With Barndominiums you get more for your money!

  • Affordable
  • Energy Efficient
  • Low Maintenance (for the metal barn homes)


There are lots of things to consider and things to learn that do not apply to conventional home building.  There are also many options to consider before beginning.  (You might want a hookup for that future RV you will park in your shop).

Barndominiums can be as custom as any custom home, but you get more for your dollar and with a much faster construction time.  How long does it take to build a Barndominium?  We know builders who complete the project in 6 months so check with your local builder and talk to their previous customers.

The construction time for a Barndominium is often much quicker because the barn portion of the home can be complete in a week or two.   This creates a dry space for the framers to do the build-out of your living area.

The Barndominium building process consists of three major areas:


  1. Slab (Concrete Foundation)
  2. Shell Building Construction
  3. Living Area build out


You will want to plan ahead and include plumbing in the shop area before pouring the slab for things like an RV hook up for that future motorhome.  How about a 50 Amp electrical plug for a welder?  Your climate will determine where you place your water tank and how deep you need to have your water lines.

Your Barndominium starts off with nothing more than an open piece of ground.  When placing your Barndominium on your property think about the orientation of your building… do you want to catch the winter sun or avoid the summer sun as much as possible?  How about laying it out for the views of your property… and maybe to avoid the view of what the neighbors may do in the future.

Pad for the Barndominium

Here we see the Barndominium slab forms in place.

Barndominium slab forms are in place.

Plumbing for your Barndominium plumbing is put in the ground.

Barndominium plumbing is in the ground.

Plumbing completed….

Barndominium plumbing

There are many things to consider when pouring the slab including thickened areas to support column loads for your structure and depth of the slab edge to avoid heaving from frost.  Other items include tin ledges, lower areas for non living space and any future water or plumbing you might want for the motor home or future shop bathroom.  This corner is for a porch and it will be lower than the rest of the slab to keep rain from seeping into the Barndominium.

Barndominium rebar is in place.

Having an engineered slab for your Barndominium based on a soil samples test is best.  And letting the slab company know if you plan to have heavy machinery or lifts to help them pour you a slab that will meet your needs.  Here you can see the slab has been poured and in the process of curing.

Barndominium slab framing

This Barndominium is using a weld together pole barn for the metal building exterior structure.  Weld together buildings provide a lot of flexibility as well as thinner exterior walls in many cases.  You can see they start with the exterior columns.

Pole barn barndominium poles

The barrel roof trusses are going up.  Barrel roof buildings (also know as Continuous) may not be available in your area, but if they are you should consider them because they eliminate peaks which can leak.

Pole barn barndominium trusses going up

The columns and trusses are erected here.  This Barndominium has a lean to on the right side where the living area is and the shop area in the barn section to the left. When looking at the cost of your building often a lean-to will provide more covered area for less than the price per sq ft for the main building.  You can use this lean to for living space, shop space or outdoor covered space such as a porch or parking area.

Barndominium Exoskeleton

Exterior metal siding is being installed here, the roof will be next.  Once the roof is on, if you have a shop area, you have a dry area for some building materials, which helps remove weather delays.

Barndominium ready for the roof

Most Barndominiums include an attached shop area, which has a larger fire risk, due to cars and other flammables like gasoline and diesel stored in them.  You will you want a separating wall to isolate the two areas.  There are several reasons you would want a separating wall; Safety of you and your family is the biggest reason!  Per building code, any garage that is attached to a home is supposed to be separated from the living space with a fire rated wall.  In this Barndominium, they used metal siding with all openings caulked.

Barndominium with the interior wall.

All exterior metal roof and wall panels are complete.  With this Barndominium the owner choose to have some of the exterior walls framed out, hence the missing exterior walls.

Barndominium with metal skin

Lumber delivered for the Barndominium build out.

Lumber for the barndominium build out.

Framing for the exterior walls is shown here.  The framing for a Barndominium is quicker because there is no roof to be installed by the framers, only walls and ceilings.

Barndominium Wall Framing

Next up is interior wall framing, this project was using 2x4 wood studs.  Electrical installation quickly follows the framing.

Barndominium framing and electrical in conduit

Here is framing to support a tub, along with a glass block window to provide natural light while retaining privacy.

Barndominium bath framing and glass block window

Insulation is places between framing for both energy efficiency and cutting down on sound transfer.

Barndominum framing, insulation and electrical

You can have most any kind of siding on your Barndominium. Choices include Metal, Brick, Rock, and fiber cement siding (hardy plank) to name a few.  This owner went with vertical ribbed metal siding on top with horizontal fiber cement board below.  You can also see the covered porch area provided with this design.

Barndominium porch building in pole barn with leanto