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21 Barndominium Must-Haves For Your Dream Home

If you’re looking for a unique, cost-effective way to build your dream home, then a barndominium may be the perfect fit. With its rustic charm and modern amenities, this type of living space offers an attractive balance between rural and urban living.

But before you start building, there are some absolute barndominium must-haves that will ensure your barndo is both comfortable and functional in the most aesthetically appealing way possible.

From essential structural elements to interior design features, here’s what you need to know to create the barndominium of your dreams. Let’s get started!

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1. An Open Floor Plan

A barndominium should have an open floor plan, allowing plenty of natural light and air to flow throughout the space. This will also give you more room to move around, as well as provide a convenient spot for entertaining guests.

As a start, you might want to take a look at our guide to barndominium floor plans.

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2. High Ceilings

If you intend to live in your barndominium full time, high ceilings are a must. Not only will it make the space feel larger and grander, but it can also help keep the temperature inside more comfortable.

From vaulted ceilings to classic drywall to metal trusses, find inspiration for barndo home ceilings with our guide.

barndominium loft area of Impressive Osceola County, Florida Barndominium by Leslie Mintrone

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3. A Loft Area

Whether you use it as an additional bedroom or just a place to hang out and relax, having a loft area in your barndominium is always a smart idea. Not only does it add extra living space, but it can also be the perfect spot for entertaining guests or hosting parties.

This Impressive Osceola County, Florida, Barndominium by Leslie Mintrone provides an impressive example of a barndo loft, in addition to great barndo interior design in general.

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4. A Wood Burning Fireplace

Nothing says cozy like a wood-burning fireplace in the corner of your barndo living room! Not only will it provide you with plenty of heat during the winter months, but it’ll also give off that homey vibe whenever you have guests over.

outdoor patio of Mountain Lake Barndominium by HL Custom Homes

5. An Outdoor Deck and Patio

An outdoor deck and patio are must-haves for any barndominium. Not only do they add visual appeal to the exterior of your home, but they provide a comfortable space to entertain guests or unwind after a long day.

They provide an ideal spot for hosting parties, family gatherings, or just relaxing with friends. Whether looking for a spot to entertain or just relax, having an outdoor deck is essential to making your barndominium feel like home.

Classic Rustic Barndominium by Quigley Builders

6. A Rustic Aesthetic

If you’re aiming for a more rustic look in your barndominium, then incorporating touches like exposed beams, wooden furniture, and barn-style doors helps create an authentic farmhouse vibe that won’t go out of style any time soon.

Check out this Classic Rustic Barndominium by Quigley Builders for a rustic-inspired design.

EProtect Restoration Bradley Barndominium in Arkansas

7. A Barn Door

Installing a barn door at the entrance of your barndominium will give it added charm and character, as well as provide some extra privacy when needed. Plus, it’s easy to incorporate into any design style you choose.

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8. Plenty of Windows

Windows bring natural light into the home, which not only improves visibility inside the house but also enhances its overall aesthetic appeal. Natural light can make a room feel brighter and more inviting while providing homeowners with spectacular views of their outdoor surroundings.

Additionally, opening windows offers ventilation for fresh air circulation throughout the home and helps regulate indoor temperatures during hot summer months by letting in cooler air.

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9. A Home Office

Considering barndominiums are designed to seamlessly integrate work and home life, a home office is essential for staying productive and organized. Your workspace could range from a simple corner desk to an entire room.

South Carolina Barndominium by Lori Harps Jordan

10. Curb Appeal

A well-maintained curb appeal will add value and character to any home. It creates an inviting first impression for guests and family members alike.

Investing in curb appeal can help to increase your property value and will be attractive to potential buyers if and when you decide to sell. An inviting entrance with fresh paint, landscaping features, and other touches of charm will make the property stand out from others on the market.

Check out this Charming South Carolina Barndominium by Lori Harps Jordan and be inspired by its stunning curb appeal.

kitchen area with natural lightning - barndominium must-haves

11. Good Lighting

Lighting is key in making your barndominium feel inviting and cozy. Whether you opt for natural light through windows or supplement it with plenty of lamps, having enough light will make a huge difference in the overall atmosphere of your space.

