Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Metal Building in the Rural Houston and Rural Austin Areas

Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Metal BuildingIf this is your first time purchasing a rural Houston metal building or a rural Austin metal building, then there are some important factors you should consider. Every Houston and Austin area steel building project is unique, but they all share a common quality; its inception begins with a simple idea, and a call to action. As you begin to picture your steel building project, take the following factors into account and be ready for every step of the process.

Know Your Own Budget

This is no surprise, and sometimes it is the most overlooked. Any huge project will call for an investment and a budget. It is crucial to know your limits and align your expectations with that preconceived budget. Regardless if you are looking for a rural Houston steel building or a rural Austin steel building, the situation will be different, and there’s no hard and fast rule on each expense. This is because there are several factors that determine the price of a steel building, from supply and demand to oil prices and global steel production. First time builders typically receive tremendous cost savings over traditional construction, and are able to utilize those savings on accessories to customize their steel building.

If you are considering purchasing a steel building for a location in Houston or Austin, now is the time to think about costs of the overall project. Be sure you budget for your foundation, permits and taxes, as these are all expenses you would typically pay for any type of building, no matter where you decide to buy. At DDM Buildings, there are no hidden costs involved in any steel building projects. Our rural Houston and rural Austin project managers will walk you through every expenditure and accessory cost during the approval-drawing phase.


The process should begin with the dimensions of your building in mind. Pre-engineered steel buildings are sold according to their width, length and height. No two steel building projects are alike, and there isn’t a store where you can go in, pick your steel building, strap it into your vehicle and take it home. DDM Buildings is the business of customer services and customization. With a variety of options available for our Houston and Austin clients, you should generally have a framework of square footage in mind before getting started.

Houston and Austin Building Regulations

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is, “Am I allowed to build a steel building on my property?” Every city, town and county in the United States has regulations that building constructions must follow. DDM Buildings always encourages everyone to find out what your area’s zoning rules are. Both the rural Houston and rural Austin areas have zoning rules specific to their cities. Some locations require building permits before you decide to build. Our project managers will help you with these technical drawings during the permit phase of our comprehensive process.


Our team here at DDM Buildings understands that time is money, and we are committed to completing your steel building project as fast as we can, but most importantly, with 100 percent accuracy. DDM Buildings will work with you to set a date for completion and delivery after your plans have been approved, permits checked and fabrication scheduled. It may seem a little extensive, but we have it in a place to guarantee you get what you want. It is your building, and you should have it based on your specifications.

Houston and Austin Land and Foundations

As with regulations, it is crucial to consider your land in advance.  A few things you should ask yourself and your project manager include:

  • What are your site conditions?
  • Are there trees in the way or prior excavations on site?
  • What are the soil conditions and what time of year do you plan on building or laying a foundation?

You and your project manager can determine which type of foundation, like concrete, floating or a pier system, is best for your project. Keep in mind, it is useless to pour concrete before you have your engineered drawings and preliminary anchor bolt plans should not be used as a guide to pour. Because your steel building is exposed to all types of climate conditions and stressors and subject to weather and seismic loads, you are not getting a head start or doing yourself a favor by pouring a foundation before you have the correct detailing in place.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure Anchor Bolts are included.
  • Make sure the wall and the roof sheets are 26 ga. metal with 20 year warranty.
  • Make sure your trim is 26 ga. metal w/ 20 year warranty.
  • Make sure the freight and taxes are figured in the price.
  • Consider that other companies rarely figure overhead doors into the building price. They typically just figure the framed openings. Don’t get caught here!
  • Consider that most other companies do not figure insulation.

These are just a few factors to consider when purchasing a steel metal building. Contact DDM Buildings with the link below for more information or to get started on your steel metal building project today!



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