Home Building Design

Home Building A Fishing Boat

One of the most popular uses for boats is for fishing. People sometimes look at the bewildering array of available boat types and are confused about what type is most useful for them. Hopefully this article will make you aware of the various types of fishing boats there are so you can do a good job going about picking the best design for you to build in your home workshop.

The first thing you have to decide is what type of water you’ll be fishing on. A suitable boat for small ponds and backwaters would not necessarily be the best choice for near coastal conditions where bigger seas might sneak up on you. Similarly a river fishing boat capable of handling wild whitewater might be a disappointing performer on larger, open lakes. A boat that will have to do double duty as a fishing and waterfowl hunting boat will be very different from a boat that will be doing double duty as a fishing and water skiing boat. Spend some time identifying the uses of your boat first – what kind of water, how fast, how many people – these are what will dictate the best type of boat for you to build.

If you primarily intend to fish in rivers, especially smaller, fast moving rivers, you’ll want a drift boat, that is one that is primarily intended to drift down rivers. There are two types of these, the Western style, sometimes called, McKenzie River drift boats, and Midwestern style drift boats less for canyon shooting in the mountainous West, and more for smaller rivers and streams common throughout the US. The Midwestern style can be rowed much faster and with more control than the Western types intended only for drifting downriver, where the oars are only used for keeping the boat pointed downriver.

If you intend to fish on lakes, bays and protected waters, you have a choice of quite a few designs. If you intend to both row and use moderate power, there are few better choices than a Carolina style dory. These easy-to-build boats get up and plane easily, carry lots of load, are quite stable and yet still may be rowed in a pinch.

If you want to go fast, under primarily engine power, and still plan to mostly fish in wide rivers, lakes, bays, etc., a semi-vee or full vee bottom power boat may be your best choice., These come from smaller – two passenger sizes, easily tailored behind a small car, all the way to big, 6 or 8 passenger models that can also handle sea conditions. Another option for this kind of conditions is the Pacific power dory. These highly stable and efficient hulls can outperform commercially made fiberglass models and can be built for a fraction of what a new boat costs.

If you’d like a man-powered or small engine boat you can toss in the back of a pickup or on a car roof and head to a stream, lake, bay or bayou, consider one of the ultra-light boats with plans available. They come in various shapes, from prams and dories, to canoes and kayaks. Larger sea-kayaks are suitable for fishing and waterfowl hunting. Using modern materials some of these boats can weigh as little as 40 lbs so can be carried to the water with one hand.

Finally, if you want to use your boat to fish in the ocean, you’ll be faced with very different conditions than in protected waters so need to look for a boat designed for ocean conditions. Vee bottom Carolina dories, Pacific power dories, and vee bottom center console boats are all suitable for coastal conditions, and also will outperform heavier factory made boats and may be used with smaller, more economical engines.

For offshore conditions, very specialized craft are called for. Grand Banks dories are some of the most seaworthy boats ever designed. They’ll power through any weather, though they’re no speed demons, and can also be sailed. In 1876 (the USA’s 100th birthday year) an 18-foot open dory, named the Centennial was used on the first single-handed North Atlantic crossing from New York to England. Other candidates for home built offshore fishing boats include Hawaiian sampans, mullet skiffs, and larger vee bottom Carolina dories. Each has their pluses and minuses, depending on whether speed, economy, or a smooth ride is the more important characteristic.

Steel Kit Homes The Best Choice

Many people dream about building their own home, but are intimidated by the cost. Constructing a traditional home requires considerable time and expertise-whether one does it themselves or hires someone else to do it. Steel kit homes have emerged as an option to the traditional home. Steel kit homes are cost-effective and much easier to construct than a wooden house. Steel kit homes are shipped in one or two loads and assembled on site. These houses are strong, sturdy, fire retardant and 100% termite resistant. Steel is becoming popular in many applications thanks to its durability and the fact that it is recyclable.

A kit home can be modified to suit one’s budget and personal needs, and modified to the particulars of a site, neighborhood or environment as well. A kit home is a particularly excellent option for Australians because it allows them to own a home created in their personal style.

Naturally, those interested in building a steel kit home will also have to purchase the land on which the home will be built. Not to worry; the price tag is still much lower than that of a conventional house. Financing is available for all kit home designs, thereby helping one to build their dream home.

A number of kit home designers are available in Australia’s Queensland, NSW and Victoria. All Australian kit home companies will provide you with the complete kit home package. This includes all kit home building materials, all appliances and fixtures for kitchen, laundry and bathroom, all fittings, insulation, tiles, paint, electrical and plumbing kits, even a set of tools to help the owner build their own home. Kits can cost up to 40% less than conventional home construction because:

* Frames and materials are mass produced

* All components are cut to size and pre-marked at the factory

* Delivery of all the components comes in one or two loads

* Fast, relatively simple construction-many pieces just slot together

* No architect service costs

* No special tools or heavy equipment required

If you’re thinking of building a new home, steel kit homes are a good decision for quality and price.

