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Metallic Structure Homes With Stunning Design & Function

When it comes to the housing sector, the trend is to think beyond the mundane and the usual. The last few years have seen a distinct shift from the expansive and the opulent to the minimal and the understated. Homeowners are now happy to move away from lavish residences in urban centers to more modest homes in semi-urban locations. Stylish, sleek, lightweight and adaptable metallic structure homes fit this billing perfectly. Constructed using a sturdy steel frame, these smart homes are quickly becoming a popular choice among those looking for efficient, eco-friendly and economically viable alternatives.

Not only are these steel-framed wonders great as exclusive homes, they also give existing homeowners an option of going for an easy and cost-effective renovation. These classy metallic structures allow you to even extend your home by adding open pavilions and glass houses that are contemporary and fashionable.

From efficient prefabs to expansive residences, houses with metallic structures are indeed the hottest new trend. Today we have a collection of 15 fabulous homes that will inspire any design lover …

Rock Reach House by Blue Sky Homes

We start off our steely journey with this gorgeous prefab that is developed by Blue Sky Homes and was designed by o2 Architecture. Located in the arid region of Palm Springs, California, this exquisite little house occupies just 90 square meters and features a compact living area, ergonomic kitchen, beautiful dining space, 2 bedrooms and a bath. Composed of a frame crafted using modular Steel Thermal Efficient Panels (STEPs), the entire home was assembled on-site in just a single day!

Beautiful Blue Sky Prefabricated home with steel frame

The small home showcases the many advantages of prefab steel structures, and the flat-packed building components also help in delivering an economically and environmentally viable housing solution. Solar energy drives the power and hot water needs of this stylish space that is available for short-term rent.

Rock Reach House by o2 Architecture

Exposed steel mesh creates a beuatiful visual

Compact living space with sliding glass doors

Interior of Rock Reach House by o2 Architecture

Prefab homes offer a affordable housing option

Dining area with a view of the arid landscape

Small space design idea for prefab homes

Steerl structure vanishes to give the home a contemporary look

Glass doors give the small bedroom a spacious look

Modern bedroom with tangy orange accents

Prefab home with a steel frame structure in palm Spring, California

Stunning Sculptural Residence

Sander Architects like to call their fabulous prefab homes ‘hybrid houses’. These elegant structures are crafted using an exclusive prefabricated metal frame, skin and roof, making them truly one-of-a-kind. This particular house was designed to suit the specific needs of a brilliant sculptor. While the steel frame of the house is exposed on the rear, the façade itself looks classy and modern. The metallic skin of the house gives it an unmistakable look, while an amazing art gallery-styled entrance welcomes you inside.

Metallic facade of residence for a sculptor

The interior of this steel-frame house is all about showcasing the passion of its owners. A collection of clay pots at the entrance is followed by a large 22-foot curving, torqued steel wall on one side and a spiral staircase on the other. Minimal and contemporary in appeal, the home utilizes glass extensively to usher in natural ventilation.

Tall entrance with an art gallery style display

Beuatiful and artistic living area

Amazing torqued steel wall inside the home

View of the metal wall from the first level of the steel frame house

Exposed beams add to the distinct style of the space

Modern house with prefabricated metal frame, skin and roof

Elegant hillside home is tucked away in the canopy

Big Dig House in Lexington

Steel structure houses are inherently eco-friendly, as they minimize wastage of material during construction, and their durability ensures that you need not worry about frequent renovations. But the Big Dig House in Massachusetts takes sustainability to a whole new level. Designed by SsD Architects, the house was built using recycled steel and concrete obtained from an old dismantled highway! Exposed steel beams inside the house along with raw concrete structures give the home a distinct modern industrial style, while warm wooden surfaces create an inviting aura.

Big Dig House in Lexington, Massachusetts

The high ceiling of the living room coupled with a lavish mezzanine level give this green home a grand entrance. The private quarters of the house are relegated to the top floor, while the lower level features an open-plan living area. Stylish and sustainable, it truly is a masterpiece with a metallic core!

