Quonset Hut Prices & Cost Guide for 2022

The average price of an installed Quonset hut is $20 to $40 per square foot. This includes the building kit package, foundation, delivery, and construction. The price can increase to $70+ per square foot with interior framing, finishing, and custom options.

40x60 Q-Model
40x60 Q-Model Quonset Building
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Prices for Popular Quonset Sizes

30x40
30x40x10 S-model building
From $21,816 * Product description

Standard 30x40x10 S-model building with factory-supplied end walls. One garage door and one walk door.

* Prices vary by location

Dimensions

30x40x10

Pitch

S-model

SKU

BG304010S

Options & Upgrades
  • One 8’x8’ garage door
  • One 3'x7' (3070) walk door
  • Metal front end wall
  • Metal rear end wall
30x60
30x60x12 Quonset S-model building
From $32,724 * Product description

Standard 30x60x12 S-model building with factory-supplied end walls. One garage overhead door and one walk door.

* Prices vary by location

Dimensions

30x60x12

Pitch

S-model

SKU

BG306012S

Options & Upgrades
  • One 8’x10’ garage style door
  • One 3'x7' (3070) walk door
  • Metal front end wall
  • Metal rear end wall
40x60
40x60x14 Quonset S-model building
From $38,784 * Product description

Standard 40x60x14 S-model building with factory-supplied end walls. One overhead door and one walk door.

* Prices vary by location

Dimensions

40x60x12

Pitch

S-model

SKU

BG406012S

Options & Upgrades
  • One 16’x12’ overhead door
  • One 3'x7' (3070) walk door
  • Metal front end wall
  • Metal rear end wall

Factors that Affect Quonset Hut Prices

Quonsets are the market's least expensive, permanent metal buildings. This is mainly because there are no heavy, costly beams, and they can be erected with 40-50% less labor.

Several factors can affect the overall price, including the current price of steel, intended end use, the geographical location of the building, and the size of the building. For more details on these factors, see the section below.

 

  • The Current Price of Steel

    The steel industry is highly susceptible to price fluctuations because the cost of steel is based largely on the current price of raw materials, such as iron ore and coal. The price of hot-rolled steel used to manufacture Quonset panels and parts increases when these materials increase in price.

    Steel prices increased dramatically during 2021 and reached an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain issues. The good news for steel building buyers is that prices are now trending downwards and are expected to normalize during 2022 due to downward pressure from increased supply and improved availability.

     

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  • Building Location

    The location of your building will also play a factor in the final price of your building. This is due to the engineering that is required for the building to meet your local codes for wind, snow, and seismic loads. Buildings located in wind or snow-prone areas require a thicker gauge of steel to meet your local building codes for the loads that will be applied to the building.

    Your location will also affect the price you pay for labor, finishing materials, and utility connection fees.

  • Building Usage

    What you intend to use the Quonset for will also affect the overall price. For example, a Quonset auto maintenance garage will require a full 6' slab foundation, two solid end walls, and several overhead garage doors. Alternatively, a simple hay storage barn will not require end walls and only needs a perimeter curb foundation. At the upper end of the scale, a Quonset house will require custom end walls, a full foundation and interior framing, and finishing.

  • Building Size and Style

    Quonsets become cheaper as the square footage increases as with other steel buildings. For example, a small 16x20 shed could have a square foot price of $25 - whereas a large 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse could have a price of $10/sq ft.

    The style of arch building you choose will also affect the total price. With their simple half-round arch design, Q-models are approximately 20% cheaper than the modified P-model with its peaked 4:12 roof profile. An S-model will be approx. 10% more expensive than the Q-model.


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Other Cost Considerations

When creating the budget for your metal arch building, other factors should be taken into account, in addition to the price of the building kit. These consist of:

Building Permits
In the United States and Canada, the cost of a construction permit varies depending on the size and complexity of the building, as well as the location of the project. Small towns may charge as little as $150 for a permit, while larger cities may charge up to $7,500. The average cost of a building permit falls between $550 and $2,000.

Site Clearing and Preparation
The cost of preparing a construction site will depend on the condition of the lot and the amount of work needed to prepare it for the foundation. This cost can vary based on location, soil conditions, and local climate. The following are rough estimates based on the size of the building, not the lot size:

  • $0.5 to $1.5 per square foot for a small building (less than 1,500 square feet)
  • $1 to $3 per square foot for a medium-sized building (1,500 to 3,000 square feet)
  • $1.5 to $4 per square foot for a large building (over 3,000 square feet)

Shipping
Shipping fees can run from 2% to 4% of the building cost. Some suppliers include shipping in their prices, so check this before purchasing your building. Delivery is relatively cheap as the building packages do not weigh anything near a rigid frame building and don't take up much space due to the fact that the arch panels come stacked. Most building packages can be delivered on 1 or 2 pallets.

