Design Review: Steel/Steampunk River Cottage

I plan to use a similar steampunk-type aesthetic in my final project. The water wheel will be two steel gears and the building and side panels of the base will be sheet steel. The frame for the base will be made of 1/2″ square tubing. Welding will be the primary process of assembly, but it may improve the aesthetic to utilize fasteners. Base dimensions will be roughly 16″ X 16″.

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  • Maxfield Scrimgeour
    March 22, 2017 4:03 pm

    It would be awesome to see this design incorporate some flowing stream of water. If it were some pump or incorporated into an already existing stream of water. If it were made out of stainless steel i can picture this being at the bottom of a fish tank with a wheel on the side that spins and helps mix the water for the tank.

  • Alexander Lien
    March 20, 2017 8:47 pm

    This is a really cool idea. I think it would be really cool to have the water wheel work or somehow incorporate flowing water into the final project.

  • This looks like a really cool project! Once it’s done, is the water wheel going to be functional? I like the blend of the cottage, which usually has a calm, country, rustic look, combined with steampunk, which is metal-heavy and very mechanical. It seems like it will be a very unique combination. Also, will the wind mill be tied to the water wheel so they will spin at the same rate? Overall, great job!

  • Alexander Thompson
    March 13, 2017 2:42 pm

    What a cool project idea! And I really love that you’re building this off your upcycle project. This gives you a unique opportunity to build off your experiences at the beginning of the semester and truly perfect the aesthetic you’re going for. And your upcycle project turned out incredible, so I’m sure this will be another impressive piece. My only suggestion would be to truly add a water feature where the water wheel is going. I know you mentioned in the presentation that you were thinking against doing it, but I think adding a little aquarium with some small plants would add a lot to your work. Either way, fantastic job making a prototype as a visual. I can’t wait to see where you go with the final product. Good luck!

  • Very nice looking prototype! A steel steampunk cottage sounds like a great (and big) project, very looking forward to see the final product!

  • Matthew Clark
    March 13, 2017 12:30 pm

    Sweet idea and I like how you are using the similar aesthetic as your up-cycle project. Are you going to incorporate water into the structure, and how large will it be? Stoked to see how this turns out!

  • Preston Marcoux
    March 13, 2017 12:22 pm

    Super creative, and a really cool design. I think it is going to be a little more work than one would expect, especially if you choose to tackle the windmill idea as well. I am excited to see how it turns out especially how the parts work with the motor.

  • Hunter Miller
    March 13, 2017 12:19 pm

    Cool design. Looks like a lot of welding is coming your way! I think your experience from the last project will help you out significantly! This roject is going to get heavy!!! But that is really cool. I like how you have a powered motor for your water wheel. Very nice project.


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