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Helpful hints on planning your steel build design.


If you are considering buying a steel building, whether for business or personal use, this article gives practical guidance on factors to consider whilst planning your design.

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When putting together your specification for your new build let your requirements drive the design.Steel building

By having a clear idea of what the building is used for helps to determine the dimensions - housing a car or hobby bike for example helps give an idea of minimum sizes, ensuring you have given sufficient room for both the car and factoring in getting in and out of a car inside of the building. Also, if required, factor in work areas, having a rough idea of sizes of workbenches etc.

If the building is used for animals, look up recommended layouts and recommended dimensions beforehand to ensure that you have knowledge of recommended and minimum sizes. All this helps you to have a clear idea of what you require - whether you then go for top end luxury specification or budget options can then be decided with all the basic facts at your fingertips. Don't forget to include food store areas etc as required.

One of the constraints of the building size may be the size of your plot - is there sufficient room? Factor in any overhead power lines or existing facilities that may constrain the amount of room available for the build. Do you need power and water to the building?

The siting and location of a building is also a factor in the design and costing. Wind speed, weather condition of the area is also factored into the design to ensure that the building is suitable for your location. The steel building designer will factor this information into your design.

Steel buildings are usually erected on concrete foundations. Dimensions of the concrete slab are included in a design - it is important that the actual slab is accurate. It is essential to ensure that the slab is 'square' and not skewed. Getting the foundations accurate helps prevent problems during the build. It is recommended that the diagonals are also measured when digging out the foundations to help ensure that the measurements are accurate prior to pouring the concrete.

Once you have worked out the size requirements of the buildings you can then factor in other factors - if used for hobby or work area do you require single or double skin for your buildings? Nowadays insulation for steel buildings is a viable option which keeps heat in the building giving a more comfortable environment to work in and more cost effective if you plan to put heating in the building.

There is a wide range of doors and windows available. Roller doors, both manual and electric are an option and secure personal access doors give you easy and secure access to your build. Within reason doors and windows can be designed in as you require. Just put some thought into purpose and use of the doors so that they can be sited to optimise the ease of usage. If planning permission is required, check for colour of layout restrictions so that you have a clear idea of the constraints.

There are a wide range of colours available for your steel buildings and also the buildings are coated with a plastisol finish for added protection from weather and environment.

Make the most of the free quoting service, have a chat with the steel build designer and explain fully what you want then building for. They can give additional advice and design options - don't forget that they have had other clients who have designed similar type buildings, so can pass on valuable advice and insight on some of the factors that will affect your build.

The uses of steel buildings are many - sports facilities, marine use, office and small business use, agricultural and equestrian use, storage and residential use, industrial use and aircraft use. The basics are similar - decide on your requirements, assess your plot, consider your budget, then get a free quote to ensure that you get the most for your money and budget with the options you require.