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Should You Build A Barndominium? Some Pros And Cons

Are you looking for a way to combine your personal housing space with a large work area? Then you may be looking for a barndominium. What is a barndominium? And what are the pros and cons of this practical and space-saving architectural style? Here's what you need to know.

What Is a Barndominium?

A barndominium, as its name suggests, is a combination building that places a living unit inside a barn-type structure. Outside of the living space — which may be a loft or a portion of the main floor — the rest of the space can be used for whatever work you wish. You might use it as a horse barn, a large workshop, farm vehicle storage, or a business. 

What Are the Pros of a Barndominium?

Barndos, as they're often called, have one big advantage over two separate spaces: lower cost from consolidation. You have just one roof, one plumbing and electrical system, and one foundation to repair. Not only does this save money in the initial construction and setup, but it means lower upkeep and utility costs. 

Because barndos are one large, open space inside, they also provide a blank slate for design. You have very few limitations whether starting from an existing barn or workshop or building your barndominium from the ground up. This means more personalization and customization to your particular needs. 

Consider, too, the resale potential of a property with a barndominium as its main housing area. While these are popular at the moment, they can be harder to find new buyers for. Careful planning with your barndo layout and design will help maximize the pool of future buyers by making it flexible for others' uses. And be sure you follow local zoning rules.

What Are the Cons of a Barndominium?

While they do save space and reduce overall maintenance costs, barndos that start from existing buildings can be harder to convert. You'll need to adjust a work or storage building into a comfortable home. This often means new or additional plumbing and wiring, more insulation, additional windows, and possibly structural upgrades. 

Where Should You Start?

Ready to start working on your barndominium? Not sure if you should start from scratch or look for a convertible barn? Have a property in hand or in mind? The best place to begin is to consult with a qualified architectural design provider in your area. They'll help you make the best decision based on your own circumstances. Call today to make an appointment.