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