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.
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.
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.
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.
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.