Steel Framed Home Plans


Building in Steel: A Home Planning Guide

You too can enjoy the benefits of owning a steel home! Building a predesigned steel-framed home on your lot is easier if it is a home plan with which design professionals, builders and framers are familiar!

The Hawaii Steel Alliance (HSA) offers plans for sale to its members to make building a steel home easier. The HSA is a nonprofit organization made up of people like you: owners, architects, engineers, contractors, builders and suppliers. Anyone can join! Choose any of the three plans and have a design professional modify it to suit your needs and your site and build it in steel!

1. Selecting a Plan for Your Lot

The Plans: To build a steel-framed home from the Members Design Portfolio, begin with a “study set” and this directory. Use these to decide if the home meets your needs and will fit on your lot. You may also purchase a “complete set” of architectural plans which costs $950 - $1,700 from the HSA. This will include full-scale drawings (blueprints) for a slab-on-grade home including: dimensioned floor plans, exterior elevations, optional front elevation, roof plans, window and door schedules, interior elevations and a title page for your site map. The complete set does not include a “professional stamp” or structural engi­neering. Structural design will be based on your site and input from builder. The plans are copyright protected.

2. Selecting an Architect or an Engineer

Design Process: Hire a design professional to adapt the house to your lot and complete the structural design. Before you hire your engineer and architect, you check our membership directory for a list of member engineers. Talk to member builders and framers to learn more about building in steel and what products they use. Some engineers have preferences that you can discuss with your builder. There is more than one way to build any home. Ask about the different types of cold-formed steel designs and the costs and benefits of each. After your engineer has finished the structural design and stamped the plans, apply for a permit.

3. Selecting a builder

Builders and Framers: We recommend you interview more than one builder and get at least three qualified estimates with product specifications. Ask to have it framed in steel! A steel-framed home requires technical skills and experience. When built correctly it is extremely strong and durable. You can call the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to ensure you hire a licensed contractor in good standing at 808- 587-3222, ext. 1, or call HSA at (808) 485-1400 for a member list. Make sure your builder has experience, a good reputation, and is financially capable. Require a Performance and Completion Bond.

4. Selecting Building Materials and Specifications

Resources and Building Materials: Many member builders, design professionals and suppliers will provide package pricing. Use this directory to find “participating members,” look for the (house) symbol in the following pages. As part of the final process, you should approve the material specifications and have them listed in the construction contract documents provided by the architect or builder. Ask your builder to provide you with a package price and listing of the products. We recommend using quality name brands and reliable island distributors, including the sponsors listed below! BUILD IT IN STEEL!

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Gold Sponsors: GW Killebrew & James Hardie Sidings Products

Silver Sponsors: RSI Building & Roofing Supply

Bronze Sponsors: CEMCO, Certainteed, ClarkDietrich Metal Framing, Grabber Construction Products, HONBLUE, Milgard Windows & Doors, Pacific Source, Inc., Servco Home & Appliance Distribution, Servco Raynor Overhead Doors, Simpson Strong-Tie Co.