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Check out these barns you can live in. They're like lofts in the country.

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Check out these barns you can live in. They're like lofts in the country.

WATCH| Architects and real estate agents alike call them "barndominiums." Rather than using traditional lumber framing, enterprising builders are using metal pole barns--normally used as work shops--to constitute the skeletons of new homes.

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The first "barndominiums" weren't called that. Innovative ranchers converted parts of extant metal shops into living space, sometimes for a family member. Now, however people are buying metal barns.

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Barns dwellings are increasingly popular. Even high-concept architecture firms like Logan and Johnson in Houston are getting in on the action. Over 97% of barndominiums are located in Texas, reports realitor.com

Check out these barns you can live in. They're like lofts in the country.

One of the reasons "barndominiums" are popular is because there are myriad options for customization.  Potential first-time buildings can get a complete picture of their final home before breaking ground.

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For many, building a "barndominium" is a cost-cutting decision. A basic shell can run $25 per square foot, and a finished "barndominiums" about $100 per square foot. These figures are 20-30% less than the costs of a traditional home.

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