Mate, we're getting all mixed up here.
There is no chance of me building something unsafe.
NOTHING will be built here without prior approval of the council and they won't approve what hasn't been prior approved by engineers as meeting a whole swag of Australian Standards.
I would like to design some carports and some sheds and play with the designs and cost the designs, in consultation with my wife, and we'll work out what we'd like to go with.
And THEN we'd take the design to the professionals for the required procedures. We'd have to. We have no choice in the matter.
But we don't want to pay to sit down with the professionals for an hour or two and dream something up there and then with them.
No thank you. We want to spend weeks and maybe months visiting and revisiting this project, this occupation or whatever you want to call it - this interest in our own home and surrounds.
Slowly over a long period of time we want to come back to it again and again with new ideas.
And we don't want to waste time dreaming up obviously impractical, unsound buildings.
So we need some basic knowledge and basic tools. So that we can apply both to our designs and reject designs, or adjust designs, that don't meet the adequacy criteria.
In fact, the situation is not so dire as it may sound because
1. We wouldn't be dreaming things up from nowhere but we've be borrowing ideas from structures we've seen and
2. Our inclination is to build much, much stronger than current structures - we are not at all inclined towards cost shaving to the point of prejudice to structural integrity or strength. Not at all.
Quite the opposite. I detest the 'monocoque' construction though I can't mount a valid scientific argument against it from my unlearned position. Hateful though it is to walk delicately on a flimsy corrugated roof in danger of crushing corrugations at any minute and purlins twisting beneath you with your weight and roof trusses swaying in the wind I am forced to admit that the finished structure is strong and sound and cheaper than any other to build.
Finished they have the strength of an eggshell. Punch a hole anywhere and the thing still stands.
But I don't like them. I want to build a skeleton that stands rigid and firm by itself and upon which I can fasten walls and roofs that will only make it stronger.
O.K. ? Does that help as an explanation of where we are coming from? Does that establish our bona fides somehow or other?