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Under Stair Movable Storage Unit Plans

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Open Source Design Build Drawings- Under Stair Movable Storage Unit Plan


I was asked to design and build customstorage units for underneath a set of basementstairs.  

Here are the Design Build Drawings in the following slide show presentation.  Give it a minute to load, the controls are in the lower left, if you have questions, comments, or complaint use the contact form and someone will address your concern.



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Under Stair Movable Storage

Under Stair Movable Storage Plan

    Design Issues Solved by enabling the 3 storage units to move independently.  

    Allowing the Movable Storage Units to be completely removed from the space- gives all the needed room for future cleaning and inspections.

    The added benefit of having movable storage units in a basement type setting- where water is known to cause damage to things left directly on the floor.  With the Movable Storage Units- the size and height of the caster wheels chosen will determine the bottom shelf height distance off the floor- 2 inches or greater.

    This provides Safety to your items in Storage for low water basement flooding issues.

    DIY Suggestions
    • Be careful in choosing the height of the Caster Wheels.  
    • Too tall of wheels will cause a "Tip Hazard" of Movable Storage Unit.
    • Width of wheel is determine by floor covering- example carpet wide wheel, concrete narrow wheel.
    • Always store heavier items on lowest shelf.
    Grand Total of: 120,960 cu in  (4,480 cu ft) Minimum Storage Space created with the Movable Storage Units 


    Small:     20,160 cu in
    Medium: 40,320 cu in
    Large:     60,480 cu in


    This is like having the storage capabilities of a second kitchen.
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    Remembering the Lessons of the Elders

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    SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY TO SURVIVAL


    Remembering the lessons of the Elders…

    1989-The I first time ever heard about homes being completely self sufficient was in the drafting and engineering classes.  I silently thought: That Old Fool is spouting off at the mouth again.  Recycle their toilet water?  Make their own energy?  Completely self sufficient Homes?  That old blow hard that never grades my futurist home designs with angled roofs, siding on diagonal layouts, round windows…what does this old fool know about the future?

    Fast forward to 2015

    We now have: Net Zero Energy and Water Homes that are completely self sufficient.  That old fool did know what he was talking about!  Maybe the real reason that my funky and modern designs didn’t grade well, was because they were wasteful or bad drawings.  Now that I’m in the actual building part of the design build community I realize: sure they’re cool to look at; but, expensive and wasteful to build.
    I’ve also learned while renovating the buildings around the St. Louis area that the Old Builders who built the area up for the World’s Fair also knew a little about sustainability.
    Hundreds and thousands of those old buildings are still standing and in use today. Recently while building an addition for a property, I discovered an: in ground water tank connected to a brick patio, with a sand and gravel filtering system as the water collection point.  Exactly the way a modern day ground filtration system works for a home built in 2015.  In other words: those old builders did have a clue.
    It was also the early American settlers who built the first sod or earth homes in the great plains.  They may not have had running water, but they did have a true green home, that was built from Natural resources.  From my research the sod homes were: warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
    Even as early as 1985 while working on Dads cattle ranch where I helped install my first solar panel with battery backup- that powered the electric fence which kept the cattle out of the road.  I remember it still today because it was one of the first of many “electric jolts” I’d receive before learning to always test electric fences before grabbing the wire. 
    (electric fence hint: blade of grass test) We also learned about electric fences. We worked on proving the idea that a short blade of grass laid on the electric fence will give you a shock.




     




    So in all actuality today’s sustainable home builders are just relearning what the older generations already knew:
    • Build from local resources.  
    • Recycle your water.  
    • Make and Store your own power.  
    Luckily we now have ways to save that power and reuse that water safely.  
    Just as sustainability was a way of survival for the early settlers; it is fast becoming a key for the survival for the humans today.  The ability to sustain a life in an ever changing climatic planet fraught with:
    • out of control sea level rise that is forcing island inhabitants to seek higher ground,

    • severe storms and tornadoes wreaking havoc in the Midwest,


    • heat indexes of plus 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60°C) in India,


    • uncontrollable forest fires in the Western USA,


    • drought conditions forcing entire populations to abandon areas in Africa.

