Where Your Barndominium Dollars Go
Recently published by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) was their 2019 Cost of Construction Survey. I will work from their ‘average numbers’ to breakdown costs so you can get a feel for where your barndominium, shouse or post frame home dollars go.
Please use this as a reference only, as chances are your barndominium, shouse or post frame home will be anything but average!
2019’s average home had 2594 square feet of finished space and a sales price of $485,128. Without lot costs, general contractor’s overhead and profit actual construction costs were $296,652 ($114 per square foot).
Construction Cost Breakdowns as Follows:
Building Permit Fees $5,086
Impact Fees 3,865
Water & Sewer Fees 4,319
Architecture, Engineering 4,335
Excavation, Foundation, Concrete, Retaining walls and Backfill $33,511
Framing (including roof) $40,612
Trusses (if not included above) 6,276
Sheathing (if not included above) 3,216
General Metal, Steel 954
Exterior Wall Finish $19,319
Windows and Doors (including garage door) 11,747
Major Systems Rough-Ins
Plumbing (except fixtures) $14,745
Electrical (except fixtures) 13,798
Insulation $ 5,184
Interior Trims, Doors and Mirrors 10,605
Cabinets, Countertops 13,540
Plumbing Fixtures 4,108
Outdoor Structures (deck, patio, porches) 3,547
Clean Up 2,988
Considering using post frame construction, rather than stick built and foundation costs will decrease by roughly $10,000 (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/10/buildings-why-not-stick-frame-construction/).
Architecture, Engineering, Framing and Exterior Finishes for this average home run an astonishing (to me) $97,614. If labor runs 60% of material costs, this would put a material package at $58,300! At over $20 per square foot, this would be one very, very nice post frame barndominium!
Looking to stretch your barndominium dollars? Considering Doing-It-Yourself, you absolutely can do it!