Life is too short to live in a boring home.
Most of us live rather humdrum lives. We sleep, work, eat, and clean. Then repeat.
How do you break out of your routine? One way is to find a unique living space. Find a home that reflects your personality, inspires creativity, and makes you proud.
Life is too short to live in a cookie cutter home. Why not look for a barn home for sale in your area?
Barn homes are not only unique conversation pieces, but they also usually have high ceilings, dramatic open spaces, and large yards. Most of the barn homes you see on the market tend to be in the country or outskirts of a city.
If you are ready for country living and want to live in a barn, you first need to choose whether you wish to purchase one that has already been converted or if you wish to buy a rough barn and start from scratch.
If you plan to start from scratch, it’s essential that you work with an architect and designer who have converted barns in the past. There is a lot to consider when modifying a building that was intended for animal use and storage into a living space for a family.
It’s also a good idea that you understand some of the vocabulary associated with outdoor buildings so that you can converse with your real estate agent, architects, and contractors.
Here are the most common types of barns that people renovate into homes.
Timber Frame Barns
The image that comes to most Americans who think of the word “barn” is a traditional, timber frame structure. This style allows for large, dramatic open spaces because the barn uses fewer wood posts and beams than conventional construction. Timber frame barns are attractive because the wood that creates the structure is exposed.
Pole barns are named such because they have posts placed into the ground for support. Check with an engineer or architect if you are purchasing a pole barn for renovation. Because the posts are placed in the ground during construction, they may over time rot and deteriorate, which will cause major structural issues for your home.
Post and Beam Barns
Even though post and beam barns may look similar to pole barns, their construction methods may allow the structure to remain standing for centuries. Make sure you understand whether the barn you are purchasing is a pole barn or post and beam barn. Even though they sound similar to each other, they are extremely different.
Bank barns have nothing to do with financial institutions, even though they may require a lot of “bank” while renovating. Bank barns are structures built on the side of a hill or an embankment. Think of a bank barn as similar to a ranch home with a walk-out basement. Bank barns allow you to access two stories of the house from the ground.
Gable Roof Barn
Gable roofs describe a traditional roof that has two sloping parallel pieces on either side of the building. The gable roof design allows for better water runoff, which will prevent mold and mildew from occurring on the structure of your home.
Barns with gable roofs may have less usable living space in the loft or bedroom areas after renovation than one with a gambrel-style roof.
Gambrel Roof Barn
Gambrel-style roofs have four sloping pieces on top of the building. They look like traditional barn roofs. Gambrel roof barns will have more upper living space, which is where the bedrooms are traditionally placed during renovation projects.
Gambrel roofs give more space because they allow you to stand up in a larger portion of the loft space.
Other Considerations for Your Barn Home
To obtain financing, you need to make sure your barn home has a permanent foundation. Talk with your realtor about finding an inspector who is knowledgeable about alternative living spaces.
One of the reasons you want to live in a barn home is that you will have an open floor plan. While this can be beautiful, the lack of walls makes it difficult for electricians to wire the house and for plumbers to install pipes. You may have to accommodate for this in your design by building half walls.
Some barn designs do not have many windows. To get the most of living out in the country, you may want to install large windows in the structure.
Finally, make sure you understand the costs of getting electricity, water, and a septic system to your home as some barns are built without these amenities.
Hopefully, this discussion has prepared you to know what to look for regarding a barn home. The next step is to reach out to a Clever Partner Agent in your area. This real estate expert knows the local market and will be able to tell you if there are any barns for sale that you can renovate to your specification.