How Much Does It Cost to Build a Barndominium?
$73,400 - $228,000
$73,400 - $228,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated March 18, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
A barndominium is a home with a steel frame that resembles a barn or an existing barn retrofitted to be a home. On average, barndominiums cost $225,600 to $288,000 for 2,400 square feet.
Total cost depends on size, how much of the work you do yourself, and the finishes you choose. You can design a basic barndominium or a luxurious home with a custom floor plan and wrap-around porch.
As you plan for your barndominium, know what factors to budget for. If you go with a barndominium kit, you’ll still need to factor in materials and services that go into finishing the interior. Here’s a breakdown of typical barndominium costs.
Barndominium kits range from $5,000 to $70,000, depending on the style and square footage. A 2,400-square-foot barndominium kit with a covered porch costs more than a standard 1,200-square-foot kit. Delivery fees range an additional 5% to 10% of the kit price.
Kits provide the outer shell or framing for the house. They come ready to store vehicles and other equipment, or for you to design your own home with a barndominium floor plan. You'll still need to finish the interior including any plumbing, electrical, appliances, and bedroom walls.
Expect to spend between $4,000 and $25,000 on any foundation costs, including excavation. Extra landscaping work to prevent flooding or adding a garage foundation can add to the price.
Permits usually range from $1,200 to $2,000, depending on requirements in your city or county. You need a building permit to add a new home to a property.
For most homes, building materials make up 50% of the total cost, but for barndominiums, that tends to be less. Steel framing costs less than wood framing, and the roof steel panels cost less than a shingled roof.
But you’ll still need to account for materials to finish the living space of your barndominium:
Drywall: $0.40–$0.65 per sq. ft.
Insulation: $0.50–$5 per sq. ft.
Flooring: $0.50–$15 per sq. ft.
Plumbing: $4.50 per sq. ft.
Staircase: $50–$100 per step
Painting: $25–$50 per 350 square feet
Doors: $40–$500 per door
Lumber: $1–$5 per sq. ft.
Electrical wiring: $6–$8 per ft.
If your lot needs a septic tank, expect to spend $3,200 to $9,500 on installation, depending on the type of system.
Budget for $6,000 to $16,000 if you want to upgrade your siding from the barndominium kit. You may wish to improve the exterior design or protect your home if you live in a harsher climate. Your siding upgrade costs depend on square footage and the material you choose.
To finish the inside of your barndominium, you’ll need pros to help you complete the job. Even if you do some of the work yourself, it’s best to hire out specialty pieces like plumbing and electrical to ensure your barndominium is safe and up to code. Labor prices depend on where you live, with metropolitan hotspots like New York often costing more than rural Texas.
General contractor costs: 10%–20% of total project cost
Architect rates: $125–$250 per hour
Engineers cost: $100–$200 per hour
Draftsperson costs: $50–$130 per hour
Interior designer fees: $50–$200 per hour
Landscape architect fees: $70–$150 per hour
Electrician rates: $5–-$100 per hour
Plumber costs: $45–$200 per hour
If you need to add utility services to your lot, expect to spend $1,000 to $30,000 depending on how close your new home is to the nearest city water lines and cable lines.
A barndominium costs $94 to $120 per square foot, depending on the finishes you choose and the cost of labor in your area. For comparison, building a house usually costs $100 to $200 per square foot.
Based on your living space needs and style, you may be able to create a beautiful three-bedroom home or a luxurious five-bedroom home with a second floor. Here are some estimates of what you can do with your budget:
A basic budget will let you build a standard 1,200-square-foot barndominium with a few upgraded finishes or appliances.
For this amount, you can create a 2,400-square-foot barndominium with builder-grade materials and finishes.
For this budget, enjoy higher-end finishes and an extra feature such as a covered porch for a 3,000-square-foot barndominium.
You can afford a luxurious 3,600-square-foot home with a wrap-around porch.
With this high budget, you’ll be able to design a high-end barndominium that boasts 4,200 square feet and an attached garage.
To build a barndominium yourself, you’ll need to budget for materials, permits, and tools to do the job. You’ll also need ample time and extensive building skills to complete aspects like a kitchen, interior walls, and flooring.
Even if you do some of the work yourself, you’ll want to hire out specialty jobs such as electrical, HVAC, and plumbing. You want to ensure your home meets building codes, structural requirements, and safety for you and your family.
Hiring a local general contractor can help ensure your barndominium meets code and sticks to a budget and timeline. General contractors can also arrange for subcontractors to do specialty work.
If you want to be a part of the building process and save on costs, you can do some of the finishing work yourself, such as installing flooring or painting walls.
Finishing your barndominium living space can save you anywhere from $20 to $200 per hour, but you must have the necessary skills and tools to do the work. In general, it’s better to hire out specialty jobs, such as a local plumber or licensed electrician near you to ensure quality and safety.
Barndominiums, especially if you buy a kit, are built in standard sizes. Here’s how much you can expect to pay based on the size of your home.
|30x40||1,200||$112,800 – $144,000|
|40x60||2,400||$225,600 – $288,000|
|40x75||3,000||$282,000 – $360,000|
|60x60||3,600||338,400 – $432,000|
|60x70||4,200||$394,800 – $504,000|
A barndominium offers a sturdy structure for your home at a lower cost than a traditional home. It also provides an open layout, high ceilings, and plenty of room for customization. Metal buildings tend to be longer-lasting than those with a wood frame and require less maintenance.
You should consider the layout, style, and design of a barndominium and if it would suit your needs. Hiring an architect or interior designer can help you create a functional home you love. You also want to consider hiring a general contractor who can manage the project, hire subcontractors, and keep you on budget.
It takes anywhere from 4 to 6 months or longer to build a barndominium with a finished living space. Timing depends on the size of your home, availability of materials, and contractor schedules.