If you look through my previous posts you'll understand the title. I have not been well received for trying to design my own home and looking for tips here. I've resolved to do as much as I can, take it to an architect (who has been selected and spoken with), and have him finalize the designs.
I'm an insurance adjuster and I've spent many years contemplating how to make a building more loss-resistant. I'm trying to apply those ideas in conjunction with regional aesthetics. The home is meant for a 1.44 acre triangular lot in Sedona, Arizona. I created a preliminary design in SketchUp and am working on a revision using Xactimate which includes price lists by zip code (Industry standard in adjusting). I'm ball-parking $400/sf but we'll see when I crunch the numbers and revise.
As I'm working on version 165728.03 of this design I figured I'd come back for some more punishment from yall.
I felt SketchUp was an adequate tool as I needed to be able to visualize every room, this is because I'm running all the electrical through exposed copper conduit and all the copper plumbing will be exposed as well (or at least accessible). The exterior walls are rammed earth and the interior walls are hot rolled steel over steel studs.
The steel will be set into a bottom lip and held in at the top and middle magnetically, this way I can float vinyl sound barrier and have no fastener penetrations. Before you comment on that - don't. I grew up around magnets, my fathers business was magnets, I've taught a few professors a thing or two about magnets. At $20 per 9' x 4' steel sheet I could hang these from the ceiling including the gap from the vinyl, balancing them will be easy.
So, here's what I've got digitally:
Round spiral duct
Dissappearing Wall (4’ sliding glass panel x4)
Fridge, oven, hood, microwave, dishwasher
Industrial style overhead fan
Adjustable height pendant light x2, bulwark light
Hangar Steel Flashing/Trim (11/6” high, into wall) - for hanging from wall without penetration
Surround Sound System (wiring in conduit)
Concrete countertops (changed to match floor color since this design)
Base cabinets elevated 6” from ground for cleaning
Kitchen view from roughly 6' high and 3' from wall. This is my pride and joy, love it or leave it.
Crazy sink fixtures, air gap needed for the drain run.