From the time we knew we would live in the country, we’ve brainstormed about what type of home to build. Conventional? Manufactured? Barndominium? Tiny House? The choices seemed endless!
We considered a manufactured home. It seemed easy and fast. However, after pricing the size and style we wanted, along with upgrades, we knew it was more than what we wanted to spend.
Our next thought was to build a conventional home ourselves. We soon discovered that Texas isn’t owner/builder friendly. We would have to hire a general contractor, which would add 20-30% to the price of the home.
Finally, we researched barndominiums; metal building frames that combines a garage and living quarters, under the same roof. There is a lot of freedom in designing a barndominium, which means you can control the costs. But again, how were we going to build this without a contractor? Cash. Plain and simple. It would be a slow process, but we were determined to build this as affordable as possible.
When you think of a barndominium, you probably vision this:
Let me stop you right there. Because that is NOT what we’re building! Reality (and our wallet) says we’re going to build something more like this:
It’s just the two of us living here, so we knew we didn’t need more than 1500 sq ft. Our original idea was a 3000 sq ft building; half for living and half for a shop/garage. It was a great idea…until we realized how expensive it was going to be. So, we opted for two 1500 sq ft buildings next to one another.
Great! So we had decided on what to build. Now…where do we start?
Stay tuned tomorrow for more of the Country Life!