There is a new trend of houses that’s living up to the country dream we all wish we could have. Recently, the farmhouse styled homes have been a very popular topic over the years. However, barndominiums are starting to make an impact and they might just be the next big housing trend. People are obsessing about converting old rickety barns into livable, beautiful, and rustic homes.
You might think that a barn is the ugliest thing you could convert into a house. You’re completely right, which is why it takes a lot of work making these barns look the way they do. Once they are completely refurbished, however, barndominiums can be a true sight to behold. They are also some of the most sustainable homes that you could live in.
Thanks to a company that is based in Pleasanton, Texas, they offer Friday tours for potential buyers that are interested in their own barndominium. However, there are some requirements in order for you be a viable candidate. Customers must own at least 10 acres of land in order to obtain financing. Loan institutions might reject potential buyers otherwise. (1)
They also offer customers who do plan on purchasing a barndominium a multitude of refurbishment services. These include:
- Inside Framing
- AC unit
- Tape and Floating, Texture
- Paint, Trim Work
- Interior Doors, Stain Floors
- Hot-Water Heater
- Kitchen Cabinet
- Counter Tops
- Light Fixtures
- Ceiling Fans
- Toilet Accessories
The only things that you might have to consider are the septic, water well, appliances, and outside electrical service. (1)
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Never The Same Style!
Barndominiums usually feature a grambel roof, open concept floor plan, and a rustic aesthetic reminiscent of repurposed pole barns converted into living spaces. Of course, there are a variety of different kinds of barns out there. If you go to architecturaldesigns.com, you can take a look at some of the examples that already exist.
One in particular looks as if it’s been converted into a church! Another one even has a second level deck and balcony you can walk up. One of the barndominiums is three stories high and has a wrap-around deck that goes around the second story. Most of them have massive open living rooms and other spaces to explore. Extremely high ceilings, massive garage, and endless potential for decorating. There are so many stunning designs that it makes it really hard to decide on which one to live in! (2)
As you can see from the photos, barndominiums come in all shapes and sizes. There are some that are the barn by itself and others have the barn tied together to the main house structure. These designs are so elaborate that you’ll find yourself exploring every single listing for hours.
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Maintaining A Barndominium
Although barndominiums are somewhat intimidating based on size alone, they actually aren’t that hard to maintain. In fact, these structures are some of the most sustainable buildings and don’t require a lot of hands-on work. Of course, there are always other features you can in later if need be.
Aside from being very affordable, energy-efficient, and requiring very little maintenance, each barndominium comes with standard features. This includes energy-efficient windows, engineered concrete slab, stained concrete floors, spray foam insulation, PEX plumbing, as well as 9’ ceilings. Of course, floor plans vary from place to place, but these features can be found in most if not all designs. (1)
Barndominiums are the ideal homes for those that have had a long time western fantasy they’ve wanted to fulfill. Many who do purchase one often go for the ultimate rustic country aesthetic. Staining the floors, installing partition walls, and adding roof extensions. Although these come at an extra cost, it’s definitely more than worth it to make this country dream come true.
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