To manage costs of this energy-efficient home, the architects kept things simple. Fiber cement panels and corrugated aluminum, coated with a clear textured finish to prevent corrosion, were used for the exterior. To reinforce the thermal efficiency of the envelope, 16-inch-wide I-joists made from black spruce lumber were employed as wall studs, allowing for what the architect describes as a “tremendous amount of insulation.”
The compact 712-square-foot cottage sits on top of a 430-square-foot workshop, where the architect's firm prototypes and produces custom furnishings for his practice. Metal shingles cut from scraps of sheet metal mix with new material as well as odds and ends, such as a road sign the architect bought at the Alameda Flea market. He designed stainless steel clips that allow any tile to be easily moved or replaced without the use of tools.
Birgitte Ginge and Madeline Williamson imagined their golden years in a loft that mirrored their urbane sensibilities and professions in music and academia. So when they fell in love with a piece of land in the breathtaking Rio Chama watershed of northern New Mexico, the couple sought an architect who could harmonize their interests with the environment. Thanks to passive solar and radiant floors, the metal-clad home is comfortable year-round.
Architect Jayna Cooper had never designed a house before, much less played general contractor, when she broke ground on her new home in the middle of Los Angeles in 2009. After a grueling four months of hands-on hard work—managing subcontractors, sourcing materials, driving the front loader—she moved in. Here, she walks us through her completed home—clad in corrugated metal—and reveals what it took to make this $200-per-square-foot abode a reality.
On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, resident Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget. The home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs.
When client Eric Brill purchased his residence, a onetime warehouse for mid-century lighting fixtures, it was subdivided. He and architect Tony Unruh gutted the 1,800-square-foot building completely and created an open floor plan for Brill's living areas and practice space. The home is clad in painted corrugated metal.