We've recently fabricated and installed a mid-century inspired structural steel frame. It's a rigorously detailed exposed frame that defines an indoor/outdoor space off a simple mid century builder ranch. Taking cues from the previous wooden post and beam carport and utility room, we rationalized the existing conditions into a new steel version: columns of 4" pipe, wide flange, and angle, three 8" continuous wide flange beams with 4" rafter extensions, and connection 8" channel headers.
The rafter extensions for the 4' and 2' roof overhangs are simple compositions of steel components that result in clean connections.
Scaffolding and an electric hoist were called in to lift those big beams into place directly from the trailer to the top of the columns. Easy enough for one person to do it all in an 8 hour day.
We even had a friendly flag for the short transport from shop to site!
Once there it was just a matter of rigging, hoisting, and welding into place. I love it when a plan comes together...
Simple details make for clean forms.
After finish priming and clean up, and a bit of dark grey paint, we'll install exposed metal decking and get ready to tie it all to the existing house with a new butterfly roofed outdoor dining room and bathroom.
It should look somthing like this when done.