Unique House, Unique Man, Unique Door
The carriage house in Cornelius, NC is not your average lakeside property. Not only does it house a few unique cars and a motorboat but it is also home to an R44 helicopter. The house is fitted with a helipad at the end of a 200’ dock. Once the helicopter lands it is guided by a small dolly into its proper stall inside the vast lakeside garage.
Schweiss doors were able to help outfit the helicopter stall with hydraulic doors crafted to match the exterior of the lake house and secure enough to keep the helicopters in pristine condition.
Fun Facts about Fighter Pilot & Homeowner Sid Morris
- CEO of Morris International, a 4A advertising organization headquartered in Davidson, NC.
- Works with high-profile accounts include NASCAR, NHRA and more.
- Invests in commercial development of offices, restaurants, marinas, etc.
- Graduated from East Carolina University as a design graduate — he has architecture in his genes!
“I’ve been into building design and architecture all my life. My father was a builder and I guess the genetics just kept on working,” -Sid Morris
Why the Helicopter?
Morris enjoys the community in and around Lake Norman, however, the carriage house is a two hour drive from Morris’s mountain retreat in Virginia, so he decided to get innovative.
“This was just a piece of dirt and for a few years, I’d been thinking about how to make this more useful. I’ve got a place in the Virginia mountains where I built a runway for my airplane. Then I got a helicopter, built a helipad and hangar up there…So wouldn’t it be great if I could fly home? I started tinkering with the idea of putting a landing pad on top of the boathouse. But I didn’t want to leave my helicopter sitting outside. After about three years of doodling various ideas, we decided on the concept of an elevated dock running directly to the carriage house. Or perhaps more accurately my helicopter hangar.”
Morris has created a unique hanger for his helicopters, helping to fulfill his passion for flying.
A Quick Look at Morris’ Flying Journey:
- Earned pilot license at age 16
- Has 55 years of flying experience, and 5 years of helicopter flying
- Flies his own R44, a magnificent four-passenger bird with ‘cruising speed’ of about 110 mph
- Shortened 2-hour driving commute to a picturesque 45 minutes
Side note: What’s up with the 2-story dock?
The original dock included an A-frame houseboat. Dominick Ristino, a long-time family friend and contractor for this facility was recruited in for help. Ristino is the founder of Metropolitan builders, and his crew and Morris decided to removed the houseboat. Together, they engineered various I-beam structures and attached them to the boathouse footings. They then proceeded to construct the new dock and helipad, which sits 12′ higher and directly above the already existing dock.
Schweiss Doors Uniquely Designed for Any Style
The center parking garage for his helicopter is 43′ long and 16′ high. Two Schweiss hydraulic doors, each 10′ wide by 12′ vertical open his unique helicopter garage.
The Schweiss doors are designed with the added feature of French doors on the exterior to provide easy access to the garage and also fit with the look of the cabin.
“So when these hydraulic doors are closed, they match perfectly with the rest of the exterior design. You don’t have any impression of looking at a garage door!”
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Creating Loyal Customers
Morris was already a fan of Schweiss doors — he previously had his mountain hangar fitted with a 40′ x 18′ Schweiss bifold door.
“Delivering that door up a 4,000 ft. mountain was quite a task but the Schweiss guys got it there. It was through the woods, up the hills, over the bridges, etc., but they got the job done…So it didn’t take much thinking to go Schweiss for my carriage house too. I needed a 12′ vertical clearspan and didn’t want to build higher to hook up bifolds. So these two hydraulics are perfect. No loss of headroom. Very well built. Just lots of structural integrity.”
Schweiss is committed to our clients we build long-lasting doors and long-lasting relationships!
“I see the Schweiss guys each year at Oshkosh for the big experimental air show. Plus I see their doors at hangars wherever I go. They make a very good product and we’ve been very happy with their service. The hydraulic doors were delivered on time as scheduled…It’s the only door I would consider!”
Working With Customers
Schweiss was honored to work with a natural architect, pilot, and businessman with a history of building name recognition across America. Creating and providing custom hydraulic doors that are fit for our clients’ unique needs is one of our specialties at Schweiss. We’re always looking for the next innovative structure in need of an accessible and long-lasting hydraulic door. Working with customers and designing solutions to meet their unique needs is what we do day in and day out.
Take a look below at just how (and seemingly effortless) our Schweiss Hydraulic doors made for the ideal storage unit for Morris’s helicopters.
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