Prefabrication perhaps makes the most sense for people who need a basic, practical building - like a garden shed. After Hufft Projects completed their private home in Springfield, MO, the owners asked them to design and build a simple, yet elegant shed in which they can store the equipment needed to care for their property. The Shed is built from prefab steel trusses, wall panels and white oak sourced from the property. The result is a logical outbuilding that was quickly constructed and warmly matched to the surrounding countryside.
Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of the main house, the new shed stands apart in design as a modern barn. To complete construction quickly and ensure a high level of craftsmanship, Hufft opted to create a prefab shed that could be easily assembled on site. Hufft prefabricated the identical modular steel frames in their shop in Kansas City, MO and then brought them to the site. There, they were assembled with the roof trusses and wall panels on top of a concrete pad.
The exterior rain screen is made from white oak, which was harvested on site and left to dry and weather before added to the shed. Rather than a separate roof and walls, the reclaimed wood rain screen is conceived as one giant wrap. The ends of the Shed are clad with translucent Polygal panels that let light inside from both sides. Large operable doors open for easy access and ventilation, while fluorescent lighting is integrated into the steel frame members inside. At night, The Shed glows softly from both ends like a lantern on the hill.
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