Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Building a Barndominium in {{mpg_state}}, and how to choose the right one.

What is a Barndominium and who is living in them?

Barndominiums are popping up in nearly every state and you will be surprised at who is living in them. But what is a barndominium? That question is answered in the word itself “barn”. And it is not your typical grandma’s barn either. The 21st century Barndominiums are modern, stylish and they are the trendiest homebuilding style of today. Banrdominiums can be built using metal, stick built or pole barn construction. But why, why are they trending more than typical stick built homes? This article will address that question exactly and it may surprise you who is building these beauties and why they are choosing to live in a barndominium.

BuildMax has been assisting families in {{mpg_state}} and surrounding states with barndominium house plan design and homebuilding consulting for nearly two decades. We are committed to helping families build cost effective barndominium house plans. Some of our clients have even been featured in CNN Money Magazine. Interested in a barndominium floor plan check out our recent plan designs?

Need advice on how to choose the right house plan? Below is an article that can help you make the right decision when looking to build a barndominium house plan if you live in {{mpg_state}}.

Banrdominiums or barndos as some people call them are popular for a variety of reasons. Number one, they typically cost less to build, they have more flexibility to design an open floor plan and they are unique. Barndominiums are typically simple designs and most are rectangular in nature. Some have nine foot ceiling and others can be as high as 12′. The design above is 44′ wide X 80′ long and has 9′ ceiling height in the house and 16′ walls in the shop area. Also referred to as a ‘shop house’ this style home is a garage with shared living quarters. As you can see banrdominiums don’t have to look like a barn. You can be creative, have elements of a country or farmhouse style, they can be sleek and stylish. 

Banrdominiums or barndos as some people call them are popular for a variety of reasons. Number one they typically cost less to build, they have more flexibility to design an open floor plan and they are unique. Barndominiums are typically simple designs and most are rectangular in nature. The design above is 44′ X 80′ and it’s also referred to a shop house. A shop house is a garage with shared living quarters. As you can see banrdominiums don’t have to look like a barn. You can be creative, have elements of a country style but also they can be sleek and stylish. Barndominiums are more flexible than any other construction style because you can build a barndominium using a post and beam construction also known as a pole barn. 

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7 TIPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT BARNDOMINIUM HOUSE PLANS FOR {{mpg_state}} 

If you live in {{mpg_state}} here are a few things you need to consider before choosing a barndominium house plan.

1. WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

In other words, write down everything you do not like about your current home and list all the things you would do differently. Maybe you live in a neighborhood and you really would love to live outside the city and have a tract of land. Maybe you have a small pantry and you have always dreamed of a larger walk-in pantry. A larger pantry can help you store all your small appliances in one area. Get inspired by looking at our Living room inspirations in our Dream Center. Either way start making a list of the wants and needs. This will help you better understand what type of house plan to build. Learn house to sell your home For Sale By Owner.
 

2. WILL YOUR LIFE LOOK DIFFERENT IN THE NEXT 5-7 YEARS?

Here’s what we really mean. Do you plan to add to your family? You may consider building a slightly larger home if you plan to grow your family over the next few years. There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money just to realize a couple years later that you really needed that extra bedroom or bath. Remodeling or adding onto a house will be much more expensive in the future. So really put some thought into your future before you choose the plan.
 

3. WHAT DOES YOUR LOT LOOK LIKE?

If you already purchased land in {{mpg_state}} then you probably have a good idea how big or how small of a house plan you need to consider. A big mistake that many people make is not considering the “set-backs”. Set backs can be neighborhood or city/county restrictions that regulate how close you can build to your property line. These restrictions can be listed in your neighborhood covenants and restrictions. They can be obtained from your local building department that regulates your area. 
 
Keep in mind that if you live in the county, you may have a planning and zoning office that is separate from the city zoning office. If you are unsure just give them a call. Tell them where your lot is or where you plan to build and ask how to obtain a copy of the “set-back” restrictions. Another consideration on land is the topography. Is it sloped, is it flat or is it near a wet lands. The type of land you purchase can determine the type of foundation you need and will help you choose the right house plan. There is no sense in looking at plans with a basement if your region is not suitable for basement foundations.  Also remember that most stock house plans can be modified with different foundations.
 

4. WHAT STYLE OF HOME DO YOU LOVE?

This is a big one and you do not want to compromise if you can help it. Build what you love and it’s easy to do with a barndominium since the floor plan is wide open. We realize that sometimes you have to compromise and settle for less than your dreams. But try your best to choose something as close to your dream home as you can. We even suggest building a slightly smaller house if it will help you build the style of home you love. There’s nothing worse than having regrets and wishing you had chosen a different house plan than you did. So don’t rush it, and keep searching until you find the perfect plan or you decide to build your own custom plan.

5. ONE STORY OR TWO HOUSE PLAN?

Many families in {{mpg_state}} love one-story banrdominiums, they are more quiet since there is no foot traffic from the second story. You may notice a lot of ranch style barndominiums in your area, but a ranch style house plan is more expensive to build than a two story banrdominium house. That’s because it is always cheaper to build up than it is to build out. A single story house has more roof and more foundation, these two factors add a tremendous about to the building costs. Families with smaller children tend to choose house plans that have a master bedroom on the second floor. This allows them to be near their children’s rooms. Either way, most likely the style of home you choose will dictate if the house will be a one-story home or a two-story house plan.

6. OPEN FLOOR PLAN OR NOT?

An open floor plan simply means there are less walls and more open spaces to enjoy your family. Many people love the idea of an open floor plan in the kitchen and living room area so whoever is preparing meals in the kitchen won’t miss out on the big game or movie that everyone may be watching in the living or gathering room. Open concept floor plans are real popular these days and you should be able to find plenty house plans that match this criteria.

7. CONSIDER THE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES

Many families in {{mpg_state}} love their outdoor living spaces. Barnodminium floor plans are real popular and some even have large remote doors that open onto a patio, expanding the living space. If you love to live outdoors, consider how easily you can transition from inside to outside. In other words, if you choose a plan that has an outdoor kitchen, think about how close that space is to your indoor kitchen. No one ever wants to walk across the other side of the house to get to the grill. Also having the indoor kitchen close to the outdoor living space can help you stay connected to your family as they are enjoying both spaces. Check out this barndominium article on Zillow

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