Exposed metal beams in the rear of the building

Interior with exposed metal beams offers a touch of industrial style

Lavish interior with cozy fireplace

Staircase with steel railing

recycled-house with repurposed-steel and concrete

Glass and wooden exterior of the house

Hidden Valley Prefab, Utah

The Hidden Valley House is a perfect example of a stylish prefab that is almost entirely crafted in a factory and assembled on-site within no time. Precut steel beams and joists make up the backbone of this modern home located in the desert of Moab, Utah. Structurally insulated panels were added to the steel framework to fashion five interior modules that house the living area, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathrooms. Offering dramatic views of the landscape, the house blurs the lines between the indoor living environment and the expansive outdoors with an extensive series of sliding glass windows.

Stylish hidden valley prefab house

Conjured up and created by Marmol Radziner, the serene and trendy house is spread across 2,500 square feet. Matching any conventional home in aesthetics and ergonomics, this steel-framed prefab comes with solar panels and geothermal heating systems that give it a tinge of green goodness.

Goregous landscape surrounds the steel-framed prefab house

beautiful walkway leading to the entrance with sliding glass doors

Metallic structure home with glass walls

Plush couch in the living area

Smart design of the steel frame prefab house

Steel-framed prefab home in Utah

The design of the home blends indoor and outdoor living spaces with large decks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open plan. The main approach winds around the solid, metal-clad side of the home, revealing the opening of the front entry deck with a broad view across the pool to a tall boulder formation.

Elegant Cherner Chairs at the dining table

Shaded walkway between different units

Sliding glass doors for modern bedroom

Contemporary bedroom inside steel-framed prefab home

Bedroom with ample ventilation

Spacious balcony of the Hidden Valley House

Flood-Proof House, California

The advantages of a prefabricated steel frame go beyond the mundane, and in the case of this particular house in Stinson Beach, California, San-Francisco-based studio Peek Ancona has used a distinct steel framework to create a flood-proof house. The idea behind the structure was to design sturdy and versatile homes that can withstand a sudden flood hazard or increase in sea level due to a natural disaster. The cantilevered structure of this cool house was built using a sustainable steel kit that can be assembled with ease pretty much anywhere.

Floodproof House

The interlocking steel frame was coupled with a truss system to design as much usable space under the house as possible. Western Red Cedar on the outside and radiant-heated bamboo flooring on the inside give the space an organic appeal. Chic grey walls complement the exposed steel meshes and beams perfectly to give the interior a style of its own.

Floodproof House

Floodproof House

Exposed steel bars give the home an industrial look

Using the steel frame as part of the aesthetic appeal

Plush bedroom with a modern vibe

Stylish steel mesh railing for staircase

Flood-Proof House with steel frame structure in Stinson Beach, California

Glass and Steel Lake House

Exposed vertical and horizontal steel beams running throughout this lovely lake house blend beautifully with the expansive glass windows and natural wooden ceilings to paint a truly picturesque setting. Designed by McClellan Architects, the home has a brilliant style of its own. Combining elegance and simplicity with an unassuming chic industrial style, the lake house is all about the outdoors and the sweeping views it offers.

Glass lake house with bold steel frame

The exposed steel frame of the house becomes an integral part of its aesthetics and allows the home great flexibility in its design. With a sweeping outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and a tidy dining area indoors, a stay here is all about relaxing in style as you take in the many sights and sounds outside.

Grand glass and steel lakeside structure

Open plan living area with modern fireplace

Stylish kitchen draped in wood

Unmistakable presence of the stoic steel frame

Steel beams become a part of theinterior design

Dining area with unabated lake views

Gorgoues bedroom of the steel frame lake house

Outdoor patio space with plush seating

Compact Steel-Framed Modular Home

After taking a look at the expansive and the extravagant, we move on to the unpretentious and the modest. This classy yet compact little house was built by Hobart-based Statewide Constructions, and what it lacks in size and grandeur, it makes up for in elegance and comfort. Built almost entirely on the factory floor, this steel-frame modular home can be assembled within no time, and homeowners can instantly move in without having to wait for months, as is the case with conventional homes. Clad in cool grey on the outside and embracing calm, neutral tones on the inside, the customized home looks sleek and spacious.

