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Old 12-14-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Conroe , TX
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Im relocating to the Houston area this coming summer and Im strongly considering going the "barndomiun" route. I've had the big fancy home and I'm over it, but love the idea of a very low maintenance, sturdy and relatively low cost home/shop. These appear to be very popular in Texas. Id like to discuss the pros and cons of this concept, from design, available land, zoning, etc.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I've never heard of this before, but found some interesting pics through google. I wonder how hard they would be to cool in the summer (which lasts about 9 months here in Houston)?
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Conroe , TX
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I've never heard of this before, but found some interesting pics through google. I wonder how hard they would be to cool in the summer (which lasts about 9 months here in Houston)?

I don't think cooling would be all that bad if its well insulated because its really a house within a metal building so you have two layers of insulation and a big air gap between the two.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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zoning.... um none. Also, I see so many of these around town so I don't think you would have to build one...just use one of the many abandoned buildings
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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I ran across one or two of these but never knew that they had their own species name until I googled just now. I have no idea about pros or cons, sorry. Update us as you find out more, interesting idea.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Conroe , TX
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They are basically a commercial metal building, but with a living space rather than offices and typically half or more is open to be used for stowage or maybe a home business. They are faster and less expensive to build than a conventional stick built house and no worries about termites, rot, shingles, etc. You can go as plain or fancy as you want.












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Old 12-15-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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My family has been on this trail for a while. In Houston, between he heat, mosquitos and allergies, we don't spend a lot of time in the yard. We have been considering a bat cave approach. The building can be configured a many ways to permit lots of sun.
Good luck with your project. Subdivisions are out due to deed restrictions.
I was told some time ago by a real estate agent that some folks had converted hangers at our local little airport into housing.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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They have Silo-miniums on Woodall Rodgers in Dallas.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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My family has been on this trail for a while. In Houston, between he heat, mosquitos and allergies, we don't spend a lot of time in the yard. We have been considering a bat cave approach. The building can be configured a many ways to permit lots of sun.
Good luck with your project. Subdivisions are out due to deed restrictions.
I was told some time ago by a real estate agent that some folks had converted hangers at our local little airport into housing.
I knew someone who lived at an airport community in Waller.
She commuted by plane most days.
Flew her plane to the little airport that used to be on Westheimer outside the beltway where she kept a beater car which she drove to our office just inside the beltway.

This is another barndominium I photographed last year out in Chappell Hill.

http://bluelemonphoto.com/current/in...in_the_country

The architects are LOJO | Logan and Johnson Architecture
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Missouri City, TX
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The property would either have to have no deed restrictions or restrictions that would allow this type of structure. You might have to live further away from the city/city conveniences to get this property. I know for some that would be a pro and for some it would be a con.

If you make your living working in the "barn" part of the barndominium, or you can telecommute, no commute would be a huge pro.
Cons? Resale might be tougher as that type of home would probably not appeal to the masses.

I know a lady who built one off of 288 in Pearland or Manvel. The bottom is an actual barn (4 stalls) and she lives on top. I also visited another one in Germany which again was a barn on the bottom with lots of stalls, living space on top and attached to an indoor riding arena. This was a horse trainer's home - it was amazing! It was so effecient, great use of space.
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