In general, building a hive yourself can be cheaper if you have access to the necessary materials and tools. However, buying a prefab hive can save time and effort, especially if you don't have carpentry or construction experience. It's cheaper to build everything yourself. Whether you're just starting out with beekeeping or if you already have established colonies, you might decide that building a hive is best for you.
Building your own hive means you can customize it to fit your space and work well for your bees. After sharing the process of building my own hives, I thought it would be good to finish with a little more information about what I learned and the general feelings about the project.