Quonset hut cost

How much a Quonset hut cost depends largely on the dimensions and materials to be used. But before crunching the numbers, you need to understand first basic things about Quonset and the HUGE benefits of owning one. Moreover, you need to determine first which building type is perfect for your needs.

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Quonset huts are prefabricated structures which are made up of corrugated steel and has semi-circular sections. They have been a popular lightweight structure in various communities across America since the early 1940s. They were named after the place where they were first built during World War II – the Quonset Price, Rhode Island. They originally provided the U.S. military with transportable storage and housing that could be easily arranged and brought in the field through basic hand tools. Today, everyone can now take advantage of their quick, easy-to-erect, low costs and great functionality. Homeowners want a Quonset hut for workshop, storage or garage. Small businesses, meanwhile, prefer it as a warehouse, auto-body shop, or as a retail shop.

What really sets Quonset hut apart from other pre-fabricated buildings is that it does not require a contractor to erect it. All you need is a friend or two to help you hold the panels in place, a socket wrench and a length of rope. In fact, 3 in 4 customers who buy Quonset hut kits assemble them all by themselves because it does not require any special tools or special skills. This alone will save you tens of thousands of bucks on hiring contractors. But if you are not that do-it-yourself type of person, you may always seek help from a local general contractor.

Other advantages of Quonset hut include a 100% usable interior due to its clear span design, maintenance free for decades, high security, customizable entrances and end-walls, and withstand severe weather conditions. In fact, Quonset huts are considered one of the most structurally sound structures in the market.

Quonset huts are ideal for a work space, storage space, retail outlets and even as a stylish home.

Here is a sample computation on how much a Quonset hut cost:

 Size (LxW)Sq.ftStarting Price
Single Car Garage12x12144$5,200
Double Car Garage24x24576$5,760-$7,900
RV Garage40x20800$12,200
Small storage area30x30900$12,600
Medium-size storage30x401,200$12,000-$13,000
Large storage40x602,400$23,000-$24,000
Large storage60x1006,000$43,000

Quonset hut cost may average around $1,500 to $15,000 or more for small to medium kits for a garage, workshop, and storage areas without any foundation. The price range will increase to $3,000 to $25,000 or more when you want to hire workers to erect the structure.

Medium to large scale Quonset hut cost may be around $5,000 to $35,000 and can grow to $10,000 to $50,000, depending on the size, location, and accessories.

For a carefree living, a complete and fully-erected residential Quonset hut may cost around $30,000 to $40,000.

A mega large Quonset hut measuring 80’ x 200’ may cost as much as $80,000 to $100,000.

In general, a Quonset hut may cost as low as $5 per square foot (PSF) and as much as $15 PSF. It does not include the cement floor. A basic one may cost $6-$10 PSF and a more elaborated structure will cost $11-$18. When budgeting, it requires balancing where you need to assess how much you would be willing to pay for a more quality steel upfront and for some hidden costs of maintaining and outfitting a metal Quonset building.

To better gauge Quonset hut cost per square foot, below are the average prices paid by customers nationwide:

SizeSpecifications Price per square foot
40’ x 60’With insulation throughout, 1 drive-in door, one walk-in door$5.00
70' x 110'with 1 overhead door, 3 exterior doors, double entrance door$9.00
80' x 80'4 doors, 4 inches of insulation on the roof and walls$10.00
25' x 30'1 walk in door, 1 garage door$10.00

There are two kinds of Quonset hut – the ‘full arch’ and the ‘straight wall’ or sometimes called the ‘mailbox’. Their prices differ from one another. The straight wall Quonset huts are costlier by about $1,200 to $1,500.

For quality-freaks, a Quonset hut that is made out of 26-guage premium steel is better than the lighter 29-guage steel. A 26-gauge Quonset hut cost more upfront, but you can have greater savings when it comes to maintenance.

The Hidden Quonset Hut Cost

Quonset huts are very easy to assemble, but the job and costs don’t stop after the structure is erected. Pouring a concrete foundation may cost $5 to $10 PSF, while other necessities may add up quickly such as the shipping kit, wiring, plumbing and installing insulation. Plumbing may set you back $4 to $10 PSF while electrical wiring may cost you $6 to $13 PSF.

Quonset hut cost depends on the delivery costs, size, and accessories that you want to include in the kit. Hiring someone to erect your steel Quonset will cost you $3 to $10 PSF.

A metal Quonset hut will also require a concrete foundation that may cost $5 to $10 PSF.

Be aware also that some steel building manufacturers providing high-gauge steel buildings are adding on substandard accessories like doors and windows that appear like you are saving some fortune, but in reality, they are driving your maintenance costs up. Make sure that every part of the steel Quonset is commercial grade.

Quonset hut cost is relatively cheaper than other structures made of metal in the industry. Compared to I-beam buildings, for instance, Quonset huts are 20% cheaper. Its construction cost is also 60 to 70% lower than other conventional construction methods. The absence of interior columns is of great advantage as it means that the end user can erect the building without the need for a forklift.