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Tiny Missouri Barndominium: Practical Starter Home for a Smaller Family

Landowner and mortgage-free. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thought? It may feel somehow a little far-fetched. Honestly though, it’s quite achievable when you know when you grab an opportunity by its horns. Take this featured tiny Barndominium in Missouri, owned by Zachary Dakota Huffmon together with his small family.

The couple had long planned on building their own barndominium, buying 5 acres of land where they would be building. Now came the opportunity when their neighbor came up selling their property. The couple took the chance and postponed their building. Now the good part, the land they bought already had an 18 x 24 metal building.

Three months later with around $5000 spent and some help from their family, let’s check out the photos and find out what they had come up for their barndominium home.


Missouri Barndominium front view
Missouri Barndominium back view

Small barndominiums are great for a smaller family. These are cost-effective and you can eventually work your way to building a bigger home. It’s much more practical in some instances than building big and managing a mortgage that takes years to pay off. Small barndos can still look amazing, and definitely feel cozy and convenient when you have all you need right within your reach.

When it comes to having your own family, space is one of the most significant considerations. This 18 x 24 metal home accommodates a couple and their daughter. And for a small space like this one, they sure packed in everything they need with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom plus laundry area. There’s can still be lots of ideas for a 2-bedroom floor plan that you can check out.

While postponing building their planned home, the family had also built something nice out of this small building. And the best part is that they are mortgage-free. And they have all the time they need to save up for building their bigger home. And when they do, this little home could be converted into a guest house, a man-cave, she-shed, or something else useful.

Missouri Barndominium

There are different types of insulation that can be used for your metal homes. Being a temporary living space, the home is insulated with R13 to keep it cost-efficient compared to spray foam insulation which is more commonly used. It would be advantageous to know the pros and cons of every type to make sure which one fits your building. much better, consult your builder about it.

Missouri Barndominium
Missouri Barndominium entrance
Missouri Barndominium living room couches
The couches are pieces from their 8-piece sectional. The rest of the pieces are put in storage.
Missouri Barndominium doors to 2 bedrooms

Flooring is vinyl peel and applied with a liquid nail to hold them on. His wife got the idea from Pinterest. This kind of flooring is affordable, easy to install, and very stylish with lots of design options. On the other hand, the self-adhesive vinyl floor has its pros and cons. And if you do want to install one of these, do be aware of these 5 things before trying peel and stick flooring.

Missouri Barndominium kitchen
Missouri Barndominium

Master Bedroom

Missouri Barndominium
Missouri Barndominium storage under bunk bed
Dresser, closet, and storage under the bunk bed

Now, these are quite clever hacks for a small bedroom layout. Of course, the bed is the most important, but what about storage? Space doesn’t allow for closets and built-in cabinets. How perfect is it to put the storage in the area where there’s space- under the bunk bed of course! Here are the other 20 clever storage ideas for small bedrooms.

Missouri Barndominium
Missouri Barndominium

Kid’s room

Missouri Barndominium kid's bedroom
Missouri Barndominium kid's bunk bed
Kid’s play area below the bunk bed.

Bath and Laundry room

The interior walls have just been framed up. The kitchen sink is the same wall as the bathroom. The bathroom floors are raised about a foot to run the plumbing. The combination of the bathroom and laundry room is just another space-saving tip. To add to the advantage, it’s the best place to tap into existing plumbing lines. Here are also other laundry room ideas and tips to make it one of the other comfort zones at home (even when doing the chore) when space isn’t that much of an issue for your home.

Missouri Barndominium shower
Missouri Barndominium laundry area
Missouri Barndominium
Missouri Barndominium

With everything in their little home already convenient, functional, and cost-efficient, the family can now focus on saving for their bigger home. Currently mortgage-free, it is more exciting to look forward to their bigger barndo when they build it. And ultimately, it would feel even more fulfilling.

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