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What size barndominium can you Build with a $100k Budget


Crafting a Barndominium on a $100k Budget

To answer the title right out of the gate, A small one, With a budget of only $100k assuming you have property cleared prepped and ready you would most likely be looking at a 1000sqft barndominium or depending on the material you use maybe a sub 1000sqft dwelling. As barndominium popularity swells for families seeking unique modern farmhouse lifestyle homes, a recurring question soon follows among middle class builders weighing affordability – what reasonably sized barndo dwelling could I construct for my household with a total $100,000 project budget? Determining realistic scale expectations helps tailor the dream pragmatically.


white farmhouse with wraparound porch

Barndominium Size Cost Factors

While no universal precise converting equation exists between dollars and square footage due to fluctuating material expenses and regional labor rates, construction industry norms provide helpful ballparks. Based on recent barndo projects, build costs normally span:

• $100 – $125 per sq ft for more affordably finished barndos
• $125-$175 per sq ft for higher-end custom finishes

Applying those ranges to a $100k total spend would yield around:

• 800 – 1,000 sq ft on the most economical end
• 570 – 800 sq ft on the higher-end custom end

white barndominium on pond

Livable Design Accommodating Family of 4 Within $100k

When devising floorplans for a family of four (two parents, two kids) adequacy living inside an $100k barndominium, smartly apportioning square footage prioritizes:

• One master bedroom – 150 sq ft
• Two smaller bedrooms – 120 sq ft each
• One main bathroom – 60 sq ft
• Open kitchen/dining/living combo – 500 sq ft
• Total Footprint = 950 sq ft

I would recommend starting your Small Barndo journey at and take a quick look at their BM960 floor plan It’s right up the alley of a budget build.

black barndominium

This simplified single-story layout offers comfortable 3 bed/1 bath accommodation allowing prudent PSF upgrade splurges on appliances, finishes etc. Maximizing open communal areas and minimizing hallway footage amplifies perceived space too.

With pragmatic design selections, $100k gives hope for wonderfully livable 900-1,000 sq ft barndos in rural regions. The country life dream lives on even for median income families! Owners can later expand outbuildings or upward adding lofts/bonus spaces over time as budgets allow.

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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