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Showing posts with label CAD. Show all posts

Tuesday

Decks Notes, Examples, Ideas, Drawings

 A client has asked me for
Notes, Examples, Ideas, Drawings
for Decks.




Simple Deck Bench.jpg


Angle Back Deck Bench.jpg
Angle Back Deck Bench Code Compliant



This Bench I made for the Picnic Table from leftover scrap wood I didn’t want to throw away.
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the Angled Back Bench Seat it makes the seat like an actual comfortable lawn chair.
I like the Angled Back Bench Seat it makes the seat like an actual comfortable lawn chair.


Deck Benches are kool.  They are not building code compliant.  “If you ever got in trouble in the future they would ask you to make them code compliant.”  Like they did on the following jobs site deck project photos. I did for a guy for totally different reasons.  (the building inspector and the realtor didn’t get along.  The building inspector was right the deck wasn’t right but there was nothing wrong with the deck. I painted it, added metal bracing, fixed the stairs, and added lattice.)  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUFw6-GYhQ
Feb 21, 2013 - Uploaded by Scotts Contracting
St Louis City Building Code Officials said: "Bring the Deck to Current Building Codes or Tear It Down". We ...
https://plus.google.com/photos/+scottscontracting/albums/5715256359919427265


  • Saving a Deck From the Landfill. 62 photos. · Shared publicly · ... Just added Action Photos to the Green Build Deck Project. Read more...https://plus.google.com/photos/+scottscontracting/albums/5715256359919427265


The reason Deck Benches are not code compliant is because a child could climb on the bench, and then climb up the back of the bench and fall over the side of the Deck.


This is the one of the best stains I’ve ever used.  I used it on this deck below.  What a kool deck this guy had, it was huge.  The stain was called TPW Stain.  He ordered it online and it came in the mail.  



The lumber in the brown bench pictures above came from a project right off  macklind. Here is all the photos: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPSm8EtTrpKpl4RddiUJuzQK7Ja54xU-zLKliOr  I want to point out that this lady chose metal to jazz up deck.  It was expensive, she liked the Natural Look and is why she didn’t have me protect the wood-with paint or stain- of the porch and pergola I built.


You might remember seeing this sticking along side of the road Macklind






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Friday

CAD Platform Bed with Drawers

Custom Design Build Bed
      is an improvement on a similar design build project I first did 15 years ago.   This design is an improvement on my original design that eliminates the trouble I had moving the bed in and out of the Home.

Instead of one huge piece of furniture to maneuver around this design has 4 sections: Headboard, Footboard, and 2 box springs or drawer sections.  When separated each section can then be moved by one person.

Scotts Contracting Design Build Project Platform Bed original design
Platform Bed CAD design with storage
This is a project I'm looking forward to building for my girl!




Since posting this first design my girl has asked for taller bed posts.  I also had an additional idea on incorporating some metal rails into the footboard for a more modern look rather than a the solid look in the first photo.

The changes my girl asked for in the project were:

  1. Taller Posts.  I raised the post to the highest point of the Arch Headboard.
  2. I also added the Full Globes on the Bed Posts instead of the Dome type caps in the first design. 
  3. I changed the Footboard to black medal rods as an option that we may or may not do.  Since she has asked for:
  4. A place to add Gold Leaf Stencil Calligraphy!

Final Design Platform Queen Size Bed with Storage Drawers by Scotty
Platform Bed with Drawers Final Design!

I've noticed a design flaw on future usability issue of 2 Drawers.

When bedside tables are added to the side of the bed, this will limit the use of the drawer under the pillow section- since it will not be able to be pulled out completely.  I'm a little undecided at the moment on whether I'll make it a dummy drawer for aesthetic purposes, or make it a full drawer that gets limited use.



Stay tuned for the final final design and build pictures!




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Sunday

Net Zero Container Home Solar and Wind Energy

5 Container Layout for open concept living areas. Net Zero Energy use from 4k Wind Turbine and Solar Panels System. Passive Solar Roof Overhang Design that doubles as support for solar panels and blocks summertime sun rays.

