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Living and Working Under One Roof: The Appeal of Barndominiums

Posted by Bobbii Dickey on Dec 13, 2023 7:15:00 AM

When searching for a new house or considering building a custom home, more potential homeowners are looking beyond the standard residential home. An increasingly popular option is the combination of residential and workspace structures: the barndominium.

Otherwise known as a “shouse,” barndominiums combine the charm of a rustic barn with the comfort of a modern home. Barndominiums are incredibly versatile, accommodating a variety of design preferences and layouts. These are cleverly designed homes that provide the ultimate level of convenience, cost-effectiveness, and design possibilities for any homebuyer at any stage of life.

Every Convenience Under One Roof 

The main attraction of the barndominium is having both your living space and work areas located under one roof. This concept is perfect for larger families, hobby enthusiasts, and anyone in between. 

For example, one side of the structure could be what is typically considered a residential home with all the common amenities: living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, home office or school space, and more. The other side of the barndominium would encompass a workshop accessible from the main living space and its own outside entrance.

These homes offer a spacious and functional open floor plan with endless flexibility to create a dream home that caters to your unique needs and preferences - from design and creative freedom, to location, and everything in between.


Cost-Effective and Energy-Efficient 

Barndominiums are a cost-effective option while still prioritizing energy efficiency due to the simplistic nature of the structure and construction method. Typically, barndominiums utilize post-frame construction, where poles are set at the proper depth in the ground, and cement is poured around them to anchor and stabilize. This streamlined construction process allows for a quick and efficient project timeline, maximizing your budget and increasing the cost-efficiency of the project.

For added energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs, barndominiums can be constructed with metal sheeting, composed of steel or a combination of steel and aluminum. When opting for metal over wood, barndominiums can be designed to optimize natural light, which reduces reliance on artificial lighting.

Additionally, a metal roof can also improve the energy efficiency of your new barndominium, saving you up to 40% in energy costs. Metal roofing comes in a variety of finishes that reflect rather than absorb heat and UV rays, keeping your home naturally cooler in the summer heat. Even if you don’t go with a reflective finish, a metal roof can reflect more solar energy than the traditional asphalt roofing system, which absorbs heat.


Abundant Design Possibility 

Perhaps the most attractive quality of the barndominium is simply the fact that design possibilities are almost endless. It truly isn’t an exaggeration to say that post-frame construction can be used for just about anything.

There are several ways to add functionality to your custom barndominium while staying true to your own unique style preferences. You can customize your new home and workspace in endless ways, choosing elements such as insulation, layout, and windows and doors to suit your individual style and purpose.

Working with a professional builder with experience in post-frame construction to design your new home can be a fun process. Do you need a dedicated office space, or a climate-controlled area for a hobby or art studio? Is an oversized garage necessary to house equipment or a car collection? Attach a hobby shop to your living space, or oversized garage to house equipment or car collection. Consider how your lifestyle impacts each component of your custom barndominium, and how you can design it to fit your needs and purposes.


The Ultimate Home 

Barndominiums offer an efficient, cost-effective, and endlessly customizable home that differs from standard residential construction. These structures seamlessly merge living spaces with workshop spaces to create a type of all-in-one dream home.

And, thanks to the simplicity of the structure, homeowners can choose from boundless layout possibilities and customizations to make the home fit any unique and individual preference. In other words, potential buyers can build exactly the home they want, tailored to their needs and hobbies, without breaking the bank.

The most important aspect to consider when choosing a barndominium is to partner with a construction company with experience in post-frame construction. These experts can help guide you through every decision, ensuring you get the home of your dreams without the hassle.

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Topics: Residential, Hobby Shop