If you’re ready to build a residential space as unique as it is durable, give some thought to constructing your very own metal building with living quarters. Property owners in need of storage space and living space are combining those two components inside one great-looking steel building. Your living space could be paired with, for example, a shop or an RV garage. It can be your permanent home or a weekend retreat. Some owners of the fanciest metal buildings with living quarters even rent out their spaces to family, friends and travelers as getaways.
Metal Buildings That Fit Your Lifestyle
If space is at a premium, make the most of it with a steel building. A steel building can take almost any shape. From the outside, it can look like a barn (also known as a gambrel style), a warehouse or the typical house like the one you might be living in right now.
You can customize the floor plan so it allows you to get the most out of every square foot. The most common dimension is 40×60; that’s enough for about three rooms and two bathrooms.
A metal building with living space can be one or two stories. Picture an upper-level space large enough for a living room, one or more bedrooms and baths, and a kitchen. You can also include a bonus room that you can use as a man cave, home office or crafting space. You might even want to include a deck or wraparound porch.
On the lower level, you could have the shop house of your wildest dreams or a space to store everything from your Coachman motorhome to the family’s collection of cool Harley-Davidsons.
And you can go much, much bigger. Downstairs in a 48×60 steel building, you could fit a large hot tub, your trusty pickup and two big boats. Above, there could be room for a master bedroom and bath, living room with a vaulted ceiling and even a spiral staircase.
A huge trend in the construction industry right now is what’s known as “barndominiums.” Made with steel frames and sheet metal siding, they combine giant storage buildings or barn structures with living areas the size of condos (or larger) in one space.
Exterior finishing touches for any metal building with living quarters might include seamless gutters, storm doors and window shutters.
Affordability and Durability
No doubt about it: Building a regular house requires making a big investment (money) in a residence that can vary in how well it withstands the elements and affects the environment. Compared to a regular house, a metal building house can be:
- Quicker to build
- Economical (even the fanciest ones)
- Easier to personalize
- Easier to maintain
- More energy-efficient and environmentally friendly
Build a Metal Building With Living Quarters
Metal building homes aren’t as unusual as you may think. There’s plenty of information – and reliable contractors – for you to consider. So, the sooner you get started, the quicker you can move into the steel building with living space that you’ve always wanted.