This CAD design was originally made for a client who was interested in a container home design. After the costs to buy, renovate, and build a container home outweighed the cost of a larger and roomier Post Frame Building design they decided that maybe a container home wasn't the best fit for them and their growing family.

The Clients also requested a Rock Climbing Wall incorporated into the Home Design- ie Must Have. This was also the reason behind the design of the Container on its end sticking up above the remain home. With a few windows the container can also be used for a Natural Air Movement Home Ventilation Feature as well as house the Wind Turbine. This meets my design goals of a building feature that has 2 or more benefits is always a worthwhile addition!

There are no interior plans for this design. If you would like an interior design let me know and I'll work one up.  The usable interior floor plan space is 20- 40 feet wide (wooden truss system) x up to 40 feet long with up to 16 feet tall ceilings.   This allows plenty of space that could incorporate a variety of designs.
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5 Container Open Floor Plan Net Zero Green Home Design by Scotty
5 Container Open Floor Plan Net Zero Green Home Design by Scotty


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$2,400.00 Wind and water tight containers. Great for storage.

2015 Spring Shipping Container Special: 20ft $1,700, 40ft containers $2,100 each with discount. If you order more than 5 containers we can give more discount.

If you need delivery please let us know your zip code for delivery options.






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Wednesday

Design Build Loft CAD Designs Master Bath

 Design Build StLouis Green Home Rehab CAD Designs by Scotty
Master Bath-Marble Tile Decor, Sunken Jetted Tub, Dual Vanity, Closet Space, His and Hers, Grab Bars, Shower Seating Area, Age In Place Design for future handicap needs.











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Sunday

Design Build Loft CAD designs with Build Notes

Design Build Energy Efficient Loft Home Design CAD drawings and Build Notes for Brick Home LEED Rated Project:
  • Exposed Brick Interior Walls- Soulard Red Mortar
  • 2nd Floor Loft Railings will reflect the design chosen for the finishes- Modern, Rustic, Traditional, etc.
  • Fireplace, Mantle, Smoke Stack- Final Design chosen to match existing finishings and the exposed brick walls.
  • 3 Bedroom
  • Master Bed w/Bath ea floor
  • 2 Full Bath,
  • 2-1/2 bath,
  • Open Floor Plan-Kitchen,
  • Utility Room,
  • Dining,
  • Great Room,
  • 1st Floor Sun Room/Study,
  • 2nd Floor Office/Spare Bedroom,
  • 2nd Floor Deck,
  • Design by Scotty-Design Build Energy Efficient Loft Home Design CAD drawing
    Design Build Energy Efficient Loft Home Design CAD drawing


I propose:
  • Make Fireplace focal point of front room and second floor Loft Area
  • Loft removing 1/2 of the front room ceiling and floor system.
    • This opens the entire floor plan up and gives options for incorporating fireplace, mantle, and smoke stack up the wall for Vertical Appeal.
    • 2 Draw Backs to this design: 
    • a: it is not as energy efficient to have ceilings that tall, windows that large and numerous. 
    • b: the size of the opening is about the size of a bedroom.  So you lose a bedroom.
  • On the Adjacent Wall- copy the existing design of where the Glass Block in the 1st Floor to Ceiling.  Directly above- copy and build this set up into the 2nd Floor as well.  This will tie the vertical space together. 
  • Glass Block or:
    • Stained Glass- would or could also be used for accent options.
  • Since the existing flooring is damaged in the center of the room on the first floor; I also suggest to incorporate a design into the floor as an accent in front of the fireplace.  Matching the existing floor could prove to be a challenge- here's an example
  • If you choose to use the fireplace for more than looks and for actual heating purposes, it wouldn't be too big of a deal to channel that hot air back into the rooms.


Energy Efficiency:

  • Exposed Brick walls have little to no insulation value.
  • If insulation is desired you have to insulate the outside or build walls on the inside.
  • I say sacrifice the R Value for Koolness factor,
  • To combat the energy loss from the walls means that whatever makes the heat needs to run cheap and use no fossil fuels.
    • Geothermal is my first choice,
    • Solar w/ Instantaneous is 2nd choice
  • Full Insulation in Attic/Ceiling as well as
  • Basement Walls and Ceiling (full ins)
  • Geothermal Infloor heating or radiant floor heating with electric are heating options to minimize the HVAC heating.
  • Fireplace- Emergency use or heating choice (high efficiency insert into a fireplace for increased energy efficiency- could be ducted into existing hvac ducts and used to heat home.)














