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Cut Your Barndominium Build Costs

Barndominiums have become a symbol of modern living, offering a unique blend of style, functionality, and affordability. But even with their inherent cost-effectiveness, building a barndominium can feel daunting. This guide will equip you with essential strategies to slash your build costs and turn your dream home into a reality.

Optimizing Your Design for Savings

  • Size Matters: While spaciousness is a perk, every square foot adds to the cost. Carefully consider your needs and design a barndominium plan that maximizes functionality without unnecessary square footage.
  • Embrace Open Floor Plans: Barndominiums naturally lend themselves to open layouts, which require less framing and drywall, translating to significant savings. Open floor plans can also allow for less energy usage if you make use of natural light which is done easily with an open floor plan.
  • Smart Window Placement: Strategically placed windows can optimize natural light, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and potentially lowering energy bills. 

great room with fireplace and loft area overhead

Cost-Effective Construction Strategies

  • DIY: If you’re handy, consider tackling some of the construction tasks yourself. Focus on simpler tasks like painting, trim work, or installing flooring to save on labor costs. If you get a barndominium kit, you may also be able to DIY the shell of the building if you have the skills. 
  • Material Selection: Explore cost-effective alternatives for materials. Opt for “builder-grade” finishes for less frequented areas, and consider reclaimed or recycled materials and wood for a unique touch without breaking the bank.
  • Barndominium Kits: Prefabricated barndominium kits offer a budget-friendly option. These kits typically include interior and exterior steel framing, metal siding, metal roof, windows, and exterior doors. These kits can save both time and money by bundling the needed materials together.

steel building

Finding the Right Funding

If you are choosing to go with a lender for financing your barndominium build, it’s important to find a loan that works for you. Shop around and compare what different lending institutions have to offer. Important things to compare between loans are interest rates, loan options, and terms.

If you run into issues trying to get financing for your barndominium, consider finding a lending institution with barndominium experts on their staff. Some institutions are still unfamiliar with barndominiums and may not offer lending for them yet.

Long-Term Savings

  • Energy Efficiency: Investing in energy-efficient features like proper insulation, high-performance windows, and energy-saving appliances can significantly reduce your utility bills over time. If you’re unsure what appliances are energy efficient, you can check websites like Energy Star that can list some options.
  • DIY Maintenance: Learn basic maintenance tasks like air filter changes and system checks. Tackling these yourself can save on service call fees in the long run. If you aren’t confident in your abilities to carry out these tasks, consider finding trusted guides online to help guide you.

Building a barndominium on a budget is absolutely achievable. By implementing these smart strategies, you can transform your dream home into a reality without sacrificing quality or functionality. Remember, a little planning and resourcefulness can go a long way in creating your perfect barndominium haven.

Brianna Euler
Brianna Euler
From a young age, Brianna has had an interest in reading, writing, and nature. When she isn't researching or writing for her own enjoyment, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her two dogs.
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We are super excited with results and service. Tony offered really helpful suggestions. Our dream build was pretty complicated but he and his designer were able to meet our needs.

James B

Recent Client