While barndominiums have been around for a while and aren’t a new concept, they’ve recently exploded in popularity as a cost-efficient way to build a living space. If you’re a big fan of everyone’s favorite home renovation couple out of Texas, then you’re probably familiar with the concept of a barndominium. This home building option is almost the opposite of a tiny home. It’s luxurious without the luxury price tag.
What is a barndominium?
The word itself is a combination of “barn” and “condominium”, which is a fairly accurate representation of what it is. Some consider it a home that is built like a barn, while others stick with the more traditional definition of a barn that has been modified to add living quarters. Of course, we’re not talking about a barn full of farm animals, but rather a stylish, multi-functioning, large structure with a more modern (and sometimes rustic) flair.
While we will mostly talk about barndominiums as homes, keep in mind that they can be built to fulfill a variety of purposes: community centers, corporate meeting spaces, shops, restaurants and more.
- Fits Practically Any Property
When you opt for a barndominium, you are free to choose to go as big or small as you would like. It will depend on several factors like plot size and budget, but you do have more of a choice than you would with other building options. You can have a sprawling estate if you have a big family or you can go for something small and cozy. Flexibility and customizability are two aspects in which the larger barndominium excels.
- Adaptable To Multiple Purposes
The ability to customize your barndominium for multiple purposes is advantageous and exciting. You can personalize the layout of the structure according to your needs- you can reserve part of the structure to be living quarters, while another area can be turned into a space for work and another for recreation. Some people even use a portion of their barndominium as a traditional barn to add a more authentic rural charm.
Yes, you can customize the layout of a site-built house as well, but what people love about barndominiums is that they’re often easier and more affordable to add modifications. With barn-style homes, the possibilities are endless in terms of what you can do with them.
- Offers Durability with Minimal Maintenance
Traditionally, houses in the United States are built out of wood, but many (if not most) barndominiums are built with primarily metal materials. This provides a high level of durability with a low level of maintenance. Here are a few of the benefits of metal building materials for barndominiums:
- Greater Protection from the Elements
- A Metal Structure Doesn’t Combust
- Metal has a Great Strength to Weight Ratio
- Metal Is Less Likely to Attract Pests
- A Metal Structure Won’t Rot
- Can Reduce Insurance Costs
- Provides Spaciousness
High ceilings, an uninterrupted flow of air and light, and a feeling of spaciousness are typical characteristics associated with barn-style homes. This gives you the freedom to arrange your home décor the way you like, and you never have to deal with the feelings of being stifled or cramped.
Is it really an affordable option?
As with any home-building, there are a variety of factors that go into building costs and the overall cost of the house. For a barndominium, the basic frame can start as low as $20 per square foot. This estimate can fluctuate depending on the following factors:
• The type of metal you choose for your structure
• The size of your building
• Window and door selections
• Finishing choices
• Structural modifications
• Insulation material and thickness
• Labor and construction equipment costs
On paper, a metal-built barndominium home can check a lot of boxes for homebuyers looking for an affordable option. It may not be the best option for everyone, so this whole process is something that our Prime Management team would discuss with you in greater detail to make sure that your vision and budget align.
Rural-inspired interior and exterior designs are one of the hottest home design trends in America right now. Imagine it as your little slice of countryside, wherever you decide to build it. If you have your heart set on a trendy, cozy barndominium for your property, contact us! We would love to work alongside you to build your new home!