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Thursday

SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

Do you have a Livestock Feedlot?  Have you ever considered a Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade for your feedlot?  With a clean energy solar system such this CAD Solar System design by Scotty you will be not only providing cover and shade for your livestock when they are feeding, it will generate income from the Sun for your operation.

The Solar Feed Bunk Cover Shade in these pictures is designed with American SunPower Solar Panels, covers 4000 sq feet, and is estimated to produce 59,680 watts of clean pollution free energy (based on 230w panels that produce 14.92 w/sq ft- (Other higher Output power producing solar panels are available-I used the 230w solar panels since they were already integrated into my computer drafting program from past Solar Projects I've designed.  To get the most bang for the buck I recommend the 300 or 400 watt solar panels )

  The following CAD designs are examples of the Solar Power Feedbunk Cover - Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy that could be added to your existing structure or could be site built to fit your cattle feeding operation.  This example uses my Fathers Missouri Beef Cattle Operation.


 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy
 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover - Shade 

The Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade can be added to an existing beef cattle feedlot such as the one pictured below. 

If an existing Feedlot shading system is not already in place it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks.

it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks

Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo 

Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo 

The following Diagram is the Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

I found some interesting and easy to understand information about the REAP program- Rural Energy For America from FarmEnergy.Org who supports clean energy and rural economic Development

Rural Energy for America Program -

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)- Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program – Financing  The maximum amount of a REAP Guaranteed Loan is $25 million per loan request. The minimum loan amount is $5,000. Up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs can be covered through the REAP Guaranteed Loan Program.

The Program provides guarantees to commercial lenders who make loans to rural small businesses or agricultural producers for energy projects. The rates and terms of these loans are negotiated between the lenders and the borrowers.

The following guarantee limits apply:

  • 85 percent for loans of $600,000 or less

  • 80 percent for loans greater than $600,000 up to $5 million

  • 70 percent for loans greater than $5 million up to $10 million

  • 60 percent for loans greater than $10 million up to $25 million

The following grant amounts apply:

  • The minimum Renewable Energy System Grant request is $2,500 up to a maximum of 25 percent of eligible project costs or $500,000, whichever is less.

  • The minimum Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant request is $1,500 up to a maximum of 25 percent of eligible project costs or $250,000, whichever is less.


The following amounts apply to combination guaranteed loan and grant limits apply:

  • The combined request cannot exceed 75 percent of total eligible project cost

  • The above guarantee limits apply

  • The maximum  REAP Guaranteed Loan is $25 million per loan request

  • The maximum Renewable Energy System Grant request is 25 percent of eligible project costs or $500,000, whichever is less

  • The maximum Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant request is 25 percent of eligible project costs or $250,000, whichever is less $250,000

  • The minimum combined funding request allowed is $5,000, with the grant portion of the funding request being at least $1,500 see http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei_Financing.html

Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program – Eligibility

Guaranteed Loan and grant eligibility is limited to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. An agricultural producer is an individual or entity directly engaged in the production of agricultural products (crops, livestock, forestry products, hydroponics, nursery, and aquaculture) whereby 50 percent + or greater of their gross income is derived from the operations.  A private entity is considered a small business in accordance with Small Business Administration’s Small Business Size Standards.
The lender must be eligible for the program. Most lenders are eligible, including Federal and State-chartered banks, Farm Credit System banks, and savings and loan associations. Other lenders may be eligible if approved by USDA.
For both loan guarantees and grants, project must meet the following conditions:
  • The loan/grant must go towards the purchase of a renewable energy system or to make energy efficiency improvements
  • The technology is pre-commercial or commercially available, and replicable
  • The project must have technical merit, as specified in Rural Development Regulation 4280 subpart B
  • A rural small business must be located in a rural area, though an agriculture producer may be located in a rural or non-rural area
  • The applicant must be the owner of the project and control the revenues, expenses, operations, and maintenance of the project
  • Sites must be controlled by the agricultural producer or small business for the financing term of any associated Federal loans or loan guarantees
  • The project must have satisfactory sources of revenue, for the life of the project, that will be used for the operation, management, maintenance, and debt service of the project
Eligible project costs for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements are:
  • Post-application purchase and installation of equipment (new, refurbished, or remanufactured), except agricultural tillage equipment, used equipment, and vehicles
  • Post-application construction or improvements, except residential
  • Energy audits or assessments
  • Permit and license fees
  • Professional service fees, except for application preparation
  • Feasibility studies and Technical Reports
  • Business Plans and Retrofitting
  • Construction of a new energy efficient facility only when: the facility is used for the same purpose; is approximately the same size; and, based on the energy audit, will provide more energy savings than improving an existing facility.  Only costs identified in the energy audit for energy efficiency improvements are allowed.  New  equipment as long as it is of similar size to the equipment being replaced
  • Working capital (applicable for guaranteed loan only)
  • Land acquisition (applicable for guaranteed loan only)
see http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei_Eligibility.html
Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program – Technology
Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants must be used towards the project cost for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy generation systems.
Eligible technologies under the program are divided into two categories:
1.) Renewable Energy Projects
  • Biomass, bio-energy: produces fuel (e.g., biodiesel, ethanol), thermal energy, or electric power from a biomass source (crops, trees, wood, plants, their residues and fats, oils, and greases, and other biodegradable waste material)
  • Biomass, anaerobic digesters: produces thermal energy or electric power via anaerobic digestion using animal waste & other organic substrates
  • Geothermal, electric generation: electric power from the thermal potential of a geothermal source
  • Geothermal, direct use: produces thermal energy directly from a geothermal source
  • Hydrogen: renewable energy systems using hydrogen as an energy transport medium
  • Solar, small: electric projects with rated power ≤ 10 kW; thermal projects with rated storage ≤ 240 gallons
  • Solar, large: electric projects with rated power >10 kW; thermal projects with rated storage >240 gallons
  • Wind, small: systems with a ≤ 100 kW-rated wind turbine & with a generator hub height of ≤ 120 feet
  • Wind, large: systems with a >100 kW-rated wind turbine
  • Hydroelectric: electric power from small hydro projects of 30 MW or less
  • Ocean: energy generation from tidal, wave, current, and thermal sources – but not for R&D technologies
  • Flexible Fuel Pump: a retail pump that combines and dispenses a blended liquid transportation fuel or dispenses a blended liquid transportation fuel
2.) Energy Efficiency Improvements Projects include any energy savings measures to businesses or agricultural operations including but not limited to replacement of inefficient equipment, retrofitting, insulation or any recommended improvement identified in the energy assessment or energy audit.



REAP Application Resources and Templates via Farm Energy .Org

http://farmenergy.org/tools/tools-and-templates
This and related pages are being updated to reflect changes in the new Rural Energy for America Program – REAP from the 2014 Farm Bill. The materials and links on this page will help applicants more efficiently prepare effective REAP applications.
Is it important that applicants contact their state USDA Energy Coordinator early in the application process. Your state Energy Coordinator needs to perform an environmental review at the project site that must be completed for your application. They can help to review your project for program eligibility, for application assistance and to learn about additional resources specific to your state and region. (Plus, the State offices directly allocate some REAP funds).
The Missouri Office and Contact Person is:

Matt Moore, USDA Rural Development
601 Business Loop 70 West
Parkade Center, Suite 235
Columbia, MO 65203
573.876.9321
matt.moore@mo.usda.gov


While I pride myself for being inventive, futuristic, and having the entrepreneurial spirit.  I realized today while searching Google Beef Feedlot images that I wasn't the first one to realize the potential of bringing solar panels to the Feedlot and Beef Cattle Industry.

I tip my hat to Feed Central!

 Ecofriend published an article

Cattle Feedlot Solar Field: A new concept in solar energy development and claims the title: World’s First Cattle Feedlot Solar Field that is located in Australia.  

www.feedcentral.com.au/contact.asp


10775 Warrego Highway
Charlton QLD 4350, Australia
+61 7 4630 4899



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