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, with concrete blocks and ceiling panels for the ground floor and fire-resistant insulated panels for the upper walls and roof for sound insulation, covered with a zinc-plated corrugated 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 airside access to a taxiway, and roadside access with a double garage and large entrance hall.