Cost Of Modular Homes Depend Entirely On The Design

Modular homes are by far the cheapest on the market as opposed to manufactured homes and site homes. Cost vary and this all depends on what type of modular home you have chosen and which manufacturer is building the modular home but here are some estimates and general information that may be of some help.

Due to predictable construction schedules whereby the time estimates are much shorter and more organized than site homes modular homes cost less per square meter where you will save as much as twenty five percent in comparison site and manufactured homes.

Time costs money and modular homes save money because the building time is reduced due to the site preparation and building of the home being done simultaneously lowering your interest on construction loans. Modular homes are bargains but still do not expect unrealistic discounts when comparing other types of housing costs.

In choosing a modular home above other conventional homes you can expect superb quality and speedy completion as well as a modest saving which means you win ultimately. And remember like all businesses there are price variations allowing you to find a really good bargain but also be careful of prices that are below costs as there could be a catch.

Now that you are aware of the lower cost bracket of a modular home compared to any other living quarters you will realize that you are only saving on the time it takes to erect a modular home. There is also little or no difference between a finished modular home and other home quarters. You can take advantage when your modular home is priced slightly higher when it comes to the customised accessories ending up with a trendy modular.

Modular homes are built in factories that are climate controlled which assures high quality and high energy efficiency allowing building to be faster than all other types of homes which also allows for minimal waste and efficient usage of raw materials. Modular home designs are flexible and meet with all standard building codes.

The overall construction will play a big part when it comes to cost and amenities and by breaking down the material costs you will be able to more or less estimate what the final cost will be. To find the very best deal you need to compare prices by shopping around and this will also help you decide which will be the best modular to buy that will afford you a substantial saving. You are looking at around fifty to sixty thousand dollars for a standard a 1 or 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom modular not including the land, foundation or any other extras. The Modular Building Systems Association offers advice and will help you select a modular home manufacturer as well as assist with estimated costs.

Home Building Plans – What Every Owner Builder Must Know About Architects

What’s the value of a good architect? Everyone knows that architects design homes and buildings. But, if you’re building a home, should you pay an architect or just buy a house plan that has already been designed? I will answer these and other questions here.

These are the most common questions I get about house plans and architects:

1. Can I just buy some existing house plans and save money?
2. Can I design my own home?
3. Do I really need an architect to design my house?
4. Can I afford an architect?

There’s more to a set of house plans than the lay-out and the look of the home. When you hire an architect, you’re getting licensing, training, and experience that can help you create something uniquely yours and in line with local building practices.

What Do You Really Want?

The first thing to think about is what you’re after and how you plan to go about it. Are you building a stick built home from scratch? Or, are you going to build a log home or some form of kit or packaged home? Will you be building with alternative building materials like SIP panels or insulated concrete forms?

Also, the size and complexity of the home is critical. A simple, small home is vastly different from a large home full of custom features. You must also know your Home Owners Association rules.

Let’s take the above questions one by one:

Buying Existing House Plans

There is a huge business in selling stock house plans. Some of these are designed by renowned home designers. In some cases, there is certainly nothing wrong or inferior about using one of these plans to build your home.

Building with packaged homes generally utilizes this method. You will not have a truly custom home, but you will likely pay quite a bit less to get your set of plans. Be certain that your Home Owners Association or your local building authorities don’t have requirements that preclude you from going this route.

Designing Your Own Home

Have you created your own design? For some, their home building dream includes actually drawing their own plans. I must caution you here. There is more to designing a home than meets the eye. If you are not experienced or trained, you can invest a lot of time just to find out that you need to have everything redone by a professional.

Good design includes things like; structural integrity, materials selection, code requirements, aesthetic appeal, traffic flow, lighting, views, and natures influence just to name a few.

Is an Architect Prepared House Plan a Must?

The short answer is usually not. The decision could be taken out of your hands, however. In the USA for instance, there are several states that will not approve plans created out of their state. Similarly, Home Owners Associations may require all plans be designed by their list of architects. Always check before you buy home plans online or from a catalog.

How Much Does an Architect Cost?

The cost of using design professionals varies greatly. Their experience, reputation, and geographic location will factor in. Also, you may find different professional levels for these designers. For instance, a residential designer is a lesser designation than an architect and therefore usually less costly.

Knowing first what you really want is key. If you plan to build a high end custom home with a unique look that reflects your lifestyle and provides the ambiance you are looking for, spending tens of thousands of dollars (or more) may be well worth the money. On the other hand, you can get a get a good design for several hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Getting Started

You’ll want to interview your choices. It’s best to get a referral if you can but, however you find your options, be sure to have exploratory meetings to see how they work and if their style and charges fit your needs.

Do you have very specific ideas you want them to incorporate? Are you a blank slate? Sometimes it can be best to give them a minimal framework of what you want and let them create. Other times, especially if you want to keep your costs down, give them as much input as you can at the beginning so they know what you want.

Finally

The value of a good architect that understands the marketplace and your desires cannot be overstated. You’re likely to benefit from a higher value home as well as a home that you’ll really be happy with.