Five Modern Homes: A Look at Hot-Rolled Steel

To attain a true industrial aesthetic, there’s nothing better than the unique look and feel of hot-rolled industrial steel. Unlike cold-rolling, which requires extra processing at room temperature, hot-rolling shapes steel at blistering hot temperatures and requires no additional treatment. Hot-rolling typically produces a wider range of shapes as compared to cold-rolling, though with less rigorous tolerances for precision sizing. However, that hardly limits its application. From stairs to shelves, see its diverse uses in these five homes. From



Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this Fishers Island home with warm cedar siding and white windows as a nod to the regional New England vernacular. The modular system created by the architects at Resolution: 4 allows them to customize a home’s floor plan by stacking, lining up, and joining factory-built, rectangular modules. This is the largest prefab house the firm has completed to date with eight modules amassing around 4,500 square feet.

The fireplace wall, a Resolution: 4 signature, is made of 14-gauge hot-rolled steel panels with storage components in one-eighth welded steel. On one side is a pivoting privacy panel that allows the guest wing to be closed off. Art attaches to the metal with magnets.

Photo by
Matthew Williams
Originally appeared in An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island



A New Zealand expat and her son use this prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

Resident Debbi Gibbs says the custom hot-rolled black steel storage unit in the living space’s one exterior wall was the architects’ “baby.” Having only one unit to house a television, a fireplace, and wood storage was a top priority. Even in the “baking hot” summer months, she says, “My son wants to roast marshmallows.”
Photo by
Mark Mahaney
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Originally appeared in A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey


Hoover Studio

On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a six-footed foundation to rein in construction costs, Hoover and Eerkes created a distinctive structure that treads lightly on the land.

Cost-effective hot-rolled steel—steel being an Olson Kunding signature—covers the treads on the staircase leading to the sleeping loft.
Photo by
Benjamin Benschneider
Originally appeared in An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington



Architecture firm _naturehumaine designed this dream hideaway in eastern Quebec; a centralized fireplace was built into a custom, multi-purpose cabinet welded from sheets of hot-rolled steel. It stores firewood, holds a TV, and even acts as a guardrail for the staircase.
Photo by
Adrien Williams
Originally appeared in Amazing Cantilevered Home in the Mountains


Ons Dorp Amsterdam

This historic Dutch schoolhouse got a residential redesign from Standard Studio. Once a teacher’s lounge, the master bedroom now occupies the first-floor space. A hot rolled steel staircase leads to the lofted second-floor, an addition which brought more livable square footage to the overall program.
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Standard Studio
Originally appeared in A Cute, Open-Plan Renovation in a 100-Year-Old Amsterdam Schoolhouse

2 thoughts on “Five Modern Homes: A Look at Hot-Rolled Steel

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Awesome! Love this!

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:04 am

    love this .this would work for the summer months.


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