Dog Trot Barndominium: How Much Does It Cost To Build?

When you are looking at various architectural styles for your new barndominium home, you see the dog trot barndominium style but what exactly is this type of style?  It is a style that has been around since the 1800s.  It was a type of home that was created out of necessity.

A dog trot barndominium is now considered a modern amenity.  It is a type of barndominium that has an open breezeway, or some other type of space between two living spaces.  All of the square footage is under one roof.

Read on to learn more about this unique style barndominium, how it originated, and what it would cost to build this style.  We will also include some floor plans to show you how it is laid out.  It is a style that can suit some families but they can be quite small in square footage.  When you are finished reading this article, you will have all the information you need to decide if the dog trot barndominium style is one that you might want to have built and live in.

Key Takeaways

  • Traditionally they are a one-story, log structure
  • Although no longer necessary today, the dog trot style gives you a unique barndominium
  • A dog trot barndominium can give you that indoor-outdoor living space you want
  • The area between the two cabins, or living space, was ten to fifteen feet.

What Is A Dog Trot House?

The dog trot house is characterized by large, open breezeways.  These run through the middle of the barndominium.  On each side, there are two living spaces.  For some, the bedrooms are on one side and the living area and kitchen are on the other side.  All of the areas are under one roof.

What Is A Dog Trot House

When they were first built, they were logged structures.  Generally, they were just one story with a chimney on each end of the house on the far side.  The kitchen and living area were on one side to help keep half of the house cooler.  The homes were usually raised several feet off the ground.  This was another way to keep the home cooler as the air circulated under and around the home.  Sometimes there were porches on the back and front of the house.

Why Is It Called A Dog Trot House?

It is thought that the original idea originated in the Appalachian Mountains or Carolina’s coastal low country in the 1800s.  At this time there was no electricity or air conditioning in these warm climates, so this style of the house was built to take advantage of any cross breeze.  There were also a lot of windows on all sides of the house.

It was called a dog trot home because this area between the two living spaces was the coolest spot in the house so that is where the family dog would stay most of there most of the time.  This was also the area that the dog trotted through if they wanted to get to the other side instead of going around the house.  That is how it got its name.

Dog Trot Barndominium:  How Much Does It Cost To Build?

Typically, the cost to build a dog trot barndominium ranges from $114-$122 but the actual price depends on the square footage, floor plan selected, and interior and exterior features.  The price will usually include standard finishes, HVAC, electricity, and plumbing.  It will not include any site work such as utility hookups, clearing the land if necessary, pouring the foundation, or delivery.

Dog Trot Barndominium

On average, it costs about $30-$40 per square foot but this does not include the cost of hiring a contractor or builder.  Even if you decide that you want to build it yourself, there is still work that will need to be contracted out to meet building codes.

Dog Trot Barndominium Plans

Below is some dog trot barndominium floor plans to show you the different layouts for your barndominium.  As you can see from most of the floorplans, the kitchen and living areas are on one side with the bedrooms on the other.  Most of these styles of barndominiums are under 2,000 square feet.  Some of them do have a second floor, although the original dog trot homes did not.

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 238

This dog trot barndominium is 46’x32’ with a large kitchen and living space on one side but there is no actual dining area.  There is a nice kitchen island that you can eat your meals on. There is also a half-bath and laundry room off the kitchen.  On the other side, there are two bedrooms with a full bathroom but is not a jack and jill bathroom.

Dog trot barndominium plan 238

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 239

This dog trot barndominium is 720 square feet so that is not a very large barndominium.  From this floor plan, there appears to be no extra living area.  On one side is two bedrooms but to get to the bathroom, you have to cross the breezeway, which is 11’8:x 19’4”.  This floor plan would be more suitable for a weekend get-away cabin.

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 239

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 240

This floor plan has even less square footage than the previous one at 648 square footage.  It has basically the same layout as the previous one with the bathroom and kitchen on one side and the two bedrooms on the opposite side.  The dog trot is several inches wider than either side.

Dog trot barndominium plan 240

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 241

This is also a floor plan that would suit a weekend getaway as each of the bedrooms is referred to as a bunk room with four beds in each one.  There is no actual breezeway between the two areas but there is a kitchen and small dining area.  Also in this area are two full bathrooms side-by-side.  There also appears that there may be a second story as it looks like there are stairs by the one bathroom.

Dog trot barndominium plan 241

Dog Trot Barndominium Plan 242

This dog trot barndominium does not show any bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining, or living areas.  It just shows a shed room and primary room, which looks something like the original dog trot homes might have looked like. Across the front, is a large porch plus there is a chimney on each side of the barndominium

Dog trot barndominium plan 242

Dog Trot Barndominium ideas

Below you will be able to see some of the designs of how your dog trot barndominium could look from the outside.  As you can see from the various pictures, it is a unique style for a barndominium.

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 1

Looking at this dog trot barndominium idea, this is what they might have looked like in the 1800s with the log cabin feel.  You can see that there are two separate homes, each with a chimney and a breezeway between them.  When you look at this idea, you can see where the name came from.

Dog trot barndominium idea 1

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 2

This is another idea that may have been used in earlier dog trot homes.  As you can see, it is raised from the ground about a foot and there are several indoors to let in the cool breezes.  There is also a door to each half of the home.

Dog trot barndominium idea 2

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 3

This is more of a modern-style dog trot barndominium with large glass windows on both sides but there is only one chimney.  Along the front is a nice porch/entertainment area that is large enough for a patio set and lounge chair.  This dog trot barndominium still has that rustic look with the wood siding.

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 3

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 4

Here you can see the layout of how they have used some of the breezeways for a nice living area.  There are two doors that open up to give you more of an open field.  It opens onto the covered porch area and then to the pool.  A very good setup to take advantage of the space.

Dog trot barndominium idea 4

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 5

This dog trot barndominium has a large, covered area that leads to what appears to be a swimming pool.  Farther into the barndominium is an open area that they are using for another dining area and living space.  All of this space makes it great for entertaining.

Dog trot barndominium idea 5

Dog Trot Barndominium Idea 6

Here again, is your very rustic dog trot home that was most likely built in the 1800s.  It had a small breezeway and from the position of the stone chimney, the one side was the kitchen and the other side was for living.  This stone chimney appears to be an indoor fireplace, where a lot of the cooking took place during this time.  There is another chimney on the other side to be used to keep the living area warm.

Dog trot barndominium idea 6


A dog trot barndominium is a very unique style but does not offer much square footage.  It can be the style of barndominium that you could build if you wanted a weekend getaway or for your new home.  On average, it costs over $100,000 to build but it all depends on the square footage, floor plan, and what features you want.

James Hall

James Hall

I'm James, your barndominiums advisor. Several years ago, I had no idea what barndominiums were. Although I'd spent over 10 years in the construction industry, the first time I heard about barndominiums was when I saw my neighbor building a new-style home. That was the first barndominium I've ever seen, and I found it so fascinating that I wanted to learn more about them. In my research, I found that there is very little information on barndominiums on the internet. was started to provide people with information, inspiration and education on building their dream house.

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