    Never before has the need for sustainable lifestyle ever been more important.  And just like those early sod home builders of the great plains.  Our generations too will meet the challenge and overcome.  Thankfully we now have cool gadgets to help us.
    Today’s electric inventors are figuring out ways to make supercapacitors used in electronics out of natural resources from Hemp Lignin. 
     




    Tesla’s energy devices are being re-created and found to be functional.  
    Battery and Energy storage engineers are creating: chemical, natural, and rare earth energy storage devices.  
    Solar panel output power efficiency are being improved by studying Butterfly Wings.
     



    Natural forms of insulation like Hempcrete are being rediscovered and used to block out severe weather while protecting the inhabitants.

    Mankind is rediscovering and
                      remembering the lessons of our Elders
                                                                     
                                            sustainability is key to survival.


    by Scotty






    The International Businesses Standards Organization is a non-profit independent organization which was established under the initiative of entrepreneurs in order to support an international trade and a business development.

    At IBSO, we strongly believe that the increasing involvement of enterprises in international markets will help to promote a sustainable future and aids in the solution of many other serious global problems.

    We are convinced that cross-border commercial activity provides a great number of benefits. It creates jobs, raises incomes and standards of living, increases the innovative capabilities of market-based national economies, and as a consequence of all this, it boosts local, regional, national, and global economic growth. And finally, global commercial exchange plays an important role in maintaining of worldwide peace and stability.

    This reality motivates us to continue to build a robust structure that supports not just a modern, but a progressive and ethically oriented organization around the world. Maintaining and encouraging such an international business activity, there is where we invest our resources.

    As a group, the IBSO strongly believes that our organization is a lot more than just a group of people coming together for a common cause. Ever since its creation in 2011, we have gone to great lengths to implement new initiatives and develop new tools that keep us focused on the ever changing interests of international market players all around the globe.

    I am sure that now, in today's kind of economical world we are in, it is just the right time to present to the business-society our new project,

    This is a global, voluntary initiative designed for entrepreneurs and a wide range of organizations. The Worldwide Charter encourages its signatories to contribute to sustainable global progress by incorporating into their business practices nine specific principles in the areas of environmental protection, and economic and social development.

    Coupled with our carefully selected experts, we have developed this initiative as all-encompassing code of conduct that reflects the universal principles of fair dealing and the best international practices in ethics and corporate responsibility.

    It is aimed at empowering businesses and organizations around the world to be more strategic in promoting its commitment to sustainable and positive business practices in clear, simple and easily understandable terms for their partners, customers and the public at large.

    We have determined that there should be no charge for signatories to participate in the Worldwide Charter. The rationale is that we are thinking it will be illogical to require the fees from the enterprises whose leaders are committed to implement fair dealing practices and to conform to the standards of modern society.

    I urge you to consider joining this Worldwide Charter. I hope it will increase your worldwide performance and your ability to compete globally.

    In conclusion, I just wanted you to know that we are continuing to work very assiduously to maintain IBSO’s world-class status that is responsive to the 21st Century challenges of our global village. We intend to develop and maintain efficient and flexible standardization solutions to meet the needs of international business society.

    We look forward to working with you on growing your involvement in the global marketplace through a collaborative and efficient partnership with the International Businesses Standards Organization.

    Sincerely,
    Konstantin Krinski,
    Chairman of the International Businesses Standards Organization

    SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY TO SURVIVAL




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    Sustainability Is Key To Survival

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    Article writer make a great point on the Lessons we can re-learn from the Elders who came before us.  Here is the link to the Article on Sustainability.

