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November 3, 2014
Homeowners may shy away from steel, often found in skyscrapers, for its cold, minimal reputation. From facades to garden walls, these projects show that the material can be just as inviting as its cozier counterpoints like wood or stone.
Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel

Steel can be used as an interesting and inexpensive facade treatment. Black corrugated steel gives this Portland home a distinctive facade, while keeping costs down.

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Lara Swimmer
Originally appeared in An Industrial Designer's House Blends Economy and Simplicity
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Byron Bay house staircase.

In a modular beach home in Byron Bay, a steel wall with timber treads makes for a striking staircase.

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Archiblox
Originally appeared in Modular Beach Home in Australia
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modern landscaping steel screen koi bamboo

Steel can also add a modern touch to a backyard. In this Berkeley garden, Cor-Ten screens featuring a computer-generated cut-out pattern let in light.

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Originally appeared in An Architect Sculpts Out a Tadao Ando-Inspired Backyard
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steel and glass staircase in modern house

Steel can support more dramatic structural elements, like this sweeping staircase that wraps around a Venice, California home.

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Originally appeared in A Minimalist Duplex in Venice, California
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Glass Trestle table supports

For a subtler touch, create an industrial feeling with steel furniture, like this trestle table with steel supports by Pedersen + Lennard.

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Henk Hattingh
Originally appeared in Two Cool Surfers Design Some Serious Furniture
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Steel carport in Austin, Texas

steel, aluminum and Galvalume carport adds shade and makes for a bold addition to an otherwise simple home in Texas.

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©2009 Patrick Y. WongCopyright Case # 1-266025680 Filed October 27, 2009
Originally appeared in Texas Two-Step
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olson kundig hammer house metal facade

Olson Kundig, known for his preference for steel, shows how weathered steel panels create an aesthetic that's equal parts rustic and industrial.

Originally appeared in 10 Olson Kundig Houses
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tiny backyard retreats texas Jim Poteet Stacey Hill San Antonio steel guest house guesthouse

A steel shipping container can be repurpsosed as a compact shed or guesthouse, as this Texas project demonstrates.

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Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel

Steel can be used as an interesting and inexpensive facade treatment. Black corrugated steel gives this Portland home a distinctive facade, while keeping costs down.

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