When you read the word ‘barn’ what kind of images that pop in your mind? Is it a village? Is it a simple building made of woods?
It is a contrast of what a condominium is: urban, made of concrete and complex. And yet, barndominium exists. Do you know what a barndominium is?
If you don’t, you will soon. Below, we will tell you several things you should know about barndominium. We will also include some barndominium floor plans as well in case you are interested to build one.
What is a Barndominium
Let’s start with the name. Barndominium comes from ‘barn’ and ‘condominium.’ as the name implies, it is a combination of both. It is an interesting and unique combination of two opposing worlds.
Basically, a barndominium is a barn with its inside remodeled. In most cases, the inside just looks like the interior of a condominium.
That being said, a barndominium is not limited to that kind of design, though. Some owners also transform their barndominium into a garage, a shop, a meeting center, and even a church.
The trend of barndominium started back in 2016. There are three main reasons why barndominium has become increasingly popular even today. These are the reasons why:
- It is inexpensive and affordable.
- It still requires maintenance but not as much as a house or condominium requires.
- It is relatively efficient in energy consumption compared to a conventional house
What You Can Do with a Barndominium
Although barndominium comes from ‘barn’ + ‘condominium’ it doesn’t have to be limited to housing functions only. On the contrary, barndominium can serve multiple purposes depending on the owner’s needs and wants.
Alright, so what kind of purposes a barndominium can serve? Think of barndominium as renovating an old house (or, in this case, it is a barn rather than an old house) so that it can look more sophisticated and stylish.
Again, with barndominium, you have a lot of options besides housing. Here are some examples of purposes a barndominium can serve.
- A garage or a shop with large enough space to be used as living quarters.
- A meeting or co-working space.
- An entertainment area, where you can spend your time with your family members, closest friends, colleagues as well as associates.
- A church (or any other praying place, for that matter).
As you can see, there are multiple ways you can utilize a barndominium. Now, the question is, can you bring amenities that are common in a house to this repurposed barn? Yes, you can.
You can bring amenities such as air conditioners, showers, hot tubs, ceiling fans, hardwood floors, and even granite countertops into the barndominium.
Some amenities, such as showers are a must. This is especially true if you are planning to stay in the barndominium for a while. Air conditioning units and ceiling fans are a must as well.
They will help you withstand the heat of summer. Hardwood floors and hot tubs are luxuries to have. They are great additions albeit not as important as showers, air conditioner, and ceiling fans.
Building a Barndominium
Is it hard to build one? Not necessarily. There are many barndominium builders who can help you build one for you. What about the cost?
Building a barndominium is relatively affordable and even more economical compared to a conventional house. Not only that, a barndominium also offers spacious living quarters, which is another good reason to build a barndominium.
In general, barndominiums are built in areas where there are greeneries. Although it is not a must, it is certainly a nice thing to have. What is a must? You must have a floor plan.
A floor plan is necessary as it is the draft of how the inside of a barndominium will look like. It can also serve as a guide on how you can utilize the available space. So, before you build a barndominium, be sure that you have at least a floor plan beforehand.
Barndominium Floor Plans
In case you are interested in building a barndominium but don’t have any floor plan at the moment, you can read ours below. We listed some floor plans that are commonly used to build barndominiums. We include the sizes of the barndominiums as well to help you get a picture of it. Let’s see the floor plans now.
Barndominium with 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom
As we have said earlier, a barndominium can serve various purposes. If your purpose is to create a place to spend your weekend retreat, a barndominium with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom is the best option.
A 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom floor plan is the simplest floor plan and therefore, the most affordable. A barndominium with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom is a great place to spend time for a small family or bachelors.
This is especially true if the barndominium is built in the rural area, which makes it a perfect escape from daily routine.
Suitable sizes: 336 sq. ft. (14 x 24 feet); 525 sq. ft. (25 x 21 feet); 600 sq. ft. (30 x 20 feet); 700 sq. ft. (35 x 20 feet)
Barndominium with 2 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom
Do you want to spend your honeymoon in private in a barndominium? If you do, this floor plan is your best option. This floor plan is a great option for a small family, including newly married ones.
Unlike the first example, a barndominium with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom floor plan is suitable for living. Besides two bedrooms and one bathroom, there is enough space for one living room, one kitchen, and one dining room.
That being said, the barndominium may not have enough room in case guests visit and stay for the night.
Suitable sizes: 800 sq. ft. (40 x 20 feet); 900 sq. ft. (30 x 30 feet); 1,000 sq. ft. (50 x 20 feet); 1,050 sq. ft. (35 x 30 feet).
Barndominium with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
This floor plan is suitable for a married couple with children. Besides two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a barndominium with this floor plan typically has enough spaces. You can add a one living room, one kitchen, one dining room, and plenty of room left for anything you want.
You can use the remaining space for the children’s playground, for example. The barndominium will also have enough space in case guests visit and stay for the night.
Suitable sizes: 1,200 sq. ft. (30 x 40 feet); 1,200 sq. ft. (40 x 30 feet); 1,400 sq. ft. (35 x 40 feet).
Barndominium with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
This floor plan is for those who want to stay at their barndominium with several family members or friends. In this floor plan, there are three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, making it suitable living quarters for several people.
As for the remaining space, it can be turned into a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, and even a garage. A barndominium of this size needs a storage room, so you may want to consider building it.
Suitable sizes: 1,500 sq. ft. (50 x 30 feet); 1,750 sq. ft. (35 x 50 feet); 1,800 sq. ft. (30 x 60 feet); 2,100 sq. ft. (35 x 60 feet).
Barndominium with 4 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
A barndominium with four bedrooms and two bathrooms is suitable as a permanent living space as well as a place for temporary retreat. This is an ideal option if you want a large storage room in which you store your things.
Suitable sizes: 2.000 sq. ft. (40 x 50 feet); 2,000 sq. ft. (50 x 40 feet); 2,500 sq. ft. (50 x 50 feet).
Barndominium with 5 Bedrooms and 2 or More Bathrooms
The larger the barndominium is, the more options you have. In this case, a barndominium this large will have enough space for a shop or a garage. Since there are five bedrooms, you don’t have to worry about providing comfortable living quarters for your family members and/or friends who come to visit and stay for the night.
Suitable sizes: 2,400 sq. ft. (40 x 60 feet); 3,000 sq. ft. (50 x 60 feet).
These are the things you should know about barndominium. What do you think? Are you interested in building your own barndominium?
If so, good luck to you. Building a barndominium is not as difficult as it may seem at first. In case you face difficulty, you can always consult with barndominium builders to help you in your building project.
As for the floor plans, you can use the floor plans we include above as you may see fit. Do note that the barn you purchase may not have the exact size as the floor plans.
In that case, you can be creative with it. Adding your own personal touches in the floor plan is always a good idea, too.
Also, barndominium builders typically have barndominium floor plans prepared. Again, consult with them about the floor plans. You can use their floor plan or you can use your own floor plan.
That’s up to you to decide. Just be sure that you consult with them beforehand. Consult what you want, what you need in your own barndominium plan before the building process starts.