For the past few years, people have been ruthlessly shedding the excess in
their lives to squeeze into a home smaller than a walk-in closet. Well, move
over tiny houses, millennials are trading their minimalist, cramped space for
the expansive lifestyle of the barndominium.
A barndominium is a play on words originally used to describe a living
space built inside a barn or auxiliary building primarily used to house
on-site employees. Over time, it morphed to include guest suites or rental
units over garages and now it incorporates a new design style.
Barndominiums typically are mixed-use structures, including either a
workshop, garage or other utility room.
Modern barndominiums use simple barn or industrial buildings and convert
them to spacious homes. Often these can be added to an existing
structure, but home builders have latched on to this growing trend with
building kits or quick-install prefabricated buildings. All incorporate wide
open spaces; a blank canvas for the homeowner to use in creating the
perfect home for their needs.
Merging farmhouse rustic with contemporary industrial style, these homes
offer big open rooms that often house living, dining, and kitchen areas.
Because there is minimal internal construction – few walls, open ceilings –
building costs are lower than traditional homes, making this an attractive
option for younger home buyers who don’t want to sacrifice style to save
Barndominiums bring the simplicity of an urban loft to the softer, rustic design of
an upscale farmhouse. After years of craving the simplicity of a tiny house,
modern homebuyers are finally taking the concept of an easy lifestyle but
enjoying the luxury of expansive living space.