It is a common misunderstanding that Barndominiums are much cheaper to build than wood framed homes.
Everything that happens before the dried-in building such as clearing the land and the building pad is the same for both types of construction. Everything that happens after the dried-in building (AC, electrical, plumbing, drywall, trim and paint) is also the same.
So the difference in price between a steel barndominium and a wood frame home is in the cost of the foundation, the building kit and the labor to erect the structure.
The concrete Foundation tends to be a little more costly on steel buildings because you need a footings or Piers under each Main column.
The simplest steel building like the Rigid Stack building costs between $6 and $10 per square foot. A wood frame building with siding and shingles will probably cost between $8 and $12 per square foot. The labor on both ranges from $3 to $6 per square foot, depending on where you live and how fancy the structure is. If there is any savings between steel and wood, this is where it is at.
Most people that build a Steel barndominium choose additional features such as a standing seam roof, roof overhangs, and hips & valleys. Once those features are added to a steel building, there is no savings when compared to a wood frame building.
So what are the advantages of a steel building for your barndominium?
- Steel buildings can accomplish huge clear spans
- Steel Buildings are built to exacting standards and are able to withstand the wind from the ocean or the snow in North Dakota,
- Steel Buildings comply with government Codes and include engineer-stamped permit drawings
- Steel is much stronger than wood and will not rot
- Once manufactured, your Steel barndominium might be erected on your job site in as little as a few days.
The Monitor Barn
The raised aisle of the monitor barn was historically used for a covered wagon full of goods. Today, the monitor barn defines Southern style. We can build the monitor barn to your exact size specifications.
The Gambrel is another beautiful country style. The shape allows you to maximize your upstairs square footage. Rigid can design a steel mezzanine and steel stairs to your specifications, or you can add your own wood mezzanine to go along with your interior build-out.
The Hangar Home
Sometimes you just want to go out into your garage and check on your airplane. Rigid can help you design a hangar big enough to include your home or connect to your home. We can provide giant clear-spans for storing your aircraft and we can design your building to support the tremendous loads of your hangar door.
The Modern Home
Some designs can only be executed with steel. Huge clear-spans, glass walls and cantilevered roofs require engineering expertise and tight manufacturing tolerances. Rigid employs in-house engineers and detailers to provide engineered-stamped drawings in every state.
The Country Porch
There are a thousand variations on the home with a wrap-around porch. You tell us what you want and we will build it. Rigid manufactures a premium standing seam roof that compliments the country style. We can provide cupolas and wainscot panels to dress up the design. We also have vented soffit and low-profile Florida Approved ridge vents to create an energy efficient building shell.