With housing prices and maintenance costs skyrocketing, people are turning to alternative houses for daily living. The trend of converting a barn into a residential home or building a new barn house is increasing in popularity because of the overall lower cost, the high customization, and the eco-friendly nature of barn houses.
There are many benefits to “barndominiums” that can be appealing for those looking to cut costs and live a simpler yet stylish life. Here are the top seven reasons why barn living is unexpectedly luxurious and eco-friendly.
Lower Cost of Barn Conversions and New Builds
Because barns are their own structure, the cost of converting a barn into a home or a new barn home build can be significantly less than building a new traditional residential home. A big factor in the lower cost of a barn conversion is that barns can be much larger than a traditional residential home, so the cost per square foot to do a barn conversion can be significantly less. For example, a 5,000-square-foot pole barn house starts at only $250,000 to build.
Decreased Cost Over Time
Along with a lower upfront cost for a barn home, there is also a decreased cost over time as well. There will be overall lower utilities due to single plumbing and electric sources, lower taxes, lower insurance costs, and lower ongoing maintenance costs. As long as you get the proper local paperwork to do your barn home, you can expect significantly lower costs in the long run.
Besides the lower cost, one of the biggest benefits of living in a barn is that it’s highly customizable. Just because you’re living in a barn home doesn’t mean it can’t be as elegant and luxurious as a traditional residential house. Let your creativity flow as you design your ideal luxury barn house where you have full customization and control. A barn is already a unique living space, so choosing an elegant interior style of your new barn home adds to the charm and one-of-a-kind element to it.
The inherent structure of a barn is much more simplistic than a traditional residential house, which equals lower maintenance over time. For example, you will save yourself from dealing with the maintenance of paint, roof tiles or shingles, siding, bricks, and expensive flooring. If you’re looking for a minimalistic living space that requires the least amount of maintenance, a barn home is the perfect solution.
Eco-Friendly and Sustainable
Barn houses are extremely eco-friendly. Choose local sustainable materials for your conversion or build, then add eco-friendly touches such as solar power, large windows, fans, and skylights. The concrete floors that come with barns also act as a natural temperature regulator year-round which saves on heating and cooling costs.
Protection from the Natural Environment
Because a barn house is mainly constructed from metal and steel, these types of building materials are automatically immune to the natural environment. Mold, rot, pests, mildew, and fire are just some natural elements that a barn house is protected from. This increases the overall safety of the structure and more peace of mind.
Work and Live in the Same Place
Many people who have to work outdoors or work in a barn choose to convert a barn into a house so that they can work and live in the same space. This cuts down on the cost of needing two separate spaces for work and living. It also puts everything in one place and under one roof so all of the cost and maintenance associated with upkeep both work and home spaces are greatly reduced. Or if your hobby requires the use of a barn, you can have your passion always alongside you when living in a barn home.
Barn life is one that’s unexpected yet richly rewarding. The experience of living in a barn as a residential space is unique, cost-efficient, and lets you be in control.