Have you been looking at tiny houses, but feel you need more space? Say you have a business that needs a shop or you are on a farm that needs room for animals and space to store equipment. Tiny houses and extra outbuildings may not cut it. This is where the barndominium may come into play.
A barndominium is a larger barn or shop with an attached apartment.A barndominium or barn home is essentially a barn or shop built in conjunction with small living quarters. Usually the barn or shop is on the bottom floor and the living spaces are on the top floor. However, the structures can be single story and the living space is directly attached to the barn. It’s essentially a larger, workable space with an apartment attached. This choice can keep building and infrastructure costs down while offering a smaller lifestyle.
This barndominium on VRBO has a large shop behind the spacious living area.
According to the website Low Cost Land, these types of buildings have been growing in popularity in the past few years. Especially in places such as Texas where there are fewer building and zoning regulations. A barndominium can be as small as 1,000 square feet and go up to as much as 3,000 square feet.
Some barndominiums have open living areas with quick access to the “barn”.
Some have small, simple living spaces similar to apartments.
Barndominiums can be constructed as a steel or wood building. They usually have metal roofs and look traditionally like a barn. They can also be constructed from kits or as shells by companies such as Rau Builders in Texas.
Some even look like tiny houses tucked into an impressive shop.
Low Cost Land adds that a complete barn house build can cost as low as $20 per square foot or as high as $85 per square foot. Basic shells come in at the lower end and include a slab, framing, plumbing, electrical stub outs, sinks, and showers. The owner can save money by completing the rest of the structure themselves.