What is a Barndominium?

Maybe you’ve heard this term thrown around recently. This type of housing unit is becoming very popular and there are a number of reasons why! A barndominium is a type of residential building that combines a barn with a living space, hence the name “barndominium” (barn + condominium). It is essentially a metal or steel-framed barn structure that includes living quarters within the same building. These living quarters can range from a simple one-bedroom apartment to a more elaborate and spacious home.

Barndominiums or “barndos”  have become increasingly popular in rural and suburban areas, especially among homeowners who appreciate the rustic and industrial aesthetic of barn-style architecture. The open and versatile design of barndos allows for various floor plans and customization options, making them an attractive choice for those seeking a unique and cost-effective living space. Because of the structural style, these homes can be cheaper than conventional homes and be constructed more quickly. The barn portion of the building can also serve other purposes, such as storage space, workshops, garages, or even space for livestock and farming equipment. This multi-functional aspect makes barndominiums appealing to homeowners who desire a blend of residential living and functional workspace within one structure. In recent years, some barndominiums have adopted more modern and upscale designs, featuring high-end finishes and amenities, further blurring the line between traditional homes and barn-style structures.

There are a few things to consider when thinking of building a barndominium. It’s worth noting that building a barndominium might face certain zoning restrictions and building codes depending on the location. Potential buyers or builders should be aware of any regulations that may affect the construction process. They may need a little bigger footprint than a normal home build because there is no basement for added square footage. Finding a lender, might be a little harder as well since the categorization of barndos is hard to figure out, but as they become more popular this may not be an issue. It may also be a little more expensive to heat in the winter because of the steel framing. However insurance may be cheaper because the building materials aren’t as expensive and much easier to maintain.

There are so many options today for building a new home, and barndominiums are just one of the latest. The style, convenience, faster construction, and lower-cost materials all make barndominiums appealing. Is it a fad or here to stay? We don’t know, but we can help you find someone to build one! We have connections with dozens of high-quality builders in West Michigan and can help you find one that fits your needs! We’d love to help you find the perfect solution for your new home! Contact us to get started on your home-building journey.