Steel Building Kits - Planning & Price Guide

Kit Buildings Designed for Quick & Easy DIY Assembly

Whether you are a homeowner looking to add value and space to your property with a carport or garage, a consumer hoping to construct a cheap metal building for use as a storage shed or workshop, or a farmer looking to achieve an easy-to-assemble barn and storage building for equipment and supplies – steel building kits are an affordable option to owning a high-quality storage structure.

Metal building kits are the superior choice for both contractors and homeowners on a budget as their building material of choice. For more on the various small building options see this additional page.

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Prefab kits boast incredibly strong precision engineered components, with perfectly straight walls, square corners that all but eliminate annoying pops in drywall and costly repairs following construction.

Homeowners enjoy steel framing for its fire safety benefits, as it is a non-combustible material, and its resistance to termites. In fact, in Hawaii, over one-third of new homes in 1998 were built using steel as protection against the voracious Formosan termite, which has been known to destroy an entire home in just a year.

Requiring only basic tools and your own manpower for assembly, steel building kits will save you money on both construction and materials. The components are cut with laser-like precision, and fit together as easily as puzzle pieces to ensure fast & simple assembly. Full instructions are included along with clearly numbered parts.

Choosing a steel building kit for your new building project just makes sense.

Why Choose DIY Metal Building Kits?

Contrary to popular belief, many people’s decision to take on a DIY project isn’t always about saving money, although that is always a positive side effect.

DIY is an opportunity to exercise your hands and your brain. DIY is about acquiring knowledge, new skills and a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and triumph that comes from creating something new out of nothing.

Worried about whether you have the necessary skills to assemble & erect your own building? With easy to understand manuals and instructions, there’s no need to fret. Modern metal building kits require very little construction experience.

Buildings in kit form can be erected easily in just one weekend. With a few basic tools, some friends (and the promise of free pizza and beer upon completion!), your new building will be assembled and ready to use in no time.

What Size Building Do You Need?

Buildings come in a variety of sizes and metal building kit prices can range from as little as $5,000 for a simple 30x30 self build garage to approximately $30,000 for a 40x60 shop building. Usually, the larger the building the cheaper it is per square foot. Price can also be reduced by minimizing on the number of building accessories such as doors, windows, insulation etc. For rough building extimates see our estimate calculator

Some of the more popular sizes include:

• 50x100
• 35x70
• 55x65
• 40x60
• 35x50
• 35x40
• 30x40

While these are some of the more popular sizes of prefab metal building kits, custom sizes are also available so you can be sure to get a building that fits your available space perfectly.

Building Kit Styles

DIY kit buildings manufactured from pre-engineered components make the ideal option for small buildings such as garages, workshops and for additional storage solutions. When choosing a small building kit there are two main styles available.

Quonset Hut Building Kits = Cheap Metal Buildings

Also known as 'Arch Buildings', Quonset Hut buildings have a rounded corrugated arched roof known for its incredible strength and durability. The style was developed during the Second World War when its corrugated roof proved to provide exceptional safety during bomb raids. As a result, this style of building offers extreme resilience against earthquakes, hurricanes and other extreme weather.

Quonset Hut steel building kits are supplied in widths ranging from 10 feet to 30 feet. With the building panels being fabricated in two feet wide sections, the overall length of your Quonset Hut building is virtually limitless as you can simply add another two foot panel.

Quonset kit components are shipped as arches, which can be easily raised in sections by just two people. No heavy lifting is required for this DIY project, as each section requires only about 50 lbs. of force to lift up. Once each arch section is raised into position, the assembly process requires each section to be bolted together piece-by-piece until complete. With the roof structure in place, the final step is to simply attach the end walls.

See our Quonset Hut photo gallery

Peaked Roof Building Kits

A more traditional design, the pre-engineered components of A-Frame steel building kits are also delivered along with a parts list, engineered drawings and all the necessary fittings and accessories.

see our straight wall building photo gallery

Also see our building styles page for further information on the two main building design styles

Things To Remember When Planning Your New Building

There are many considerations that will inevitably affect both your comfort and the final cost of your chosen pre-engineered steel building. Below is a basic guide and things to remember when planning and building your metal building.

Building codes and permits: Find out everything you can about the local and regional building codes and processes for obtaining a permit. Be sure you will be able to do what you want to do with your home and that outbuildings constructed from steel buildings kits are not going to contravene local codes. Be sure to speak with local panning officer before you purchase your building.

Site preparation costs: Determine what will be required for utilities such as phone, gas, and electric lines to reach your site. Will you require a septic tank? Do you need a filtering system? If you need a well, how deep must it go and how much volume should it contain? Are there trees you’ll want or need to take down, and if so, are there any special environmental regulations concerning that? Are there a lot of rocks and boulders—particularly hidden ones—that will need to be removed before you can pour the concrete foundation?

Foundation: What kind of foundation does the site require and how expensive will it be? Is concrete readily available nearby or will it cost a lot to get it to the site? For further information see our foundation information.

Exterior Finishes: Do you want your metal building to follow the architectural style and details of your home, or to have a unique appearance as a standalone structure? With unlimited finishing options -- from brickwork to masonry, stucco or faux stucco, faux concrete, siding, and a myriad of paint colours to choose from-- steel building kits can be customized to satisfy your every architectural desire.

Steel framing is coated in the factory to protect it from rust during storage and transportation. Zinc galvanizing is the most common form of protection to prevent corrosion, and can protect steel for as long as 50 years depending on its thickness and the environment in which it is placed. However, extended contact with water in the form of rain, condensation, or fog can corrode zinc over time. Take steps to ensure there are no gaps or holes in walls that will allow moisture to buildup inside wall cavities and damage the steel framing.

Sample Steel Building Kit Prices:

 
Size (L /W)
Square feet
Quonset Kit Prices From
A Frame Kit Prices From
Single Car Garage Kit
12' x 12'
144 SF
$8,200
$10,300
Double Car Garage Kit
24' x 24'
576 SF
$10,000
$11,800
Storage Building Kit
30' x 24'
720 SF
$12,400
$13,700
Rv Garage Kit
40' x 20'
800 SF
$14,200
$14,000

Steel building kits offer both flexibility and cost savings compared to conventional construction methods. Get up to four price quotes for your project today.

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