Good Questions: Steel Warehouse Kit for a Home?

Good Questions: Steel Warehouse Kit for a Home?

Aaron Able
Jul 10, 2009

Hello, Does anyone know anything about using an industrial steel warehouse as a residential building? As we are considering to build a small vacation home, I have been considering this possibility, but it seems very hard to find any resources on the internet or architects who know something about this. I vaguely remember seeing an article in a home magazine (I think now-defunct House & Garden) in or around 2001 that featured an LA writer and his friend living in a steel warehouse in Southern California — looked like a fantastic way of building a house quickly and cheaply. If anyone remembers this article as well, could you let me know, as there may be some useful information in it. Thanks a lot, Sebastian

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The big issue with prefab steel warehouses is that they were designed to function as warehouses and NOT residences — this means living functions like windows, air flow, plumbing, insulation, etc all have to be customized. This is something that an architect can do, but what you thought would be quick and easy gets complicated quickly.

Who has advice or ideas for Sebastian?

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