While health concerns weigh heavily on the minds of many Americans who are edging closer toward retirement, Danny Lyles of Athens, TN made the conscious decision to invest in his future peace of mind and mobility now as opposed to later.
"I decided to build the SteelMaster house because I am now 50 years old, not an antique yet, but I have had some health issues in the past," says Lyles. "I wanted a new house with all new 'stuff' in it, so if I have health troubles down the road hopefully I won't have to be working on the house. My present house has steps to climb to get in it. The SteelMaster house is built at ground level so it is far easier to get into, especially if I have mobility troubles later on."
SteelMaster Buildings, which is located in Virginia Beach, VA, manufactures Steel and Metal Pre-engineered Buildings which are designed for a broad range of residential and commercial applications, including housing.
"We offer a wide variety of steel housing and prefab steel home options from simplistic steel shells for homes to complex homes that require architects and contractor coordination," says Michelle Wickum, the director of marketing for SteelMaster. “Our buildings feature sleek lines and graceful curves, but it is their durability, strength, and adaptability that make them a popular and economical choice for home design."
Lyles is in the process of building his home, which will feature a living room/kitchen combo with 10' ceilings and two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a laundry/utility room, all of which will have 8' ceilings. The house itself will be 40' wide x 60' long and set on a flat concrete floor which will give it a 16' ceiling height in the center. The front wall is inset 3' and the rear wall is inset 1'.
Lyles is currently living in a 'conventional' house which is 1400 sq. ft. and located on the same piece of property as the new SteelMaster house. "We started building the SteelMaster house about eight months ago—the 'shells' went up in about a month and the shop was completed in two weeks after that," says Lyles. "Last week we started on the house inside wood framing, but we are in no hurry to complete the house since I still have a good house to live in."
Lyles says one of his favorite aspects of the house is the insulation. "It could be called a super insulated house," says Lyles. "I put 2" foam board under the concrete floor, sprayed in foam insulation on the inside of the SteelMaster 'shell' , and the end walls are 2" x 6" wood framed with spray foam on the inside and foam board on the outside with a metallic type of house wrap covered with shake looking vinyl siding on both ends. The house has three windows—two in the front wall and one in the rear wall."
In addition to the house, Lyles has already built a SteelMaster workshop/garage which sits 4' below the house on a two-block high knee wall and is 40'x40' with an 18' ceiling height in the center. He stores all of his metal working/welding equipment in the building as well as his tractor and lawnmower.
"Mr. Lyles' decision to build his workshop/garage and future home with steel was a wise one because he will never have to worry about any maintenance issues," says Wickum. "Steel does not rot, warp, shrink, or split, and it's non-combustible. As opposed to wooden structures, SteelMaster's Steel Buildings in particular remain maintenance free for a lifetime thanks to the company's use of Galvalume Plus Coating which offers strength, superior corrosion resistance, and an attractive bright appearance that provides excellent heat reflectivity. Each SteelMaster building also comes with a 30-year mill-backed warranty by ArcelorMittal (NYSE MT)."
Lyles says that so far, he is very pleased with his decision to purchase both SteelMaster Buildings. "They look cool, seem to be constructed o.k., and should last as long as 'I' will most likely need them," says Lyles.
With more thousands of satisfied customers, including buildings located in every state in the United States, on six continents, and in more than 40 overseas countries, SteelMaster takes pride in knowing its Steel Buildings have earned the favor of people like Mr. Lyles.
SteelMaster's Steel and Metal Pre-engineered Buildings are designed for a broad range of residential and commercial applications including Garages, Workshops, Carports, Quonsets, Airplane Hangars, RV Storage, Military Buildings, Commercial Warehousing, and Industrial Storage as well as a wide variety of Custom Building applications including Athletic Facilities, Retail Stores, Churches, Bus Stops, Smoke Shacks, Doggie Dorms, and Correctional Facilities.
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