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Adventure in Living

Talking barndominiums with interior designer Rebecca Langman

It doesn’t take a specialist to agree that the housing market is a bit difficult to navigate right now. High prices and steep competition (while not always for the faint of heart) force us to engage beyond the everyday norm and seek innovation.

As if higher market values and competition weren’t enough, try finding land for building a new home within city limits as another obstacle to overcome. You end up with two immediate options: pay a premium for in-fill city acreage or build at the edge of city limits. If you’re like me and don’t mind adding a little commute in trade for saving money, you may find that outskirts acreage offers major benefits: space to spread out, beautiful views, and fewer covenant or HOA restrictions, but more importantly, freedom to innovate.

Enter the “barndominium” or “shop house.” These building choices are aptly named because they usually look like a large, rectangular utility building, a working barn, or a large enclosed shop area. However, hidden behind those exterior walls, either at one end or on a second floor, is a fully functioning house. The finishes can be as typical or atypical as you like. Your decor might even include a collection of vintage cars or a tinkerer’s workshop, both two steps away from your living room.

Innovation lives beyond just the practicality of these structures. They are often built like pole barns with different materials than a typical stick-build single family home. In the past, the metal framing for an out building was considered to be an upgrade, but with costs now being similar to lumber, it’s a logical choice. Material innovations also allow for increased durability, lower square footage cost, and luxury features beyond what might be available in a traditional home.

If you’re wondering how one can make a square building aesthetically pleasing inside, remember that the structure of a building like this is supported on the exterior walls. You’re free to create large and spacious open areas inside in addition to room placements wherever they may suit you.

Now is a great time to explore and be a little adventurous when it comes to your home. You can find information about basic barndominiums online and/or consult with a professional designer to create your own custom version.

Rebecca Langman

Owner & Lead Designer of Revision Custom Home Design