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Steel building as a home

Posted 01-30-2011 at 12:14 PM by BHM

The time has finally come to start what began as a thought two years ago. My wife and I are going to build a home using a commercial steel building. In the two years that it took to find a piece of land suitable for our project, I have had time to do a lot of research. It seems that this is becoming a fairly popular thing.

What I wish to accomplish with this blog is to share with others that are thinking of doing this. Amazingly, as popular as this is becoming, there is really not a whole lot of information on it floating around out there. I will try and list all the costs and the headaches.

Below is pic of the first and second floor plans. Upstairs will be some storage and a large hobby area for my wife. That will be her area and should keep her out of my shop.

The living room will have vaulted ceilings and the hobby room upstairs will have a door and New Orleans style wrought iron balcony overlooking the living area. That will also be the balcony I push her over if I catch her in my shop.

Initially, my plan was to have one large building with the living area in the front and the garage/shop in the back area. But as I have learned, the cost to erect the steel building was a little more than I thought. So I decided to do the shop as a separate 24x24 building which I will erect myself.

The house will be 48 wide by 36 deep and will be a two bedroom/two bath. My floor plans were done using Punch! Home and Landscape. Not the best software, but for the price, it did what I needed and was easy enough to use.

I will try and take a lot of pics of the progress.

So far, these are the costs...

Permits: $967.00
36x48x12 Ideal Steel building: $14,345.00
24x24x10 Meuller Steel building: $4,895.00
Roughin Plumbing: $2,200.00

Foundations: $11,092.00 ***edit*** now it is at $12,906 due to cross footings and the fact that my original crew bailed on me because they are too backed up with work.

Erection: $5,500
Construction utility pole: $225.00
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    Updated costs...

    I was able to purchase the smaller sized anchor bolts form a local hardware store. those set me back $75.00 and most of these bolts were for my garage. The bolts for the home was another story. It required 3/4" bolts which surprisingly, is not a common size and I was unable to find any locally. After a conversation with my inspector, I was told that I could use straight bolts instead of j-bolts or bent anchor bolts. Again, evidently not a popular size locally but I was able to order some online. The costs for the 56 bolts, 110 2"x2" square washers and 200 nuts came out to $271.00 including shipping.

    Total for the foundation anchors is $346.00

    If the weather holds which it is looking like it will, the foundation crew should finally be starting on Wednesday, Feb. 16th. I have already requested a later delivery date for my garage material and the house steel is going to be ready the following week.
    Posted 02-13-2011 at 08:23 AM by BHM BHM is online now
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    Work is being done! Work is being done!

    Concrete guys are forming up the foundations!
    Posted 02-16-2011 at 08:10 PM by BHM BHM is online now
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    sounds interesting and very cheap for a house. id like some more info on this.
    Posted 02-25-2011 at 11:47 AM by Mr_Taterhead Mr_Taterhead is offline
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    Originally Posted by Mr_Taterhead View Comment
    sounds interesting and very cheap for a house. id like some more info on this.
    I have decided to do the build thread at another site. Not many people reading the blogs here and I did not want to duplicate my posts. You can follow the process at the link below. Feel free to PM me if you have any particular questions.
    Posted 03-06-2011 at 07:55 PM by BHM BHM is online now

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