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5 Things to Consider Before Building a Barndominium in Pennsylvania

Barndominiums have never been more popular. They are a fantastic option for people who want to build a highly customizable home. Often constructed in rural areas where land is abundant, Barndominiums have also started to pop up in more urban locations. Building a Barndominium in Pennsylvania is an excellent idea for homeowners looking for the many benefits a Barndominium affords: 

Cost efficiency: Barndominiums are much more affordable than conventional homes. They cost less to build and save money over time in the low maintenance costs.

Take less time to build: Construction takes about half the time as a traditional home build. In some cases, builders finish construction in as little as six months.  

More durable: Barndominiums stand up to extreme weather and offer plenty of structural support. 

Highly customizable: Because of the amount of square footage you get with a Barndominium, space management can be highly specific to suit your needs.  

There are a few things to keep in mind before you start building a Barndominium in Pennsylvania. It’s essential to do your research. 

  1. Obtain Financing.
    Perhaps this goes without saying, but before starting to build your Barndominium, you should consider all of the costs associated with the project from start to finish. A professional builder who is well acquainted with metal structures and barn building can help you know what to expect as far as costs go and the best strategy to get the financing you’ll need. 

  2. Obtain a permit for your project.
    As with any building project, you must obtain the proper permits when building a Barndominium. It’s important to budget for permits, as well. Your local building and safety department will often have size and style requirements for your build. In addition, they can help you to meet the requirements for septic tank installation, electrical wiring, and plumbing. 

  3. Find an experienced builder. Not only can a professional builder help guide you through the permit process, but a builder who has experience with constructing metal buildings will understand the differences this kind of project requires from traditional home builds. It’s essential to find a builder with the expertise and level of expert craftsmanship that will result in a beautiful home. A friendly and professional building company is an invaluable resource on the road to building your Barndominium in Pennsylvania. 

  4. Consider insulation.
    Because Barndominiums are constructed with steel frames and metal walls, there are a few things to consider when planning to cool and heat your home. An experienced builder can guide you as you pick your insulation materials, floor plan, airflow, air leaks, and even sunlight. These things can help keep your Barndominium comfortable in all types of weather. Which, in Pennsylvania, is a must!

  5. Plan for electrical work.
    It’s important to consider the electrical requirements early in the building and planning process. A licensed and skilled electrical company will be able to review the specifications for all of the appliances and lighting to be installed throughout your home. Doing the wiring before sheetrock or walls are in place is much easier. In your build, you may also want to consider smart thermostats, doorbells, security lighting or devices, and smart switches. 


At JJ’s Custom Builders, we will help every step along the way. Building a custom Barndominium in Pennsylvania does not have to be a stressful experience.

Call us today to discuss the plans for your beautiful new Barndominium

The first step is a phone consultation.
If needed, we will meet with you in person as well!


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