Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

The New Project

I know that the first thing most of you will think of from the topic is that I picked up a new car, but you would be wrong. This project happens to be quite a bit bigger.

A HOUSE!

Soon to be home

Yep, I have a chance to completely modify and remodel a workshop into something that I will be living in.

Here is a sample of the view that I have on the deck, minus the boat:

Soon to be home
Soon to be home
Soon to be home


Here is the interior of the workshop that is going to be cleaned out:
Soon to be home
Soon to be home
Soon to be home


The workshop is 15’x23.5’ with an 8’ deck and needs a very small bit of work to make it into a good studio apartment… but being who I am, there is no way that I am just going to leave it as is; we need to make it awesome. So to offset my smog exempt Z, the additions that I will make to the house will be sourced from recycled/used/discarded materials from friends, family, and Habitat For Humanity. I am not a tree hugger by any means, but since I have the ability to make the house eco-friendly I am going to do so.

Here is the rough sketch of what the overall layout will look like; 3d model, and true layout coming soon.

House Rough Sketch

The black lines are existing workshop and deck, magenta lines for a wood framed bathroom, red lines for a wood framed build out, blue lines are shipping containers. Yep, I am going to be using used 8’x20’ shipping containers for the storage and bedrooms. This is by no means a new idea, people have been using shipping containers as houses for quite some time. Here is a photo & link to my favorite one, and has the exterior design that I will be biting hard off of:













http://gliving.com/the-cordell-shipping-container-house/#more-11462

I am going to be adding in a plethora of natural light from windows and solar tubes. The bedroom and storage are going to create a breezeway with a roof for a covered car port/work area; also throwing the idea around of a simple gate on the east side to further stop the sound and enclose the space. The courtyard will be covered with either a 2x6 lattice framework (same pattern as what is over the deck), or some droopy thick canvas with beam support. The bedroom will either have sliding glass doors spanning the whole wall, or a garage door (http://dornob.com/trick-facade-rad-refab-pad-has-secret-sliding-curtain-wall/) facing west. Interior of the living area has yet to be fully designed, but the main point of view is going to be on a minimalist modern design with modular furniture and open space.

The 240z is a few purchases away from being complete, and should be finished in time for me to start the work that needs to be done on the house.

-'till next time