The barndominium craze that began a few years back has not faded, and we believe it’s here to stay! You’ve got to admit, there’s just a good old cozy, country feel when you view the many images of barndominiums posted on Pinterest and Instagram. Once you do a bit of research and discover the many benefits of choosing the “barndo” life, you’ll likely never look back.
Whether there’s an existing barn you dream of gutting and renovating into a charming living space, or if you discover one of the many pre-fab kits available to choose from, you are in for an amazing adventure. The sky is the limit when it comes to your creative ideas, and you can be as frugal or extravagant as you wish.
One of the best things you’ll discover about barndominiums, is their ability to save on building costs. Your building supplies may very well give you enough savings to justify splurging a bit on things you wouldn’t be able to squeeze into that budget if you were building a traditional home.
Not only can the construction save on cost, but your long-term energy and utility bills may surprise you, as well! With the ability to put in thick walls and still have plenty of open space, barndominiums offer a snug haven from blustery days and seasonal storms.
As with the planning of any new home, the cost of insurance is an important thing to consider. You may end up finding out that it will actually be cheaper to insure your barndo than it would be to insure a traditional home, but there are a few things to consider.
Your agent may want to know how far out in the boonies you plan to live. Will there be a local fire station nearby? How close will your home be to neighbors, or even other structures on your property? Will you be sharing the ample space your barndo provides with your business, equipment storage, or maybe your horses? Is all your plumbing and electric up to code?
These are some of the considerations you will want to discuss with your agent as you plan your new home.