Barn Home FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about converting our barns into homes.

I love the idea of living in a barn. How do I get started?

The best place to start is with some great Barn Style House Plans.

Do you sell Barn Home Kits?

We do not sell barn home kits.  However, any of our barn kits can be converted into homes.  We have many barn style house plans to choose from.

When converting a barn kit into a barn home, you will need to inquire with your local building department.  We provide construction plans, but your barn home may need a floor plan and mechanicals for the building permit.  You may need to hire a local architect to do that work.

How can I convert my new post and beam barn kit into a barn home?

There are many possibilities when doing a barn style house.

You may choose to finish off just the loft area or convert the whole barn into your dream barn house. With the big timber frame of your new barn you are not limited by load bearing walls. Window and door placement can be changed or added even after your post and beam barn kit is raised so you can get that perfect view.

How much does it cost to turn a barn into a home?

A barn dwelling conversion costs about the same as conventional construction. Costs vary depending on your choice of materials. Check with your building contractor to get a estimate for labor cost. Be wary though, if your quote for the post and beam barn comes in a great deal higher than your quote for conventional construction it may be because your contractor is inflating the cost of the post and beam construction. They would do this because they have a higher profit margin with conventional construction. This is why it is always important to get at least 3 quotes from different contractors. 



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