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Do Equestrians Dream of All Their Horses — Along With Them — Under One Roof?

It’s been awhile since we posted anything for the equestrian enthusiasts — horse lovers — who follow BarndominiumLife, so we thought we’d repost this excellent article on barndos with stables on one level and an upscale aparment on the other.

DC Structures is a post and beam kit builder in the Pacific Northwest specializing in equestrian barn homes. And this feature breaks down the benefits and the drawbacks of such a build.

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Imagine yourself waking up on a cold or rainy morning and running downstairs or through a door to feed your horses—without even having to go outside. And how nice would it be to check your horses before bedtime without having to bundle up?

Living in the same structure as your equine friends has never been more popular. The “barndominium” or “barn house” trend is taking hold across the country, with options ranging from budget-friendly to extravagant.

While a “barndo”—as they’re commonly being called—may be an attractive option for those who desire convenience and rustic charm, there are a few things to consider before you plunge ahead with the idea of living with your horses.

Challenges—Plan Ahead

Before you purchase land or get your heart set on a barndominium, carefully consider costs and building regulations. Both of these can vary considerably from those you’d face when planning a standard residence or a separate barn structure.

Costs. While barn homes are often thought of as being less expensive than a standard residence, the builders we talked to cautioned that’s often not the case, especially if you want a wood structure. Pricing can vary significantly based on interior finishes, too. Just as with a standard house, you can have a barn home with Big Box-store-grade finishes or with marble, granite, fireplaces, and custom hardwood cabinetry.

Pricing for labor, shipping of materials, and ground preparation also varies wildly depending on the area of the country you’re in.

“The regional differences in pricing can result in a variance in overall cost of up to 70 percent,” cautions Rick Vranish, marketing director for DC Structures of Damascus, Oregon.

Samantha Etsall, project specialist at Barn Pros of Monroe, Washington, says it’s safe to estimate at least two to three times the cost of one of her company’s barn kits to get an idea of total expenditure for the finished structure, depending on your interior finishes (and excluding dirt work).

DC Structures and Barn Pros both sell barn kits with and without residential components; they recommend specific kits based on the snow loads, fire danger, earthquake risk, and local building codes in your area.

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