Steel homes development pricing and costs may be divided into labor and material costs. The cost of steel has remained relatively constant with the rate of inflation whereas the cost of wood is generally increasing. The material costs of a steel building is generally related directly to its size, so builders should first determine the most important dimensions of the building. These typically include factors such as eave height, length, width and roof slope. Prospective home buyers should also be aware of any unusual interior dimensions in the design as major changes are expensive once the drawings have been issued.
The costs of steel home kits may be generally grouped into the following three sources:
- Prices from steel home builders. These companies typically provide the materials for a specific model at a set price.
- Prices of a custom steel home, as opposed to homes made of wood. Home buyers will wish to compare the costs and benefits of the various common building materials.
- Prices on pre-fabricated steel buildings. These buildings are usually sold by the square foot and may be designed for the do-it-yourselfer.
Find the prices on specific steel framed homesCompanies that sell steel homes normally provide prices on fixed costs, such as the materials. Many of the other costs, such as foundation and site work, are highly dependent on the specific site.
Compare the cost of a steel frame home with a wood homeProspective buyers of steel homes frequently wish to know how the cost of steel compares with that of wood. Common factors include the cost of the raw materials, insulation and termites.
Examine the prices of pre-fabricated steel framed homesThe prices on pre-fabricated steel homes usually cover only the cost of the materials. Manufacturers typically price these types of steel buildings according to the total area of the pieces.
- It is essential to understand that the interior dimensions of custom steel homes are restricted by the exterior dimensions. For example, the interior clearance of the house must be less than the height of the eaves above the ground, also known as the eave height. The interior design can also be affected if the customer wishes to apply some material other than steel to the exterior of the house. Prospective buyers can assist the buyer in visualizing a desired design with even a basic sketch.