Living and working in the same space, the cost-efficiency, durability, and unique customizations available in a Barndominium are all reasons that Barndominiums are quickly becoming a popular option for potential home builders. Now that you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to decide how to build. Are you going to use a prefabricated DIY-style kit or a custom Barndominium builder to design a custom Barndominium based on your wants and needs?
DIY Barndominium Kits
Most DIY Barndominiums come as a pre-packaged kit. They’re typically made from steel and come in various sizes and shapes, depending on your chosen kit. Most often, they have open floor plans. These Barndominiums don’t have a resell value on the market and can sometimes present difficulties in zoning regulations due to their steel construction. Metal homes are not fit for multi-story buildings, so they offer less customizable features and privacy.
Custom Barndominium Builder
Hiring a custom home builder to design and build your Barndominium offers more flexibility in the design. You can choose from thousands of options for interior and exterior features. For example, you could add a second floor, a loft, separate bedrooms, stairways, hallways, and just about any element you could imagine in a custom home.
And, because of their open warehouse-style space, they are sometimes zoned commercial and therefore subject to additional charges such as emergency water sprinklers. Also, purchasing a kit still leaves the construction up to you. Even the handiest of homeowners can become quickly overwhelmed with the task of building a home from the ground up. Building a home (even with a kit and the right tools) takes a massive investment of time and energy.
A custom builder includes more thoughtful details such as cabinetry, fixtures, and landscaping. Builders work with you to pick all of these features that turn a Barndominium into a home. If you are not looking for a cookie-cutter look and instead want a home that will likely hold and increase its value, then a building with a custom builder is the better option.
By hiring a custom builder, you also will have many more options for the exterior of your Barndominium. You can choose materials that will allow your Barndominium to stand out like stone or brick and look more like a home and less like a farm building. Many residential-style barns are made with timber framing on the exterior and inside to provide a warm, natural feel that can’t be replicated with steel.
Another benefit of choosing a custom builder to build your Barndominium is that you can relax knowing that the experts are taking care of every aspect of designing and constructing your home. A DIY project can start out fun but quickly become overwhelming when considering all the critical parts needed to make a space livable and functional. With a custom builder, you will get a team of expert craftsmen who will take care of every step along the way, including ensuring that the sewer, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, masonry, and landscaping are completed professionally. They can also help you navigate all the zoning regulations and codes that can be easy to overlook when building on your own.
Choosing a custom Barndominium builder is an important task. By working with JJ’s Custom Builders, you can be sure you’re getting the expertise of our Amish-trained craftsmen. We will work with you to design and build your home, leaving you with peace of mind and a one-of-a-kind, quality home that you can enjoy for years to come.