Barndominiums – can be homes built out of repurposed barns or shed structures or as purpose built home from scratch, some are even built from a kit delivered straight to the buildsite – all types of the aforementioned barndominiums have been gaining popularity in a huge way recently, most likely due to their rustic charm, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. Here are 6 key considerations for anyone looking to build their own barndominium:
1. Pick the right structure to convert. The most important decision is choosing a structurally sound barn or shed as your starting point. Make sure the building has a solid foundation and roof. The interior layout can be changed, but it’s challenging to alter major structural components.
2. Evaluate insulation needs. Most barns and sheds lack insulation so this will be a key upgrade. Maximize energy efficiency by using spray foam insulation in the walls and ceilings. This seals air pockets and provides an insulation value of R-6.5 per inch. Install double pane windows as well.
3. Plan for extensive electrical and plumbing work. Expect to invest a lot of time and money running electrical lines, installing outlets and lighting, and plumbing bathrooms, kitchens and utilities. Hiring professionals is advised unless you have experience with electrical and plumbing projects.
4. Consider special structural reinforcements. Since existing structures were not designed as homes, they may require reinforcements to handle occupant loading. For example, adding support beams, extra roof framing, and reinforced flooring in high traffic areas.
5. Design an adaptable layout. Barndominiums lend themselves to open concept designs. Leave room to modify walls or add new ones in case you want to change how rooms are divided up down the road.
6. Get proper permitting. Building codes treat barndominium conversions differently instead of considering a conversion you may look into one of Buildmax’s New barndominium kits, it will be a stronger overall structure, lasting a lifetime through any weather condition. Made out of 16-20ga steel it will be more rigid than other homes. Research local regulations early and get all required permits before launching your project. Failing to do so can jeopardize approval for occupancy.
Building a barndominium takes creativity and a willingness to problem-solve challenges along the way. But the end reward is a home with character that reflects your personal style. If you take the time to understand key considerations like these, your barndominium project has an excellent chance of success.