Prefab California Metal Buildings: Building Kits That Save On Construction

For decades, Californians have trusted SteelMaster to provide the strongest, most durable steel buildings on the market. From agricultural buildings to prefab sheds, our team of experienced design specialists will find the perfect customized building for you.

Meet or Exceed California Building Load Requirements

 The California Building Standards Code serves as a basis for the design and construction of buildings in California. Our state stamped engineered blueprints meet all California building loads requirements for every building size and use. All designs and calculations are stamped by a licensed, professional engineer with clearly diagramed drawings of your building. While there’s nothing we can do to speed up the permitting process in California, we can give you some of the required information to help you meet permit and code requirements to make the process as easy as possible. 

Why Northern California Chooses SteelMaster

 Because Northern California has a greater surface area than Southern California, the weather is very diverse across the region.  SteelMaster’s versatile Quonset huts are fit for any climate, whether it is an area with heavy snow loads or a harsh coastal environment. No matter which part of NorCal you’re in, we can engineer a building to stand up to the rigors of mother nature. 

Why Southern California Chooses SteelMaster

SteelMaster’s building specialists have worked on many projects in Southern California; from movie sets to backyard sheds. No matter the scale of your building project, SteelMaster has the expertise to design and deliver a building kit directly to you. Add to that, our buildings are perfect for eco-friendly Californians, as all of our buildings are made of at least 80 percent recycled steel and have an Energy Star rated coating. Plus, parts and accessories like skylights and solar panels can maximize a building’s sustainability.

Popular California Steel Building Uses

As with most states, the most popular type of SteelMaster Quonset huts in California is storage buildings like prefab garages and sheds. However, our customers have used SteelMaster structures in many different ways. 

Vern Sneed of Design Horizons has collaborated with SteelMaster over the years to create “Q Cabin Kits,” economical, non-combustible Quonset hut homes that are designed to survive a wildfire better than any stick-built home.
The Q Cabin Kits are completely fire-resistant and can be assembled quickly. Design Horizons uses 2 x 6 steel studs and track, 2 x 12 steel floor joists, and 18 gauge SteelMaster arches. Beams are added perpendicular to the arches to give the buildings extra strength.

While many are drawn to Quonset hut cabins for their unique aesthetic, Vern hopes that more people will be drawn to them because of their disaster resistance.

Artist Bobby Furst said he was drawn to Quonset Huts because of their industrial look and shape. Furst, a contractor by trade, assembled a prefab home in Joshua Tree with a bathroom and kitchen, along with a separate workshop building.

Shannon P. is the founder of The American Mining Rights Association, a nonprofit organization in Coulterville, California that helps miners all over the nation preserve their rights to keep public lands open and available to everyone.

He moved from Oregon to NorCal to prospect for gold full-time and ended up purchasing a 1,000-square-foot building that he now uses as a storage facility for equipment and trade show marketing materials. He also has a small studio in one part of the building where he records educational videos for the organization.

Shannon says that the building process was an easy one for him and his crew of volunteers. Many of them had prior experience pouring foundations and raising arches.

Southern California, most notably Los Angeles, is noted as the capital of the film industry in the United States. The Hollywood neighborhood is home to several historical studios like Paramount, Warner Bros. RKO and Columbia.

While our buildings are primarily used as storage facilities, workshops and houses, they have also been featured in several movies and television shows. SteelMaster’s structures have appeared in Forces of Nature, Family Guy, Expendables, Dodgeball, Valiant, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The A-Team, Are We There Yet, and in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts are the perfect accessory for film sets, and not just because of their industrial aesthetic. They are cost-effective, which makes them easy to work within a movie budget. Plus, our buildings are quick and easy to assemble, which means the cast and crew won’t have to wait long to start production. When filming is done, the steel building(s) can be easily taken down and moved to another location, or even used for equipment storage.

SteelMaster’s durable and affordable shed kits provide storage at a competitive price. Our storage sheds are engineered to withstand severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and seismic activity in earthquake-prone locations like California.

California is a leader in United States agriculture, partly due to the size and population of the state. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits are grown in California. Northern California’s wetter climate and rich soils create the perfect conditions for growing crops.

Our steel agricultural buildings are some of the strongest structures in the industry. Every SteelMaster Quonset Hut is constructed with high-quality, commercial-grade steel that is corrugated at our factory to further enhance the strength of the building. 

We offer a wide range of customizable metal prefab barns and storage buildings that come in different models and sizes. Not only do we offer prefabricated kits, but we can also customize a structure to fit your needs and budget.

One of the biggest benefits of owning a Quonset hut storage building is the 100 percent usable space. 

Every SteelMaster building is self-supporting, which means they do not require the use of beams and trusses to stand. Our agricultural building kits have been used to store large tractors and other equipment, hay storage, sand storage, grain storage and much more.

Barn builders in Northern California should have no trouble assembling a SteelMaster building. An average steel farm building can be put together with a small crew in just a few days. Our buildings only require the use of one size nut and bolt.

Wine Country

Wine Country, located in the northern Bay Area of the Golden State, is known as a premium location for vineyards. There are more than 400 wineries in California’s Napa Valley Wine Country. Napa County is a popular vacation spot and is famous for its prized Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its beautiful landscapes.
SteelMaster offers commercial-grade winery solutions, as well as options for backyard wine enthusiasts. Our buildings can be used as wine production facilities, office spaces, and tasting rooms—no matter the size of your winery operation.7

Disaster Resistant

Earthquakes are quite common in the Golden State due to a geological fault that spans roughly 800 miles through the state known as the San Andreas Fault. Earthquakes can occur almost everywhere in the region due to countless other faults. California has thousands of smaller earthquakes every year, according to the Southern California Earthquake Center. Some earthquakes cause damage, but most are not even felt.

SteelMaster’s seismic-resistant Quonset Huts are specially engineered to withstand the extreme forces of an earthquake, protecting both the valuable items inside and the occupants. Our earthquake-resistant building design features make Quonset Huts some of the strongest, most durable structures on earth. When seismic waves violently flow through a structure, the strength of the building’s oscillation depends on the building’s mass and stiffness.

Our steel buildings are constructed as one unit, which evenly distributes the energy caused by seismic waves to its concrete foundation with little chance of damage. The 100% clear span design does not require the use of beams and trusses to support the structure. This eliminates the potential for weak spots inside of the building and few areas where the structure can become damaged, which can contribute to a collapse.

In addition to earthquakes, California is known for its intense wildfires. Over two million homes in the state were identified as high or extreme risk of wildfire. While USGS research shows there have been fewer and fewer wildfires in California since a peak in 1980, there has been trend showing growth in fire sizes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, California had 9,560 wildfires with over one million acres burned in 2017 alone. The increase in fire sizes may be attributed to more plants spawned by record winter rains, creating fuel for wildfires.

SteelMaster’s metal buildings have unmatched protection from fire-related disasters. People who own steel Quonset Huts already have a significant advantage over those who have traditional straight wall buildings because of the engineered fire resistance in a Quonset Hut. A SteelMaster Quonset Hut would have a much better chance of surviving because an average surface fire on the forest floor can reach temperatures around 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit or more. It takes more than that amount of heat, 2,500 degrees, for steel to even begin to burn.

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