The Barndominium Revolution: Redefining the Concept of Home Sweet Home
Barndominiums are trending! No doubt, if you're following designers or builders online you've heard this term. But what do you know about them?
Barndominiums, or "barndos" for short, have become a popular housing option for those looking for something unique, different, and fully customizable. Also sometimes referred to as a "shouse" (a metal structure that is used as both a shop and a house), barndominiums can be either converted or newly built metal structures, or they can be stick built, meaning they are built using traditional construction methods.
While barndominiums have a distinct exterior look, they are not built using a specific construction technique. Instead, the primary feature of a barndominium is its simple squared exterior, which minimizes expenses by reducing the number of jogs in the foundation and roof. Simpler foundation layout makes for a cost-effective and efficient building process.
Barndominiums are delightful not only because of their big inside spaces, but also the opportunity to use materials and/or industrial materials in unexpected ways. For example, metal wainscoting, polished concrete floors, and wood paneling on ceilings are popular design choices that can give a barndominium a unique and stylish look - blending industrial and rustic elements.
If the exterior of a barndominium is constructed using a metal or pole barn, it's important to note that none of the interior walls are load-bearing. This allows for greater freedom in wall placement and larger rooms, making a barndominium a great choice for those looking for an open and spacious living area.
In conclusion, a barndominium or shouse is a versatile and customizable housing option that offers a unique style and lower construction costs. With the freedom to incorporate industrial materials and design elements, a barndominium can be tailored to reflect the personality and style of its owner.