“Where do I start?” is exactly the most common question people ask when you’re planning to build your own barndominium. And we have to believe that it’s never easy to start – just like how the featured Carroll Family built their dream barndominium. There were lots of questions on costs, construction, and everything else. It took a lot of time and effort. After years of planning, thinking, and building, here is their amazing finished barndominium.
Read on for lots of building tips and awesome deals from the owner himself on the planning and construction process of their dream barndo!
We are excited to share with you this beautiful, newly-completed barndominium! The house also has an office space and a playroom. All photos courtesy of Brandon Caroll and his wife.
Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium photos
The roof is made of galvalume, which is a coating that protects iron-based alloys that are prone to rust. Galvalume steel is popularly used in outdoor metal paneling and roofing, making it able to resist corrosion caused by exposure to snow, ice, and rain. The average lifespan of Galvalume roofing is at least 60 years. You can already see a great deal of savings on roofing renovation costs to start with!
Brandon Caroll shares that their land was acquired through one of their clients that had a property management company. They got a great deal on the land. Already knowing what they wanted (a barndominium, of course), he spent (believe it or not) over 6 months drawing a plan.
TIP: STOP looking for floor plans for whatever particular size you want. It will take time for you to figure out a layout if you base it on the property size.
Instead, start drawing your layout room by room depending on how you want them in the house. It took the owner only twenty minutes to get the Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium drawing done.
TIP: STOP paying a huge amount of money to have plans drawn. Most building material suppliers will do a bargain, a free floor plan drawing in exchange for you buying materials from them.
Instead, take your drawings to the construction suppliers to get a real floor plan done. Then, take the plan to your contractor. In this case, the owner now had the things that he wanted and the finishes for the house and had the price of $265K to build it.
The next step Brandon Caroll did was take it to the bank for an appraisal for the construction loan. More surprises were up since, first, the barn was appraised for $350K compared to his estimate guess of $275K. Second, the barndominium would be worth $320K since they got the land for only $30K. The best news, they didn’t have to pay any money out of pocket for the construction.
The best place to inquire about financing a barndominium would be your local bank. But you have to get your documents all ready when you do. It would also be best to get an appraisal for your planned property.
Another great deal the Caroll family was able to get was the wall color. The color was more expensive than the regular colors. They were the first to use it so they got it for the regular price because the store wanted it to be out there for people to see.
Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium Garage
The 1500 square feet garage was built with entertainment purpose in mind. It has its own breaker box separate from the house and is wired for a big compressor, welder, and lift. It has its own heater mounted in the ceiling that also runs on natural gas including the stove, dryer, tankless water heater, and HVAC from the rest of the house. Even the grills on the back porch were tapped and ran through natural gas. It was a good thing that they were in the city limits and had natural gas.
The garage can be utilized in different ways other than storage for your vehicles. Other homes also have massive garages built for different purposes. Here are some Barndominium floor plans with garage for you to check out when building your own barndominium.
The garage has a hose spigot that has a hot and cold water supply. The flooring has a drain so the vehicles can be washed inside.
Inside the Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium
The living space is 2184 square feet and all tiles. The owner painted the walls and laid the tiles himself to save some of the expenses. They were able to save $15K. Custom cabinets were also built by a friend and it was another great deal.
Tip: You can do some of the stuff on your own or gather up some friends and family to help out. It helps save a lot on the costs.
Open concept living spaces give a lot of advantages for your home. On the other hand, there could also be drawback, depending on the layout of your barndo.
More awesome photos…
Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium Bedrooms
Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium Bathroom
This is an American Standard soaker tub. One of the family’s great bargains because the model was discontinued so they got a good deal out of it.
More specs on the Carroll Family 3-Bed 2.5-Bath Tennessee Barndominium:
- 2×6 exterior walls conventional frames
- Porches are framed with rough sawn cypress
- 8×8 posts
- 4×6 rafters
- 2×6 cypress tongue and groove
- Slim can lights are mounted to the ceiling
- 1×7 poplar stained in Minwax gel stain (color is coffee) vaulted ceilings
When it comes to the cost of your property, it will primarily depend on the location. In this particular instance, this house in that area is $265K finished at $72/sqft compared to the normal standard house which would be $100/sqft. The family got theirs for only $59/sqft, but also took lots of personal work and long days done, plus some help from friends and family.
When planning to build your own home it is essential that you get yourself prepared for so many things at stake (including the stress you will be going through). The cost varies for every barndominium considering the location, land size, materials, and building size. Ultimately, when properly managed, there is still a significant value of savings in building a barndominium against a standard house.
Know how you want your house to look like. It doesn’t hurt to get ideas on floor plans but in the end, it’s best to have the layout of the house be specific to your preferences. See if you can get a deal with your construction materials supplier to draw your layout (give them a visual like drawings or ideal layout).
If you need a construction loan, take your plan to an appraiser for the property’s exact cost and not your own estimate. Barndos are more popular these days so you may actually get better appraisals for your property value. Luckily, the Caroll family did this and found out their property had a higher appraisal than the estimated guess. They didn’t have to take out personal money to add to the construction budget.
Finally, get huge savings on the best materials to use and furnishings through great deals. You could buy your essentials from sale items or other shop bargains (like new products, discontinued, or last few pieces). You’re definitely sure to find one, especially if you canvass from different suppliers/ shops.
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