Gorgeous exterior with extended pergola

Relax with style outdoors

Sturdy steel structure of the prefab home

Entrance to the stylish steel frame house

Moooi Random lights in the living area

Simple and stylish interior of the steel framed house

Elegant open floor living plan

Award-Winning Jodlowa House

Located on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland, Jodlowa House stunningly incorporates glass into its modern construction. This dazzling contemporary structure was crafted by architects from PCKO along with MOFO Architects, and its incredibly open form instantly makes it endearing. But at the heart of this innovative house that also features a striking stone viewing tower is a beautiful steel frame that actually made the design possible. With metallic beams forming the core framework of the house, the architects could easily craft an all-glass setting that brings the surrounding scenic landscape indoors.

Modern steel framed addition to stone tower in Krakow, Poland

The entire house is akin to a floating deck encased in a box of steel and glass with spread across 140 square meters. A central viewing tower features two main bedrooms, bathrooms, guest bedrooms and a home office, while all the public areas are housed in the dramatic glass enclosure. An absolute delight for nature lovers everywhere…

A perfect home to enjoy the views outside

Extreior of the award winning Jodlowa House in poland

Inteior of the contemporary steel frame structure house

Dining table with large pendants above it

Ultra modern decor inside the steel frame house

Minimalist bedroom in grey with glass walls

Standalone tub in the bathroom

Indoor pool with stone walls and glass roof

Windmaster, Palm Beach

There are those times when aesthetics precede ergonomics and other occasions when form comes firmly ahead of function. When engineering a home in locations that need to withstand rough weather conditions, you need a structure that is both stoic and adaptable. Designed specifically for coastal areas, the Windmaster is capable of taking on category 4 hurricanes and withstand wind speeds up to 155 mph. Perfect both as a beautiful beachside vacation home and as a permanent residence, it can be customized to suit your specific needs.

The windmaster was specifically designed for rough coastal weather

Located in Palm Beach, this cantilevered steel frame prefab designed by Kodiak Steel Homes withstood the furry of Hurricane Ike in 2008 without sustaining any damage whatsoever… Talk about structural integrity!

Facade of the unique and resiliant steel frame house

Cantilivered design of the cool house

Sturdy Windmaster House in Palm Beach

Steel frame house standing tall after Hurricane Ike

Steel-Framed Cottage, Johannesburg

A steel framed structure with large glass walls and windows is not the typical image of a beautiful cottage in the woods. Yet architects and designers across the globe are quickly redefining this set perception. Located on the Westcliff Ridge in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Westcliff Pavilion is a tranquil, private building that seems to float gently above a ridge to create an incredibly cool visual. Since access to the site was limited to a long, narrow driveway through a scenic landscape, the architects from GASS wanted to keep the on-site construction to a bare minimum.

Exterior of Westcliff Pavilion in Johannesburg South Africa

Using a prefabricated steel frame accomplished this with ease, and by using the metallic framework on a cantilevered base, there was minimal damage done to the ground as well. With an open and airy appeal, sweeping views and plush decor, the exclusive cottage exudes a serene and soothing ambiance.

Lovely steel frame and glass pavillion creates an airy setting

beautiful and light metallic structure

beautiful bedroom with sliding glass doors

Cantilivered steel frame structure of the home

Modern interior of the Stylish pavillion

Closer look at the kitchen and dining space

Connect with the nature outside with steel-framed structures

View outside from the bathroom

Steel-framed pavillion offers the perfect retreat

Natural canopy offers shade to the steel-framed home

Innovative Residence for a Briard

When the owner of the Residence for a Briard approached Sander Architects, the initial idea was to renovate his lavish old bungalow to create a modern home. But pretty soon, the idea turned into the design of a new hybrid house ground-up that would pretty much fit in the same budget range as a modern renovation would demand. The expansive and audacious Residence for a Briard showcases the cost-effective nature of metallic-frame structures with flair and panache. Other green features of the home include recycled blue jean insulation, sunflower seed wall board and bamboo flooring.

Metallic exterior of the cool hybrid house

The interesting façade of the house takes inspiration from the form of a violin, while the interiors overwhelm you with their sheer magnitude and the visually spectacular spiral staircase. And yes, the home is named after a large loving pet, and the architects had to also ensure that it was as dog-friendly as possible when complete!

