Home & Cabin
There are a lot of choices and building styles available for steel building home or cabin construction. There are also many factors to consider when making a decision on who is going to build your next home.
Unlike pole barn homes or traditional stick-built home construction, Morton Buildings utilizes a method known as post-frame construction. Post-frame is defined as an engineered wood-framed building or home that features large laminated columns instead of wood studs or poles. There are multiple advantages to this method of construction:
- Clear-span Construction. Using this method we eliminate interior load-bearing walls. The result is a truly open interior space for you to customize and finish based on your needs and design preferences.
- Energy Efficiency. We offer an exclusive Energy Performer® insulation package, which is ENERGY STAR® compliant and offers R-values that far exceed other traditional home insulation methods.
- Virtually Maintenance-Free Exterior. Using our exclusive Hi-Rib™ steel for your roofing or siding ensures nearly zero maintenance for years to come.
- Unmatched Structural Warranty. Experience a warranty like none other in the metal building home and metal cabin building industry. All Morton buildings are backed by the strongest, non-prorated, and non-pass through warranty.
It is important to note that the planning process for a Morton home can differ from traditional stick-built home construction. Obtaining appropriate financing and preparing a construction site are critical first steps. The cost of a Morton home or steel cabin will vary depending on your level of involvement throughout the process. Many of our customers like to act as their own general contractor for all interior finishing, while Morton provides the insulated shell and they handle the rest. This option can save upwards of 20 percent of the total finishing cost, making this an attractive option.
While our process is slightly different and often requires more homeowner involvement, it is often an optimal choice for many people seriously shopping for their dream steel building home.
Ready to Build a Morton Home or Cabin? Here’s Our Construction Process At-a-Glance:
1. If financing, get qualified for a post-frame home construction loan
2. Identify your land purchase, associated costs, and specific code requirements and site prep needs
(i.e. septic, electric, driveway, etc.)
3. Choose level of construction involvement, either by working with a general contractor or doing
the interior finish yourself
4. Identify floor plan preferences, to determine exterior project costs with your Morton sales consultant
5. With final project costs determined, obtain final approval from bank
6. Review plans and sign contracts
7. Obtain required building permits and begin construction
Because every Morton home is unique, there is not a one-price-fits-all estimate to how much a Morton steel building house or steel cabin costs. This blog post provides some ballpark pricing guidelines when thinking about a Morton home construction project.
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Morton Buildings does not have pre-designed or priced floor plans or kits. Each home is unique to your specifications and pricing will vary widely with the materials used, inside and out, such as siding, roof and finish work materials desired.
The price for our part of the build generally ranges $75 to $125 per square foot, but your build location, final design and size of home could impact the square footage cost beyond those ranges. For instance, snow load engineering and site conditions in the mountain regions adds to the complexity and cost of the build. Depending on how you choose to finish the interior, that could run you another $75 to $150 per square foot.
To finalize the cost to build the insulated, lockable shell for your home structure, we suggest the following:
- Choose an existing completed project that you like with minimal modifications as a starting point for your design.
- Provide Morton Buildings with your desired floor plan and budget parameters so the exterior design aligns with your style and budget.
"You can make them [Morton buildings] look any way you want on the outside… The warranty is awesome and the service is good.”
- Randy R. • Rapid City, SD
The difference between a good building and a great building is not only how it functions today, but how it looks, performs, and functions years from now. We can work with you to achieve any exterior look you desire on your metal barn home or metal cabin. Roofing options such as Morton’s Hi-Rib™ steel or shingles are available to complete the look. Exterior finishes are almost limitless for your home, including no-maintenance Hi-Rib steel, vinyl siding, wood, and masonry.
Unlike other pole barn homes, Morton’s post-frame homes are engineered for your site and building requirements, which provides superior durability over other construction methods. The strength of our post-frame buildings lies within the framing system, which forms a tremendously wind-resistant box. For our homes, laminated columns mounted to concrete slabs or foundation walls allow the structure to perform well under seismic loading conditions. Trusses sit in a saddle for double strength against wind sheer. A diaphragm action creates an effective bracing system that resists lateral forces. Even before we attach any siding, your Morton building can outperform many other structures.
Large clear spans allow you to maximize the space and function of your Morton metal building house. Clear-span construction eliminates the need for interior load-bearing walls, giving you the freedom to plan a floor plan layout that best fits your lifestyle. From a single-family home with room to grow, to a steel cabin that provides a low-maintenance getaway for you and your family, Morton Buildings constructs homes that meet your specific needs and style.
If we’re going to put our name on it, we’re going to make sure it’s done right. To control quality, we:
- Use unique designs, matched to your specific geography and climate conditions
- Manufacture our own products in the United States
- Personally deliver and unload your materials at your site
- Build using professional craftsmen who only construct Morton buildings
Morton homeowners not only comment on the beauty and flexibility of their homes, they are also impressed with the efficiency of a Morton metal barn home. Imagine saving on heating and cooling costs year-round. That’s exactly what Morton owners have found. Thanks to our exclusive Energy Performer® insulation system, your building will be well insulated and remain comfortable throughout the seasons. The Energy Performer system combines superior wall/ceiling insulation with effective ventilation for a comfortable, cost-effective environment.
R-Value is the standard measure of thermal resistance. The more difficult it is for heat to pass through the insulation, the greater the R-Value. Research conducted by various energy-related organizations resulted in mandated R-Values for ceiling and wall insulation in various parts of the country, depending on climate conditions. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 made these mandates law. Morton’s Energy Performer insulation system exceeds these R-Value recommendations.
- Our walls are 9 inches thick compared to the standard stick-built stud walls that are 4-6 inches thick. The result is our insulation can be both wider and thicker.
- Anytime there is a break in the insulation or wood, it compromises energy efficiency. Stick-built construction has stud walls 16 or 24 inches apart, resulting in more breaks in the insulation. Our homes are built on 7'6" columns for maximized energy-efficiency.
- Polyethylene vapor retarder is installed in our homes to keep insulation dry and reduce infiltration and heat loss by creating a seal.
- HVAC, electricity, and plumbing can also be run inside the vapor retarder without cutting holes or breaking the seal.
- Standard stick-built construction runs the wiring through the studs, which further lessens energy-efficiency.
- Fully ventilated attic provides condensation control, resulting in dry insulation, which is more effective.
- Our 15½ inch truss heels allow full depth, blown-in ceiling insulation with a rating of R-38 or greater, with the option to add more insulation to obtain an overall average rating up to R-60, and air space for attic ventilation.
When you choose to build a metal barn house or metal cabin with Morton, the experience is as solid as the building itself.
We operate within a culture of accountability. Before, during and after completion of your building, we’re your one point of contact.
It’s no wonder the vast majority of our projects stem from referrals.
Your Morton sales consultant represents you. Your sales consultant will meet with you to discuss your ideas, dreams, and budget. Working with you, building layout will be generated based on your specifications. As part of the larger Morton network, he or she will guide you through the entire process to:
- Arrange pre-build details, like concept development, building plans and quotes, site plan, permits and zoning details, budgeting and financing
- Oversee the building process, communicating with you throughout
- Check on your satisfaction after completion
Watch this video to learn more about planning your building project: