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How To Build a Barndominium on a Budget

Dreaming of your own barndominium but your wallet is more condominium? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Building a barndominium on a budget might sound as challenging as teaching a cat to swim, but with the right plan and a bit of elbow grease, you can make it happen. Here are five steps to help you build your dream barndominium without breaking the bank.


Step 1: Plan Like a Procrastinator's Project is Due Tomorrow

Start with detailed planning—yes, this means getting your ducks in a row before they wander off to the nearest pond. A well-thought-out plan ensures you avoid costly mistakes. Consider what you truly need versus what you want. Maybe a gold-plated toilet seat isn't essential? Stick to necessities to keep costs down.


Example: Design simple, multipurpose rooms. Think a combined kitchen and dining area or a garage that can double as a workshop.


Step 2: Salvage, Scavenge, Save

Materials can be a major expense, so let's turn you into a scavenging guru. Reclaimed wood, slightly bruised doors, and windows that have seen better days can be your best friends. Check out demolition sites, salvage yards, and online marketplaces. Not only is it cheaper, but it also adds character—and you get to tell stories about how your kitchen counter was once a high school gym floor. 😅


Example: Use reclaimed barn wood for interior walls. It’s not only rustic and beautiful but tells a story, adding charm and a slice of history to your home.


Step 3: Embrace the DIY Spirit (or Befriend Those Who Do)

Labor costs can drain your wallet faster than a bathtub with no stopper. If you're handy, great! If not, it's time to charm your friends into helping. Throw a barn-raising party. Provide snacks and maybe some good tunes—just don't mix up the playlist with a meditation session.


Example: Install your own kitchen cabinets or lay the flooring. YouTube and a can-do attitude can save you thousands. Literally.


Step 4: Shop Around for Bargains Like You're in a Supermarket Sweep

Getting quotes and comparing prices is like trying to find the ripest avocado—it takes patience and a little luck. Don’t buy the first thing you see. Shop around, negotiate with suppliers, and always keep an eye out for sales and clearance events.


Example: Look for overstock building materials. You can often find high-quality products at a fraction of the cost if you’re not picky about the latest styles.


Step 5: Go Off-Brand

Sometimes, brand names are just that—names. There are plenty of off-brand materials that are just as good (if not better) than their more expensive counterparts. This goes for appliances, fixtures, and even materials.


Example: Choose a lesser-known brand for your roofing materials. Often, they offer the same quality and warranty at a lower price.


Listen, building a barndominium on a budget doesn't mean cutting corners on your dreams. It means being smart, creative, and a little cheeky with your choices. Follow these steps, and not only will you save money, but you'll also end up with a home that's as unique as you are—just hopefully with fewer plumbing issues! 😉

Remember, the key to a budget-friendly build is to keep your sense of humor as you balance your checkbook. Happy building!



Barndominium on a budget

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