Whether you’re a seasoned barndo fan, or are somewhat unfamiliar with the term “barndominium,” the fact remains that barndominium homes are now trending across the country. The popularity of barndominiums first took off in Texas a few years ago, but that momentum has since spread throughout the Southwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, and across the rest of the country.
If you’re new to barndominiums (or “barndos” for short), they’re pretty much what they sound like they are – a metal barn/condominium combination of sorts. A barndo is designed to resemble a barn on the outside, but the interior can essentially be finished any way you like. Some barndominium owners use their barndo as a primary residence, some as a vacation home, some as an office building, and others as a multipurpose facility which includes both functional barn space and residential space. Metal barndominiums have wide-open, flexible interior space, so you can really design them and finish them to use any way you want!
There’s perhaps a greater concentration of metal barndominiums in the Houston, TX region than anywhere else in the country. Why? Perhaps it’s because folks in this area have long recognized how sturdy & reliable metal barns and steel structures are. Hurricanes and other weather extremes are always a potential threat around the Gulf Coast, so local residents need something that’s built to weather the storm. Metal barndominiums and metal homes stand up to weather & other challenges from nature better than stick-builds, period. Plus, a barndo can be significantly cheaper to build per square foot and requires much less maintenance than a traditional wood-framed building.
If you’ve never given a lot of thought to choosing a steel-framed structure for your residential application, you should know that there’s really a lot to like about going with a custom-designed barndominium or barndominium kit. Here are just a few features & benefits worth noting:
Since the cost to build is really one of the first things many homebuyers consider, let’s start with price. While material costs have risen for all construction materials – including both wood and metal – the fact remains that’s it’s still less expensive to build with steel. And the larger your barndo design, the more you’ll save per square foot with steel. On average, a steel-framed home is around 30% cheaper to build than a wood-framed home. The numbers don’t lie!
Are you someone who values spacious interior layouts with the option to include high ceilings? If so, you’ll love the possibilities that a custom barndominium offers. The steel framing is engineered to support the weight of the building without any need for interior columns or poles. The result is an open design plan that can truly be customized any way you like!
Having a stick build constructed on your property can take many months, or even more than a year. Barndominium construction, on the other hand, is a much more streamlined process. Since all custom steel components are fabricated, measured, and cut in a dedicated manufacturing facility beforehand, a steel barndominium goes up much faster, and also requires less labor for installation. In fact, you have the option to order a custom barndominium kit that you can put up yourself if you’re a DIYer!
You might assume that a wood barndominium would be more energy-efficient, but that’s simply not the case. A well-insulated metal home can be 40% more energy-efficient than a wood-framed home. That’s because the design of the steel framing offers more available space for filling with insulation. More insulation means reduced heating & air conditioning costs, and more insulation also provides for better external noise reduction too.
While trees are a renewable resource, lumber isn’t always produced in a manner that’s environmentally friendly or sustainable. On the other hand, the steel used in building construction includes a significant percentage of recycled content, and is itself 100% recyclable. In addition, using precision-fabricated steel components means essentially no waste material produced on the construction site, so almost nothing ends up in a landfill. When you consider the facts, you’ll realize that a steel structure really is one of the most eco-friendly building options!
There are many more specific benefits thanks to the unique properties of steel, too. Galvanized steel is designed to be sturdy and long-lasting. Steel is also more resistant to weather, fire, lightning, earthquake, and pest threats than wood, and it’s incredibly simple to maintain. Oh, and here’s one more cost benefit that comes along with choosing a rugged steel barndominium – they’re usually cheaper to insure, too.
With a steel barndo, you can honestly choose pretty much any size dimensions you want, depending upon your own needs and preferences. Here are a few examples of popular barndo building sizes:
A typical “starter home” in America has between 1100-1200 square feet of finished space. But a 30’ x 40’ barndominium offers 1200 square feet of completely usable interior space you can customize any way you choose!
2400 square feet of living space is plenty of room for creating a 3- or 4-bedroom home plan.
You can divide up the interior space any way you like. You could set apart 2000 square feet of living space, and still have enough space to build in a 40’ x 25’ garage!
3600 square feet of customizable space easily allows for a 4- or 5- bedroom plan, with plenty of room left over for common areas.
What can you do with a 60’ x 70’ barndominium? The better question is what can’t you do. You’ll have all the comfortable living space your family needs, and still be able to include an attached 3-car garage. Or build in some office space, covered storage, traditional barn space, whatever you need!
If you’re looking for the right bardominium for sale, then look no farther than Carport Central. We’re the premier online provider of custom metal structures in America for a reason! We have the best partnerships with the best manufacturers across the country, and we serve nearly the entire continental United States. Carport Central offers unparalleled building selection in terms of style, size, and ability to customize, and our quality of steel structure engineering is second to none. But beyond all of that, one of the things that truly sets us apart is our trained team of friendly building specialists. We’ll take the time to listen to your needs, goals, and dreams, and we can help you get your perfect custom barndominium!
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