The Quonset Hut Contractors

The Architect

We met with several architects in 2015 and finally chose one with experience in quonset huts and experience designing homes in the Fairplay/Southpark area, Wayne Anderson in Littleton, CO. Cost $3,195.

The Metal Building Supplier

We shopped long and hard for a metal building manufacturer that offers a steel building in the quonset hut style. After weeding out many (as they do tend to exaggerate their capabilities) we found the only one that could build a hut at that elevations and to the specifications required by Park County, Steelmaster. Contracted price in 2/2015 was $53,857. After many delays, the rise in steel prices, storage fees additional design fees we have paid $73,643. as of March 2021.

The Structural Engineer

Wayne (the Architect) worked with Paul Irwin of Ripple Design Studios for the Structural Engineering. Cost $1,200.

The New Structural Engineer

The design for the foundation was done in a way that would have cost over $100,000 for the foundation alone. That is no where near something we can afford for this portion of the project. Pat at Freelance Foundations in Fairplay suggested John Littlehorn at Littlehorn Engineering. John is just finishing up the redesign. Estimated cost was $3,750. John also redesigned some of the interior structure. Final cost $6,559.

The Surveyor Site Plan

Wayne (the architect) ordered... not sure who he had do it but it cost $2,000

The Septic Design Report and Soils and Foundation Report

This was done by CTL Thompson of Breckenridge. Initially the cost was $4,400. and we received permits and approval from the county. After the delays this had to be redesigned The fee to CTL for the redesign is $2,700, excluding the cost of excavation services estimated between $500 to $900.

The Excavation, Driveway and Septic System

In January of 2016 we met with several companies at the property. We both were taken with Ken at Cal's Trucking. Ken's grandfather Cal started the business in Fairplay and it has remained a family operation with Ken, his mom and grandfather. Estimated at $33,000

The Well

We were told there is virtually only one well digger in Fairplay so in January of 2017 we stopped into Allen Drilling & Excavating and talked with Jack and his daughter Kay. They got us all set up with permit applications. Apparently wells in the area are 400 feet deep. 719-836-2672. In February of 2022 we contacted them and were told they will put us on the list. They are 7 months out on well digging!

The Foundation

Al and Pat at Freelance Foundations in Fairplay will be doing the foundation. The initial estimate was between $20,000 and $25,000. With the 2022 redesign the foundation estimate is now $38,000-$40,000.

The Flatwork

Chris Benzie 719-836-7044 will be doing the flatwork (concrete slab floor). No estimate back from him yet.

The Rest of The Contractors

I am sure there will be many many more so check back.