Heavy Metal Rocks a Modern Missouri Home

Steel shows up all over this single-level family home, but wood and other textures warm the look

Superman grew up in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas. But just across the eastern border of the state in Joplin, Missouri, lives a real man of steel. For Bill Perry, who owns a steel manufacturing facility, steel is his life. So when it came time to design his family’s single-level home, he knew just the material to use heavily.

Appropriately named Heavy Metal, Perry’s home features steel extensively inside and out. Gavin Snider of Hufft Projects, which designed the home, says Perry’s intimate involvement, ambition and creative spirit are what made the design possible. Maybe a little superpower, too?

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