It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Cost-Effective Environmental Friendliness

One of the best ways to have a low footprint on the environment is by absconding extravagance in lieu of utility. But this measure doesn’t mean divorcing style from you property’s repertoire. There are many ways to be stylish and cost-effective while lowering environmental impact, and one of the most effective ways this is accomplished is through the installation of a prefabricated steel building.

A prefabricated steel building isn’t quite the same as a prefab mobile home. Mobile homes are cost-effective and have a somewhat diminished footprint in their production and how they’re moved from place to place, certainly. But they also fall apart like a craft made from popsicle sticks and glue. They’re plastic, brittle, and prone to being evicted by cyclones.

Prefab mobile homes do not stand the test of time, and this is why they are so inexpensive. However prefabricated steel buildings do stand the test of time, and often retain some quotient of property value.

By The Numbers

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find that prefab steel structures average between $16 and $20 per square foot. This means a 4,000 foot structure can be built for Between $64,000 and $80,000. That’s exceptionally inexpensive. If you spend twice that insulating the structure, installing electrical, and installing plumbing, you’re still going to save money over the cost of a conventional home.

A conventional 4,000 square home will average between $200 and $400 per square foot. Now, that’s using top-of-the-line materials, certainly. Still, it works out to between $800,000 and $1,600,000. If you spend $160,000 building, insulating, and outfitting a 4,000 square foot prefabricated structure, you are literally getting the same space as the top-tier home for between a fifth and a tenth of the cost.

According to, such structures are easy to build, too; “A team of four people can complete construction in three days without special tools.” Now, that quote is likely on a smaller model prefabricated structure, but the fact is you still stand to substantially save time and money going this route.

What You Can Do With The Money You Save

Once you’ve got the prefab built, then you can outfit the interior any way you like. If you built your home the old way, you wouldn’t have the money left over to re-outfit the interior. But look at it like this: if you’ve got an $800,000 budget, you can spend a tenth of it on construction, and the rest on making the inside look like a French palace from the 1700s.

Add a few licks of paint, or a pseudo-exterior done up to appear chic, and suddenly you’ve created a stylish structure that looks and feels expensive, though it isn’t. Meanwhile, it didn’t cost the environment nearly so much fuel or upset for construction. You didn’t need to hire a team of contractors; you got the thing done with a few buddies and a few cases of beer.

Environmentally Friendly And Structurally Sound

Throw on some solar panels and install a wind-turbine, source your own well on the property, and start a garden, boom. You’ve just created a grid-independent structure that will likely retain property value—and increase over time as you improve on it. One additional thing to consider is durability.

Prefabricated metal structures are rated to withstand winds as high as 180 miles per hour. They use them throughout the South Pole for just this reason—McMurdo Station, the most populated outpost of Antarctica—is almost entirely prefabricated metal structures. They’re not just sturdy and cost-effective, they’re good for the environment, too.