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Barndominium Plans: The Best Barndominium Designs of 2023

Introducing our extraordinary assortment of meticulously curated barndominium plans—a captivating addition to the ever-evolving world of house designs. As you explore our diverse selection, you’ll discover the charm of barndominiums, where elements of country, farmhouse, and modern styles seamlessly converge. Whether you find a plan that perfectly resonates with your vision or desire a personalized blueprint tailored exclusively for you, our team of seasoned specialists is here to bring your dream barndominium to life. We possess the expertise to assist you throughout the intricate process, ensuring that your unique preferences and requirements are reflected in every aspect of the design.

At BuildMax, we pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of traditional construction methods. Our barndominium floor plans with loft incorporate simple yet elegant designs, open layouts that promote fluidity and connectivity, and exquisite aesthetics that captivate the senses. These meticulously crafted designs are the epitome of success, perfectly blending form and function to create living spaces that inspire and delight. Embrace the endless possibilities that our barndominiums with loft have to offer. Step into the realm of architectural excellence with BuildMax, where simplicity, adaptability, and exceptional craftsmanship converge to redefine the concept of a dream home.

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Unveil the boundless possibilities of your dream home by embarking on a captivating journey of architectural creation. At BuildMax, we understand that designing the barndominium of your dreams is an exciting endeavor filled with endless potential. Whether you choose to collaborate with our team of seasoned specialists or desire a unique blueprint crafted exclusively for you, we are here to make your vision a reality, promising simplicity and delight throughout the process.

With our expertise and unwavering commitment to excellence, we will guide you through every step, paying meticulous attention to detail. We believe that the perfect barndominium should seamlessly blend functionality, aesthetics, and your personal style. Together, we will explore the vast array of possibilities, ensuring that your ideal barndominium plan reflects your aspirations and desires in every aspect.

Embrace the freedom to unleash your imagination and embark on this exhilarating journey. Your dream barndominium awaits, ready to be transformed into a remarkable testament of architectural ingenuity and individuality. Let us join you in this adventure, as we bring your dream home to life with passion and expertise.

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Discover the enchanting allure of our handpicked collection of meticulously curated barndominium plans—an extraordinary addition to the ever-evolving world of house designs. As you explore our carefully crafted selection, should you yearn for a plan that perfectly aligns with your vision, rest assured that we are here to make your dream a reality. Our expertise goes beyond the confines of existing options, and we are fully prepared to assist you in creating a custom barndo plan tailored exclusively to your unique preferences.

With our team of dedicated experts at your side, your dream barndominium can seamlessly transition from a mere concept to a breathtaking reality in just 21 days. As trusted barndominium specialists, we take pride in our profound understanding of the intricacies that define this innovative architectural style.

At BuildMax, we venture beyond the ordinary, pushing boundaries to redefine the possibilities of living spaces. Throughout the journey from conceptualization to finalization, we will walk hand in hand with you, ensuring that every aspect of your custom house plan reflects your individuality and surpasses your highest expectations.

Embark on an extraordinary adventure into the realm of barndominium excellence with BuildMax—the pioneers who expertly blend artistry and functionality to craft truly exceptional living spaces that inspire and captivate. Your extraordinary barndominium experience awaits.

Stock House Plans

Stock House Plans

Browse our collection of the barndo floor plan designs to find your dream home. Our barndominium plans are exclusive and unique.

Custom House Plans

Custom Barndo Plans

We are a small boutique house plan company that can design your new house plans from scratch in as little as 21 days.

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Barndominium Kits

Metal building kits, pole barn kits, and hybrid convention wood kits are great for building a barndominium.

Top Floor Plan Designers

We work with hundreds of the nations top floor plan designers that have been drafting blueprints since the 1980's.

Competitive Pricing

We are dedicated to delivering the best pricing on all our plans. From time to time you will find we offer special discounts.

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We want you to see us as your homebuilding partner not just a company that sells house plans. Have questions? Call 270.495.3250.

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Why Choose BuildMax Barndominiums?

What makes BuildMax different ?

