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How Much Does Quonset Hut Cost?

 
low costSmall-to-Medium Kit: $1,000-$15,000+average costMedium-to-Large Kit: $5,000-$35,000+high costFor Residential Use: $30,000-$400,000+ Total Costs
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Lightweight and easy-to-erect, Quonset huts are corrugated steel buildings with distinctive rounded or arched roofs, creating sort of a long half-cylindrical shape; the side walls can be curved or straight. Sometimes called arch buildings, they are typically used for storage, or as a workshop, carport, or garage. With modifications to meet local building codes, a large, high-end Quonset hut can serve as a living space.

Typical costs:

  • Just a small-to-medium Quonset hut kit for storage, workshop or garage use (without foundation or installation costs) can cost $1,500-$15,000 or more, depending on size, accessories and delivery costs. Construction is often a do-it-yourself project, but hiring out the foundation and installation work can bring total costs to $3,000-$25,000 or more.
  • For example,BuildingsGuide.com[1] estimates a 10'x10' kit typically costs $1,500 for the base building, $300 for accessories and $120 for delivery, for a total of $1,920.
  • A 20'x20' hut is estimated at a total of $7,600, which includes $6,000 for the base building, $1,200 for accessories and $480 for delivery. Foundation and installation would be additional.
  • Just a medium-to-large Quonset hut kit for storage, workshop or garage use can cost $5,000-$35,000 or more, depending on size, accessories and location. A professional foundation and installation can bring total costs to $10,000-$50,000 or more, depending on what is included . BuidlingsGuide.com[2] estimates that a 144-square-foot single-car garage kit starts at $5,200; storage buildings kits are estimated to start at $12,600 for a small structure and $23,000 for large one (40'x60').
  • For residential use, complete installation of a large, livable Quonset hut can cost $30,000-$400,000 or more. For example, the April/May issue of Mother Earth News highlights a Pennsylvania couple[3] who spend about $35,000 for a 40'x40' Quonset hut on a concrete slab, with the work mostly do-it-yourself, although local labor was used to erect the shell and to build the wooden front wall, including installing windows. In 2011 the New York Daily News featured a couple in upstate New York[4] who paid about $286,000 to erect a 3,000-sqare-foot, two-story Quonset hut home.
  • Grading the site, pouring a slab foundation and floor, and (depending on the planned use of the building) installing utilities such as electricity, plumbing, water or sewage can cost $1,000-$30,000 or more, depending on size, local building codes and local rates.
What should be included:
  • Generally the kit provides the basic materials needed to build the structure plus construction plans, engineer-certified drawings and anchor bolt patterns (if needed). Construction is typically a simple process that can be done by general labor or as a do-it-yourself project.
  • The kit is typically delivered to the construction site, and SteelMaster Building Systems[5] estimates that unloading generally requires 3-4 people or using customer-provided equipment such as a forklift, front-end loader, backhoe or boom truck.
  • Erecting a metal building generally requires a building permit, and might be prohibited in some areas. Check with the local planning department for all requirements and zoning restrictions before buying a building. Most kit companies provide permit drawings.
Discounts:
  • If an order is cancelled or a model discontinued, companies like Future Buildings[6] or Steel Master Building Systems[7] offer them at a discount.
Shopping for quonset hut:
  • Ask about the type of materials, warranty and exactly what's included in the kit (plans, instructions, etc.). Request (and contact) references from satisfied customers, and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[8] .
  • Quonset hut manufacturers include Curvco Steel Buildings[9] , Future Buildings[10] , PowerBilt Steel Buildings[11] , Steel Factory Mfg.[12] and SteelMaster Building Systems[13] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.buildingsguide.com/estimates/building-cost-estimate.php
  2.  www.buildingsguide.com/steel-building-pictures/quonset-industrial/pages/04.php
  3.  www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/quonset-hut-zmaz09amzraw.aspx#a...
  4.  www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/steel-eco-friendly-quonset-hut-upstate-...
  5.  www.steelmasterusa.com/residential/learn-more/frequently-asked-questions/#How do I...
  6.  futuresteel.com/steel-deals/us-clearance-buildings.html
  7.  www.steelmasterusa.com/residential/clearance-center
  8.  www.bbb.org/en/us/search
  9.  www.curvcosteelbuildings.com/arch-steel-buildings-models.php
  10.  futuresteel.com/
  11.  www.powerbiltbuildings.com/our-buildings/building-models/
  12.  www.steelfactory.com/Q-series.htm
  13.  www.steelmasterusa.com/residential/products/quonset-style-buildings
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