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America's Best Barndominiums

Barndominium Plans: The Best Barndominium Designs of 2023

Embark on a captivating exploration of barndominium living, where rustic charm meets modern elegance. Barndominiums, also known as barndos, fuse the essence of country, farmhouse, and contemporary styles into architectural marvels. These unique structures can be brought to life through three construction methods: metal buildings, pole barns, or conventional stick-built techniques.

In the realm of barndominiums, the best designs of 2023 captivate the imagination with their simplicity, functionality, and breathtaking aesthetics. Each plan is a harmonious blend of open floor layouts, allowing seamless transitions between living spaces. These carefully crafted designs embrace the versatility of barndominiums, offering flexibility in construction methods to suit your preferences and requirements.

To further ignite your inspiration, our collection showcases barndominium floor plans with captivating pictures, providing a glimpse into the possibilities that await. These visual representations bring the designs to life, allowing you to envision the seamless integration of natural materials, expansive windows, and modern finishes.

Experience the allure of barndominium living with the winners of 2023—designs that combine practicality, beauty, and innovation to create living spaces that exceed expectations.

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Step into a world where your dream home becomes an awe-inspiring reality. Embark on a captivating journey of architectural creation as we unveil the boundless possibilities of barndominium living. Whether you choose to collaborate with our seasoned specialists or desire a one-of-a-kind blueprint tailored exclusively to your preferences, designing the perfect barndominium is an endeavor filled with simplicity and delight.

Let us be your guiding light through the intricate process, utilizing our expertise to bring your vision to life. With unwavering commitment and meticulous attention to detail, we will delve into every aspect of your ideal barndominium plan. Together, we will create a space that seamlessly combines functionality, aesthetics, and your unique personal style, resulting in a dwelling that truly embodies your aspirations.

Immerse yourself in the realm of architectural ingenuity and unleash your imagination as we embark on this remarkable journey. Your dream barndominium eagerly awaits, ready to be shaped into a testament of individuality and unrivaled craftsmanship. Embrace the possibilities and let the transformation begin, as your dream home becomes a captivating reality like no other.

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Experience the extraordinary with our captivating collection of meticulously curated barndominium plans—an enchanting addition to the ever-evolving world of house designs. As you explore our selection, if you yearn for a plan that perfectly aligns with your vision, fear not! Our expertise extends beyond the existing options, and we are eager to assist you in crafting a custom barndominium plan tailored to your unique preferences.

With our dedicated team of experts at your side, your dream barndominium can swiftly transform from a mere concept to a breathtaking reality in just 21 days. We take immense pride in being the trusted specialists in barndominium construction, equipped with profound knowledge of the intricacies that define this innovative architectural style.

At BuildMax, we shatter the boundaries of conventional design, reshaping the possibilities of what a living space can be. From the initial spark of an idea to the final strokes of realization, we will collaborate with you every step of the way, ensuring that your custom house plan reflects your individuality and surpasses your expectations.

Embrace the realm of barndominium excellence with BuildMax—the trailblazers who seamlessly blend artistry and functionality, crafting truly exceptional living spaces that leave a lasting impression. Your journey to a remarkable barndominium begins here, where creativity meets expertise and dreams come to life.

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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