by Matt Keating
“We started out as a simple distributor of steel, but now we consider ourselves producers of works of art,” says Drew Hanthorn, Vice-President of Fabrication and Installation at Steel House, “We just finished a truly one of a kind spiral mono-tube staircase that was very intricate and difficult, but turned out gorgeous. It made for the grandest of entryways.”
“Steel House was established in 1985 as a steel service center, which provided Indianapolis with a convenient middle ground between general contractors and home builder customers and the steel mill,” he stated. “Back then, Steel House only provided steel in stock lengths, which were shipped direct from the steel mills.” In the nineties they added fabrication to their list of services and opened their doors to the public. Today, any and all customers from all steel backgrounds can walk in their showroom and place an order for steel, no matter how big or small.
“We have been able to grow just as our customers grow, which is why I started the fabrication and installation division, which specializes in the more custom side of residential steel,” Hanthorn said. “We started building steel staircases and handrails for custom home builders four years ago, and it’s time to open that market to the public.”
Steel House has an experienced team of experts who pride themselves on superb customer service skills, and their ability to turn any idea into reality.
“We get people walking in off the streets all the time with napkin drawings that are very rough and conceptual in nature,” Hanthorn stated. “But our insides sales staff is able to help them hone the design and in most cases they are able to get a quote immediately.”
Steel House’s custom designs extend from stairs and handrails to fireplace feature walls, egress window covers, exterior finishes and décor, along with structures such as pergolas, porte cocheres, trellises, entry gates, and Juliet balconies. Their designers are quick to come up with concepts and shop drawings, no matter how unique the design may be.
“The beautiful thing about Steel House is there is not much we will shy away from,” Hanthorn stated. “For example, we just finished installing a three-story structural steel framework with over forty I-beams for a custom homebuilder. But tomorrow we might turn around and do a 6′ Juliet balcony for Joe Homeowner.”
Recently they have added wrought iron fence installation to their extensive list of services. Also new for 2019, they will be stocking their showroom with pre-cut pieces of commonly used metals for do-it-yourself customers. So whatever your steel needs, or unique projects you have in mind, visit the creative team at Steel House.