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Loft-style residence housed in metal building

Posted 11/1/2009

Scope: The 3,188-square-foot (296-m2) ETW Caretaker Residence in Waukesha, Wis., utilized a metal building, roof and walls from Oklahoma City-based Star Building Systems.


Details: Star Building supplied its SSB and SWE structural systems for the metal building, which were used to blend in with a pre-existing Star Building that houses a manufacturing business. Star also supplied its StarShield Roof System in Aluminum-Zinc and StarMark in Almond for the walls. Splitface CMU block, stone-faced masonry and tinted glass in aluminum framing were used in addition to the StarMark system.


Canopies were added to give character to the front of the residence. Conventional construction was used for an elevated office/workout room, which utilized the StarMark panels, that was constructed on a precast deck spanning above an outside patio. Load-bearing steel studs were used to support Z purlins to create a single-slope roof that sloped the opposite direction as the main structure.


Designed with an open, or loft, concept, the building interior utilized exposed steel beams, steel railings, stained concrete floors and high open ceilings. In-floor heat was installed to make the interior space remain cozy during the cooler months. The three bedroom, two-bath, two-car garage residence is an addition to a 20,000-square-foo (1,858-m2) manufacturing and office building. The garage is complete with an additional20- by 20-foot (6-m) storage area and dog shower. The garage walls were lined with Star's liner panel.

Praire Lights Architecture Inc., Milwaukee,was the architect; LMC Inc., New Berlin, Wis., was the builder; and Steve's Construction,Milwaukee, was the steel erector.


Sustainability: The project utilized 6-inch (152- mm) fiberglass batt insulation from Therm-All Insulation, Columbus, Wis., on all metal roof and wall areas. Additionally, steel studs were used on the interior and 6-inch unfaced batt insulation was added to those areas.

Star Building Systems,

Therm-All Insulation,;

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