What Is a Barndominium?

A Barndominium, or Barndo, is essentially a barn that either includes or has been converted into a living space. The term itself is a combination of the words “barn” and “condominium”.

The television show Fixer Upper created much excitement when they remodeled a barndominium on their show in 2016. Since then, Barndominiums have become extremely popular and the interest in these beautiful buildings has continued to increase over the past five years. Barndominiums have become one of the hottest trends in the home building industry across the United States.

Why are Barndominiums so popular?

Barndominiums are popular across Texas for a number of reasons. The first is that they are unique and beautiful buildings. They are easily customizable and very affordable to build and maintain. They are also generally energy efficient and have a short construction time. While luxury Barndominiums may take up to six months to build, a basic metal Barndominium can be built very quickly. All of these things plus their durability make them ideal for many homeowners.

Due to Covid-19, many homeowners in Dallas Forth Worth area are moving from urban to rural areas and need the flexibility offered by a Barndominium. With the ability to customize and design the space, barndominiums are an excellent option for people who may need to study or work from home.

What are Barndominiums made of?

Early on Barndominiums were simple, metal structures that included a living space and an open interior that could be used for a variety of purposes – a barn, a workshop, a storage area or any number of other purposes. While these metal structures are still very popular, the market has expanded to include luxury Barndominiums that can be made from metal or wood. These luxury Barndominiums combine the benefits of a barn’s open space with the comfort of a luxurious condominium. For some examples of luxury Barndominiums, check out our partners at Barn Pros.

What are barndominium kits?

Barndominium kits are predesigned plans and materials that are available to purchase from a number of manufacturers. Clients are able to look at a number of plans, determine which option is best for them and purchase the supplies from the manufacturer. While some people choose to put together the kits themselves this is generally not recommended unless the client is an experienced builder.

How much does a Barndominium cost?

There are a number of variables when it comes to figuring out the cost to build a Barndominium. Some of the variables include the type of materials, whether or not a kit is used and the size of the Barndominium. Most Barndominiums are between 1,000 – 4,000 square feet.

According to Home Advisor, a ballpark range for a basic metal Barndominium can be from $30,000 to $120,000. The cost will vary if you hire a builder or do it yourself. With the estimated $30-$40 per square foot, Barndominiums are a much less expensive option than other methods of construction.

What can I do with a Barndominium?

The uses for a Barndominium are virtually limitless. We have worked with clients who have built Barndominiums for an equestrian center, a personal home, a guesthouse, an AirBnb and many other purposes. Other uses include using Barndominiums as wedding venues, churches, retreat centers, vacation homes, workshops, garages and storage areas. These are just a few examples, but Barndominiums can be used in many other ways.


A Barndominium is a beautiful and extremely versatile style of home. At Payne Acres we have extensive building experience in the North Texas area. We would be glad to help you build your dream home if you live anywhere near the Dallas-Forth Worth area, contact us online to schedule an appointment or call us at (469) 202-5456.