What's a Barndo?

Dated: January 17 2023

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With an everchanging economy in the last few years more people are getting creative with their dwelling endeavors. You may have heard of people building anything from "tiny houses" to houses made from shipping containers (weird, I know, but impressive). My most recent facination is with what people are calling a "barndo". 

The barndo, short for barndominium, ranges anywhere in size that fits your needs. Generally you may actually get more square footage out of a barndo since the building costs are somewhat lower. If you don't mind trading in a traditional home style for something a bit unique then maybe a barndo is something to consider.

The interior of a barndo can be as luxurious or as simple as you'd like. The exterior can be basic to save on costs or you can splurge a bit to add beautiful features using a wood rich in color and texture. Creative window shape and placement can also be a great way to add a little finess to a barndo.

My research in barndos almost has me sold and ready to uproot from my traditional home in my favorite neighborhood. But I question whether or not the barndo's hold their value. When built correctly, I'd venture to say yes. The metal exterior holds up in inclement weather and is much easier to maintain compared to vinyl siding. Even better news, according to The Barndo Co, appraisals often come in higher than the cost to build.

With that said, where are the downsides? Cons to obtaining a barndo include the challenge to find financing. Technically a barndo is not a conventional home, however there may be Farm Credit Bureau lenders in your state that will finance one. A bit of a silver lining is you may have lower taxes and insurance costs. I've found a few webpages that were very informative, try  visiting https://www.farmbureau.mortgage or https://www.floridafarmbureau.org.

One other con to owning a barndo comes if/when you decide to sell. The list of buyers that would align with the tastes of a barndo is much shorter than a traditional home would have. If you do decide to go the barndo route, don't get too carried away with customizations. You'll want to be sure that your home can appeal to others in functionality and design.

There are so many more topics to explore in the barndo world. Feel free to comment with your findings, or better yet - experience!

 

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Roxanne Hayes

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