Barndominiums are quickly gaining in popularity both in rural and suburban settings. The term “Barndominium” was coined in 1989 by a real estate developer describing properties that offered a home alongside boarding facilities for the residents’ horses. Today a Barndominium could mean an existing barn that has been revamped to make it habitable or a new custom-built home with an exterior that resembles a barn (although now they are less “barn” looking and even incorporate features that add warmth and charm such as front porches), and an interior that offers all the amenities of a comfortable home.
Benefits of a Barndominium
As with any custom home, Barndominiums can be as unique as their residents. However, there are some similarities that all Barndominiums – or barndos, for short- share in common.
Space: First, they are often very large. One of the biggest selling points of a Barndominium is the ample space they provide. Homeowners can get more square footage than they might otherwise be able to afford with a traditional build allowing them to utilize all that space as workspaces, home offices, or hobby garages. Many barndominium owners use the extra large indoor garage space to store their RV, boat, or other large vehicles. Those with hobbies such as woodworking or carpentry can design studio spaces in their home that make working or crafting from home quite comfortable. Even if you don’t work from home or have a hobby that takes up space, Barndominiums allow families to enjoy a large and spacious home with plenty of storage, entertainment, and daily living space.
Customizable: Because of their large size, the second thing Barndominiums have in common is their ability to be customized in unique ways. Space management can be particular to suit your needs. If you’re looking for something that looks and feels like a traditional home, a floor plan complete with hallways, private rooms, fireplaces, and staircases are all possible in a Barndominium. They can even have a second floor. However, if you like large, open spaces, lofts, or industrial-looking living spaces, that, too, is easily attainable with a Barndominium. The possibilities are nearly limitless when designing a Barndominium. It depends on what you want to do, and a custom builder can help to create a Barndominium that fits your personality and needs.
Quick to Build: Barndominiums take about half the time to build as a traditional home. In most cases, they can be completed in just six months. As with any build, construction time does depend on various factors such as size and customization level, but overall, Barndominiums are much faster than a traditional home to build.
Durability: Barndominiums are more durable than typical homes. Their strong structure can withstand the elements making them very safe homes. They also last longer and are less likely to experience rot, mold, termites, and mildew. As such, home maintenance is much easier in a barndominium.
Affordability: Thanks to reduced labor costs, Barndominiums are cheaper to build than a traditional custom home. Not only do owners see savings upfront, but they also save money over time due to low maintenance costs and energy efficiency.
There is a lot to love about a Barndominium. Their spacious, customizable layouts make them a comfortable and functional home choice. Considering the speed at which they can be built, their durability, and affordability, it is easy to see why Barndominiums are increasing in popularity and retail value.