Here are some examples of barndominium lighting that will enhance your home’s functionality and style.

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12. Decorative Accents

Don’t forget about adding small decorative accents throughout your barndominium. Whether it’s a vintage rug, industrial-style lighting, or even just a few potted plants, these pieces will help tie the entire space together and make it feel like home.

gaming room inside Tennessee Barndominium by Marsha Moffett Fisher

13. An Entertainment Area

If you plan on having friends over often, then setting up an entertainment area in your barndominium is a must-have in creating an ideal atmosphere for watching movies and playing games.

Not only that but having this setup can also encourage more socializing since everyone can gather around one spot to chat and have fun.

Look at this Tennessee Barndominium by Marsha Moffett Fisher that boasts a gaming room for the ultimate entertainment experience.

outdoor kitchen of Kirk And Shannon’s Bedias Barndominium

14. Outdoor Kitchen

For those who love to entertain outdoors, an outdoor kitchen might be worth considering if you want to take your barndominium parties to the next level. This can range from a simple grill and some counter space all the way up to an entire setup with a refrigerator and pizza oven.

In our feature on Kirk And Shannon’s Bedias Barndominium, the outdoor area has its open kitchen bar and a grill for seamless interactions indoors and out.

brown sofa - barndominium must-haves

15. Comfy Furniture

Having comfortable furniture will make it much easier (and cozier) for you and your family to relax wherever you are. This could include anything from plush sofas, recliners, or even bean bags for lounging around on a lazy evening watching movies.

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16. A Fire Pit

Installing a fire pit or chiminea in the backyard of your barndominium is an exciting way to extend the length of your outdoor entertaining season. Not only will it provide warmth and light, but you can also use it for making s’mores and relaxing with friends and family.

barndominium with an outdoor shower - barndominium must-haves

17. An Outdoor Shower

If you want to take advantage of all that nature has to offer in and around your barndominium, then having an outdoor shower is essential. This allows you to enjoy the warm summer days while still staying cool and comfortable at the same time.

You can also use outdoor showers to wash off after swimming, exercising outside or working in the garden, or just enjoying a refreshing and relaxing experience.

swimming pool inside the backyard

18. A Swimming Pool 

Whether it’s above ground or in-ground, having a swimming pool adds another level of luxury to your barndominium. Not only is it great for exercise and relaxation, but it’s also the perfect spot for hosting pool parties in the summertime with friends and family.

When the budget for a swimming pool is not yet within reach, why not consider a stock tank pool? When the weather is particularly warm, this alternative to a swimming pool is sure to hit the spot.

a greenhouse full of plants

19. A Greenhouse

For those who want to get into gardening, constructing a greenhouse on the property of their barndominium is an excellent idea. This allows you to grow all sorts of plants year-round without worrying about inclement weather ruining them.

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20. An Outdoor Movie Screen

If you have plenty of outdoor space around your barndominium, setting up a mini-outdoor cinema is a great way to enjoy films under the stars. You can use either a projector or even just your laptop to play movies, making it an easy and affordable setup that’s sure to be a hit with guests.

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21. A Pet-Friendly Space

Your barndominium should not only be comfortable for us humans but also for your guests (or your own) furry friends. Consider adding additional features like doggy doors and pet beds to ensure everyone feels right at home, no matter what species they are!

Final Thoughts: Barndominium Must-Haves

Building a barndominium is an exciting undertaking. It can provide you with the perfect combination of modern amenities, convenience, and rustic charm.

By properly considering your needs, budget, and style preferences when planning your dream home, you can create a unique home that will serve as a comfortable place to live for many years to come.

Are you a newcomer to the barndominium lifestyle? Discover more about life in a barndo with Barndominium Life. We provide a variety of guides, ideas, tips, floor plans, and builders and providers in your area.

If you would like more guides like this one, check out the rest of BarndominiumLife.com. There, you will find more helpful tips and tricks from the pros. You will also find featured barndominiums, barndominium floor plans, and information on financing and insurance. Knowing as much as you can help you get the best results for your dream home. 

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