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About Us

Executive Editor:

Gail Howe – Gail is a semi-retired healthcare practitioner and currently spends her free time geeking out about what’s new and trending in the world of barndominiums.

She’s a fourth-generation Texan and loves sharing her home state’s fastest-growing home style with the rest of the country (and world!).

She has been the executive editor of since mid 2020.

You can contact her directly at [email protected]


Don Howe, MBA – Don is a sales executive with a burning passion for barndominiums.

As a lifelong devotee to an outdoors and hands-on lifestyle, the barndominium was instantly appealing. Long had he dreamed to escape city and suburban life, and after seeing the the Fixer Upper episode on barndominiums, he was hooked.

You can contact him at [email protected]

The first barndominium we ever saw, from Fixer Upper in 2016. It was not the last!


todd and cathy mcginnis

Cathy and Todd McGinnis – Cathy and Todd McGinnis built their dream barndominium just outside Charlotte in Marshville, NC. They love the debt-free lifestyle that a barndominium has helped them live. Believe it or not, their build cost a grand total of $180,000 – far cheaper than building a traditional home.

Their home has been featured multiple times on Barndominium Life – click here to view the photos.

You can follow along on their Instagram page @hickorynutfarmbarndominium

Matt and Jamie Buckner – We are Matt and Jamie Buckner. We are currently building our third home on our 21 acre farm in Georgia. We bought our starter home in a neighbor hood at 18 and 20. Kids came along and we out grew the house so we built our second home at 21 and 23. We decided we did not want to raise our kids in a neighborhood so we bought property and now at 25 and 27 we are building a barndo. It is scheduled to be finished in July 2021!

You can follow along on Instagram and Facebook. Posts on Barndominium Life are coming soon!

Mattie Dobson – Mattie is a prolific home and garden writer based out of Central Florida. Having graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in English, Mattie has written for numerous home and garden publications including The Spruce, Mother Earth News, and Home Stratosphere.

John Suter – John runs his at-home writing business out of Columbia, SC. He’s a boots-on-the-ground correspondent and loves getting out to visit barndominiums nearby. He’s been writing about homes since 1997, and is the newest member of the Barndominium Life team.


Robert Miller – Robert runs the partnerships team at Barndominium Life. He’s responsible for working with our partner homebuilders, kit providers, and advertisers.

When he’s not working, you can find him riding through the Texas Hill Country and drinking a tall, cool Topo Chico.

Robert can be reached at [email protected]

The Story

I first heard about barndominiums like many others – when Chip and Joanna Gaines featured the barndominium on Fixer Upper. I instantly wanted to learn more!

When I first set out looking for more information on barndos, I was a bit confused. I quickly realized that there was a dearth of information on barndominiums online. From finding a barndominium floor plan, to finding a local builder, to kit providers – no one was writing about the barndominium.

Quickly stumped, I did more digging. There HAD to be more people like me, right? And there were. After researching on Facebook, I found a burgeoning community of barndominium enthusiasts within various Facebook groups. Today, these communities count nearly 100,000 members and are active every single day. After researching barndominiums for hours and hours, my contribution to the barndo community is this website, My aim is to educate, inform, and inspire you to take action and Build Your Dream Barndominium.

And build we have. gets over 100,000 pageviews each month, all with the intent of learning more about barndos. Our 138 page eBook is the #1 new release in Home Design on a little website called

And each day, pictures and stories of new barndominiums make their way to our site in order to inspire others to build THEIR dream barndominium.

Wherever you are in your barndominium journey, welcome. We hope you enjoy.

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