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How Much Does an American Barn Cost to Build?

Budgeting for a Timber American Barn Construction

Today we would like to outline and answer the question of how much does an American barn cost to build? The complete cost of an American barn will be completely determined by the cost of the materials and labour. When it comes to labour hiring a contractor to build a barn is typically the most expensive part of building a barn. When you decide to hire and pay a contractor as well as a construction crew, it will make the price of labour a big percentage of the total costs associated with building your dream American barn. If you can build the barn without a general contractor, you will be able to easily reduce the overall cost of building a barn.

There are different options available when it comes to building an American barn. Prefabricated barns are pre-built and delivered in a ready to build format. A few skilled friends or neighbours can easily put together a prefabricated barn in under a few days if you choose a steel option. However, if you choose to build a wooden barn then it could take a few weeks of required construction. Prefabricated barns offer a large amount of savings when it comes to costs and materials. Also, there is never any material waste or wasted expenses.

The Pouring of a Typical Concrete Foundation Footing. Image credit: YouTube

So what exactly are the factors that affect the overall price of building your American barn? Below we have created a list of questions you will need to answer before you go ahead and build a barn. These questions you need to ask yourself include the following:

  1. How many horses will you be housing in your barn?
  2. What size of stalls do you need for your horses?
  3. Do you need to build an additional tack room?
  4. Do you also need a wash rack?
  5. How much space will you need for feed storage?
  6. Will you need a hayloft as a second level?
  7. Do you need to store vehicles like tractors?
  8. Do you need a foaling box?
  9. Will you be feeding your horses within the barn?
  10. Do you need a wide centre aisle in the middle as a pass through?

Now when you are trying to estimate how much it will cost to build an American barn you will have to take into the considerations the costs associated with using them. We have created a list below of features that are a must-have when it comes to creating your overall estimate of how much putting together an American barn will cost:

  1. You will first need to arrange any required demolition, excavations and site preparations.
  2. You will then need to pour a concrete foundation and floor.
  3. You will need to build wood framing using solid woods.
  4. You will need to install high quality wood siding.
  5. You will need to build a roof.
  6. You will need to provide suitable plumbing and drainage.
  7. Proper electrical wiring and lighting will also be needed.
  8. Lastly, your carpentry must be up to code and you will have to hire a contractor.

The overall price of your barn project will greatly depend on the materials you use and methods of construction that you follow. Prefabricated barns will offer you major savings on costs associated with labor and materials. A traditionally built barn will cost around $45 a square foot. However in contrast a prefabricated metal barn can roam in the price ranges of $7 to $25 a square foot.

Ultimately using a steel building will be the cheapest solution when it comes to building an American barn. Your next best option is using a prefabricated do it yourself barn. Lastly building a barn using wooden materials will require that you employ a general contractor so that your barn is built up to the codes needed and required in your area.

A Steel Framed American Barn Under Construction. Image credit: Pinterest

The overall size and complexity of your American barn will determine the price and costs associated. However, they do add value to your home if you were deciding to resell it with American barns bringing 77% resale value of their original costs. Providing your horses with adequate protection from the weather and elements will make them much more comfortable and happy. Also, consider that being able to feed and maintain your horses in one single area makes it a top choice for people rather than building traditional stables.

The costs associated with building American barns will go as far as your imagination in terms of complexity and details that need to be met. They are a sound investment and are becoming more popular across the United Kingdom.

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