead and choose a size that you can be happy with for many years. The general style will depend upon the location of the structure, architectural requirements, your family needs and where you are in life. You may be able to choose a design that looks like any upscale family home but that has the added feature of a plane storage spot built into the architecture. If you choose a more "plain Jane" approach, the structure might look like any other hangar nearby and the extras are all on the inside of the shell. The choice will be somewhat dependent upon the zoning and the community restrictions and covenants. The materials used in the construction of the structure are of every type imaginable. The hangar floor is usually concrete and some folks place a coating over it so that it can be cleaned easily. Living quarters can be of any material used in a standard home. Also, consideration should be given to noise dampening qualities - which sometimes come down to sound insulation and even separation between the hangar and the home. If you live in an area where heating or cooling loads are high, design for such systems should be incorporated into the building designs. You might be able to make use of alternative energy sources such as solar energy for at least part of the process. Radiant floor heat is a nice touch in colder climates. Deciding on the footprint of your structure is a key element in creating a workable design. There must be an interior open space that is wide enough and high enough to provide quarters for the plane. The living space can be connected, separate and can even, occasionally be on top of the hangar (though this can offer interesting engineering challenges.. Identifying the access to the space is important. There are some specialized doors available, including track doors and overhead doors. Choosing one that complements the structure exterior, while offering security against intruders and weather elements is recommended. The elements of style, location and access are features to be included in designing a living space that also houses a plane. Obviously, the cost factor is utilized in a new building or in a renovation. Aesthetics is a personal things and you want to make sure that you end up with a look that you can really appreciate.