    Lessons of our Elders Sustainability Is Key to Survival by Scott via ISBO
    Sustainability is Key To Survival-Relearning the Lessons of the Elders

    #Solar #EnergyStorage #HempLignin #Tesla #Hempcrete #Natural 











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    Natural Fiber Insulation Poll

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    Natural Hemp Insulation Hemp Wool Insulation http://www.hemp-technologies.com/page15/styled-29/page116.html
    Natural Insulation Poll: Would you use it if it costs the same and has same R Value

    InsulationPoll 


    Natural Fiber Insulation: Same R Value and $ Monetary Cost.

    Poll Question: Would You use it? 



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    Net Zero Container Home Solar and Wind Energy

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    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


    20 and 40foot Shipping  Storage Containers for Sale in St. Louis

    $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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    Growing Industrial Hemp Research Videos

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    I appreciate all the medicinal applications of Cannabis but what really turns my crank is the uses of the Industrial Cannabis or Industrial Hemp products: 
    Food, Fuel, Building Products, etc.  I've been focusing my efforts on the Hemp + Lime mixture that some people call #Hempcrete  used in making buildings energy efficient naturally.  As an example of this great product I've made a few CAD drawings as well as posted You Tube Videos to use as an example to create an sustainable energy efficient home with Hemp: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.com/hempbuilding/industrial-hemp-building-energy-efficient-homes-naturally/

    Collection of YouTube Videos on growing Industrial Hemp.  

    Be sure to comment on the videos and support your local Hemp Farmer!  

    If you have videos, knowledge or other info to share let Scotty know by filling in the contact form or commenting below.


    First Video: Hemp Marijuana Farmer Ryan Loflin makes History with 1st Comm
    Commercial Hemp Crop


    Second Video: Hemp Farming by: hempworkerscoop on G+


    Third Video: A hempire is growing in Springfield by Jonathan Petramala on G+


    Fourth Video: Welcome to the Hemp Farm by AustralianHempFoods on You Tube

    Sustainable Eco Friendly Industrial Hemp Home Design
    Sustainable Eco Friendly Industrial Hemp Home Design by Scotty

    Fifth Video: Loflin Farm Harvest 10-5-2013



    Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp 4 Bedroom Home that showcases Sustainable Construction Design at St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection-showcasing the sustainable lifestyle of this net zero energy efficient sustainable home with: gardens, pergola, solar panels, solar water heating, pool, garage, safe room, basement, fireplace, 4 bedroom, 2 bath…






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    Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

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    Green and Sustainable Room Addition Estimate for adding a 2nd Floor Dormer onto an existing building.

    Rough Estimate on projected costs to add a 2nd Floor Room Addition to an existing 1 story building in St Louis.

    Designed by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

    Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
    Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired 2nd Floor Room Addition

    Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs



    Estimated Addition Size 12' x 25'=300sq ft
         Estimated Roof Size 18'x27'=486sq ft
               Estimated Flooring Size=300sq ft

    Description Estimated Costs in $ for Materials

    1. Building Permits- 350-700
    2. Dumpster  x1   750-1,000
    3. Solar (the money you save with solar will pay for the addition)
      1. Lease 0
      2. Lease + 1,000-1,500
    4. Windows 150-250 ea
    5. Lumber Framing
      1. Walls 250
      2. Ceiling 180
      3. Flooring 180
    6. Lumber Sheeting
      1. Roof 500
      2. Walls 400
      3. Flooring 300
    7. Insulation
      1. Walls 200
      2. Ceiling 300
      3. Floor 300
    8. Stucco 600-1,500
    9. Roofing 2,000
    Total: $8,000+
    Labor $16,000

    Additional Notes
    1. This is just a basic estimate on materials made from guesses with my drawing. Without knowing exact dimensions of planned addition, materials chosen, and how you plan to finish the interior of the addition I can't determine a cost.  (use $70-$100/sq ft for Total Costs)
    2. Home Depot Kingshighway, St Louis MO for Material Costs 
    3. Labor Computation= Materials x 3 - Materials (for rough estimates only)


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