What Does It Cost to Build a Barndominium?

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

What Does It Cost to Build a Barndominium

Can I Really Live in a Metal Barndominium?

Yes, you really can! The metal barndominium concept continues to increase in popularity across the country, and Carport Central has helped to design, deliver, and install many of these metal building homes for customers all over. If you’re in the process of considering good residential construction solutions, a steel-framed home could be exactly what you’re looking for. And the cost to build a barndominium is less than what you’d expect to pay for a similar stick-built home.


Steel buildings are well-known to be stronger and more weather-resistant than stick builds, and they require less maintenance, too. A metal barndominium for sale is incredibly flexible in terms of building design and interior floorplan options, and goes up much faster than a traditional stick-built home. Wondering about the barndominium cost? Here’s the really good news: on average, barndominium prices average some 30% less than for a comparable stick build!


Barndominiums Defined

If you’re new to barndominiums (also abbreviated as barndos), these are steel home designs that first became popular in Texas in the 1990s. A barndominium is essentially a cross between a metal barn and a condominium. The exterior can be designed to mimic the look of a traditional barn, while the interior living space can be customized and finished any way you like.


Some barndominium owners choose to use their metal building home as a primary residence, while others utilize barndos as detached apartments, vacation homes, remote offices, or for other purposes. One signature feature of a steel-built barndominium is that it includes an open, clear-span interior that can be designed any way you like; there’s no limit to how you can divide up and use your finished space to meet your individual needs and preferences.


How Much Does It Cost to Build a Barndominium?

How much does it cost to build a barndominium? We understand that’s an important question to ask. Ultimately, the answer will really depend on several important factors, including the size of your building, the gauge of your steel framing and paneling, which building customizations you choose to include, etc.


But while construction material costs have generally risen across the board in recent years, a steel-built home from Carport Central is still your most cost-effective option. Consider this 30×46 barndominium, for example. It offers 1,350 feet of interior space, and can be framed and covered for less than $50k. You’ll need to add any necessary subcontracted finishing costs to that total of course, but even so, it doesn’t take long to realize how much you can save by choosing a metal barndominium solution from CPC.


You’ll get to choose where to place your doors and windows, and you’ll also be able to select from a palette of available colors for your roof, siding, and trim. Concrete and groundwork services aren’t provided by Carport Central, but those aren’t hard to arrange with your local subcontractor.


Why Steel Barndos Make Better Homes

There’s a lot to like about choosing a custom barndominium for your new home build:


• Initial building cost

The fact of the matter is that it’s less expensive to build with steel. On average, a steel-framed home is around 30% cheaper to build than a comparable wood-framed home. And the larger your planned home design, the more you can save by choosing steel construction.


• Flexible design

Want a spacious interior layout that includes high ceilings? You can have that with a metal building home. The steel frame engineering doesn’t require any interior columns or supports, so you end up with an open design plan you can customize however you like!


• Faster construction

The process of building a wood-framed home can take many months, or longer. But metal home construction is a much more streamlined process. Each custom-manufactured steel building component comes pre-measured and ready-to-install, so your steel home goes up much faster, with less needed on-site labor. You can even purchase a DIY metal building home kit that you can put up yourself, if you like.


• Energy efficiency possibilities

Did you know that a properly-insulated metal home can be up to 40% more energy-efficient than a wood-framed home? Steel framing is more dense and compact, so there’s also more available roof and wall cavity space that can be filled with insulation. More insulation means less demand on your HVAC system, thus equating to lower heating & air costs. The building itself is cheaper, but you can also save money on your power bills by going with a well-insulated metal barndominium.


• The unmatchable strength of steel

Galvanized steel is made to be sturdy and long-lasting. It’s more resistant to weather threats than wood, and is also more pest-resistant, fire-resistant, and even earthquake-resistant. Because of these factors, a steel structure will typically save you more on your property insurance premiums.


• More eco-friendly, too

The steel used in American construction includes a percentage of recycled content, and is itself 100% recyclable. With prefab steel construction, there’s also essentially no waste material produced on the job site. And that means less waste to end up in a local landfill.


Based on all the facts, it’s no stretch to say that a steel-built home is really one of the most eco-friendly construction approaches you can choose!


Let Carport Central Provide Your Perfect Barndominium Solution

Our name may say “carport,” but we deliver so much more than just carports at Carport Central. We’re also your trusted partner for garages, barns, barndominiums, commercial builds, or whatever type of custom metal building you may need. We deliver the best-quality structures with the best customer service, and the shortest lead times you can expect to find anywhere.


We also source American steel whenever possible, and each of our steel structures is individually tailored by one of our American building manufacturer partners. Our building specialists are friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and we’re experienced in being able to get you EXACTLY what you want and need in a custom metal building. We deliver and install at no extra charge in 46 US states, and nobody beats our metal building engineering and customization options.


Looking for some good home financing solutions? We’ve got those for you too. In fact, we offer attractive metal building home mortgage plans that roll in the cost of everything from the land, to the metal building itself, to foundation preparation, to interior finishing costs.


Why wait any longer, when you can get the new home construction solution you need right now? You can reach out to us online, but to connect even faster just pick up the phone and give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today!


At Carport Central, our mission is to provide shelter for your way of life.

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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