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.
Learn more about our cold form steel process, our design options and how our engineered frames get delivered to you.
We are always updating ourFAQ's based on feedback from customers and partners.

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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

Printing Steel.

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


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


How our panelized structures get from us 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.

What about thermal bridging?

In order to combat the conductivity of the steel, the recommended procedure is to install a polystyrene foam sheet 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 computrer cut to match the frame design.

How will I receive my frame?

There are two options. If you feel confident in your abilities to use a drill and bubble-level, we can 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 second option is to hire us to erect your frame on your foundation or trailer. The fee for this includes all of the necessary equipment to anchor your frame to its foundation and strap the panels together with cyclone straps.

Do I arrange my own shipping?

We can ship panels anywhere in the contiguous 48 states at a rate of $1.25 per mile. 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.

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.  Get in touch and we can put you in touch.  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 $500.00 non-refundable security deposit that goes towards design and drafting time ($65.00/hr). Any remaining balance will be applied towards the cost of your frame. 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.

How much will my custom design cost?

It's hard to say. We can provide you with a ballpark estimate based on your drawings and our experience, but this is not a guaranteed number. Your final price will only be assessed after your design has been finalized and ready to move into production. We will keep a running tab with you and an eye on where we all think we are at through the design process as we go. We are as keen as you to make each custom design process as efficient as we can. Design and drafting is billed at $65.00 per hour.

Can you supply me with a trailer / foundation?
Yes.  We are happy to package your frame with a trailer or tiny house foundation.  We can supply your trailer of choice.  We have also erected many frames on trailers supplied to us at our factory in Austin, TX.  We are the industry's most experienced, specialist lightweight steel framing specialists and would love to see you end up with a better framing solution on a trailer that works for you.

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