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The Benefits of Living in a Barndominium

If you’re looking into building a house, you’re likely weighing your options carefully. Barndominiums are a top choice due to their many benefits. Keep reading to see a few of the reasons why people are choosing barndominiums over traditional homes.

Flexibility and Customizability

Barndominiums are known for their ease of customization and flexible designs. When looking for the perfect plans, it’s easy to customize pre-designed barndominium plans due to their open layout and square shape. Things like adding rooms, extending the porch, and more are simple with barndominiums.

Barndominiums are also easy to personalize. While people may initially think they’re meant for rural areas and are going to look “country,” that’s often not the case. While you can certainly style a barndominium that way, it’s more common to see them styled as sleek and modern. The ability for barndominiums to mirror your vision sets them apart from the majority of traditional homes.

Use of Space

With the expansive great rooms often found in barndominium plans, you can easily use it as the living room and dining room, but you can also use it for other uses, such as an office or library. Dual purpose spaces are commonplace amongst barndominiums and are a large part of the appeal. Open concept barndominiums allow for this easy transition of spaces, especially if they include lofts.

The lofts often found in barndominiums offer another great space that can be utilized in various ways. From a sitting area to an office, it’s easy to find a use for these spaces. Some lofts are even large enough to be used as second living rooms. Regardless of the primary use, it’s easy to transition between uses when you want.

great room with loft overhead and French doors leading out to porch


Barndominiums are known for their durability. The metal siding and roofing are a large factor in this. During and after a storm, you’re less likely to see damage to the roof or siding than you would be with traditional siding or roof materials. This also equates to lower maintenance costs.

Another aspect that factors into the durability of a barndominium is if you choose to build using steel. There are many benefits to building with steel, especially where durability is concerned. Steel is naturally sturdier than wood, making it ideal for those seeking a feeling of safety. Many people from Florida choose to go with steel because of the durability, which is better able to withstand a hurricane than a traditional house can.

Not only is steel naturally sturdier than lumber, it also has the added benefit of being non-combustible. Should a fire occur in your barndominium, the steel can withstand the heat for longer and at higher temperatures than lumber can. Steel also doesn’t have to deal with wood rot, further adding to the durability of your barndominium.

barndominium being built

Energy Efficiency

Another one of the many benefits of living in a barndominium is that you’ll see lower utility bills. This is due to barndominiums naturally supporting energy efficiency. The open concept of barndominium plans allows for greater air flow. This allows the heat to circulate during the cold weather and the cool air to circulate during hot weather.

Barndominiums are also typically designed with more windows than a traditional house. This allows you to rely less on electrical lighting and instead get more natural lighting. The sunlight can also help keep your barndominium warm during the cold weather, further aiding in energy efficiency. 

black barndominium with wraparound porch

While some people may not see these factors as benefits or see them as less important, they are very alluring to many. Many of the above benefits will be dependent on what the buyer wants out of their barndominium, such as if they want an open layout or not. Regardless of what you choose in the end, there’s no denying that the benefits of living in a barndominium make them a force to be reckoned with.

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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