The Rise of the Barndominium

barndominium-2 When you look at a barn, what do you see? A space for hay or machinery storage? Living quarters for livestock? If you’re like the increasing number of people in the market for a barndominium, you may see it as something completely different: a home.

So what is a barndominium? It’s any barn or pole building that has been converted into a residence, with all the amenities and comforts of a traditional house. In some cases, homeowners will choose to leave the bottom floor of their barndominium as open storage space (e.g. for farm equipment or a classic car collection). while building a loft apartment on the top floor.

Other homeowners will turn the entire building into a luxury home, with stained concrete floors, high ceilings, and large sliding doors. Barndominiums can also be weekend retreats, seasonal hunting lodges, or year-round residences.

Benefits of Barndominiums

While still not a well-known housing type, barndominium homes are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Texas and the Southwest. What’s the appeal? Part of the draw for some people is the affordability. The cost to build a barndominium is significantly lower than the cost to construct a traditional house, and in many cases, this type of pole building will come with lower insurance and tax rates.

gambrel-barndominiumBarndominiums can also be constructed relatively quickly and easily. Barndominium material kits are readily available, allowing the do-it-yourselfer to assemble their own home or bring in a contractor for a reasonable price. Once barndominium contractors have completed their project, the exterior maintenance requirements are minimal.

One of the other major advantages of the barndominium is the amount of flexible space it provides. Thanks to post frame design, builders can add walls wherever they want—or leave the space completely open. As you’ll see if you perform a quick online search for barndominium pictures, there are few limitations with this kind of structure.

Ideas for Barndominiums

Although it’s certainly not a requirement, many barndominium homes include workshops, storage spaces, or even stables. (In fact, for horse owners, eliminating the cost of horse boarding may be reason enough to construct a barndominium.)

Of course, other homebuilders want their barndominium to look more like a traditional home—and to include some luxury amenities. Some barndomonium builders opt to take the money they’ve saved on construction and put it towards features like granite kitchen countertops, patios, or swimming pools. Some also turn the large open space that their barndominium provides into an area to entertain large groups of guests.

barndominium-interiorIn terms of decorating a barndominium, the sky’s the limit. While pole buildings may naturally have a more simple look, many barndo owners customize their homes to have a more rustic appearance, using features such as wood beams, faux brick walls, and antique decorations. Of course, it’s just as easy to opt for a modern design, with open, airy spaces and wide glass doors and full-length windows. A common misconception is that barndominium pole buildlings must have metal sidings or a metal roof. That’s just not the case. A pole building can be designed and built with any roof or siding materials!

While barndominiums may still be somewhat niche, it’s easy to see why more and more people are starting to search for barndominium kits for sale. If you think this sounds like the right type of home for you and your family, contact Hansen Buildings for a quote on a custom pole barndominium kit.

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7 thoughts on “The Rise of the Barndominium

  1. I like that bandominiums cost less to build and buy. It seems like it is a nice trend and it has a nice aesthetic. My sister is thinking about buying a home soon and I think she might really like to see if this could be an option for her.

  2. I am looking for someone to design and oversee construction of the entire barndominum project. Does you company do this? Or do you only sell the building shell?

    1. admin Post author

      We provide all of the custom design work, the engineer sealed plans, materials delivered to your site and installation instructions. We do not do assembly or oversee assembly ourselves. Frankly, in most instances, if you hire someone to oversee construction you will still spend a great deal of your time and effort overseeing construction AND the person you hired to oversee it! Economically you might be better off to act as your own General Contractor and hire the appropriate subcontractors to do their portion of the project.

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for your interest in a new fully engineered, custom designed Hansen Pole Buildings’ barndominium. One of our Building Designers will be reaching out to you Monday, or dial 1.866.200.9657.

  3. Good info. I plan to cash out of my property and home keep 5 acres and build a warehouse barn style building and put my airstream trailer inside to live out of. Later if I want to sell someone could build their dream home on the property and have a nice building on it.

    1. My caution would be to have your warehouse barn style building fully engineered to Risk Category II so it will not need to be structurally upgraded for residential occupancy.


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