Barndominiums are a cost-effective alternative to traditional homes. When calculating the cost of building a barndominium, you may need to estimate the cost of the foundation.
For a 15×30 barndominium, how much does a 15×30 concrete slab cost?
The average cost of a concrete slab is $4 to $8 per square foot, with most slabs costing close to $6 per square foot. Based on the average prices in the United States, a 15×30-foot concrete slab may cost $1,800 to $3,600. The median price is about $2,700.
$1,800 to $3,600 is a wide price range. So, what factors determine the cost of a 15×30 concrete slab? Here is what you should know.
What Does the Average 15×30 Concrete Slab Come with?
Using the median price of $6 per square foot provides an accurate estimate if you choose a concrete slab with standard features. Here are the main features of the typical concrete slab:
- 3,000 PSI concrete with a thickness of six inches
- 2×6-inch lumber for creating the wood form around the slab
- Fiber mesh that lines the entire area of the concrete for extra reinforcement
- Rebar around the perimeter of the concrete slab for increased strength
- A contractor and labor for pouring and finishing the slab
When you hire a contractor to pour a 15×30 concrete slab, you pay for materials and labor. However, the cost of materials and labor can vary based on several factors, including:
- The thickness of the concrete slab
- The use of additional materials or techniques
- The cost of materials and labor in your area
Along with these details, the condition of the land may impact your initial costs. You need to prepare the land and level the soil, which may cost more on plots with heavy vegetation.
The region where you live also influences the cost of pouring a concrete slab, as labor and materials cost more in certain parts of the country. The costs of building materials and labor are often less expensive in the southern and midwestern states.
What Is the Average 15×30 Concrete Slab Cost Based on Thickness?
The concrete slab costs depend largely on the materials used. For example, the cost of materials varies based on the thickness of the slab:
- Four-inch concrete slab – $2.83 per square foot
- Five-inch concrete slab – $3.20
- Six-inch concrete slab – $3.57
The cost of materials per square foot for a four-inch slab is about $0.74 cheaper compared to a six-inch slab. A 15×30 concrete slab with a thickness of four inches may cost about $333 less than a six-inch slab.
What Is the Average Price of Optional Features for Concrete Slabs?
Concrete slabs can be built with additional materials for increased support. Depending on the condition of the soil and the thickness of the slab, you may need one or more of the following options:
- Thickened edges (an extra $1 per square foot)
- Reinforced wire mesh ($0.40 per square foot)
- Vapor barrier for moisture protection ($0.50 per square foot)
Including all three optional materials in your concrete slab may increase the cost of materials by about $1.90 per square foot. You may add about $855 to your total costs. To get an estimate of the cost of pouring concrete, you can use a concrete slab calculator to help determine costs.
Hiring a Contractor Versus DIY Concrete Slab
A 15×30-foot concrete slab covers 450 square feet. At $3.60 per square foot, a DIY 15×30 slab may cost about $1,620 for materials. Hiring a contractor may increase the total cost to about $2,700.
Keep in mind that hiring a contractor offers several advantages. You avoid back-breaking work and the risk of making a mistake that may impact the structural integrity of your new home.
In the end, hiring a contractor is often worth the extra cost when pouring a concrete slab for a barndominium.
Gail currently spends her free time geeking out about what’s new and trending in the world of barndominiums.
She is the former executive editor of BarndominiumLife.com and loves working with the team and members of the barndominium community. She now contributes to the blog on occasion, but only when she feels like it!