DOMESTIC STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Residential Properties before the Arrival of Domestic Engineering
Before the arrival of modern domestic engineering, most homes had bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens that were square, with an average width of about twelve feet. Initially, ceilings were quite high, but this resulted in many homes being colder than necessary, which in turn meant homeowners had to spend more money to heat their homes during the cold winter months. Soon builders started turning to lower ceilings, something which took off in a big way in the years following the Second World War.
Large expansive windows were also very rarely installed back in those days. Instead, windows were typically all a standard size apart from a few exceptions. Smaller windows were deemed to be more energy efficient than large windows, and for the most part, they were seen simply as practical necessities; a means of allowing sunlight into a home, and a means of providing ventilation.
Domestic Engineering Ushers in a New Era of Residential Construction
Domestic engineering has without a doubt changed our perception of the ‘perfect’ home. For example, many modern homes now incorporate a wide range of materials, including timber; aluminium; cement blocks; bricks; stainless steel and glass. Many people these days are no longer interested in buying traditional square or rectangular home. Instead, they want futuristic designs which have been made possible through modern residential and domestic engineering capabilities.
People want architecture that stands out. A design that will get friends and neighbours talking. People are once again opting for high ceilings and large airy open plan rooms. Many people are even demanding a complete shift away from ceilings as we know them, and instead, they want have roof beams visible, meaning that only the actual roof tiles are hidden behind timber cladding. A lot of homeowners also want very large windows that provide stunning panoramic views. Split level floors; mezzanine decks and glittering stainless steel spiral staircases have likewise become immensely popular.
Designing and Building the Home of Your Dreams
Because people are making increasingly challenging demands regard their home designs, the need for domestic engineering professionals has never been greater than it is today. The more complex a particular design is, the more room there is for error, and with the rising cost of labor and building materials, errors can result in significant financial losses. While engineers are expected to do whatever they can in order to keep homeowners happy, they are also under a considerable amount of pressure to design buildings that meet government building and safety regulations. In short, employing the services of a reputable engineering firm that has plenty of residential engineering experience is the very best way to ensure that you won’t run into any problems.
Using a good engineering firm does of course cost money, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money and heartache. A good firm will see to it that your home is built in the most effective and most cost-efficient manner possible. They will also see to it that you get the sort of quality you want and that the final end product is exactly as you envisioned before construction got underway.
Domestic Engineering and Roofing
While many people view a roof as being nothing more than a means to protect against the elements of nature, there is actually far more to it than that. When properly installed, the entire foundation of your home will have protection, but if the roof has been constructed with an incorrect slope or poor quality materials, it could severely damage your home. Domestic engineering specialists, on the other hand, will consider the pitch of the roof, along with the hips, gables and dormers. They understand the concrete footings that are supporting the foundation and can ensure that the load points of the roof and the end reactions of the beams are offering the proper amount of stability.
Of course, successful engineering for the home begins long before the roof is placed on the home. It begins with the initial planning stage. This is doing the research on a property and creating a plan that estimates materials and any special adjustments to the design to ensure that the project is done right the first time.
It takes having the right permits and ensuring that the area is rezoned if needed. The process can then be carried over to the surveying stage of the project. This includes mapping the elevation; borders and boundaries, and surveying the area, making a note of any potential problems that may arise. This includes storm water damage that could become a problem if there are heavy rains.
Planning for Decks and Other Secondary Features
Secondary features, such as sun decks, for example, will also require skill-full domestic engineering techniques in place. As an external structure, it is important to ensure that any deck is safe enough to withstand the weight of the maximum number of people who might be on it at any given time. At the same time, the strength of a deck must be achieved in such a way so as to not put any undesired strain or stress on the existing structures, such as the walls and the foundation.