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Rando
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Metal building homes in louisiana
A shop house.

Barndominium.

Whatever. I just want something more maintenance free and storm resistant.

Are there any builders in the local baton rouge area.

What are the lending options?

Code adherence?


Splackavellie
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
Have been seeing more and more of them lately. Always found the concept pretty interesting.

Any idea on pricing per square ft vs traditional home?


bluedragon
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
You can buy a General Steel Building for pennies. Or an American Steel Building made in Tennessee. I've inspected homes you would swear were block or frame homes, just to have the owner tell me it was a Steel Building then show me the columns and panels in exposed areas. One was a two million dollar house. Don't have to worry about termites and the majority of the buildings have wind uplift testing to the rate of 150 mph.

I was put in charge of rebuilding Beckwith Electric in Largo, FL using a Butler building. Because it was rated for 150 mph. In the Board meeting, the son asked "So this means the building will now withstand a Cat 5 hurricane?" "Come on, you're an Engineer, do you really believe the building would survive a Cat 5 if one window or door were blown in during the worst part of the storm? Once the penetration occurs ....game over."


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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
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You can buy a General Steel Building for pennies.


These are made by Nucor. And it'll more than likely come out of the Nucor Building Systems location in Terrell, TX.


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tigereye58
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
I can tell you from experience Hurricane Laura flattened tons of metal buildings in Lake Charles.

If you do one do a steel frame commercial grade. The cheap pole barns are all gone in Hurricane Laura. Some steel frame buildings are gone too. Once the doors go the whole thing goes. So get commercial grade doors. The ones with living quarters did better bc I think the studs from the living quarters tightened the building up. Mine is rated for 140 mph winds and it survived with minimal damage. My 2 neighbors both lost their steel frame buildings but neither of them had living quarters. My neighbor said his 16 ft roll up doors were flapping like flags in the wind until the whole building went.


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Rando
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
I'm 70 miles inland as the crow flies.

Our metal shops have all held up great.

We were looking to build again after being held up for a year.

We usually just have an issue of some siding coming undone. I don't want to deal with it anymore.


Mueller looked like they had a good one. I just don't know of a builder or how a standard mortgage is.

I'm thinking 50x70 with half to shop.


Korkstand
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
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I'm thinking 50x70 with half to shop.
I don't know much about the codes or builders or financing, but I believe around that size and house/shop split is where the $/sqft starts to look good. You can probably keep the house half under $100k depending on the trimmings and how much you DIY. Metal building will probably run $40-50k installed (maybe more depending on roll ups and insulation), and another $30-ish(?) for the slab.

Or maybe I'm talking out my ass, but that sounds about right by the conversations I've had with people with similar houses. Electric bills should be pretty low. And it's awesome having the entire roof of the house as a loft for storage or whatever.


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tigereye58
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
Muellers is a great building. That’s who built mine and it held up to Laura’s winds.

If your near Lake Charles Angelico Construction does a great job.

If you go to Muellers they’ll give you a list of contractors that install the shell.

50x70 with living can be done for 35-40 a sq ft but it can also be done for $150 a sq ft. It’s not the building that cost the money it’s how you design the interior and what quality you go with.


Rando
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
If I'm doing it, all of the walls will be on 4ft sections. No arches. No crown mouldings. Nothing that I can do after the fact myself.

I'll splurge in the master bath, but honestly I'd rather over engineer and spend less on what you see.


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joeleblanc
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re: Metal building homes in louisiana
I can tell you this about one in particular

It was the ONLY structure still standing after Rita. 100 % intact without any damage to the building itself, the first floor had 5 foot or more water in it from tidal surge. Located about halfway between the Gibstown Bridge and the Gulf of Mexico. I believe built by Southern Stuctures for a commercial hunting outfitter

Lil chenier road.
This post was edited on 11/21 at 4:43 pm


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