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Typical Range: $73,400 - $228,000

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September 21, 2021

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Metal Building Homes Cost

Metal building homes cost $150,000, ranging from $73,400 to $228,000. You can expect to pay $50 to $120 per square foot. This includes a kit price of $20,000 to $90,000, $25,000 to $50,000 for assembly and about $30,000 to $85,000 for additional services.

“Recent price spikes in dimensional lumber have made metal-framed construction an increasingly popular choice,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “It’s also lighter than wood, which makes the framing stage faster and more affordable.”

Metal homes are quite popular for their affordability and trendy look. If you’ve got a vacant lot and you want to build a house, this might save you money. Keep these cost factors in mind as you research.

Average Metal Home Cost

Average Cost$150,000
High Cost$228,000
Low Cost$73,400

Steel Building Homes Cost

Steel building homes cost $45,000 to $140,000, or $20 to $70 per square foot. This includes a prefabricated kit with materials and basic assembly. You’ll need to pay more for additional services to make it livable, like a foundation or insulation.

Steel Building Costs
ItemPrice RangeCost Per Square Foot
Metal Home Kit$20,000 - $90,000$10 - $50
Assembly/Installation$25,000 - $50,000$10 - $20
Total$45,000 - $140,000$20 - $70

Metal Shop House Prices

Metal shop house prices range from $45,000 to $140,000 for a space measuring 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. If you want something much larger, like 5,000 square feet, you’ll pay $100,000 to $350,000.

Barndominium Cost

Metal barn homes cost $30,000 to $120,000. Also called barndominiums, these buildings look like a barn but provide an open living space. They run less than the average because they usually have an extremely open layout and no garage.

Barndominium Cost vs. House

At $30 to $40 per square foot for materials and assembly, a barndominium is much cheaper than other methods of construction:

This is because a barndominium is designed to be installed very quickly.

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Metal Building Homes Cost Per Square Foot

Metal building homes cost $20 to $70 per square foot. This estimate assumes that you have already prepared the land, poured a foundation and arranged for installation of utilities. If you still need to do these things, you’ll pay $50 to $120 per square foot.

Metal Home Plans and Prices

The cost to buy metal home plans ranges from $500 to $2,000. This is cheaper than the $2,000 to $8,800 price to hire an architect because you’re not having a pro design a custom building for you. Keep in mind that most manufacturers won’t sell you a plan if you don’t intend to buy a kit.

Cost to Build a Metal House

The cost to build a metal house ranges from $73,400 to $228,000. This includes most materials and services you need to turn bare ground into a livable home.

Total Metal House Costs
Kit$20,000 - $90,000
Clear Land$1,300 - $4,300
Delivery$5,000 - $15,000
Assembly$25,000 - $50,000
Foundation$4,000 - $12,500
Insulation$1,100 - $2,400
Plumbing$400 - $1,900
Sewer/Septic$2,000 - $9,500
Electrical$600 - $2,200
HVAC$2,600 - $13,500
Siding$6,000 - $16,000
Roofing$5,400 - $10.700
Total$73,400 - $228,000


The cost to clear land ranges from $1,300 to $4,300. If you’re working with an untouched lot, you’ll need to start here before you can do anything else.


Delivery of the home kit and supplies ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. A contractor may wrap this into the installation fee or charge separately for the service.


Assembling a metal home kit ranges from $25,000 to $50,000. This may include some interior and exterior finishes like drywall, flooring or stairs.


The cost to build a foundation is $4,000 to $12,500. If you want a basement under the house, you’ll pay on the higher end of the range.


The price to install batt and roll insulation ranges from $1,100 to $2,400. The type that works best depends on whether you’ve added extra framing and where you’re putting it.

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Plumbing pipe installation costs $400 to $1,900 for an average home. This includes materials and installation for the building, but not connection to a sewer main or septic tank.


To get rid of water and waste in your home, you’ll need to pay to connect it to a sewer or septic system:


Installing new wiring costs $600 to $2,200. The total depends on the amount of wiring you need. If you need a panel with several circuits, plan to pay the most.


Putting in heating and cooling is important if you plan to live in the building. This is what you can expect to pay:


Installing new siding costs $6,000 to $16,000, mostly related to the total square footage. High-end materials like metal or cement fiber usually run the most.


The cost to install a roof ranges from $5,400 to $10,700, depending on the material. Most metal home kits come with a roof, but you may want to put in something more durable or stylish.

DIY Metal Home Construction vs. Hire a Pro

As many as half of metal home buyers do the installation themselves, but it’s not always a good idea. This is an extremely complicated project with a high degree of risk for damage and injury. Most people find it easier to hire a professional to do the job. Before you start contacting general contractors near you, be sure to:

  • Determine the size and features you want in the home.
  • Set a timeline for when you want construction completed.
  • Read ratings and reviews.


Is it more affordable to build a house or barndominium?

Building a barndominium costs $30 to $40 per square foot for basic assembly, compared to $100 to $200 per square foot to build a house.

Are metal building homes safe?

With proper installation, metal building homes are often safer than houses with a wood frame. They are less likely to burn in a fire.

Is a metal house more affordable than wood?

At $73,400 to $228,000, a metal house is cheaper than the $165,000 to $480,000 you’ll pay to build a wood-frame home.

How much does it cost to build a shipping container house?

Building a shipping container house can cost as little as $30,000, depending on the services you want. Because shipping containers are designed to be transported on a cargo ship and also on traditional roads, they are very narrow (under 8 feet), so homeowners need to combine containers or be creative with the layout of the living space.

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