Woman of Steel?

Ever since I read this article about a large family home made from simple steel buildings, the idea has been rolling around in my head.  Their home is nearly 7000 square feet, including a full sized trampoline and basketball court.  My little family (husband and 2 dogs) needs nowhere near that much space, but I am intrigued by the concept.

Here are a few photos of the home that started me thinking

A few other notable steel homeowners and designers :

Charles and Ray Eames home via wikipedia

Philip Johnson's Glass House via Flickr

Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House

This would be an opportunity for me to embrace the rustic industrial aesthetic I like so much.

Here is the gorgeous house in the recent move "The Ghost Writer". I would recommend seeing it for the set & location (& Kim Catrall's weird accent).

Exposed ductwork, stained concrete,are you drooling with me yet?

I have done a bit of research and there are some gorgeous steel houses on the market, mostly in Australia.  Not sure what that means, is steel more necessary for their climate and seismic activity, are they more architecturally fashion forward?

At this point, this is just a flight of fancy (which I am prone to, as you can see here and here).  Like homeowners nationwide, my husband and I are stuck in our current house until the market improves.  Still there are so many questions to ponder…Do banks even finance this type of construction or do I need to brush up on my bank robbing skills?  How do you insulate this type of building?  We probably wouldn’t be doing this as an urban infill, can I survive in my steel house out in the boonies?  Did you know you can erect the steel structure yourself (This guy thought that was a viable option)?

Thankfully I have lots of architects and structural engineers as friends to critique my sketches and architectural fantasies.  If the design gods smile upon me, in a few years, I will be using the word erect on this blog a lot more often, which will undoubtedly thrill all of the 12 year old boys that read my little ol’ blog.

Until then, if anyone has a steel house or rustic industrial project for me to work on, let me know, I will come runnin!


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to Woman of Steel?

  1. Raina says:

    That, plunked down in a rural setting, would be like vacation every day.

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