Ranch style homes can be traced back to the first half of the 20th century and are one of the most popular styles in the United States. Now they are becoming a popular type of barndominium. As with a barndominium, they were usually built on a concrete slab and have an open floorplan. Most are single stories, but some have multiple levels.
A ranch style barndominium is great for those that have land on which to expand if needed. They are easy to build onto. There are also different styles of ranch style barndominiums to choose from. This is a style of barndominium that is L-shaped, U-shaped, or rectangular with sliding glass doors and large windows.
In this article, we will cover different ranch style barndominium floorplans to choose from, what the cost to build one is vs the cost of a traditional home, and what they are in general. After reading this article, you will have a clear idea if a ranch style barndominium will fit your lifestyle.
- Will sometimes feature an attached garage
- Has deck or patio space
- They can be found across the United States although they originated in the Southwest.
- Ranch Style Barndominiums: Overview
- Benefits Of A Ranch Style Barndominium
- Is Ranch Barndominiums Cheaper to Build Than Houses?
- Ranch Style Barndominium Kits
- Ranch Style Barndominium Plans
Ranch Style Barndominiums: Overview
A ranch style barndominium is built using an open concept layout plus it gives you patio or porch space. They will often have long, low pitch rooflines. There are also large windows along the front of the barndominium to let in plenty of natural light. Although the shape of this style can vary, they can be built with a U- or L-shaped floor plan. Some of the other common features include attached garage, wide roof eaves, and sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard or patio.
Styles Of Ranch Style Barndominiums
- California—this is also known as a rambling ranch and is characterized by a U- or L-shaped structure. It is also built low to the ground and is a single-story ranch style barndominium. It is designed to blend in with nature. The two key features of this style are the front lawn and patio.
- Split-level—this style will usually have three stories of living space giving you staggered living space. The front door will lead into the dining, kitchen, and living space with two half-flights of stairs. They lead to additional living space and bedrooms. This is not a style that most barndominiums are built like as most barndominiums are single stories.
- Suburban—this style also has the U- or L-shaped open concept but is more asymmetrical and compact in structure. The main features of this style are the backyard and attached garage.
- Raised—this is like the split-level as it also has many stories of living space but has a different layout. When you enter this style, it will lead to a staircase that leads downstairs and upstairs. The kitchen and bedrooms are on the upper floor while the living space is on the lower floor. Again, this is not a style that is generally not used to build a ranch style barndominium because of the multiple floors.
- Storybook—this style is also known as the fairytale because of the ornamental details. It can include diamond-shaped windowpanes, a steep gabled roof, and a decorative chimney made of stone or brick.
Benefits Of A Ranch Style Barndominium
With this style of floorplan, there are several benefits of choosing a ranch style barndominium.
- Open, inviting floorplan—this style offers you large, open-concept floorplans. This will make it to entertain your friends and family because the kitchen, living area, and dining area are all together so it makes it easier to talk to everyone while preparing a meal. This floorplan captures all the natural sunlight in every room in your barndominium.
- No stairs to climb—as stated, most of these do not have a second floor so you don’t have to worry about going up and downstairs, making it an ideal style of barndominium that find it difficult to do stairs. With no stairs, it gives you more living space on the first level.
- Exterior maintenance is easier—with the low-pitched roofline and one floor, it is easier to take care of the exterior. Even if you have to climb a ladder to clean the gutters, it will not be a high climb.
Is Ranch Barndominiums Cheaper to Build Than Houses?
When you are calculating what it costs to build a barndominium vs a traditional home, it can be tricky to do so. A barndominium with the basic amenities generally costs about $30-$40 per square foot but with a traditional house, it averages $100-$200 per square foot. This may not seem like a big deal if you are only building an 800 square foot home but the difference can be substantial with 2,000 square feet or more.
Another thing that comes into the cost is the features that you choose. There are also the labor costs and materials used. When looking at 2,000 square feet, a ranch style barndominium can cost $190,000-$250,000. The same space in a traditional home would cost $210,000-$310,000.
When looking at the amounts, it is cheaper to build a ranch style barndominium than a traditional house but it all depends on the features, square footage, the material used, and labor costs. With a ranch style barndominium, if you make it a DIY project, you can save some on the costs.
Ranch Style Barndominium Kits
When buying a ranch style barndominium kit, they are either wood or metal structures, which some may only be ‘shells.’ This means that it was a framed structure that only had doors and windows and empties on the inside so you could design it as you wanted. Before you can start to build your ranch style barndominium, you need to have your interior floorplans. Finishing your DIY ranch style barndominium can take time and will probably require you to hire subcontractors for jobs such as plumbing, HVAC, and electricity. You will need to have exceptional technical and organizational skills.
When you look at the price for a ranch style barndominium kit, they are, on average, $10,000 but when finished, it can cost $100,000 or more. You can get a ranch style barndominium kit in various sizes, such as 30×40, 40×60, 40×75, or 60×60.
Ranch Style Barndominium Plans
Below is some ranch style barndominium floorplans to show you just how you can design your barndominium. With this style, there are endless floorplans that you can choose from. Most of them will include an attached garage and porch area.
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This ranch style barndominium plan offers you three bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite, laundry room, living and dining space. There is also a nice 12×9 patio and a large front porch. The garage is also attached. The kitchen area is not very large and you can walk from it into the laundry room. To the one side are two-bedroom with a bathroom between them that is entered from the hallway.
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This floorplan is well thought out with a nice three-car garage that has some storage and workspace. A nice size kitchen and dining area off which you will find a pantry and laundry room. This floorplan also offers living space and a great room. You could even use the living room as an office or play area for the children. There is the master suite and two other bathrooms.
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These ranch style barndominium plans include two bedrooms and a master suite. There is a nice great room with the laundry room leading off the kitchen and dining area. There is also a nice front porch and garage. When you step into the barndominium from the front porch you step into a foyer. You then go through the dining area to get to the kitchen and great room. To get to the hallway leading to the bedrooms, you enter from the great room.
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This is a very unique ranch style barndominium floor plan. Off the patio, you step into the sitting/media room that has a wet bar. Off this area are one bedroom and the utility room. From the floorplan, there does not look like there is a bathroom. The bathroom is off the living, kitchen, and dining area, where you will also find the second bedroom.
A ranch style barndominium offers you a variety of floorplans that is sure to fit you and your family’s lifestyle. We have also covered the benefits of choosing this style and general information about it. When looking at costs, it is cheaper to build a ranch style barndominium than a traditional home.