This is most likely a dumb question... I need to build a shop. I already have an implement shed 12x33 that could be built onto and would kinda be a shame to tear down... Maybe I could build onto that... There is no time limit... And I would LIKE to build it myself... I need 1500 to 1800 Sq Ft. I also have limited footprint space, the ideal shape would be a max of 30-36' wide. Length I can go... I have been pricing metal buildings, and then people have told me you can get wood frame barns built cheaper. I may start another thread later after I have some plans... I am not asking whteher steel is better or stronger, or what is the easiest material to work with... I really like the lofted barn design. My art studio would be perfect in the 10x36 loft. The attachment shown is 36x36 with 10x36 loft $13,500 no concrete (turn key) and $22,500 with concrete and lean to turnkey. I have seen shops built any number of ways: Steel building kits, DIY Fabrication steel bldg, Wood Frame, Wood Pole Barns, and also I saw a welder's (man I knew) barn build from steel pipe (just the frame) and he used Wood for the purlins and roof purlins...
So on to the question...
Excluding labor, excluding concrete, excluding "free" materials (since I don't have any), excluding electrical work and so on, What is the least expensive building materials to use to build a home shop?
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