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The barndominium, a portmanteau of barn and condominium is a new type of building growing in popularity, especially in rural areas of the United States. These homes have been seen in environments as varied as Texas ranches and Connecticut equestrian communities.
A non-traditional structure, the barndominium is a steel frame and sheet metal building, originally designed as a storage building or barn structure that has been repurposed by the addition of living areas to previously open space. This type of building is typically built on an existing property or multi-acre homesite and the structure often acts as a dual purpose living and shop or workspace areas.
These homes offer features not usually found on typical homes including oversized roll-up doors and single enclosed areas large enough to hold things like boats and recreational vehicles.
Although structures referred to as barndominiums are typically made of metal, the term has also come to encompass wood-framed structures, and is often used interchangeably with terms like 'barn home' and 'barn with living quarters.'