Metal barn homes have gained a great popularity during the past decade and this is not so by accident. We selected some examples of metal pole barn houses and we shall look at their advantages and disadvantages, their exterior design, and the principles of building such house. With the development of technology metals have numerous applications in residential constructions – roofing, steel frames, siding, etc.
What are metal barn homes?
Judging by the name metal barn homes are residential alloy-based buildings. Everyone knows what a barn is – a building in a farm used for storing equipment and other items. A pole farm outbuilding is different from a residential structure as it has no foundation and the metal panels (steel or aluminum) are supported by poles driven into the ground. Such buildings are constructed quicker than any other type of building and are cost effective.
Another important thing that customers of pole farm houses need to understand is that it is the shell of the home that is constructed with metal poles. As far as interior is concerned, every homeowner can customize it as per his taste and preferences and the resulting home can look like any other traditional one. Even exterior can be customized and the owner can choose any type of exterior cladding. Usually, pre-fabricated sheets and poles are used for the framing and the roof of the metal barn homes. They have all the features and floor plan of a regular house – living space, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
What are the advantages of metal barn homes?
Metal barn homes or pole barn houses offer a number of advantages and the biggest one is their affordability. Pole buildings are budget friendly and the cheapest option, compared to alternative types of construction. In terms of design – they offer a great flexibility for interior designs and variations in floor plan. When it comes to budget, the cost for building a pole farmhouse, even with all the added features like decorative windows, doors, wainscoting – will be substantially lower due to the fact that these constructions require less material.
Durability and life span – metal barn homes are extremely durable and will last longer than other types of buildings. Due to the properties of alloys, these habitats require less maintenance and withstand extreme weather conditions better than other building materials.
Customization options – Without any problem, metal barn homes can be customized to the individual requirements of the customer – size, features, floor plan, etc. You can choose a superior insulating system to make your farmhouse much more energy efficient.
Environmental considerations – choosing this type of house is choosing to preserve natural resources as the construction materials are recyclable.
Metal barn homes can be built as a DIY project. Kits usually include building plans and all the materials needed for the construction. Of course, for plumbing and electricity, the owner will have to hire a professional and will have to finish the interior by himself.