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Question DetailsAsked on 11/6/2013

what's the cheapest way to build a house

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Using the cheapest materials you can find

Answered 6 years ago by the new window man

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Well there are sheds that can be bought cheap. They'll probably last you a few years. I assume since you want cheap you are thinking temporary. Good construction with good materials that will last is not "cheap."


Seriously though, looking at the lowest budget for a quality constructed home I'd probably recommend a pre-fabricated steel building (similar to how many businesses build offices and workshops) with money spent on the interior framing and finishes. You can even add a stone, stucco, brick, etc. facade but that costs more money and gets away from being as cheap as it could be. As far as price per square foot you probably won't get much cheaper as long as you can deal with a lack of many architectural features and it being a big box.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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I would say Todd is right as far as permanent structures is concerned, but it certainly leaves a lot to be desired from an architectural standpoint, and would not be allowed in many areas under zoning laws.

Other cheap ways - cheapest probably trailer house if legal in area, followed by manufactured housing if legal on your lot (another name for trailer home except not designed to ever by moved again - typically comes split down the middle and may be in 2 pieces per side longintudinally as well - trucked in, set on foundation blocks or piers depending on frost depth, bolted together, and sealing strips applied at the joints on outside walls and roof.

Next cheapest probably barn you finish yourself, followed by ranch house on grade slab (if not in frost country) roughed in for you and then interior finished by you.

Obviously cheapest way is to buy a run down but intact property like a fire damaged house or repo and rehab it yourself, followed by building it yourself as much as possible.

OF course, as Todd would say, bear in mind you typically get what you pay for, so by going cheap be prepared to be disappointed.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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