Steel Homes –A Solid Investment
Protect Your Family with a Custom Steel Home
Smart buyers and investors are increasingly choosing steel for new building projects.
Steel is the best alternative to lumber for low-cost, energy-efficient protection against harsh weather, termites and fire.
Steel protects against gale force winds, seismic loads, even earthquakes. Strong yet lightweight studs and joists eliminate the headaches of drywall.
And steel homes can be fully customized with finishes in stucco, siding, brickwork or slate. Solid and long lasting, steel homes protect your family, and your investment.
Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal homes:
A common initial reaction to the idea of building a house from steel is, “I don’t want my home to look like a commercial building or storage facility.” But remember this: Just like wood, steel is merely the underlying structural material which no one sees in the finished product; it can look exactly like a wood-framed house when completed. Exterior finishes can include wood siding, stucco, brick, stone, or any other material that is found on a typical residence. Interior walls and ceilings can be covered with drywall and the surfaces finished with the same paint, wallpaper, millwork, and floor coverings you would find in traditional homes. And steel far surpasses wood’s design capabilities, making virtually any style you can imagine—from a Frank Lloyd Wright single-story to a palatial three-story Tudor; from a simple modern Quonset hut to a stunning Malibu-style beach home—much easier to build as well as less expensive.
Plan the work; work the plan. As with any home construction project, considerable planning is necessary. Different municipalities have different building regulations and zoning restrictions. Check with the city or county planning commission or building department to make sure that your home design will comply with all legal requirements.
A home building permit will always be required. For that, you will need to submit blueprints of the proposed structure. These can be provided by the manufacturer of your pre-engineered steel building kit. A registered third party must certify the plans, and a building inspector will review your proposed construction. Typical issues a building inspector will consider include electrical wiring, roof, earthquake safety, and structural elements. Generally speaking, larger buildings have more stringent building regulations. Steel building manufacturers are unlikely to sell you a pre-engineered building if they don’t believe the structure will qualify for a building permit within your particular municipality.
A good foundation. Before a steel home can be erected, the site requires preparation and the home itself must have a foundation on which to build. The purchase of a steel building typically does not include these things unless you are buying from a merchant who also provides that service. So, while your building is being manufactured, you will be busy getting the site ready for erection. This could include surveying, excavation, tree removal, and grading. Whether the home will be on septic or sewer must be determined and appropriate preparation made. The manufacturer will provide details on type and size of the foundation on which the building will sit. Foundations are typically poured concrete, but other types may also be installed depending on the location, climate, and intended use. These options might include floating slab, crawlspace, and post and pier foundations. You will also be able to get assistance from the erection contractor to determine what needs to be done to get the site prepared.
With the click of a mouse. Designing your new steel-framed home is a breeze. Using cutting-edge software, a computer design engineer turns your ideas into on-screen architectural drawings. These are then sent to the manufacturing facility with instructions on how to cut, bend, and shape each component that will be required for your home. Because each of the pieces is pre-engineered, a steel-framed home produces very little waste, cutting down dramatically on construction costs. Once manufactured, the steel pieces can be easily transported to the construction site and assembled in just a few days. After that, your building contractor will “put meat on the bones,” installing finishing materials inside and out to your specifications. The aesthetics can be just a high-end as a wood-framed counterpart. In addition to traditional finishing techniques, steel makes it possible and practical to create an “industrial” look as well. Trendy styling components such as exposed concrete floors, stainless steel kitchens, and exposed steel beam ceilings can be designed in and constructed with ease. And the money saved on manufacturing and construction will enable you to upgrade to elegant high-end plumbing and electrical fixtures to complete your stunning new home.