View of the lavish interior of the part prefab home

Smart house uses a distinct metal frame and skin

Exapansive interior of the Residence for a Briard with high ceiling

Stunning spiral staircase adds to the metallic appeal!

Its structural frames and exterior walls and roof are all prefabricated off-site by warehouse manufacturers and shipped to the site in pieces on one flat-bed truck. This entire shell cost $22,000. These pieces then bolt together like an erector set in three weeks time.  Once the shell is complete, all interior walls, systems and finishes are assembled in a traditional manner.

Walls of the metallic structure home blend privacy and unabated views

Contemporary interiors with an industrial chic appeal

Extending the living space outdoors

Steel frame combined with concrete to create an exclusive home

Residence-for-a-Briard- in LA

Contemporary Desert House

Anchored on a floating platform just above ground, the Desert House was built to provide a comfortable living space in harsh and arid weather conditions. Set on a five-acre site in Desert Hot Springs, California, the lavish house offers 2,100 square feet of indoor living space and 2,400 square feet of outdoor living space. Designed for Leo Marmol and his wife Alisa Becket, this elongated house features six prefab steel modules that have been attached on site to create a spacious and airy interior. Sunshades coupled with cladding in wood and steel offer ample shade during the hot daytime and provide proper insulation when the temperature drops steeply at night.

Desert House by Marmol Radziner

Employing both passive and active solar technologies, the prefab steel house allows you to switch between secluded privacy and unabated views with the simple switch of the sunshades. Additional prefab units can be added at any time to extend the living space as the needs of the family grow with time.

Spacious and airy prefab house with a metallic structure

Exterior steel cladding of the desert house

Steel-framed desert house in California

The Cantilivered frame of the steel house

Open interiors of the desert house

Contemporary house with steel-frame construction

comfy living room inside the steel frame house

Wooden clad modern kitchen

Smart kitchen and dining area

Custom-Crafted Modern Prefab

Metallic structure homes offer amazing flexibility in design and improvised floor plans. Yet that does not mean that you will only end up with an unusual looking home that stands out from the pack. Steel-frame houses can match the exact style of a conventional modern house with interiors that show little sign of the metallic framework. This custom-crafted prefab is clad in trendy grey on the outside and features a tasteful interior with plush contemporary decor.

Smart exterior of the home in grey

Chic living room with modern fireplace

Interior in cool neutral colors

View of the dining area

Contemporary kitchen with colorful red shelves

Contemporary bath inside the prefab house

Custom designed steel-framed modular homes from Statewide Constructions

Expansive Mount Diablo Residence

Light steel-frame constructions do provide both architects and owners with functionality, reliability and speed, but they also can be used to build equally alluring luxurious villas and vast residences. Spread across 10,300 sq ft, the Mount Diablo House is far more opulent than many conventional homes. Equipped with rooftop solar panels and built using an extensive prefab steel frame, the extensive project was completed rapidly thanks to the use of a factory-made framework. Engineered by EcoSteel, the complete project sits proudly in the eastern hills of Danville, California.

Beautiful and lavish california home built using steel prefab frame

Expansive 10,300 sq ft steel prefab home

View of the exterior of the Mount Diablo Home

Sparkling interior of the prefab home with steel frame

Mount Diablo House in California

Construction of the Mt Diablo Residence - Steel Home

Steel frame of the house during construction

Unique Lakeside A-Frame

We have seen resilient steel frames being used to build expansive houses, hybrid designs, contemporary residences, cool cottages, stoic all-weather shelters and grand glass pavilions. Why not finish this journey with a lovely structure that makes a cozy alpine chalet? A-frame houses have a certain nostalgic charm about them that is undeniable. Incredibly popular during the post-World War II era, A-frame retreats take you back in time, thanks to their exceptional form. Built to handle heavy snow and strong winds, this steel-framed lakeside wonder seems to offer an idyllic getaway in the woods.

Unique design of the A-Frame house

Woods eading to the captivating steel frame house

Interior of the cool A-frame house


Lakeside A-Frame house paints a inimitable picture

Steel frame of the house during construction

The many advantages of stunning steel-frame houses are being tapped into by architects across the globe to create a brand new trend in affordable and durable housing. From withstanding natural disasters to presenting sustainable design options, prefabricated metallic frame structures are here to stay.

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Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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