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Top Pointers For Finding Hangar Home Architecture

by KenRisley on January 21, 2014

Hangar home architecture may be a term you have never heard of, but for amateur and professional pilots, this alternative approach to house building has a lot to offer. It manages to integrate a hangar for storing a small aircraft within the house plan. It might seem like this would result in a highly utilitarian and boxy house design. However, there are many clever tricks which designers can use to hide the fact that airplane storage is contained within the building. To learn more about this highly unique approach to building a house, read on for some helpful tips and information. One way that many consumers learn more about this style of building is by using the Internet. For helpful photographs, video tours and even customer testimony, the Internet has many resources available. For instance, there are a number of online forums and websites which cater especially to piloting enthusiasts. This can be a good place to learn from the suggestions and experiences of fellow pilots. Furthermore, there are a number of publications geared towards flight enthusiasts which have been released in printed and online formats. These often include informative articles on lifestyle and the latest developments in storage and housing. Some online publications also include video links with tours of storage facilities. If you are active in a flying club or similar group, this may prove a useful resource. Asking around among fellow pilots can help you to learn more about the options for building companies in your area. In fact, networking in this fashion is how many hangar home owners have received help in their enterprise. There are many, many communities of hangar house owners throughout the country and also across the globe. By building a community of similar homes together, residents have been able to work together to approach zoning laws, insurance and safety regulations. Sharing resources has allowed this building style to develop according to user need. For instance there are many new advances in styling to make this building more welcoming and comfortable. In fact, some virtually hide the aircraft storage facility through a variety of methods. It may be placed in the back of the building or integrated with the rest of the architecture by adjusting roof levels. Keep in mind that this style of building requires a trained and properly licensed architect and building company. Finding the right professionals for the project is almost certain to take some time and effort on the client's part. However, the task is made much easier by drawing on the wide range of sources available. There is a significant commitment involved and knowing all the facts beforehand is important in order to achieve a satisfactory result. Choosing the write design professional will pay off many times over in delight with the project as well as cost factors. When it comes to hangar home architecture many clients feel that the time and careful planning is certainly worth it. The chance to have a home that fits in with a passion for flight is a dream opportunity for many. For further tips to help you with learning more about this style of building, there are many guides available on blogs and websites dedicated to piloting including this one.

Engineers are in Demand

by Engineer Designer on August 30, 2011

Engineering Hiring Demand Jumps 59% in 2011 Source: EngineerDesigner Employers and staffing agencies in the Engineering Services sector posted more than 23,000 new job ads during the past 60 days. This is a 36% increase over the same period last year, and a 59% boost from the beginning of 2011. The top 20 jobs Engineering Services firms are looking to fill are listed below, along with the percentage change from 2010. Civil, Industrial, Electrical and Mechanical engineers make up the top engineering occupations, and with the addition of Computer Systems Analysts, round out the top five in-demand occupations in the sector. 19 of the top 20 occupations showed double-digit growth in demand during the past 60 days, compared to the same period in 2010. Employers Struggle to Find Engineers A recent Talent Shortage Survey from ManpowerGroup found that 52% of U.S. employers today are having difficulty filling jobs. Best-Paying College Major: Engineering Engineering majors continue to boast fatter salary offers than their peers, according to the most recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Majors in the engineering field dominated the association's list of top-paying degrees for the class of 2011, with four of the top five spots going to engineering majors. Each of these majors receive average starting salary offers of more than $60,000. The only non-engineering major among the top five was computer science, which earned graduating students average starting salary offers of $63,017.

Mid-Year Construction Forecast

by Engineer Designer on August 16, 2011

Mid-Year Construction Forecast (reprinted from “design+build”) According to economists, the recession ended in June 2009, but for most Americans it doesn't feel that way. And for builders, that's the reality according to information out of the Mid-Year Construction Forecast conference held by Associated Builders and Contractors on June 8, 2011. Speakers on the Web conference included: Anirban Basu, chief economist, ABC; David Crowe, chief economist, National Association of Home Builders; and Kermit Baker, chief economist, American Institute of Architects. "Residential construction usually leads [the country] out of a recession," Crowe said in the webcast. However, residential construction is not going to be the cause of a recovery this time around, but rather job recovery will lead us back to normal levels. Crowe discussed positive events taking place today:
  • Low mortgage rates
  • Ratio of house prices to income are at normal levels: People used to buy homes three times their income, but were buying at five times their income during the boom. The ratio is now back down to three times the income - the normal level.
  • Affordability is high
  • Low inventory of homes
  • Pent-up demand
Crowe also discussed negative events:
  • Lacking job market
  • House price declined again: This might affected by recent flood of foreclosures.
  • Consumer confidence
Kermit Baker emphasized job and consumer confidence recovery as key to a positive construction forecast. "[The housing market] began to recover in 2010 then stabilized in 2011 and declined in April 2011," he said in the webcast. "Recovery is expected in the latter 2011, but 2012 will be better." Baker listed the top 10 growth markets: Boston, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego, and Riverside, Calif. The top 10 markets that declined included many areas that were over-built during the boom: Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Fla., Orlando and Miami. Anirban Basu projected 2016 as the year when the housing market will be back at a complete recovery. Baby Boomers will retire which they've been putting off, and more jobs will available, Basu said in the webcast. When asked specifically about the custom home market recovery in regards to new construction, Crowe said: "The custom market has put a floor on total production.  While it has fallen like other components of the market, the level of production has leveled off for that component of the new construction. The component of the new home sales has been about one-third of the market but fell to under 20 percent in the mid-2000s as speculative homes became the norm. Custom is back up to about 30 percent of the market and should continue to be one steady element."