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Less Red Tape For Oklahoma Barndominium Builders

Building a standard 2,500 Sq Ft Barndo in Oklahoma – What to Budget

As Oklahoma emerges as a new frontier for barndominium living, with owners transforming classic barns and sheds into stunning modern homes, a key question arises regarding investment: how much should owners reasonably expect to spend constructing a spacious 2,500 sq ft barndominium from permit to move-in day in the Sooner State?

Total Project Investment Overview:

Based on 2021 construction data from the Oklahoma Builder’s Association benchmarking brand new single family homes, building a turnkey barndominium residence averaging 2,500 sq ft normally runs between $140,000 – $220,000. However, costs do vary wildly depending on factors like location, finishes, complexity and property traits you could easily find yourself at either end of that price spectrum in no time.

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Below is a rough cost breakdown for the major project phases:

• Structure Reinforcement/Repairs$28,000
Foundation Slab & Anchoring – $19,500
Complete Framing Package$43,500
All Exterior Finishes (roofing, siding etc) – $35,000
Full Electric Components & Labor – $24,000
Plumbing System with Fixtures – $19,000
HVAC System & Appliances$17,900
Insulation & Drywall Materials + Labor$21,900
• All Flooring Selection & Installation – $17,600
• Cabinetry/Countertops (Mid-Range Quality)$26,500
• All Final Fixtures, Paint & Hardware – $45,000
Misc Supplies/Fees (10% buffer) – $25,000


At approximately $100 per sq ft all-in, Oklahoma barndos come in tens of thousands of dollars below equivalently sized custom homes in other states. Midwest builder familiarity with rural construction jobs helps to streamline the journey versus coastal regions with less agricultural precedent.

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Oklahoma Building Codes Help Streamline Barndominium Work

Compared to other states, Oklahoma imposes relatively minimal red tape regarding construction norms, permitting issues or inspection protocols – especially for rural builds. Pre-existing familiarity with agricultural outbuildings becoming unconventional dwellings greases the wheels. Reasonably builder-friendly codes and oversight help explain the state’s rising barndo popularity.

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Of course with savvy design and material choices, 2,500 sq ft barndos can manifest for much less. But when balancing dream finishes and essential functionality, Oklahoma continues offering a premier value proposition for one-of-a-kind barn-to-home living!

Aaron Scott
Aaron Scott
Aaron Scott is a freelance writer and researcher that has written hundreds of articles for online companies in the area of construction, design, finance and automotive. He's a Southern boy that enjoys creek fishing, hunting and camping. He's rarely seen without his trusted beagle hound "Scooter"
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