Individuals looking for beautiful and affordable homes with a touch of country will not go wrong with Barndominiums or “barndos.” They are buildings made from prefabricated steel and metal, making them popular for people who are conscious of buying homes that are more environmental-friendly because of its energy-saving capacity. These versatile and cost-effective homes originated from residential loft areas that farmers and caretakers built above their working barn. Barndominiums are gaining more and more attention in real estate with model homes that have been featured in vacation areas and luxury homes built in the backdrop of ranchlands and vineyards. Remodeling barndominiums have also been the attention in interior design shows and social media.
Advantages of Barndominiums
One advantage of having a bardominium for your home is its versatility – in that it is flexible to be built on sprawling estates or for a small and cozy home for one. The barndominium can be built and styled according to your preferences. The barndos can serve as both an office area or a residence. With the cost of materials and their versatility, it is easier to modify and remodel barndominiums. Outdoorsy individuals can install a deck around the house if they wish. Another, in comparison to building traditional homes, barndominiums can be less costly, especially if aspiring homeowners opt for a kit which can cut costs to half in comparison to selecting materials yourself. Buying the metal for the structure with the accompanying finishing and slab commissioning costs around $80 to $90 for each square foot, while purchasing the materials alone cost $20 per square foot.
Unlike traditional homes, with the materials used for barndominiums, homes can be more long-lasting and need only minimal maintenance. For one, the metal exterior of the house serves as greater protection from natural elements, in addition to it not being combustible. In addition to fewer costs in applying for home insurance, the metal of your barndo will not attract the usual pests, nor will it be susceptible to rotting.
Decorating your Barndo Home
The interior space of barndominiums is limited only by the homeowner’s imagination. The layout of barndos and their accompanying interior furnishing are easily customizable. Although some areas like the kitchen and bathrooms have to be in some regions of the house because of plumbing and utility needs. The concept of barndominiums as homes are tied up with these buildings having large, open spaces with a usual loft on the areas above. To maximize the open space, wrap-around decks, large windows, and wide doors could emphasize further the spaciousness of barndos. However, if homeowners want to tie up the open spaces together, they could do so through tasteful interior decorating.
Large and comfortable-looking furniture is suggested for barndo owners as they can make the spacious interior look complete without the need for overaccessorizing. Grouping furniture can also be an excellent way to distinguish the different areas of the house in your interior living space. Colors can also be used to identify the various “rooms” in the barndo. For example, the use of large, colorful furniture like sofas can define the boundaries of the areas in the house. Also, grouped furniture with a particular color palette can tie the area more together.