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Forum topic by Safetyboy posted 09-26-2008 03:09 PM 1708 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2008 03:09 PM

I need a quick cost estimate for building a shop:

For those of you who have built a shop, or have some construction experience, what would you estimate for the cost to build a 36×48 pole barn, including power, insulation, and concrete floor? I know it varies in different parts of the country, but I’m just trying to get a ballpark figure. Anybody want to offer a guess?

I’m trying to figure a value on a property we’re looking at, and cost that vs. other options without the out-building. (Yes, it does have a 36×48 insulated, powered shop!)


Oh – and did I mention it comes pre-plumbed for dust collection?

Not sure if that’s included in the price, but I’m sure I could make an offer…

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 09-26-2008 03:22 PM

You can get a general idea calling a place like Carter Lumber. They have costs based on standard sizes for all materials needed. This will give you at least your material costs.

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#2 posted 09-26-2008 03:27 PM

There are several online pole barn retailers who sell the kits exactly as described, except for the dust collection…you could get a quote, then add another $10k-$15k for the labor, concrete and plumbing.

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#3 posted 09-26-2008 04:13 PM

My stick built 1000 sf shop, finished last summer, cost me $21000 to build. I did all the work but excavation, concrete, drywall, and setting up the electrical service. I did all the inside wiring. A bid I received for a pole style steel building the same size including concrete was $15000. It did not include electrical, insulation, or any type of inside finish work.

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#4 posted 09-27-2008 02:39 PM

I think Dave pretty well hit it on the head.
I priced a 26’x30’ stick built building with a concrete floor and they said $12,500 built on my site without insulation, wall coverings, or electrical work. I figured it would cost about $8,000 to finish the inside and that does not include dust collection.
As far as a pole barn their are many different brands with I believe Morton to be the best one if not a close section. Besides size there are options like height and doors to figure in. You might google pole barn and see what you get. My 2 cents.

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#5 posted 09-27-2008 03:09 PM

Now I would see the shop, lose all sales resistance and just buy it… fortunately Jenn keeps here head about her and looks at things like does the house have bathrooms, a kitchen know silly inconsequential stuff like that LOL. I wish you success in your search for a new property.

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#6 posted 09-28-2008 02:20 AM

Bathrooms? Who needs bathrooms? There’s a toilet in the shop….

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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