Available on slab foundation only.
In a day and age when lumber prices are going thru the roof, alternatives are required to meet budgets and timelines. A metal building provides a simple-to-build, cost-effective alternative. The challenge is accomplishing a pleasing façade that will satisfy the needs of the homeowner for identity and aesthetics.
This home is designed to accommodate a “bolt-up” metal building technology. This is in contrast to a “weld-up” metal building. The advantage of a “bolt-up” metal building is the ability to manufacture the entire frame in the shop and deliver it to the site ready to be stood up and bolted together in a much shorter frame of time. Welding connections can take weeks or months. Bolt-ups can be assembled in days. Exterior roofing and siding also install much faster on metal buildings than do conventional residential construction techniques.
There are limitations to the configurations you can employ using bolt-up construction though, and extensive research was conducted to not violate the rules of most manufacturers who provide bolt-up metal buildings. Mueller, Inc. was the model that was followed, but many other manufacturers will be similar. Mueller, Inc. is based in Temple, TX, and serves Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
Some liberties were taken to employ the uses of residential windows and doors to provide code-required egress and allow for some sense of styling and a cozy feeling. These instances will need blocking, flashing, and possibly welded connections to accommodate, but they are few. The interior walls are framed as 2x4 studs but could easily be replaced with metal studs. The front and rear porches are also framed as rough-sawn cedar for aesthetics.
It is recommended that customers consult with their local metal building manufacturer to review plans and assess the feasibility of building this home with their systems.