What Is A Barndominium and Why Should You Buy One?

What Is A Barndominium and Why Should You Buy One?

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What Is A Barndominium and Why You Should Buy One?

Barndominiums are on the rise as the go-to metal and alternative home in rural areas.

If you are new to the barndominium trend or just want to learn more about this unique niche, we are going to go over all the details to help you decide if this is a good choice for you!

What is a barndominium?

A barndominium, or a barndo, is a barn that is converted into a residential home. These homes are post-frame structures setting them apart from traditional homes.

Each building is authentic and customized to your liking. The exterior can look like a barn or a metal building while the inside is more open and leaves room for you to think outside the box with your floor plan.

The open floor plan for living quarters, kitchens, and dining rooms allow for greater visibility and space, making them perfect for any size family.

Barndominiums are built from posts that are placed in the ground making the building process much quicker and easier to construct. Each barndo is built on top of a concrete slab.

With the open space and the charming features, a lot of people have chosen to incorporate shops and workspaces in their homes. This makes it a great place to have your in-home business in a new conventional way.


Benefits of a Barndominium

While construction material prices rise, most new builds have become unobtainable for most homeowners or new home buyers.

Barndominiums offer a new opportunity to build a home you love while being overall cost-effective in the process.

Here are a few of the many benefits barndos have over a traditional home:

  • Adaptable Design. When you build a metal building you no longer have to use load-bearing walls. This allows you to maximize your space and create any floor plan that you want. In contrast, many traditional homes have much more restricted floor plans, limiting your opportunities for customization.

  • Low Maintenance. Steel is very easy to take care of and is long-lasting. This makes owning a barndominium more appealing to homeowners.

  • Durability. You can choose to work with a contractor or even buy a kit to DIY your own home. Most building processes will meet or even exceed local construction codes. Furthermore, steel is resistant to termites, rotting, and is even fire-resistant. When compared to traditional wood, steel is much more durable.

  • Faster Construction. Brando's from start to finish can be completed in less than six months. With the right contractor, floor plan, and purchasing a kit you can build quickly and have your dream home fast. Most of the building will be done off-site and pre-drilled.

  • Eco-Friendly. Lower carbon footprint, material waste, and energy savings are just some of the eco-friendly benefits of a barndo. You can be sure that your home will last longer, waste fewer materials, and be less maintenance over time.


Barndominium Kits

One of the many fun things about building or constructing a barndo is you can purchase a kit and have all the materials delivered right to you. This cuts costs down tremendously and speeds up the building time. You also have the option of buying a prefabricated kit, which could save you up to 50% of the total cost rather than building from scratch.

Metal building companies will send you over the shell with the frame pieces all ready to go. All that is left for you to do is add it to your concrete slab.

This is a great option for buyers that want more direction on the layout and overall exterior aesthetic of their home.

Common Features of Barndominiums

Barndominiums, like many traditional homes, can be built with a wide variety of different features. Most of them have many of the same features you find in a typical barn. These can include:

  • Wrap-around porches

  • 9-Foot Ceilings

  • Barn doors

  • Energy-efficient windows

  • Concrete slabs

Although it may have a lot of similarities to a barn, you can make your home as luxurious as you want. The opportunities of these homes are endless.


Make Your Barndominium More Rustic

Once you have built your new dream home, you can start decorating each room to look just as good as the rest of it. Rustic Kitchen and Bath is the perfect place to get design ideas or items to tie your home together.

Below we have some items that will make a big impact on your open floor plan.

The ZLINE Kitchen Package with Refrigeration, 48" Stainless Steel Dual Fuel Range, 48" Convertible Vent Range Hood and 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher is perfect if you want to go big or go home. When you are filling up a large open space, the bigger the appliances the better. This large range will balance out your kitchen and give you plenty of space to cook the things you want, all at the same time. When you purchase a bundle you not only save money but will have the confidence everything will match. The stainless steel is also resistant to stains and corrosion making this kitchen not only beautiful but also sustainable.

The ZLINE Kitchen Package with Refrigeration, 48" Stainless Steel Dual Fuel Range, 48" Convertible Vent Range Hood and 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher

A copper bathtub is not only a statement piece but will add the rustic touch you are looking for in your barndominium bathroom. The 72" Hammered Copper Double Slipper Bathtub With Rings is made from 100% handcrafted copper that will fight bacteria and keep your bath warmer for longer. This is the largest double slipper tub made from Premier Copper for the ultimate spa experience. Who wouldn't want this in their master bathroom?

72" Hammered Copper Double Slipper Bathtub With Rings (BTDR72DB)

What better way to fill up space than a SUMMIT 24" Wide Dual Zone Wine Cellar ? This built-in, full sized wine cellar is designed to showcase your wine collection while evenly controlling the proper conditions for white, sparkling, or red. This is perfect for a home that loves to entertain.

SUMMIT 24" Wide Dual Zone Wine Cellar

It is the little things that make all the difference. Rustic Kitchen and Bath has the perfect candles, wall art, and much more to add those finishing touches on your rustic barndo.

Our Home Decor Collection makes choosing easy as all of our products are made just for you. Below are just a few of the items you can choose from.

Rustic Kitchen and Bath

The Sagebrook Home Carved White Cow Skull Decor is the perfect accent to your room, livingroom, or literally anywhere in your home. This resin cow skull will be sure to make your guests turn their heads.

Sagebrook Home Carved White Cow Skull Decor

Cedar is another great texture to add to your bardo. Our Cedar Resin Coaster s are made from eco-friendly resin to create a coaster that will be the conversation starter with your guests. These coasters serve as an accent piece and a protector from spills and condensation.

Cedar Resin Coaster

Finish your decor with this Amantii Tru View 3 sided glass electric fireplace Built-in only that will make you never want to leave your home. This 3 sided electric fireplace is great for any indoor or outdoor living areas and big enough to fit in your barndo. This fireplace will be the cherry on top of your new barndominium guaranteed.

Amantii Tru View 3 sided glass electric fireplace Built-in only

Whether you need a small item to add some color and texture or a 3 sided 72 inch fireplace Rustic Kitchen and Bath has you covered.

Additional Space Added On

Another great benefit of barndominiums is how easily you can increase available living space when you need it. Building on is another option as you can use other metal building structures to add a garage, shop, or other rooms. This makes barndominiums great for growing families, growing businesses, or someone who just wants more space to do the things they love.

Again, you are not limited when you choose a barndo.

Disadvantages of a Barndominium?

When it comes to owning a barndominium, most things are looking up. There are some setbacks you could encounter when trying to build your dream barndo. These may include:

  • Difficulty reselling

  • Zoning restrictions

  • Problem finding financing options

Finding a loan for a barndominium is much more difficult than getting a loan on a traditional mortgage. Because it is still mostly seen as a barn and not a primary residence, you may have to do a little more research and digging when it comes to finding a mortgage lender.

Along with the loan, having a unique and custom home may be difficult to resell. Most of these builds are not allowed within city or town limits due to building regulations. Generally, these are more common to find in rural areas and the country. Make sure to keep this in mind when planning your barndominium.


Is A Barndominium Right For You?

If you are looking to live and work in a space curated to you while being affordable and low maintenance, then a barndominium may be the home for you. With the rising popularity and abundant benefits, we expect to see more barndominiums pop up in the future.

Would a barndominium be right for you?

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