How Much Do Metal Homes Cost?

Typical Range:

$20,000 - $90,000

Find out how much your project will cost.

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated April 21, 2022

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Metal Building Homes Cost

Metal building homes cost an average of $150,000, ranging from $73,400 to $240,000. You can expect to pay $50 to $120 per square foot. This includes a kit price of $20,000 to $90,000, plus $25,000 to $50,000 for assembly and about $30,000 to $85,000 for additional services. If you choose not to use a metal home kit, you can expect to pay an average of $120 per square foot to build your metal home. 

“Recent price spikes in dimensional lumber have made metal-framed construction an increasingly popular choice,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “It’s also lighter than wood, which makes the framing stage faster and more affordable.”

Metal homes are quite popular for their affordability and trendy look. If you’ve got a vacant lot and you want to build a house, this might save you money. Keep these cost factors in mind as you research.

Average Metal Home Cost

Average Cost$150,000
High Cost$240,000
Low Cost$73,400

Metal Home Cost Factors

The cost to build a metal house ranges from $73,400 to $240,000. This includes most materials and services you need to turn land that you already own into a livable home.

Kit $20,000 – $90,000
Clear land $1,300 – $4,300
Delivery $5,000 – $15,000
Assembly $25,000 – $50,000
Foundation $4,000 – $12,500
Insulation $1,100 – $2,400
Plumbing $400 – $1,900
Sewer/Septic $2,000 – $9,500
Electrical $600 – $2,200
HVAC $2,600 – $13,500
Siding $6,000 – $16,000
Roofing $5,400 – $10.700
Total $73,400 – $228,000
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Excavating/Grading

The cost to clear land ranges from $1,300 to $4,300. If you’re working with an untouched lot, you’ll need to start here before you can do anything else. This cost will apply whether you choose a metal home kit or a custom build. 

Delivery

Delivery of the home kit and supplies ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. A contractor may wrap this into the installation fee or charge separately for the service based on whether you chose a custom build or purchased a metal home kit. 

Assembly

Assembling a metal home kit ranges from $25,000 to $50,000. This may include some interior and exterior finishes like drywall, flooring, or stairs. Costs for building a custom home will vary depending on the size and layout but your contractor should be able to provide a quote early in your home building process. 

Foundation

Whether you chose a home kit or a custom build, the cost to build a foundation is $4,000 to $12,500. If you want a basement under the house, you’ll pay on the higher end of the range.

Insulation

The price to install batt and roll insulation ranges from $1,100 to $2,400. The type that works best depends on whether you’ve added extra framing and where you’re putting it.

Plumbing

Plumbing pipe installation costs $400 to $1,900 for an average home, whether custom-built or from a kit. This includes materials and installation for the building, but not connection to a sewer main or septic tank.

Sewer/Septic

To get rid of water and waste in your home, you’ll need to pay to connect it to a sewer or septic system:

Electrical

Installing new wiring costs $600 to $2,200 in an average-sized home. The total depends on the amount of wiring you need. If you need a panel with several circuits, plan to pay the most.

HVAC

Putting in heating and cooling is important if you plan to live in your new home. This is what you can expect to pay:

Siding

Installing new siding costs $6,000 to $16,000. This wide range is mostly related to the total square footage. High-end materials like metal or cement fiber usually run the most with lower-cost siding options like vinyl costing less. 

Roofing

The cost to install a roof ranges from $5,400 to $10,700, depending on the material. Most metal home kits come with a roof, but you may want to put in something more durable or stylish. If you’re building a custom metal home, you’ll need to consider your roofing options as you plan. 

Metal Home Kits

While metal home kits range in cost from $20,000 to $90,000 the total cost typically depends on the size of the structure and what’s included in the kit. Basic models around 1,000 square feet are usually the least expensive.

“While you might see metal home kits as low as $5,000, it’s important to understand what is included in the kit before buying. Some lower-cost products provide only the outer shell, which is similar to what you’d get for a shed. Metal home kits are particularly popular for ‘accessory dwelling units’,” says Tschudi. “An ADU is built on the same lot as the primary dwelling, and can be used as an office or studio, a rental unit, or just an extra guest suite.” 

Primary factors that you should consider as you’re looking for the right metal home kit for you include:

  • Square footage: Most options range from 1,000 to 2,000 sq. ft.

  • Design: Some models only include the outer shell, which costs less.

  • Delivery fees: About 5% to 10% percent on top of the kit price.

  • Customization: Features like an attached garage run up to $20,000 more.

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Steel Building Homes Cost

Steel building homes cost $45,000 to $140,000, or $20 to $70 per square foot. This includes a prefabricated kit with materials and basic assembly. You’ll need to pay more for additional services to make it livable, like a foundation or insulation. Metal homes that don’t come from a kit generally cost about $120 per square foot to build, with the same additional costs as those associated with a kit home.

Item Price Range Cost Per Square Foot
Metal home kit $20,000 – $90,000 $10 – $50
Assembly/ Installation $25,000 – $50,000 $10 – $20
Total $45,000 – $140,000 $20 – $70

Metal Shop House Prices

Metal shop house prices range from $45,000 to $140,000 for a space measuring 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. If you want something much larger, like 5,000 square feet, you’ll pay $100,000 to $350,000. 

Metal Building Homes Cost per Square Foot

Average cost to build a metal home is $150,000, ranging from $73,400 to $240,000

Metal building homes cost $20 to $70 per square foot when you use a home kit. If you choose a custom build, you can expect to pay around $120 per square foot. This estimate assumes that you have already prepared the land, poured a foundation, and arranged for the installation of utilities. If you still need to do these things, you’ll pay $50 to $120 per square foot for a home kit and $150 to $170 per square foot for a custom home.

Metal Home Plans and Prices

The cost to buy metal home plans ranges from $500 to $2,000. This is more affordable than the $2,000 to $8,800 price to hire an architect because you’re not having a pro design a custom building for you. Keep in mind that most manufacturers won’t sell you a plan if you don’t intend to buy a kit.

DIY Metal Home Construction vs. Hire a Pro

As many as half of metal homebuyers do the installation themselves, but it’s not always a good idea. This is an extremely complicated project with a high degree of risk for damage and injury. Most people find it easier to hire a professional to do the job. Before you start contacting general contractors near you, be sure to:

  • Determine the size and features you want in the home.

  • Set a timeline for when you want construction completed.

  • Read ratings and reviews.

FAQs

Is it more affordable to use a metal home kit or to build a custom metal house?

Generally, using a metal home kit costs less than electing to build a custom metal home. Additional costs associated with building a custom home include material sourcing, hiring an architect to create plans, and accounting for fluctuations in the cost of supplies.

What’s the difference between a metal home kit and a prefabricated home?

Metal building kits are a type of prefabricated or modular house. Modular homes cost $100 to $200 per square foot, which is higher because it includes assembly and other services like a foundation or HVAC.

Are metal building homes safe?

With proper installation, metal building homes are often safer than houses with a wood frame. They are less likely to burn in a fire.

Is a metal house more affordable than wood?

At $73,400 to $228,000, a metal house is more affordable than the $165,000 to $480,000 you’ll pay to build a wood-frame home.

How much does it cost to build a shipping container house?

Building a shipping container house can cost as little as $30,000, depending on the services you want. Because shipping containers are designed to be transported on a cargo ship and also on traditional roads, they are very narrow (under 8 feet), so homeowners need to combine containers or be creative with the layout of the living space.

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