At Our Barndominium Life, LLC and the Barndominium Company – we define a Barndominium as a “custom designed, steel-framed, single-family residence with metal roof and siding.” It is the ultimate metal building for a great home. We intentionally design metal building Barndominiums as high quality residences. That is why banks are willing to lend to qualified borrowers using our designs. The residential Barndominium product we design has value, retains value, and appreciates in value.
Steel construction is a proven commercial application, and we have adapted this reliable process for residential use. Many of our Barndominium designs include a workshop or garage – normally detached. We also often design Barndominium compounds with multiple metal buildings. In the southern and western parts of the United States, Barndominiums are normally steel frame structures. In other parts of the country – the east and midwest – pole barn (or engineered wood frame) structures may also be designed as residences and referred to as Barndominiums.
The term Barndominium is a combination of two words – Barn and Condominium. The concept has existed in rural America for decades. The term – Barndominium – was actually made popular in a 1989 New York Times article when it was used by the developer of an equestrian community in Connecticut. The short name for Barndominium is Barndo!
We do have one saying in our company that is important. If you work with us – “You’ll Never Look At A Metal Building the Same Way Again!”
We offer the following services:
Our team is inspired by the opportunities Barndominiums present for comfortable, open, real life living, and we have hands on experience in the areas mentioned above.
No. We do not build. We plan to add regional construction operations late in 2021.
A set of custom plans averages 45-75 days from start to finish. While plans may be completed sooner, this is a good planning window to ensure your plans are drafted, reviewed, revised, and include everything you want.
Yes. Due overwhelming call volume – we now charge for phone consultations.
Effective May 3, 2021 – All initial phone consultations pay a $150 consultation call fee for a 45 minute phone call. The fee will be due at the time your call is scheduled and may be paid by credit card.
We think this is the fairest way to be respectful of your time and needs as a client and our time and needs as a service provider.
Our Barndominium Life, LLC and The Barndominium Company are located about an hour north of downtown Houston in the Cleveland, Texas area.
Our mailing address is:
The Barndominium Company
PO Box 640
Cleveland, TX 77328
Yes, we do offer tours of the Creek House and construction projects under the following conditions:
Barndominium Construction Costs Discussion
Note: Cost always have to be adjusted for location. Our current market is in flux, so costs are going to vary. The explanation below may not apply to your location on every point – but several items will apply to you.
Reality Check – First and foremost – anyone saying you can build a nice residential Barndominium for $35 or $40 a square foot is pulling your leg. That is wishful thinking – not today’s market and cost reality. In the current market, it is virtually impossible for any true, normal residential Barndo build to be that low in cost. A Barndominium is still a custom build or at least, if done correctly, a nice residential build. You cannot put a nice steel or wood build in place for that suggested or implied low cost. In this market, $100 square foot is at or near the floor for cost to build unless you are getting favors from every vendor you work with on your project. Most people don’t have that option.
A Texas Base Line – Using Texas as a starting point – we suggest you use $150 per square foot, the national average as a base construction cost. Then you adjust this start point based on elements you incorporate. (Note – This is for the Barndo only – it does not include land cost, clearing, dirt work (site, pad, & driveway), septic installation, water well drilling, etc. which vary by client). For example, septic installation cost can vary from $5,000 – $8,000 in some areas of Texas (soft soil) on up to $25,000 or more in other areas (rocky locations).
Also, for clarity, certain areas of Texas can be high cost. As of the revision of this post on August 1, 2021 – constructions cost in the Texas Hill country can easily be $250 per square foot or higher. It is an area in high demand.
See example below.
Basic Average Cost $100 ——— $125 ——– $150 ——— $175 ——- $200
Slide left for a lower cost item. Slide right for a higher cost item.
The following items are really line-item adjustments within a project once you have started.
Using this approach – you can determine where to save and where to splurge. You will incorporate the line items that meet your needs and budget. You will make many decisions like this during your build.
Materials – Recognize that one year makes a huge difference in material costs. Like it or not, COVID has affected costs!