Home Sweet… Barn?
Article by: Hannah Holbrook
If you’re a Fixer Upper fan or a Pinterest fanatic, you’ve probably heard of barndominiums. These unique homes have taken the home building industry by storm. With innate southern flair, these new homes are exactly what their names imply: barn-like metal structures converted into living spaces. So what’s the appeal of living in a barn?
The Benefits of Barndominiums
Barndominiums are low cost, energy-efficient, and an overall faster option for homebuilding. Like many barns, barndominiums are crafted out of metal. Building with metal allows for a significant decrease in potential roofing and foundation problems, as well as other issues commonly encountered with a traditionally-built home. These buildings often come in kits, and are typically faster and easier to construct. Barndominiums can be built off-site in a shop, and then moved to their permanent location. Like with modular homes, this makes for a cheaper and more efficient home buying option. In addition to being substantially lower in cost to build, barndominiums also have lower tax rates and lower insurance costs. Barndominiums require less maintenance than conventional houses, while also being both pest and fire resistant. One of the biggest benefits to building a barndominium is its customizability. The post frame design allows the homeowner to decide where the wall should be and how the interior should be designed. If someone wants a wide-open space, it’s easily achievable. Similarly, if another person wants several individual rooms, that is equally achievable.
If you think living in a barndominium is in any way like living in a barn, you are gravely mistaken. For the right price, barndominiums offer just about every housing luxury that standard custom homes offer: including granite counter tops, hardwood floors, hot tubs, custom cabinets, and wrap-around porches. Most standard barndominium models feature energy-efficient windows, spray foam insulation, engineered concrete slabs, stained concrete floors, 9-ft ceilings, climatization, and indoor plumbing. It is one thing to explain the upscale options of a barndominium; it is another thing to see it. The photos featured here are of real Texas barndominiums built by a company called Texas Barndominiums. With the limitless customization options and the standard features offered by most builders, barndominium living is a far cry from sleeping with the horses.
The function of a barndominium is not limited to a home. People have found that with barndominiums low cost and efficient nature, they can be utilized as homes, entertainment areas, worship centers, garages, workshops, business spaces, and conference buildings.
As conventional or traditional home markets become oversaturated, people today are looking for new options in homebuilding and buying. People want to construct durable and strong structures at an affordable price. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive, ready-made home, or you’re looking to design a sturdy, custom-home from scratch, a barndominium could be the perfect fit for you and your homebuilding dreams.
If you found yourself admiring the photos featured in this article, visit texasbarndos.com for more information. Their barndominiums are available in the Brazos Valley and they offer a plethora of floorplans and customization options.