Can You Build a Barndominium in Minnesota?

Yes, you absolutely can. Building a barndominium in Minnesota is a much easier and much cheaper process than building a more traditional home. Barndominiums are impressive structures that are made from very affordable materials.

Constructing a barndominium (or a barndo as many people like to call them) is very simple. It is incredibly similar to the traditional way in which farm barns are constructed. Slats of wood are secured together to make a frame. And these frames are then pulled together with ropes and pulleys. As well as people pushing them up.

These types of structures can be built across the US. And, yes, they can be built in Minnesota. However, laws regarding building and zoning will differ from state to state. So it’s important to make sure that you have everything in order before you get started.

In Minnesota, the land you choose to build on must be zoned for residential use. So it’s unlikely that you will be able to pitch up in a woodland or any open space and build yourself a barndo. This is better in the long run as you won’t have to be concerned about accessing utilities if the area is already suitable for residential use. You will also need to buy land for the barndo. So it’s important to add that cost to the cost of the barndominium itself.

How much does it cost to build a barndominium in Minnesota?

This depends on the size of the barndominium. Barndos can start from as low as $40 per square foot. But this will vary depending on materials, complexity, labor, installing access to utilities, and purchasing the land.

In Minnesota, the cost will vary. But, generally, a 2,000ft barndo will cost around $200 per square foot. This is a little more expensive than many other barndominiums. And this is a ballpark estimate. So only consider the basic and traditional kits. You will need to factor in additional costs for utilities. As well as any additional features such as porches, garages, and loft space.

Are barndominiums cheaper to build?

Generally speaking, yes. Especially if you buy a kit and build it yourself. The more you can do yourself, the cheaper it will be. That said, this is only true if you have the skills and ability to do it well by yourself. Otherwise, if you build it poorly, then you will just end up spending more money to have someone else fix it. Or, in the worst case, redo it entirely.

The style of a barndo is modeled on the traditional farm barn. (Hence its name.) So having other people help you would also be in keeping with the original building style of a barn. A barn raising can easily become a barndominium raising.

A barndo will generally be cheaper than a house. Especially if you buy one which has already been built. But it will also be cheaper than building a traditional house from scratch. That said, costs will accrue if you decide to differ from the simpler and more traditional styles. And, of course, the bigger the square footage, the more expensive it will be.

To build a barndo, you will also first need to buy land to build it on. So it’s important to factor this into the final total cost as well.

Do barndominium hold their value?

This is difficult to answer. Mostly due to the fact that barndos have only become popular in recent years. But, since they first started popping up in the 2010s, they do seem to have held their value.

Plus, the style will likely always be popular. They are designed to be similar to the traditional barn, which has become an iconic image of rural America. And that will never change. So traditional barndos will likely still be a popular aesthetic for years to come.

Further complexity does arise when it comes to customization. One of the reasons why barndos are so cheap is because they are very simple and are essentially kits that can be bought and assembled. But, if you want something that is specific to you, this can alter the value. Especially if you have a very distinct sense of style. So this is worth considering if you plan to sell your barndo after building it. Or even after living in it.

How long does it take to build a barndominium?

This can depend on a number of factors. Most important of which is the overall size. Generally, a bigger property will take longer to build. But, the average is around six months.

From videos online, it would seem that barndos are made from just four pieces of wood and can be erected in an afternoon. But this just isn’t the case. Although they are much simpler and cheaper than a traditional house, they still require foundations, construction, and the installation of utilities. Plus any additional features which you might want to add.

There is also weather to consider. As poor weather conditions can hamper any kind of build. So, while it’s important to have a schedule, it’s also important to allow for error and unforeseeable problems.

Will banks finance a barndominium?

The answer to this is “probably”. You cannot be certain that every bank will be willing to finance a barndominium. Especially if it is one that will be very highly customized. However, barndominiums are not hugely different from traditional homes.

It’s always worth speaking with a few different banks and financial experts before taking the leap. If you don’t need much space, then you can easily find cheap barndominium kits. But it’s important to ensure that they are of good quality. And that you are working with experienced professionals to build the property.

If you do not, then the barndominium can be of poor quality, which will affect its resale value. Zoning laws and buying land will also need to be factored into the cost. Which not all banks will be on board with. So it’s worth shopping around.