What's the best/cheapest way to build a small shop on my property?

What's the best/cheapest way to build a small shop on my property? I don't need to meet any code requirements where I live.

My options:

Pole barn with concreted posts every 8 feet or whatever.

Concrete pad with stick frame construction

Metal building kit

Built on gravel foundation with 6x6 pressure treated base and dirt floor

Should I just suck it up and order concrete? Pole barn design seems flawed for some reason?

  1. 3 weeks ago

    shipping container. you can get 2 of them put side by side that way you can store your imitation crab me in one

  2. 3 weeks ago

    metal Quonset hut with the arches on spread concrete footings

    • 3 weeks ago

      Forgot to mention this option, yes. It doesn't need to be fancy just able to hold heat in and keep water out. It's difficult to source metal nearby though. I'd have to have the materials shipped in from quite far away. But might still be cheaper

  3. 3 weeks ago

    How long do you plan to stay on the property?
    If you never plan to move then you'll be kicking yourself for not making it nicer if you cheap out and make something "good enough"

  4. 3 weeks ago

    I vote pole barn.
    Best insulation properties.

  5. 3 weeks ago

    Depends on location, type of shop, and amount of equipment and help you have, but generally Quonset on slab then Polebarn with slab.

  6. 3 weeks ago

    Slab base and steel trussless construction is proven, fast and easy. Anti-seize all the hardware, you'll thank me later.

    Quonset Nissen huts are many decades out of production replaced by the Wonder Arch (also deceased but the design lives on globally)-inspired style sold by Steelmaster etc.


    Wood rots and burns. I hate that shit. I've a 20x20 A-20 Steelmaster and four 40' High Cube one-trip grade shipping containers, two welded side-by-side as a shop. I want more and shall have them.

    • 3 weeks ago

      why antiseize is he going to remove it later?

  7. 3 weeks ago


  8. 3 weeks ago

    Build it in your butt

  9. 2 weeks ago

    Ill revert to the autismo electro prince

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