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. In addition, airfields can be in exposed areas so 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, the hangar home has a steel frame anchored to a reinforced concrete slab to withstand the high winds, and concrete blocks for the ground floor walls and hollow-core concrete panels for the ceiling/upper floor for fire resistance. The upper floor walls and barrel roof will incorporate ‘Rockwool’ insulation within the steel sections, covered on the outside by the profile sheeting and aluminium roof and on the inside by plasterboard so that none of the steel is seen.
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.