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Unveiling the Allure of Barndominiums

Thursday, December 21, 2023   /   by Bell Home Team

Unveiling the Allure of Barndominiums

In recent years, the architectural landscape has been graced by the emergence of barndominiums, captivating homeowners with their expansive layouts, seamless indoor-outdoor transitions, and rustic charm. 

So, what precisely defines a barndominium? These structures, bridging the gap between barns and conventional homes, elude simple categorization. To unveil insights into this trending architectural phenomenon, we sought the guidance of experts.

This definitive guide sheds light on the unique appeal of these homes, providing expert insights into what makes a barndominium truly distinctive.

Understanding the Essence of Barndominiums


A barndominium is a distinctive residential building that harmoniously combines the architectural elements of a barn and a condominium. The term itself is a fusion of "barn" and "condominium." Typically featuring a metal or steel frame, these structures mimic the appearance of traditional barns on the exterior while offering a fully finished living space within.

The interior of a barndominium exhibits considerable variation, often boasting open floor plans, high ceilings, modern amenities, and comfortable living spaces. The charm lies in their ability to seamlessly blend rustic aesthetics with contemporary living.

Why Barndominiums Have Soared in Popularity


The surge in popularity of barndominiums can be attributed to the widespread exposure on home improvement shows and design magazines. Renowned for their unique blend of rustic-industrial aesthetics and spacious interiors, these homes have become sought-after for reasons beyond their visual appeal.

Apart from their eye-catching design, barndominiums are celebrated for their durability, energy efficiency, and customizable features tailored to homeowners' preferences. Moreover, their construction is often more cost-effective than that of traditional homes, adding to their allure.

Advantages of Choosing a Barndominium

Versatility in Design:
 Barndominiums offer an open floor plan, making them ideal for homeowners seeking versatile spaces that can serve a combination of purposes, such as a residence with an attached workshop.Screenshot 2023-12-21 094129.png
Customization Options: Homeowners are drawn to barndominiums for their flexibility in interior design. With an exterior frame construction, these homes allow for various custom spatial configurations, including taller ceilings and other personalized touches. 

Expansive Windows and Natural Light: Barndominiums often feature large floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the outdoors in, providing an abundance of natural light. The combination of high ceilings and expansive windows creates a unique and nontraditional home design.
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Durability and Energy Efficiency: Constructed from wood and steel (sometimes entirely of steel!), barndominiums are known for their longevity. Metal construction materials contribute to excellent insulation and energy efficiency, reducing overall energy costs for homeowners.

According to expert, Morgan Nobbe of Rural 1st, a barndominium financing company, these homes can last upwards of 100 years, with less upkeep and maintenance than traditional, wood-built homes.

Rustic Appeal: The rustic romantic aesthetic of barndominiums adds to their undeniable charm. While living in one depends on individual lifestyle preferences, the timeless appeal and minimal upkeep make them an attractive investment.

Love the idea of living in a barndominium? If this trendy homestead is for you, you’re probably wondering, how do I find one on the market?  I know I thought that after learning more about these country havens.

Turns out, you can’t simply search for barndominium on Zillow, and there’s no category to search for this in the multiple listing service (just yet!), so finding one of these homes already built and ready for sale may be a little tricky.  As you may have gathered from customization options written about above, barndominiums are often custom built for the buyers.  If you’re interested in finding out the actual cost break down and process for building a barndominium, check out this article from Realtor.com.  According to Realtor.com, the barndominium bottom line can run you between $130,000 and $530,000 after all is said, done, and built.

But if a new construction plan isn’t in the cards for you, don’t be discouraged if this type of home is on the top of your wish list.  With the growing popularity of barndominiums, contractors, and house flippers are investing in these types of homes to rehab.  Just last week, there was a barndominium listed in Fulton, NY for sale, so it is possible to find one of these listed in your area or a neighborhood nearby.  Or, if you’re a hands-on, DIY kind of person, fixing up an existing property to create your own barndominium paradise is totally possible, and could save you a nice chunk of cash by creating this homestead haven yourself.

Before embarking on the journey of barndominium living, it's essential to weigh the costs and benefits, ensuring that this unique home style aligns with your vision and lifestyle. As the popularity of barndominiums continues to rise, BELL Home Team remains committed to providing expert guidance and insights into the ever-evolving real estate landscape.

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