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Material Focus: Corrugated Metal

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Corrugated metal is a repeat offender in many modern homes. Architects love it for its affordability, availability, and durability. Here are seven creative ways to apply the material in residential designs.
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  The front entrance of the Farley Studio presents a clean, minimalist space—a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house. Photo by Jack Thompson.

    The front entrance of the Farley Studio presents a clean, minimalist space—a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house. Photo by Jack Thompson.

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  For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.

    For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.

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  "Basic, inexpensive stuff like corrugated sheet metal, stucco, and drywall can look really great if it’s incorporated into the design in a modern and well-thought-out way," says architect Jayna Cooper. She used the material to clad her affordably built residence in Los Angeles. Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol.

    "Basic, inexpensive stuff like corrugated sheet metal, stucco, and drywall can look really great if it’s incorporated into the design in a modern and well-thought-out way," says architect Jayna Cooper. She used the material to clad her affordably built residence in Los Angeles. Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol.

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  The exterior of the Popadich residence is modeled after boat storage sheds. With its pitched roof and verticality, the house blends with the surrounding seaside neighborhood yet remains architecturally distinct thanks to its aluminum cladding. Photo by Simon Devitt.

    The exterior of the Popadich residence is modeled after boat storage sheds. With its pitched roof and verticality, the house blends with the surrounding seaside neighborhood yet remains architecturally distinct thanks to its aluminum cladding. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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  When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown loft. Corrugated metal gives the space an industrial feel. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown loft. Corrugated metal gives the space an industrial feel. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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  Catovic Hughes’s design for the Morelands is all about embracing the outdoors. Rick spends as much time on the patio as he can. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends. Photo by Joao Canziani.

    Catovic Hughes’s design for the Morelands is all about embracing the outdoors. Rick spends as much time on the patio as he can. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends. Photo by Joao Canziani.

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  The corrugated-metal siding of the house bestows a Houstonian touch to this modern house. The material is popular in the area because it won’t get moldy and rot in the swampy air, and because it’s easy to maintain. But it’s also a local resource that evokes the shotgun shacks and warehouses of the city’s pre–oil boom past. “This is the metal building capital of the country,” Dawn Finley says. “So this material is coming off the coil in Houston.”

    The corrugated-metal siding of the house bestows a Houstonian touch to this modern house. The material is popular in the area because it won’t get moldy and rot in the swampy air, and because it’s easy to maintain. But it’s also a local resource that evokes the shotgun shacks and warehouses of the city’s pre–oil boom past. “This is the metal building capital of the country,” Dawn Finley says. “So this material is coming off the coil in Houston.”

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