Learn more about our framing.

We have been lightweight steel specialists since 2010 and the first to build tiny house structures using cold rolled steel technology. We are now offering framing kits for larger spaces, like accessory dwelling units (granny flats) and small homes under 1200 sq ft.

Like videos? Learn more about our cold form steel process, our design options and how our engineered frames get delivered to you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the same as the metal studs from my local hardware store?
The short answer is absolutely not. What you’ll find at any hardware store will be pre-rolled dimensional steel studs. They are usually 25 gauge steel rated at 33Ksi (kilopounds per square inch). This type of stud could be used by an average carpenter who has a pair of tin snips and some self-tapping screws, but it is nothing like the structural, machine engineered  Volstrukt system. Your house starts out with a 1-ton coil of flat premium grade steel. Compare our steel with hardware store steel.  We run it through the world’s most advanced cold-rolling machine which bends it, punches holes, dimples and swages the steel in all of the necessary places according to our computerized drawings. The 1mm tolerance of the machine means that what you see in the concept is exactly what you get. Straight, square and right, every time.
Does the frame have to be put on a trailer?

We can design any of our models to be built on a traditional slab or pier and beam foundation as well.

Can your framing be used in a small home?
Yes, we are now capable of rolling steel to be included in small homes and accessory dwellings under 1200 sq ft. Our existing small home designs can be customized to your specifications, and/or we can work with your architect to produce a frame to fit into existing plans.
What about thermal bridging?

In order to combat the conductivity of the steel, the recommended procedure is to install a polystyrene foam board on the exterior of your frame. This will make sure that there is no heat transferred directly to the steel. We offer insulated sheathing packages that are computer cut to match the frame design.

I want a steel frame in my tiny house but I want a builder to build it!

Not a problem. We have a growing list of tiny house builders who either have built with Volstrukt inside their homes, or who are familiar with our framing and how it works from talking with us. More information can be found on our find a partner page. If you have a builder in mind, and you want Volstrukt inside, we are happy to talk to them about how to build on our steel.

I’ve got my own design. Can Volstrukt frame it?

Absolutely. We’re happy to help turn your dream into a reality. For custom work we ask for a non-refundable custom design fee that goes towards design and drafting time. It can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to come to a finalized design, depending on what you supply us with and the overall complexity of the project. We try to limit design to 2 rounds of revisions.

What is an ADU?
ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Units. We produce steel frames to form the structure of a backyard house or studio.
How much will my custom design cost?

It's hard to say, we would need a dimensional drawing to get you a formal quote. We can provide you with a ballpark estimate based on your drawings and our experience, but this is not a guaranteed number. We are as keen as you to make each custom design process as efficient as we can. 

Can you supply me with a trailer / foundation for a tiny home?
Not exactly. We can help facilitate the sale of a trailer for your tiny house foundation but we do not handle the transaction nor warranty the work. We will supply you with the names of several trusted tiny house trailer suppliers if requested. Be sure to do your homework, most trailers are not tiny-house friendly.
Do I arrange my own shipping?

We can ship panels anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. With the right amount of planning, we can usually manage to get 3-4 houses on one load. This allows us to split the cost amongst the various houses, ultimately saving you money. This all depends on your timeline and our production schedule. We can also assist you arrange your own shipping if you prefer.

How will I receive my frame?

We will ship the frame to you in panels, which basically consists of 4 walls and a roof. More intricate designs utilize more panels, but the assembly is all the same. The frame may come either in a palletized crate or stacked on a trailer, depending on how many structures are heading your general direction.

Printing Steel.

How we use the world's most advanced cold rolled steel technology to design and manufacture steel frames.


Design.

How to create a tiny house with an engineered lightweight steel frame inside.


Delivery.

How our panelized structures get from us to you.


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Volstrukt as a company has been super helpful throughout my entire build and offer a product that's truly changing the tiny house movement for the better!

Isabelle Nagel-Brice
Isabelle Nagel-Brice  A Tiny Good Thing