40×60 Metal Building with Living Quarters

40x60 metal building house

Metal buildings offer many advantages over their stick-built counterparts, including size flexibility. One of the most common sizes you’ll find is 40×60 metal buildings with living quarters. These buildings have many applications and come at an affordable price.

How Big is a 40×60 Metal Building?

A 40×60 metal building will provide you with 2,400 square feet of space, which is more than enough room to fit:

  • Several cars
  • A workshop
  • Several bedrooms (if you want to build a barndominium)

You’ll find plenty of 2,400 sqft floor plans online with living quarters, storage space and more. Because most metal buildings of this size are clearspan, you can make full use of the interior space.

40×60 Metal Barndominium Example

What does a 40×60 barndominium look like?

Here’s a great example of a barndo of this size that’s for sale in Vanleer, TN.

Images © R. Scott England (E4 Real Estate Group, LLC) 

This stunning barndominium sits on 47 sprawling acres and is a prime example of the potential of a 40×60 metal building’s use.

The open living space makes the home feel even bigger. The living area boasts a gas fireplace. There’s a large kitchen area with a bar and pantry, as well as a dining area. These living spaces open up to a large outdoor patio.

The concrete flooring adds to the farmhouse charm of this barndo.

The barndo boasts several bedrooms and bathrooms, a mudroom/laundry room, a large garage space and more.

Key Benefits of 40×60 Metal Buildings for Residential Homes

Barndominiums are just one of many uses for a metal building, but they’re becoming an increasingly popular one. Why? Because 40×60 barndominiums offer many advantages, including:

Affordable Housing Option

Overall, metal buildings are a more affordable option for housing compared to traditional stick-built homes and even existing homes that are on the market today.

In 2022, the average home price in the U.S. hit $348,079. You can build a barndo for less than this cost or around this cost in many cases.

Quick Construction

One of the biggest benefits of metal buildings is that they’re quick to construct. Prefab metal buildings can be “built” 30% times faster than a traditional stick-built home. Modern kits also eliminate the need for welding on-site, which saves even more on construction time.

Design Flexibility

A 40×60 metal building can be customized however you like to meet your needs and lifestyle. You’re free to put the bedrooms wherever you wish, along with any other room in the house. Want to add a loft? No problem. Would you prefer a large eat-in kitchen? You got it!

With a metal building of this size, you have near-infinite design flexibility.

Highly Durable and Low Maintenance

Two other big advantages of a 40×60 barndominium, or any metal barndo, are the high durability and low maintenance of these structures.

In general, steel buildings have fewer issues compared to stick-built or even concrete homes.

  • They can last 50-100 years with ease
  • They’re resistant to corrosion
  • They’re fire- and pest-resistant

Metal buildings can stand up to extreme weather and require minimal maintenance to keep them looking their best.

What Is the Average Cost of a 40×60 Metal Building?

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Metal buildings are an affordable option for virtually any application. But no matter whether you’re planning to build a home, shop or commercial space, one of the first questions you’ll have is: how much will this cost?

Like most other building types, steel buildings are priced by the square foot. On average, metal buildings cost:

  • $25-$30 per square foot for simple designs

So, for a 40×60 building that’s 2,400 square feet, the cost would range from:

  • $60,000-$72,000

That may sound like a steal – and it is – but keep in mind that this cost does not include:

  • The foundation
  • The construction of the building (in most cases)
  • Customizations or upgrades you may want
  • Plumbing and electric
  • Appliances
  • Finishing work
  • Site work (clearing trees, excavation, etc.)
  • Utilities (electricity, water, sewer and internet)

Keep in mind that some of these additional costs will only apply if you’re using the building as a home or apartment. If you only need a basic shop or agricultural building, you can likely eliminate many of these expenses.

That said, these additional costs can easily add another $60,000 or more to your project if you need all of them. Still, the overall cost of a metal building of this size is much cheaper than their stick-built counterparts.

Common 40 x 60 Building Uses

A 40×60 metal building is highly versatile, offering enough space for a variety of applications without taking up too much of your lot space. They are about the size of an average residential home, but the unobstructed interior means that you can maximize all of the interior space. 

From metal barns with living quarters to full workshops and agricultural spaces, there are many uses for 40×60 metal buildings.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common applications for buildings of this size.

Residential Homes

Today, one of the most popular uses for 40×60 metal buildings is for residential purposes. Many people are using this building size to build their own barndominiums. The open interior gives homeowners more flexibility when it comes to their home’s layout. You can add as many bedrooms and bathrooms as you want or even add a loft to maximize the interior space.

Not surprisingly, manufacturers of 40×60 metal buildings often include living quarters in their plans to meet the demand for these living/working spaces. Many of these plans have separate workshops and living areas, allowing you to run your own home business or engage in your favorite hobbies without having to build a separate structure.

Hobby Shops and Personal Storage

Along with residential home use, 40×60 shop buildings can also be used for other personal purposes, such as:

  • Hobby shops
  • Man- or woman-caves
  • RV garages
  • Boat storage
  • Mother-in-law suites
  • Storage

These structures are large enough to suit most personal and residential purposes.


Historically, 40×60 metal buildings have been used for agricultural purposes. They’re the perfect size for use as:

  • Barns
  • Equipment storage
  • Hay sheds
  • Shelters for livestock
  • Stables
  • Arenas

You’ll find many 40×60 metal buildings on farms because of their versatility, durability and low maintenance.


Large metal buildings of this size can also be used for industrial purposes. For example, you can use a 40×60 metal building as a:

  • Warehouse
  • Small manufacturing plant
  • Shops (machine or welding)

These buildings provide plenty of open floor space that can be used for industrial activities.


A 40×60 metal building can also be used for aviation purposes, such as:

  • Aircraft hangars
  • Aircraft shade shelters
  • Aviation offices
  • Aircraft park hangars
  • More

A building of this size may be suitable for storing small- and medium-sized aircraft.


Metal buildings of this size are an excellent choice for commercial use because of their high durability and low maintenance. They may be used for:

  • Office space
  • Retail space
  • Auto repair and shops
  • Specialty stores

The fully open layout of these buildings makes them ideal for retail space and repair shops, but it’s just as easy to add traditional offices for service-based businesses.

Event Venues

If you dream of owning your own event or wedding venue, a 40×60 metal building is a great option for small- and medium-sized events. They can be used as:

  • Wedding venues
  • Banquet halls
  • Party venues
  • More

Depending on your plans, a 40×60 metal building may be one of many structures that guests can use to bring their big event to life.


Building a restaurant doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A 40×60 metal building provides enough interior space for a small- to medium-sized restaurant. They’re great for use as:

  • Coffee shops
  • Sit-down restaurants
  • Fast-casual establishments
  • Sandwich shops and more

You can also plan to have space for live music and other events to attract more customers to your doorstep. Adding an outdoor patio space for serving customers will add to the return on your investment.