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Beck Residence, Bellingham, Wash.

This single-story, 1,500-square-foot (139-m2)residence was designed for a couple wanting a contemporary, industrial look that was also economical and environmentally friendly. The architect suggested using steel because of its durability, design flexibility and affordability. The cost savings achieved in both design and erection of the home and garage was significant.

The owners also appreciated the green aspect of working with steel, knowing that the structural steel and metal cladding were both recycled and recyclable. The residence also features concrete flooring with raidant heat and a predominately southern exposure to help maintain consistant temperatures throughout. Additionally, the homes structural integrity will present a solid defense in areas subject to seismic events or extreme weather conditions.

Web Steel Buildings supplied the metal building used for the residence, while ASC Building Products supplied 3,633 square feet (338 m2) of its Skyline Zincalume Plus roofing panels.

Owners: Terrill and Piper Beck
Architect: Rudy Veland, Bellingham
Interior designer: Kimberly Larrabee, Walkers Floor and Home, Bellingham
General contractor: North Cascade Builders LLC, Bellingham
Metal building: Web Steel Buildings, Sandy, Ore.,
Metal Roof Panels: ASC Building Products, West Sacramento, Calif.,