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February 6, 2013
From raw metal to classic cedar, these six structures employ creative cladding to heighten their modern cred (and curb appeal).
Modern cabin with corrugated metal clad facade

The two-tone corrugated metal cladding helps these Kansas City camping sheds blend into the landscape, along with windows custom-colored by the manufacturer to match.

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Dark grey metal house Villa DVT The Netherlands by BoetzkesHelder

“The clients asked for a ‘different-looking’ home,” says the architect. “They also asked for a loft-style interior.” To fulfill the first requirement, the architects opted for a perforated and expanded aluminum facade. Enticingly tactile, it attracts attention, while screening much of the interior from view.

Originally appeared in Facade Focus: Metal
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raw steel facade of modern house in Idaho

A steel-plate-clad house by architect Susan Desko in Ketchum, Idaho, features an untreated surface that changes color to reflect the sky. 

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Originally appeared in Facade Focus: Steel
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Modern facade clad in recycled aluminum shingles

With the owners requesting something "adventurous but subtle," architect Elijah Huge set out to find a cladding material that was both eye-catching and cost-effective. “I thought the shingles would be a good choice because they would echo the texture of the existing house without trying to imitate it.” Even better, the stamped recycled aluminum shingles cost just two dollars per square foot.

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Modern red-and-gray Vermont clad lakeside weekend home

Neighbors surely can't miss the red-and-gray Vermont cladding from Everite’s Nutec line that makes this vacation home in South Africa an instant landmark (and a good deal warmer come winter) in a region full of rustic steel barns. “The color scheme pushes the envelope,” the owner says. “This town could do with some color.”

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The Sunken House, so-named for its excavated site, is a dark, cedar-clad cube in a stuffy part of London, where weathered brick and clay chimney pots are more common than modernist angles. Locals have come to call it "Ed's Shed," after the owner, photographer Ed Reeve.

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modern wooden storage box unit

And now for something different: Persistence paid off for this Cali­fornia couple who worked overtime for two years to tackle their all-in-one loft renovation. The wooden box is as functional as it is finely crafted, with room for clothes up top. Each niche holds treasures from travels, family keepsakes, books, and more. (See the full story of this loft renovation.)

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Originally appeared in Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville
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Modern cabin with corrugated metal clad facade

The two-tone corrugated metal cladding helps these Kansas City camping sheds blend into the landscape, along with windows custom-colored by the manufacturer to match.

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