Getting the gears going regarding building a shop next year. I'm looking
at something in the 900 to 1000 SF range. Aside from the cost of concrete,
which is cheaper---going with a metal building (prefab) or conventional
framing? I would do all the work myself regardless of which one I went
with so am just curious to know from any contractors out there. I would
probably forego the walls on a metal building as I will more than likely
frame and stucco (or maybe use adobe) them myself. Thanks very much for
On Mon, 12 Dec 2005 03:00:53 -0700, "James \"Cubby\" Culbertson"
not sure where you're located but keep this in mind. With a metal
building in the summer it will absorb the heat and hold it longer
making it hotter to work in, and in the winter it will hold the cold
like a freezer.
I just did a comparison and my estimates (for materials only) showed about
$6/sqft for post and beam woodframe and about $8/sqft for metal prefab with
After working in a post and beam wooden shop for years, I've decided my next
shop will be a metal on slab. I have to be extremely careful about sparks in
my wooden shop, so sharpening/grinding/welding/oxy-cutting, etc all have to
Metal is cheaper and easier to erect. Here in So.Cal,the weather cooperates
nicely for a metal roof. It would not be my choice in any case. They tend
to leak and are noisy. You can insulate them for hot or cold but IMHO they
still look cheap. If you are building a dedicated shop, build a wood
building with a high ceiling and wood floor (over a concrete slab).
Thanks folks for the insights. I hadn't really given much thought to the
metal roofing capturing heat/cold. I live in NM and it get's pretty darned
warm in the summer so maybe I should just stick with conventional building.
I do plan to do this over a slab but am planning on pouring the slab such
that I can put a wood floor in with a bit of space under it so I can run my
DC piping. Obviously I'd have to find a way to mount the floor with easy
access to the area below it. The metal building option just looks so much
easier to do and for a one man show, would probably go up quicker. I seem
to remember a site that compared different building methods' prices but
haven't been able to locate it. Anyway, thanks very much for the advice!
Probably not a problem in NM but I will tell you from experience that a
metal building has one BIG drawback. When it's cold outside and you
heat up the inside, the ceiling gets condensation which drips all over
everything. Oh, the other drawback is that you can't just pound a nail
into a stud or beam or anything if you weant to hang something up.
It always suprises me, the low construction quotes you hear on the web.
I'm finishing up on building a 24 x 36 barn workshop with crawlspace
and full loft. I'm not finished and I'm reaching the $40,000 mark.
$25 / foot. Most materials were bought pre-katrina.
I am also amazed by low construction price quotes I hear on the web.
I am building a shop exactly the same size as yours with attic trusses for
loft storage. I am figuring $35,000 to $37,000 with a lot of DIY. I am
planning on seamless steel siding that adds about $5,000 to the cost.
I haven't seen much change in building materials prices post-katrina. I
have seen prices go up 15% to 25% in the last five years or so.
Yeah, I'm gonna give them a call one of these days. Right now, I'm just in
the exploratory stage. I say it looks expensive due to the concrete.
Concrete here has gone through the roof. I poured my own footings for an
adobe wall this summer. I got the concrete for around $75 a yeard. Now
it's up around $130-140 a yard. I believe they also make the "panels"
where the interior concrete has already been poured. Trouble is then I
need to hire a crane to set them....but they go up really quickly. A
neighbor did that on an addition and the crew showed up in the morning and
by nightfall they had all the walls and roof joists up. From an energy
standpoint, it would definitely be the way to go!
On Mon, 12 Dec 2005 21:44:34 +0100, Juergen Hannappel
Well, aside from the excavation costs - which in NM I cannot imagine
being much more than that required for the slab + foundation, it would
seem to be a more logical solution...
plus, I hate concrete slabs :)
Amen! Nothing's worse than wanting to add a phone line or something and
having a concrete slab!
I plan actually to install a wood floor system over a crawl space. I
originally was thinking of accessing the crawl space from above but moving a
few yards of dirt would make more sense to get a more generous crawl space.
I'm beginning to look more and more at these guys:
Appears the building is metal but you can build the roof up just like a
conventional roof (ie. no condensation or drips!).
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