How Much Does it Cost to Build a Barndominium in Vermont?

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is the perfect place to live if you want to live in a small town or little city.  It is a great place to enjoy nature and slow-paced life.  The question is, do you want to live in an apartment, a condominium, or build your dream home?  There are many options for building your dream home and one of them is to build a barndominium.

How much does it cost to build a barndominium in Vermont?  Is it more expensive or cheaper than building a traditional house?  The cost of just the construction is approximately $120 per square foot and the traditional home is approximately $160 per square foot.

Read on to see what it will cost to build a barndominium from the ground up or from a kit to the finished project.  The article will also cover what a Vermont barndominium is, how to acquire land and more.  By the end of the article, you will know all you need to know about building a barndominium in Vermont.

Key Takeaway

  • It is faster and quicker to build a barndominium than a traditional house.
  • Customizable to fit your family’s needs and lifestyle
  • Various sizes of barndominiums

What is a Vermont Barndominium?

A Vermont Barndominium is a type of house that has a wooden or steel framework with an open concept floor plan.  With a steel frame, it is bolted to a concrete slab that is four or six inches thick. If it is a wooden frame, the posts are set into the concrete.

What is a Vermont Barndominium

A barndominium is a combination of two words, which are barn and condominium.  Some are used strictly as a residence while others may use the bottom half for a horse barn, a home business, or more.  A barndominium is a great option if you do not want a traditional home.

Can you Build a Barndominium in Vermont?

Yes, you can build a barndominium in Vermont as there are no laws that restrict you from building one.  There may still be regulations as to the size of the barndominium that can be built on the land you choose but it can still be built when following the codes and regulations.

Can you Build a Barndominium in Vermont

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Barndominium in Vermont?

For just the construction of the barndominium in Vermont, the average cost is $120 per square foot compared to approximately $160 per square foot for a traditional house.  For a 2,000-square-foot barndominium, you would be saving about $80,000 instead of building a traditional home.  With this savings, you can use the money to upgrade your appliances, countertops, and cabinets, and add on a garage or space for a home business.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Barndominium in Vermont

In addition to the cost of the construction of the barndominium you have to take into consideration the cost to hire a contractor, having the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC installed delivery of materials, and more.  You can save if you do it yourself but you would most likely have to hire subcontractors for the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing unless you are licensed to do this work.  It all has to pass inspection for you to live in the barndominium.

Below are some charts to give you a ballpark figure on the extra added expenses.

Expense Two-Bedroom 30’x40’ Three Bedroom 40’x60’or 40’x75’
Building system $25,000-$38,000 $62,000-$95,000
Concrete slab $13,000-$20,000 $31,000-$47,000
Building Erection $8,500-$14,4000 $22,000-$38,000
Interior Finish $45,000-$190,000 $122,000-$485,000
Expense Approximate Cost
Land $4,000-$150,000
Clearing the Land $1,300-$,000
Concrete slab foundation $4,000-$12,500
Insulation $1,500-$3,500
Plumbing $1,000-$2,900
Electrical $1,500-$5,500
Sewer or septic $3,500-$12,000
HVAC $4,700-$16,000
Flooring $4,500-$30,000
Roofing (if not included in the kit) $6,500-$15,000
Drywall and interior $7,000-$35,000
Blueprints $60-$2,100
Contractor $35,000-$65,000 or 10%-20% of project total
Sub-contractors $100-$200 per sq foot
Materials (if not buying the kit) $35,000-$110,000
Floor plans $1,500-$4,50

When you purchase a kit, you can get the basic shell for as low as $20 per square foot.  The basic kit will include the frame, wood or steel, all the hardware you need, and the roof.  Some do include the exterior windows and doors but if not you have that added expense.  You also have all the interior doors to purchase, paint or paneling, decorative items, and more.

Where to Find Land for a Barndominium in Vermont?

The best place to find land is to talk to a local real estate dealer.  You can also ask friends, family, and neighbors or drive around looking for a for sale sign.  Before purchasing land, know what size barndominium you are building to ensure that the land you want to purchase is zoned for that particular size barndominium.  It is easier to find larger plots of land in rural areas than close to the bigger cities.


The answer to the question of how much does it cost to build a barndominium in Vermont is approximately $120 per square foot for just the construction of the house.  When you add in everything else, it could cost as much as $300,000 but it depends on a lot of factors.  This article also covered how to find land to build your barndominium.

James Hall
James HallBarndominiums Advisor

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.

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