There are so many different types of living spaces these days that it’s difficult to keep them all straight. You can live in a tiny house, an RV, a duplex, or build your own house on your own private property.
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With so many ways to live, it isn’t easy to decide what is best for your lifestyle. After all, it could be a barndominium that is the answer to all of your hopes and dream for your living situation. Let’s find out!
What Is A Barndominium?
The term “barndominium” has been lightly used for a few years to describe a few different things. It has been used to describe a house that resembles or was previously a barn. But the exact definition is zoning in.
Today, a Barndominium home is usually a pre-built steel building that is a type of modular home. Like other modular homes, the pieces are constructed off-site and they are put together where the home will be lived in.
You may have already guessed this but the word barndominium comes from the two words: “barn” and “condominium.” They are named after these two words primarily for cleverness and appeal rather than actually be fashioned after a condominium.
Why Get A Barndominium
Barndominiums are great for a lot of reasons. Not everyone likes barndominiums but everyone can agree that these are great reasons to get this type of home. Or any type of home. Who can argue with these?
Although they aren’t the cheapest option as far as homes go, they aren’t expensive either. Because you purchase barndominiums as a shell, you can get one for quite a good deal. Then you can finish them out with cheaper materials.
Barndominiums are made with strong materials that can usually withstand torrential weather and years of wear and tear. They are a wonderful option for those who want a stronger foundation as the foundation is built on-site.
You can make the inside of your barndominium look any way that you like. It doesn’t have to have a farmhouse design interior, it can be contemporary, shabby chic, or Scandanavian. You can design it your way.
Setting up a barndominium is really easy. You need to have a team on hand to take care of it for you but the cost of labor is affordable because the setup is so easy. Ever heard of a barn-raising? It’s about like that.
Because it is constructed out of metal and concrete, a barndominium is virtually pest-proof. From skunks to termites, there aren’t many pests that will bed drawn towards nor make it into your barndominium.
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Barndominiunms have their own set of features that make them unique. Not all of these features are exclusive to a barndominium and not all of these have to be in a barndominium. This is simply what is seen in most barndominiums.
Open-Concept Floor Plans
When you buy a barndominium, it is built without any interior walls. You get to set this up all on your own! Most of the time, people like to keep the barndominium as open-concept as possible to keep a good flow.
This doesn’t mean you can’t build any walls. It just means that load-bearing walls are naturally kept to a minimum. Open-concept homes are trending and always will be because they offer great flow and freshness.
Gambrel roofs are roofs that have four sides instead of the standard two. They go up at an angle and then angle in more to close at the top. This type of roof is seen in many colonial homes as well and in many homes today.
On the inside, the extra slope can be used for cubbies or for a loft with slanted walls. This adds height to the ceiling and gives a rather barn-like shape to the home, hence the barndominium name attached.
Yes, the tall ceilings are a given with gambrel roofs but even without them, it’s important that barndominiums have tall ceilings. This is one of their defining features and what makes them what they are.
This is true for many open concept homes. Because opening the ceiling up also opens the floor up. It isn’t only up to floor space to make the home look bigger. And it’s important that barndominiums look large inside.
Although you can use the concrete floor built in a barndominium as a subfloor, most people choose to leave it and use it as their main floor. The floor can be painted, stained, or simply sealed to leave it natural.
Concrete floors can be some of the best floors you’ll ever have. They are solid, durable, and can look any way that you want them to. Concrete floors should never be left out of your possible flooring options.
Metal siding is a must for a barndominium. There are other options available but unless you have metal siding, it may not be considered a barndominium anymore. But there’s nothing wrong with either.
Metal siding is strong and durable. It may rust if you don’t get the right type of siding, but in general, it will last a lifetime. You can get any color and multiple different textures that are made for house siding.
Buying A Barndominium KitImage from ourbarndominiumlife
Barndominum kits can be purchased almost anywhere in the world. It’s better to buy from a local supplier because shipping can be very expensive since the materials are so heavy. After all, you are essentially transporting a house.
Not all barndominium kits are used for houses. Originally, these kits were used for car shops, workshops, churches, dance halls, and other reactional activities. Today, they are often used for homes too.
Kits are a great way to save money on barndominiums because the plans are in place, the barndominium is partially built, and it will go up quickly. However, even though the plans are set, you can customize them.
In most cases, you’ll spend about 50% less purchasing a kit than having them built on your property from scratch. This is the main reason people choose to go this route. But what more do you need to know about prices?
The price of a barndominium can’t be pinned down. This is because the price needs to include labor, size, material quality, and what you want on your barndominium interior. So we are going to start with a range.
The cheapest you can get a barndominium for is around $20 a square foot. This is without any interior walls. Simply the basic shell deal. This includes the concrete slab, exterior walls, plumbing, and simple necessities.
If you want anything added, the price will go up even more. To have someone do everything for you, expect to pay $50 to $100 per square foot for a barndominium. Unless you decide to choose higher-end materials.
Most people end up paying somewhere between $50,000 and $250,000 for a barndominium. This seems like a lot but it is still around 50% less than building it yourself and about half the price of buying a house.
Barndimonium Interior Ideas
Now comes the fun part. Let’s talk about interior designs for a barndominium. There are many unique designs and features you can have in your barndominium, but here are a few to get you started in the right direction.
Using salvaged wood for beams, supports, and accents is ideal. This works for almost any design style but is best for those of a rustic nature. That’s exactly what barndominiums encompass. So it’s a perfect fit.
If you can find salvaged wood from actual barns that you can add to your barndominium kit then that’s perfect. But if you can’t, you can fake the look with bleached wood or something similar to distress the wood.
High ceilings are a given, but vaulted ceilings are common in barndominiums. Vaulted ceilings aren’t just high ceilings either. They are ceilings that are self-supporting. They don’t need beams or load-bearing walls.
This makes the room much more open and airy. Most barndominium kits are built with vaulted ceilings that don’t need any extra support. This way, you can built walls the way you like without working about integrity.
Fireplace Or Cookstove
Both fireplaces and wood cookstoves are perfect for any barndominium. Not only does it usually fit the decor style but it also works well with the open space and high ceilings. Open spaces and high ceilings are less likely to be a fire hazard.
Building lofts can be super fun. You can turn them into just about anything that you want! use them for office space, storage, or even a bedroom. Loft rooms are fun and kids love to set up camp in them.
Barndominoums almost always have a loft. Usually, it is above the bathroom, and sometimes bedrooms, because the bathroom is the only room that needs to be closed in. The other rooms can be open.
Yes, a chandelier may seem too fancy for a barndominium but you can build or buy a chandelier to fit any design style. Those with more rustic taste prefer chandeliers made of antlers or of faded wood.
String lights aren’t just for patios and Christmastime. They are gorgeous lights that can be used on the vaulted ceilings of a barndominium. They can also be strung under the loft for a lower option.
There are many different types of string lights that you can buy. Fairy lights work for a softer look while large bulbed lights work for a more rustic look. Both look amazing across barndominium ceilings and walls.
Repurposed furniture is great for any barndominium. Sure, it works for any type of house at all, but it works especially well for this style of home because it has the natural farmhouse feel to it, to begin with.
There are many markets around that you can shop at. Or, you can visit an online furniture thrift store that has amazing deals on barndominium interior furniture that you will fall in love with. Guaranteed!