Housing costs are on the rise and show no signs of slowing down. As the demand for affordable housing climbs, many people are looking to alternative housing options–including steel barndominiums.
But what is a barndominium–and how much does it cost to build one? This helpful guide will give you information about this versatile, cost-effective housing option.
When you’re ready to learn more, or you want to start a customized quote, reach out to the experts at Titan Steel Structures. We’re happy to answer your questions and discuss the details of your project.
What is a Barndominium?
A barndominium is a metal structure that contains living spaces and, often, a shop or garage. Barndominiums offer the comforts of home and the convenience of additional space that can be used for storage, production, or other purposes. Some barndominiums are even customized to have stables, making it the perfect option for people who have horses.
In the past, barndominiums were homes converted from actual barns. But modern barndominiums are often built from the ground up, making them ultimately customizable and versatile housing options.
So, what does the interior of a barndominium looks like? While some might imagine the inside of a barn to be rustic or primitive, barndominiums are quite the opposite. Imagine large, open floor plans, towering vaulted ceilings, and luxurious design options. Other luxurious amenities include:
- Beautiful, spa-like bathrooms
- Large pantries
- Hardwood floor and tiling
- Huge, luxurious bedrooms
- Spacious living rooms
- Luxurious cabinets
- Marble or granite countertops
A barndominium embraces the popular farmhouse style both inside and out while offering the contemporary comforts people want.
While most barndominiums require a rectangular foundation, floorplans are customizable, allowing you to create exactly the interior spaces you and your family need.
Is a Barndominium Right For Me?
More and more people are choosing to build a barndominium because of the many benefits they have over other traditional construction options. Some of the benefits of barndominiums include:
- Lower costs
- Quick construction
- Flexible floor plans
- Easy to maintain
- Lower associated taxes and insurance costs
- Build a larger home for less–and in less time
Barndominiums are not only more affordable and easier to maintain than other housing options, they are also energy efficient. Some of the features that will reduce your environmental impact include:
- A variety of insulation options
- Energy efficient windows
- Fewer costly, wasteful repairs and less maintenance
Barndominiums let people get creative with their living space while offering endless ways to customize the interior of their homes. Soaring vaulted ceilings, a wide range of flooring options, and all the rustic touches of the modern farmhouse look will make sure your home is not only functional, but beautiful as well.
Barndominiums are popular across a wide range of people. Barndominiums are endlessly usable. In addition to providing beautiful, functional living spaces, barndominiums can also be used as:
- Retail spaces
- Business offices
- Meeting spaces
- Entertainment spaces
- Sports facilities
Whether you need a gorgeous home or another type of usable space, a steel barndominium can meet your needs– and exceed your expectations.
The Steps of Building a Barndominium
When building a barndominium, you will need guidance from a team of construction experts. At Titan Steel, our knowledgeable team will guide you through each step of construction.
Generally, these are the steps you must take to build a barndominium:
- Buy land for your barndominium
- Consider zoning restrictions
- Learn about local taxes
- Set up local utilities
- Choose or create your floorplan
- Choose customizations
- Hire a contractor or build the barndominium yourself
Most people hire a contractor to construct their barndominium to ensure the work is done safely and correctly. The amount of work you choose to do will depend on your knowledge, ability, and comfort with construction.
How Much Does it Cost to Build a Steel Barndominium?
When thinking about building a new home, the cost is likely at the front of your mind. With housing costs on the rise, many are looking for new construction methods that can give you exactly the home you want without the hefty price tag.
So, how much do barndominiums cost? The answer is: it depends. Generally, a new build barndominium costs between $95 and $125 per square foot. But this price is affected by several factors. Let’s break it down.
First, you’ll need to consider how much of the construction you’ll do yourself. Hiring a general contractor is the most costly option. Going this route is likely to nudge costs toward $125 an hour–or more.
But those who can handle most of the construction themselves can save a lot of money. In fact, some people who manage the construction independently report spending as little as $30 per square foot to build their barndominium.
How does this price compare to traditional builds? A conventional, average-sized home generally begins at around $145 per square foot. Compared to even the high end of the cost of building a barndominium, it’s easy to see the appeal of building a barndominium.
A more affordable route is to choose a pre-engineered metal building for your barndominium. The cost per square foot for prefab metal building(s) on average is between $25 and $30 for non-complex designs, a much lower price than other options.
Typically, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30,000 to $125,000 for a new barndominium. To compare, most traditional house builds start at $125,000 and get more expensive as you add to the build.
Steel Barndominium Costs Vary
The cost of steel building kits for barndominiums can vary based on a variety of factors, including:
- Construction costs
- Insulation, electrical wiring, ventilation, and other additional features
- Location of the build
Customization options can improve the functionality of your barndominium but also add to the overall cost of the project. These include things like:
- Premium paint colors
- Ventilation systems
- Weather-resistant coating
The best way to get an accurate idea of how much your steel barndominium will cost is to contact our representatives at Titan Steel Structures for a free price quote today.
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Ready to get a customized quote for your barndominium or steel residential building? Contact the Titan Steel Structures team now to learn more about this affordable, adaptable housing option.