How is a Hangar Home made?
The fundamental requirement of a hangar home is that most of the construction is pre-fabricated off-site, so as to minimise disruption on an active airfield. Also, because these homes are on an active airfield, noise insulation is paramount. In addition, airfields can be very windy, and therefore hangar homes need to be able to withstand very high winds. Lastly, fire-resistance is important in the hangar because of the presence of aviation fuel in the plane and car fuel in the garage.
In the light of the above, it was determined that the hangar home should have a steel frame anchored to a reinforced concrete slab to withstand the high winds and concrete blocks for the ground floor outer and inner walls and hollow-core concrete panels for the ceiling/upper floor for fire-resistance. The upper floor walls and barrel roof will use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for noise and heat insulation, covered with a flexible solar panel roof.
The aim is to build a unit that does not look like an industrial building, like most hangars, but is an attractive, open-plan residential building with a large balcony over the hangar underneath for the owner to keep their plane with both airside and roadside access.