There are plenty of house plan companies to choose from. We have tons of stock house plans to choose from. There are plenty of other choices as well but bigger is not always better when you are building your dream home. BuildMax is a small boutique house plan company that enjoys working one-on-one with it’s clients. Whether we are helping our client choose a barndominium house plan or working with them on designing their own custom house plan, we love it. We are builders, we are designers and we are real people dealing with real life. Give us a call and see for yourself.

Favorite House Plan designs

The BuildMax designer have chosen thousands of house plans in a variety of categories for you to choose from. Rather than sifting through 30,000 plans, we have tired to narrow down the choices to the top 3,000 plans that are most popular. Here is a link to the top 3,000 house plans. If you have any questions about the plans feel free to call us anytime at 270.495.3250

Popular Styles you love

One of the most popular house plan styles these days happens to be farmhouse and southern living house plans. But not everyone is into the farmhouse movement, and we realize that. Barndominium house plans are on the rise as well. As prices for lumber increases people look for ways to save even more money. Alternative homebuilding like steel buildings, pole barns, ICF and panelized or modular homes are becoming popular with families looking for more economical choices. BuildMax designs floor plans for steel buildings and pole barns starting at .99 per square foot. Check this out.

What does it cost to build a Barndominium?

Although we have a complete article on the cost of building a barndominium in our recent blog “What does a barndominium cost” we can give you a rough idea of a shell package right here. What is a barndominium shell? It is the steel material package that includes framing material, roofing and siding. Metal building barndominiums are popular because in many cases they can be less expensive than wood building materials depending on the area of the nation you live in. The typical cost for a metal barndominium shell package is $18 to $29 per square foot. BuildMax has also started offering post frame kits and conventional lumber kits that include windows and doors. Check info on barndominium kits.

Did you know we can design house plans in as little as 10 days ?

We recently deployed a new program that gives you the ability to work with a pro designer to create your own custom house plan in as little as 10 days. Whether you plan to build a modern house or plan to design your own pole barn, we can make the process simple and enjoyable. Planning to build can be challenging and stressful, you need someone on your side and that’s the BuildMax team. We have been Homebuilding Advocates for nearly two decades and we know a bit about building a new house.

What's the BuildMax story ?

BuildMax started in 1998 as Equity Builders New Home Consulting company. In 2003 we launched a unique homebuilding program from our kitchen table and over the course of a few years we had grown into an $80M business nationwide. Although we have grown, we haven’t forgot who helped us get to were we are today, you. It’s why we wake up each day, it’s why love our job. We care about people, we love architecture and homebuilding and we are passionate about saving people money. So much so, that we recently built our own home from the ground up. I cut every board in the house and my husband did the nailing. It’s a Hybrid Tiny home with lots of woods and whites, check it out here.

Thanks so much for trusting us with your dreams.
Blessings,

Arlene, co-founder of BuildMax.

                             Arlene, co-founder of Buildmax.

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BARNDOMINIUMS ARE NOT BARNS.

One of the biggest misconceptions about barndominiums is that they are barns that are converted into living spaces. Although that can be true, you can convert a barn into a home but that’s not necessarily what a barndominium is. A barndominium is a style of architecture with an influence of country, farmhouse and modern design that draws inspiration from traditional barns. Just like ranch style homes, modern farmhouse or contemporary, barndominiums are in their own category of architecture. Just because you use the term barndominium, barn house, shophouse or barndo doesn’t mean you are building or plan to live in a barn.

Bankers, builders and building departments may all have a different opinion of what a barndominium is which can be difficult for the homebuyer. A banker may explain that they do not finance barndominiums while a builder may say they he doesn’t build barndominiums and a building department may state that they won’t approve a barndominium. Since the concept of barndominiums is still new it would be better to refer to the home you plan to build as a custom built home, because that’s really what it is. BuildMax has removed the word “Barndominium” off all their house plans because it causes confusion. Until barndominiums go mainstream and people fully understand that they are not barns and they are a style of architecture, misinformation will abound.

