Cost To Build A Barndominium

Building a barndominium is the perfect way to get the rustic country feel in your home while still having all of the comforts of modern living. The first step when building a barndominium is to select the right land and find an architect that can help you build your dream home.

The next step is to select materials for your house. There are many different types of materials that can be used, including wood, brick, and stone. You should also consider how much money you want to spend on your new home. If you want something simple and inexpensive then you should go with wood. However, if you want something more permanent then brick or stone might be better options for you.

Building a barn is a lot of work, but it can also be a great investment. If you’re looking to create extra space in your home, build an accessory dwelling unit or even just want to add some character to your property, here are some things to consider before building a barndominium.

What is a Barndominium?

A barndominium is a type of multi-family dwelling. It can be a house, an apartment or even an RV. The defining characteristic of a barndominium is that it’s built on top of the foundation of an existing barn.

Cost To Build A Barndominium

It’s important to understand that the cost of building a barndominium will vary based on several factors:

  • The size of your barn. If you’re building a barn into which you plan to move, then it needs to be big enough to accommodate all of your belongings and yourself.
  • The location of the barn. If you live in an area where there are strict building codes or zoning laws regarding height restrictions, then this could affect how high up into the air your new home goes. It may also restrict how large you’re able to build because land is expensive and scarce where I live (Alaska).
  • Materials used for construction. There are two main types: wood-frame structures and steel-frame structures; each has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on budget constraints as well as personal preference with regard to design aesthetics (wooden siding versus metal siding).
  • Quality of materials used for construction

How much are barndominiums?

The cost to build a barndominium varies widely depending on its size, features, location, and materials used. You can build a basic 400-square foot structure for around $50,000 to $75,000 (including land). A custom-designed 1,200-square-foot building could cost anywhere from $100-$150 per square foot; this means that your total cost would be between $120K to $180K. In addition to these costs you will also need to factor in the cost of electricity which will vary according to how much you use it.

Barndominiums offer several advantages over traditional homes: they’re usually more affordable; they take less time to construct than other types of dwellings; they’re easier on the environment because they use natural materials (e.g., wood) rather than concrete or steel; and lastly but most importantly—they offer more freedom.

Barndominium cost per square foot

The average cost to build a barndominium is $1,200 per square foot. This means that a 1,000 square-foot barndominium would cost approximately $1 million to build.

The average costs for labor and materials can vary significantly depending on where you live in the United States, but these are the national averages that we’ve found:

  • Labor costs are around $60 per hour or roughly $3 per square foot of space (this figure includes all laborers).
  • Material costs range from $120-$150 per square foot. If you’re building a 2,000 square-foot home and it has high end finishes like granite countertops or hardwood floors then your material costs could be much higher than this number (upwards of $2-$3).

Permits and Labour

  • How much does it cost to build a barndominium?
  • What permits are needed to build a barndominium?

In order to build your own barn, you must have the proper permits. Depending on where you live, this can vary greatly. Contact your local government office and ask them what permits you need in order to construct a barndominium on your property. They will let you know exactly what they require before they allow any work on your lot to begin.

Site Preparation

Before any work can be done on your barndominium, you will need to prepare the site. The first step is to remove topsoil and level the ground. This will make it easier for workers to build a foundation, as well as improving drainage in the area. If you are building on sloping land, someone with experience in such matters may be able to help with leveling out the terrain. Once your site has been prepared, it’s time for concrete.

Excavation and Foundation

Excavation and Foundation

The cost of excavation and foundation is a big consideration in the overall building costs. You can save on this expense by digging the hole yourself, but it is recommended that you hire a professional to do this for you.

Structure Steel

STEEL: The frame of your home will be constructed with steel, which is both strong and durable. Steel is a common material used in many types of buildings, from high-rise offices to simple residential homes such as those we build here at Barndominiums.

As you can see, there are a number of steps involved in building your own barndominium. Each step has its own costs attached to it, but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort required by each step then you’ll be able to save yourself thousands upon thousands of dollars compared with purchasing an existing property or building one from scratch.


Concrete costs are estimated at $4,834 for a 1,500-square-foot barndominium. This includes all materials and labour. The cost of concrete will vary depending on where you live, but as a general rule it’s safe to expect that the price will be around $3 per cubic metre.

Concrete is one of the most important building materials in any construction project because it has so many uses and can be used in so many ways. It can be poured into forms to create walls or floors; it can be used as reinforcement in steel structures; and it can also be mixed with other materials like sand, gravel or stones to create different textures and colours when applied as finishes on walls or floors (for example: staining). Concrete is strong enough to support very heavy loads such as buildings with 10 storeys high.

It’s important not just because of its strength but also because there are no other means of producing such large amounts of material quickly – especially if there isn’t any power available nearby…

Framing (Interior & Exterior)

  • Framing Materials
  • Labor Costs

The typical barndominium frame is made from 2x4s, 2x6s and rafters. An average exterior wall uses about 10 pieces of lumber for each linear foot. The interior walls require about 7 pieces per linear foot but you can save money by framing some of the interior walls with studs that are only 16″ wide instead of 24″ wide. A typical barndominium will use about 150 sheets of plywood for the exterior siding and roof sheathing, as well as another 50 sheets for interior walls and ceiling panels. This means that your framing costs will start at around $3 per square foot (or $5,000). You’ll also need to hire a general contractor who knows how to work with timber frames (it’s not quite like constructing a traditional stick-framed house). The labor rate varies depending on where you live; in San Francisco it’s usually between $60-$80 per hour while in Vancouver it starts around $50/hr and goes up from there depending on experience level; if possible try contacting local contractors directly rather than going through an agency because this should reduce overall costs considerably since they won’t have any overhead expenses associated with them (which would be included into their quote).

Drywall and Insulation

Next up, the drywall and insulation. As with all building materials, you’ll want to make sure you have enough for your project. The barndominium has five walls, so we calculated that our walls would need about 10 sheets of drywall (including some extras) and six rolls of fiberglass insulation. We also purchased two boxes of power anchors as well as a variety of screws and nail gun nails to install the drywall. You may want to make sure you have a nail gun or power drill before starting this step.


There are several options in flooring you can use to give your barn that homey feel. If you want to go with wooden flooring, there are several types of wood that you can choose from:

  • Oak – This will be the most expensive option, but it’s also the most durable. It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Pine – A great choice if you want a natural look at an affordable price point. This type of wood is often used for lattice work or porch railings because of its decorative qualities.
  • Maple – Another durable option that comes at an affordable price point compared to other hardwoods like oak or pine (but still more than cork). It has a natural grain pattern and warm coloration so it won’t clash with any decorating style you decide on later down the line.

Carpentry and Masonry

Masonry (walls, stucco, stone)

Interior trim: door frames, baseboards and window casings (shapes cut to fit around the edges of doors and windows)

Exterior trim: fascia board, soffits and siding


Plumbing Materials: $7,000

Plumbing Labour: $35,000

Plumbing Permits: $2,500


So, what’s the final cost of a barndominium? Well, if we use an average price of $100 per square foot, then it would be about $2,000. This means that an average barndominium with 1,000 square feet would cost about $20,000. That’s not bad for a home that can last for decades, right?

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