Steel buildings are some of the most energy-efficient, long-lasting and secure buildings ever created by man, but that is not enough to make it a home. While the Quonset Huts for commercial buildings and military buildings are just fine the way they are, if you plan to live in one, it is time to turn the steel structure into a home with the following tips for décor and design.
This is the first and foremost design factor you need to consider before investing in a steel building. The construction of the structure must be perfect for not only the purpose you have in mind for it, but it should be custom tailored to also host all your interior design ideas without a hitch. Not all businesses in the field can provide specific and detailed customization options to their customers, but fortunately, there are a few companies in the US who provide custom blueprints and clear communications with the customers regarding that.
Putting in Drywalls
The best way to create room partitions inside a steel building is to strategically put in drywalls for enclosure. However, do not make the mistake of closing them in until the essential lines such as the gas line, the electricity line, the wiring, the plumbing and everything else has been properly installed and checked.
Utilize Your Steel Beams Strategically
An all-out metal ceiling with exposed beams may not appeal to everybody and in that case, simple dropped ceilings are the answers to all your worries. That being said, it is advised to use the look of the metal frames aesthetically by strategically keeping them open to view at certain sections of the house. Make sure that you add the right color and finish to the exposed metal to complement the rest of the decor, while standing out at the same time.
Excellent insulation is one of the main reasons why steel buildings are so economic for commercial and residential purposes in the first place, but unless the steel panels are properly covered with an insulator coat, the results will be exactly the opposite of that. Being a good heat conductor, the steel will allow heat to escape when the outside temperature gets cold and will heat up the atmosphere inside, when the sun is shining bright. SteelMaster Buildings use Galvalume Plus to coat all their panels for preventing this exact situation. As a result of the coat, the steel completely separates the atmosphere inside from the weather outside by keeping in the hot and cool air from your HVAC system for long periods of time.
Covering up the floor with lamination, wood, tiles or even just a beautiful carpet is advised because metal doesn’t particularly look very good as a flooring material. Remember to choose a material and a design that complements the rest of the décor as well.
These are the basics that you need to know about designing or finishing a steel building, post the installation, but aside from these, there’s not much difference between decorating a steel home and a regular home really! When done right though, steel residences can look absolutely gorgeous.