Labor
Labor charges for a professional construction team can run between $3 and $6/sq. ft.

Foundation
Foundation installation prices will vary depending on the type and depth of foundation required, but factor in $4 to $8/sq. ft. foot for this. If you only require a perimeter foundation, then these can work out to be approx. 30% cheaper than a full slab.

Customizations
Accessories like windows and doors can add up quickly. Include between $1,000 and $2,000 for overhead garage doors and $500 or so for access doors. Depending on size and configuration, end walls bought from the building supplier might cost between $2,000 and $8,000.

Interior Build-out
Costs for constructing your interior (if required), such as those for insulation, wiring, internal walls, etc., should also be included in the budget. Here are some basic numbers:

  • Interior framing & dry walling $8 - $18 per square foot
  • Electrical (rough-in) $2 - $6 per square foot
  • Plumbing (rough-in) $2 - $6 per square foot

Your construction choice will affect the final cost

DIY Build

Do-it-yourself construction can save you anywhere from $2,700 for a small 900 sq. ft. building to tens of thousands in construction fees of $3 to $6/sq. ft.

Self Build

With this option you act as the general contractor by hiring and coordinate the construction crew, plumbers and electricians for the project.This option can save you 10-20% in general contractor (GC) fees.

GC Build

As noted previously, a GC will charge you 10-20% of the project cost. This is the most expensive method of construction but it can also be the fastest route with the least amount of stress.

Typical Cost Breakdown by End Use

30x40 Quonset Home

Quonset Home

A typical two-bedroom (30x40) Quonset house breakdown will include the building kit at approx. $21,816, custom end walls at around $4,000, a foundation at around $7,500, construction at either 0$ for DIY or $5,000 for contractor build, and interior framing/finishing between $50 and $120 per square foot. For a total of $93,316 to $182,316


30x40 Quonset Garage

Quonset Garage

The cost breakdown for a typical 30x40 two-car garage with shop space will include the kit package at around $21,816, steel end walls with one access door, and two garage doors at approx. $6,000, 4” slab foundation at around $7,500, and construction at either zero or $5,000 for a professional build. Giving a total cost range of $35,316 to $40,316


30x40 Quonset Barn

Quonset Barn

A basic, 30x40 Q-model farm storage building with no end walls and a dirt floor will run approx. $21,816 for the building kit, a perimeter trough foundation would be approx. $5,000, construction at zero (for DIY construction) or approx. $3,500 for a contractor crew. For a total of $26,816 to $30,316


Price Examples for Other Standard Sizes

DIMENSIONS (FT)SQUARE FEETPRICES FROM
20x30600 sq ft$12,120
30x30900 sq ft$18,180
30x501,500 sq ft$27,270
40x502,000 sq ft$36,360
50x1005,000 sq ft$75,750

Quonset Hut Cost Estimator

Use the calculator below to get an installed Quonset hut cost estimate; this takes into account the building kit package, delivery, the concrete slab foundation, and construction. Please note that it does not consider doors, windows, and any interior finishing.

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Please note - this is just a 'ballpark' estimate for a turnkey building. You will need to apply for quotes to get accurate written estimates for your building kit package delivered to your job site.

Common Questions

  • How much does it cost to insulate a Quonset?

    The cost of insulating a Quonset building will largely depend on the type of insulation you choose. The most common types of insulation used for Quonsets and their estimated costs per square foot are:

    Fiberglass Batts or Rolls: $0.5 to $1.5 per square foot
    Spray Foam Insulation: $1.5 to $2.5 per square foot

    Note that these are rough estimates and the actual costs vary from coast to coast.

  • Where can I buy an arched metal building?

    Most Quonsets are bought online and delivered to your job site. This is due to the fact that there are only a handful of manufacturers in North America. We work with all the major manufacturers and distributors so you can be sure of getting the best deal on your new building.

  • How long does it take to build a Quonset hut?

    All Quonset structures can be erected in a fraction of the time it takes for traditional construction methods. Expect a professional crew to have a 30x40 building erected in 2-4 days and a 40x60 in approx. 4-6 days. If you elect to DIY your construction, it is probably safe to double these times if you have no previous experience with this type of building.

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