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BIG JOE 04-16-2012 02:14 PM

Building a barn
I am going to build a barn with a gravel floor. ( no slab) to house my lawn equipment and I want to know an approximate cost of digging the footing, pouring the footing , and laying the block for a 24'x24' walls. I live in west Tennessee and my freeze line is 12 inches.

Daniel Holzman 04-16-2012 04:27 PM

If you do it yourself, the likely cost is your marriage. I would file the divorce papers before you start, while you are still talking to your spouse.

If you hire it out, local contractors will be absolutely thrilled to give you a price quote for the project. Just make sure you prepare a written description of EXACTLY what you want done, else you will be unable to compare the quotes.

user1007 04-16-2012 08:35 PM

Not trying to bust your chops but questions about costs come up all the time. This is from the moderators....
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Questions involving pricing, such as – “How Much” certain projects cost (i.e. - certain repairs, renovations, square-footage pricing, an addition, a decks, etc., etc.) – cannot be properly answered simply by information posted on an internet forum (regardless of how much information is supplied in a particular post). There are many, many variables, which also involve site visit(s), existing conditions, final designs, local-rates, material preferences, inspection costs and permit fees, etc.
Pricing for materials may be determined at your local supplier(s). Prices for subcontracted work are best determined by getting legitimate local contractors to submit written estimates (3 are suggested) and always checking references.
The industry generally suggests allowing a minimum of 20% buffer, over the assumed budget, for incidentals, unexpected points, material overages, etc. (For average basic-scope projects). On the other hand, rehabs and damage-repairs - tend to be an, all together different % ++).
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Even if you were to find someone willing to give you a guesstimated, 'ball park' figure, there is no way to gauge such blind figures as accurate. Actual costs can vary tremendously.

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