Posted 9/23/2021 07:52 (#9234599 - in reply to #9233845) Subject: RE: Barndominium
We have lived in one for 17 years and have found it very economical to live in. Ours looks like a clean/tidy 100x130’ barn (25% is living area) on the outside so it doesn’t have the expense and upkeep of the current trend of designer barndo’s.
The main issue that nobody addresses is the thermal conductivity of metal buildings. Whatever the temperature is on the outside WILL be conducted to the inside without some kind of thermal break. So far we have not met a metal building supplier who acknowledges or addresses this issue. We have added on to our barn and our #1 priority during construction was to emphasize thermal breaks and our IR images are 100% improved over the first area.
The positives of metal construction are square/straight walls when hanging cabinets etc., reduced fire potential, long term lower maintenance, and no rot/termite issues.The negatives are higher cost for studs, potential for rust(especially around windows), and my #1 issue: Thermal transfer......especially during the winter.
Overall we are very pleased with our living quarters and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again, especially implementing the knowledge gained over the 17 years.