what we do
Fab Habs provides topical engineering expertise to anyone taking on a self-built project.
Practically this translates into personalised assistance through any stage of the project planning and delivery process. From advice, all the way through to a completed build.
What does each stage involve?
To get the best results, the design and engineering process should follow the above sequence. All major engineering projects follow this sequence (or a similar variant).
Planning now saves time, effort, and money later on.
Engineers know that 70-80% of costs are committed to in the design stage. If you don't spend time designing, these costs don't vanish, they just appear later, usually as difficult problems.
These projects are complex, even for engineers.
We will guide you through the design and build process while providing tips, explaining your options clearly, and answering any questions you might have. You can be as involved as you wish.
Construction is easier and less expensive with a good design.
Once you have a completed design we can offer build support and help project manage the construction of your project to ensure it's ready for you to move in. We can help you find specialists to do the bits your'e not comfortable with.
Learn about the design and build process.
Below is an explanation of each stage, as well as the key outputs. We find this breaks the work down into discrete, manageable elements.
Understanding your lifestyle, use-cases, and vision as well as constraints like time, budget, and skills.
A list of requirements. Mainly needs and preferences as well as some necessary legal, safety, and sensible ones.
Specification & Floor Plan
Using your requirements to size suitable systems for your build within your constraints. A specification is an engineering document.
A draft floor plan and set of schematics for every system (electrical, water, gas, HVAC etc.)
This stage involves selecting the actual hardware, materials, and construction method of the habitation box.
A confirmed floor plan, comprehensive list of hardware, and a good materials cost estimate for the entire project.
CAD Design and cut lists
The creation of a comprehensive design. The outputs from this stage can be handed over to fabricators, carpenters, electricians, gas fitters etc.
A 3D CAD model, results from stress and thermal simulations, 2D plans for each discipline, and a comprehensive bill of materials. You can take these outputs to professionals and they will build your hab.
We can project manage your build, source suppliers, materials, and hardware, and be a technical point of contact during construction with optional on-site support.
A completed habitation box!