If Virginia is for lovers, then a hand-crafted, galvanized steel home, created by onSITE Architecture for a couple with a baby on the way, is perfectly situated in Stuart, an idyllic small town in the western part of the state. Nestled on a plateau in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the cozy, 800-square-foot home is a modern take on the country cabin. The exterior facade, clad in a flat-lock steel envelope, reflects the blue-and-green beauty of the landscape.
The family had a limited budget and felt a need to build a place somewhere removed and away from technology. Inspired by the agrarian sensibilities of farmers in the Appalachian region, the firm built the two-bedroom cabin with century-old ideas in mind. According to onSITE, the problem with newer methods is that the gaskets fail and expose hundreds of screw holes. Instead, they employed a longer-lasting, flat-lock system for the steel exterior. By using high-quality materials and respecting old methods of building, the firm created the perfect mountain home for the young family to grow for years to come.