Turn a Metal Barn into Your Own Barndominium

By Scott Kyles   |   Posted In: Barns, Metal Building Homes


If you’re looking to build, think metal building homes

Tired of renting? Need a permanent place that will give your family the space it needs to live well, and be able to grow? Then get yourself a nice patch of land, and consider all the possibilities of choosing metal buildings with living quarters.

Can metal barns with living quarters really be a good solution for you? Absolutely. You likely already know that steel structures are incredibly strong and durable. Metal carports, metal garages, and metal barns have been popular for years. But metal buildings are fully customizable too, and can be designed to be much easier to finish on the interior than you might have realized. At Carport Central, we’ve been providing custom barndominiums and metal building homes for years!

How can a metal barn be turned into a barndominium?

The metal barndominium craze originally began in New York state, and then really took off in Texas. Finished residential metal buildings are now common across the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and West Coast, and are steadily making gains everywhere in between.

Essentially, a barndominium starts out as a specific design of a metal building or metal building kit, which is then customized and specifically finished as a residential living space. Most barndos will resemble the look of a barn on the outside, while the interior can be divided up, mapped out, and finished any way you like. What makes a custom metal building home a better construction method? Plenty.

interior structure

The benefits of choosing a steel-framed home

Here are just a few features and benefits worth noting about a steel building home:

¶ Cost-effective construction

Since cost to build is one of the most important concerns for most homebuyers in America today, let’s start there. Construction material costs have gone up across the board in recent years, but the fact of the matter is that it’s still more cost-effective to build your home with steel. And the larger your planned home layout, the more you can save per square foot by choosing steel tube framing and steel paneling. On average, a steel-framed home is around 30% cheaper to construct than a comparable stick build. If that doesn’t get your attention, then you’re simply not paying attention!

¶ Flexible building design

Would you appreciate having a home floor plan that’s both versatile and completely customizable? If so, you’ll appreciate what a clear-span metal building solution has to offer. The steel tube framing is engineered to support the full weight of the roof and building infrastructure, without requiring any internal support poles or columns. That means you’ll have an open interior you can tailor and personalize any way you like!

¶ Faster construction

Stick-built home construction can take months or much longer to complete. But installing a metal building home is a much more streamlined process. All of your custom steel building components are prefabricated, pre-welded, premeasured, and precut in a dedicated manufacturing facility before ever arriving at your construction site. That means a metal building home kit will go up much faster, with less needed labor. And if you’re a DIY type of person who likes to get things done yourself, you can even design and order a custom metal building kit that you can install on your own.

¶ Greater energy efficiency possibilities

Many assume that a wood-framed building will be more energy-efficient, but that would be a wrong assumption to make. A well-insulated metal barndominium can actually be up to 40% more energy-efficient than a comparable stick-built home. Why is that? It’s because steel tube framing is more dense and compact, meaning there’s more available wall cavity space for filling with insulation. The more insulation you’re able to install, the easier it will be for you to maintain a comfortable living environment. That means less demand on your HVAC system and greater savings on your heating & air costs. And another benefit of filling your cavity spaces with more insulation? Less external noise pollution for you to have to deal with.

¶ More eco-friendly home construction

Sure, trees are renewable, but most construction-grade lumber isn’t. Modern lumber is often produced in a manner that isn’t particularly environmentally-friendly or sustainable. But the steel used in buildings provided by Carport Central buildings always includes a minimum percentage of recycled steel content, and our steel building components are 100% recyclable themselves. Plus, with precision-fabricated steel components, there’s essentially no waste material produced on your construction site, which means fewer landfill impacts. Once you consider all the facts, it’s fair to say that steel buildings are one of the most eco-friendly home construction approaches you can take!

¶ The undeniable strength and resilience of steel

Don’t miss the many beneficial properties of steel as a construction material, either. Galvanized steel is designed to be sturdy, resilient, and long-lasting. It’s more resistant to various natural threats – like weather, fire, lightning, pests, and earthquakes – than wood. A steel structure is known to be easier to clean and maintain, too. Oh, and here’s one more cost benefit that comes with choosing a steel-built home – steel structures are generally cheaper to insure than stick builds.

Making plans for your perfect metal barndominium

The process is really pretty simple. Start by choosing a reputable metal barndominium provider like Carport Central. Let us help you with the design, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of your perfect metal home. Then you’ll simply need to obtain all necessary local building permits and make sure your site is level, and we can take it from there. Once your building is installed and ready-to-go, you’ll just need to bring in some local contractors to handle the wiring, plumbing, insulation, and interior finishing touches. You’ll save money in the process, and you’ll also be able to get the exact home you both want and need.

Looking for a perfect metal home building solution? Carport Central has you covered!

Carport Central is known for providing the best steel structures in the continental United States – including Risk Cat II buildings for human occupancy – but we don’t stop there. We also deliver the best customer service, and provide the most positive customer experience in the industry.

Oh, and did we mention? Carport Central also offers the BEST metal building financing solutions in the industry, including exclusive metal building home mortgage plans that also roll in your expected home finishing costs!

You can connect with us online, but to reach us even faster, simply give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today!

At Carport Central, what’s central to you, is central to us.


  • Scott Kyles

    Scott Kyles serves as lead content writer and marketing consultant for Central Steel Group, the parent company of Carport Central. He’s been speaking to the metal buildings industry and its customers for over 5 years, and also holds professional certifications in secondary science education, training, and customer experience.

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