Another misconception about barndominiums is that they “must be metal buildings”, this is not true. There are plenty of barndos (short for barndominium) being built using a variety of methods including post frame, conventional stick-frame, ICF (insulated concrete forms), SIP (structural insulated panels) and in south Florida they even use concrete block walls to build barndominiums. No matter what you use to build a barndominium there are a few features that set them apart from the traditional home.

 

WHAT FEATURES SET A BARNDOMINIUM APART FROM A TRADITIONAL HOME?.

1.   Wide open spaces with vaulted great rooms created by free spanning truss systems. Whether you plan to use steel, wood or post to build your barndominium many barndominium floor plans have 2nd story lofts that overlook the great room and dining room. Since the trusses are supported by the exterior walls you have the flexibility to design any interior layout you desire.

2.   Exterior and interior barn doors is another popular feature. The doors draw their inspiration from tradition barns and can transform the overall look of the home. A good example is the BuildMax BM2500. This unique design by BuildMax has captured the hearts of thousands of people with it’s simple gable roof, black metal siding and 10’ exterior barn doors. Interior barn doors are used to further enhance the barn influence.

3.   These types of homes are typically easier to build than traditional homes with hip roofs, difficult foundations, and odd sized layouts. Most are designed as simple rectangles with gable roofs. Matter of fact barndos are the most cost-effective style of architecture because of these features. When you compare a complex foundation and roof design to a barndominium you will see how there is a tremendous savings in concrete, lumber and labor.

4.   The design style of a barndominium is distinct. This style of architecture is instantly recognizable. Barndos can take on many different looks just like any other style of architecture. They can have wrap around porches like modern farmhouse design, attached and detached garages with breezeways and they can use dormers to extend the space.

5.   Barn house plans or barndominium house plans are becoming much easier to find on the internet. A quick search for barndominium plans will yield hundreds of choices. Lot’s of plans have wrap around porches, attached garages and 2 story layouts.

 

HOW TO BUILD A BARNDOMINIUM.

BuildMax has introduced the industry to an array of ways to build barndominiums. For years metal buildings were the primary method for building a barndo, but a lot has changed over the years. A recent discussion with the owners of BuildMax (Tony & Arlene Golladay) revealed that most of their barndominium kits are being sold as convention wood-built frames using premium 2×6 spruce, metal siding and metal roofing. BuildMax answers thousands of calls a month and most people have the impression from the Internet that metal building homes are cheaper to build than wood. Although this may have been true a few years ago but at the time of writing this article the opposite is true. Wood has taken a steep dive in prices lately. Here’s a good example: at the peak of covid a sheet of 7/16 OSB cost $57.00 but today that same sheet is $9.08. This price is near pre-covid pricing. So, with that in mind let’s talk about how to build a barndominium out of wood and metal.

Most people these days are building on a slab, but crawl spaces and basements are still acceptable foundations when using wood framing. Barndominium kits and post frame kits have been popular for their convenience, price and availability. You can purchase a barndominium floor plan, order a building kit and find a builder using the BuildMax program. Barndominium kits include framing, roof trusses, siding & trim, roofing, windows, doors, screws and nails to get your home in the dry.

Hiring a builder is one of the most important parts to building a barndominium. BuildMax is building a nationwide builder network so they can offer a free builder locator service.

Financing a barndominium is another thing you may need when building a barndo. BuildMax has partnered with a couple lenders that do offer construction financing for barndominiums.

FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BARNDOMINIUM MOVEMENT.

Barndominiums are not that much different than a traditional site-built home. Every item in a conventional build will be required in your barndominium. There are a few areas you can save on when building a barndominium but don’t let someone convince you that you can build a barndo for $75.00 a square foot, that’s just not possible these days. Barndominium costs can range from $135 to $200 a sq. ft. depending on what part of the country you live and how much sweat equity you put into the project. Be cautious how you describe your new construction, remember that builders, bankers and building departments may not be familiar with barndominiums and thus they may tell you they don’t finance, build or approve barns which is far from what you plan to build.

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