Are you looking for a new home? Maybe you’re also searching for a barn or a storage building. What if you could get all of that in one structure? Well, now you can with Metal Barn Central! Our premium metal barns with living quarters are some of the best solutions for anyone hoping to maximize the potential of their building. We create metal barns that serve as perfect modern farmhouses and include ample space for living quarters, storage facilities, and even stables. These structures are cost-efficient, low-maintenance, and full of charm. Steel barns with living quarters are one of the best options in the market today.
Choose the Hottest Trend: A Metal Barn with Living Quarters
An entire year spent working from home left many of us thinking long and hard about our living spaces. Real estate companies are on the hottest streak in nearly two decades, and houses are selling faster than ever. As a result of this market boom, another trend is becoming popular among homebuyers: metal barns with living quarters.
These metal buildings are designed to bring your home, work, and hobbies together under one literal roof. The “metal barn” section of the structure has plenty of open space to house your hobbies or work. It can also easily be finished out for additional office or retail space.
The other section of a metal barn with living quarters is dedicated to your living quarters. This is the area in which you’ll spend most of your time living and relaxing. These areas can be decked out with bedrooms, bathrooms, and even kitchen spaces.
Steel barns with living quarters are a one-stop shop for all your work and home needs. If you’re the DIY type, you will want to look into our metal barn kits! We build our kits to the same stringent engineering standards as our prefabricated metal barns, but you save money by installing them yourself!
Choose to be Better by Choosing Steel Over Wood
Metal barns with living quarters have innumerable benefits, but we wanted to go through a few of them to show you just why these structures are some of the best options on the market. It doesn’t get much better than a steel barn, and here’s why:
1. They’re Durable
Metal barns are the most durable option on the market because they are made from premium galvanized steel. Built to withstand the weather, the test of time, and just about anything else that gets thrown it’s way.
2. They’re Affordable
Not only is steel a durable material, but it also has one of the lowest overall costs for its quality. There’s the low upfront cost, but you’ll save money for years to come because you chose steel over wood. When you buy a steel building, you won’t have to worry about the costly repairs with wooden structures.
3. They Have Faster Installation Times
Traditional wooden houses can take nearly a year to construct from start to finish, and that’s if you’re lucky! If you want an option that won’t take so long, a steel barn with living quarters is your best bet. Metal barns can be installed in around a week (depending on size and complexity). This is a vast improvement over wooden structures!
4. They Bring Home and Work Together, the Right Way
Thanks to their dual design, metal barns with living quarters are the perfect spaces for bringing your home life and your work life together. And the way they’re built, you won’t have to worry about keeping your workspaces and living spaces separate! This is the perfect way to bring everything under one cozy roof!
5. They Have Ample Space
Whether you choose to work from home or not, you will have ample storage space in your metal barn. These structures are designed to help you stay clutter-free and to keep your home open-concept.
6. They’re Good for the Environment
Steel is the most environmentally friendly material on the market. It is completely recyclable. In fact, it can be recycled multiple times, giving it a virtually endless lifespan! Steel buildings don’t contribute to deforestation the way that wooden buildings do.
7. They’re Fire-Resistant
Steel is the safest building material. Unlike wood that is highly flammable by nature, steel won’t catch fire even if it’s struck by lightning. To protect your home from the elements, choosing a steel barn with living quarters is the safest option for you and your family.
8. They’re Mold and Pest Resistant
Not only is steel fire-resistant, but it is also mold, mildew, and pest resistant. You’ll never deal with termites, mice, or any other pesky critters that will inevitably try to make your home their home. Choosing a steel building also means protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of mold and mildew. Steel will not retain moisture, making your building inhospitable for mold and mildew growth.
9. They’re Energy-Efficient
Metal barns are a great option if you are looking to save on energy costs. Properly insulated steel buildings reduce energy transfer through walls, keeping your air conditioning in during the summer and your heat in during the winter. This keeps you comfortable and helps you save money.
10. They’re Low Maintenance
Unlike wood that will eventually rot, galvanized steel stands strong for years to come. You’ll also never have to worry about chipping paint, costly asphalt shingle repairs, or patching up rotting boards. Maintenance for premium metal barns and metal barn kits are straightforward: keep it clean and repair any minor damages that might occur over time to reduce any further damage. That’s it!
11. They’re Multi-Purpose
If we haven’t made it clear yet, there’s not much you can’t do with a steel barn with living quarters. Its durability, cost-efficiency, and low-maintenance needs make it the perfect structure for anything you could ever need. These barns make great homes, businesses, and stables. They can function as anything you can imagine!
Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Buy
So, you’ve decided to buy a metal barn with living quarters. You’re probably wondering how to get started. We made a list of some of the factors you should consider before purchasing your new metal barn or metal barn kit.
1. Before You Build, Buy Your Land
- Zoning : When you buy a traditional home, you don’t usually have to think about zoning. However, you do with a metal barn home. Since you’re building your metal barn from the ground up, the first step is to buy a plot of land. The land may fall in one of three zoning categories: residential, agricultural, and commercial. These classifications will limit what can and can’t be done on that particular plot. To ensure that you’re following all regulations, call your local zoning commission to find out precisely what classification your land will fall under.
- Taxes : It’s essential to understand the tax laws for the area where you are building. This is particularly important if you plan on buying the land ahead of your metal barn or metal barn kit’s installation. Research and figure out if you will be taxed on the plot of land even before your building is installed. No one wants to skimp on decorating their new home because they didn’t budget for additional land taxes. Talk with the tax assessor in your area to get a good understanding of all appropriate tax regulations.
- Public Utilities : Since you plan on using your new metal barn as a home, you need to have access to utilities. It’s hard to live in a home these days without electricity, water, a sewage system, and an internet connection. Before you purchase any land plots, be sure to research which utilities are available in that area. Will you be able to get city water, or will you have to dig a well? Are there multiple internet providers that service the area? Take time to thoroughly research these questions to ensure that you get all the utilities you need.
2. Deciding Its Purpose, Size & Design
The most important thing to do before you buy your new metal barn is the simplest step because it’s the most crucial. You need to pin down your barn’s exact purpose. Will you need a garage? Or are you looking for storage? Once you have figured out the purpose of the building, you will determine the exact size and design you’ll need to accomplish those goals. Knowing your needs is critical because size and design are going to vary wildly depending on the type of use.
3. Location, Location, Location! And Permits
Another vital thing to consider before you buy your new metal barn with living quarters is your location. We work with high-quality manufacturers across the country, but the specific manufacturer that handles your building will vary depending on where you live.
Additionally, the requirements your metal barn will need to meet can vary depending on your location. Areas like Florida and Louisiana require higher wind load certifications than other areas of the country. Knowing these requirements is essential because this information will be part of the permit process.
Your steel barn with living quarters will need to meet residential standards. The best way to ensure that it does is to work directly with your local building commission. Ask about the requirements before you buy, and then verify that your blueprints meet their standards before you have your building installed.
4. Thinking About the Cost
One of the first questions most people ask is, “What is the cost?” This is an excellent question to ask as you’ll need to know how to budget your project. And the cost depends on several factors. It’s divided into two parts: the price of the metal barn and the cost of finishing materials. The best way to determine your metal barn’s cost is to talk with a building specialist or use our online metal building estimator. Keep in mind that factors like your building’s dimensions, location, anchors, and customization features will also affect the price.
A Step by Step Guide for Building Your Metal Barn with Living Quarters
Building any new home can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Building a steel barn with living quarters from start to finish is one of the most streamlined options. To make the process even easier, we made a checklist of all the important steps.
1. Make Your Choice: DIY or Contractors
The first move is to decide whether you intend to go the DIY route or hire contractors to install your new steel barn with living quarters. There are pros to both options, so we suggest choosing what works best for you and your lifestyle.
2. Design Your Floorplan
The next step will be to work with a metal building specialist to design the floor plan for your new metal barn. Take your time with this process and make sure you leave yourself plenty of room for everything you need now or might need in the future.
3. Hire Your Contractors
If you decided the DIY option wasn’t for you, now is the time to hire your contractors. These will be the people who install your metal barn with living quarters.
4. Get Your Permits
The next step in the process can take a while. Getting a permit is a crucial stage, but the approval process can take up to three months. You will need to work with your building commission to see what standards your metal building should meet. For a home, you’ll also want to ensure that you’re building by residential standards. Once you have your permit, it’s time to start building!
5. Decide You How Will Finance
The final step of the pre-building process is to decide what type of financing you’ll need for your building. Will you be paying for everything upfront, or will you be taking advantage of one of Metal Barn Central’s fantastic financing options?
1. Lay a Good Foundation
The first step in installing your new metal barn with living quarters is to lay the foundation. It’s critical that you choose a strong foundation, as the integrity of your entire house will depend on it. We highly recommend a concrete foundation.
2. Time for Framing
The metal building construction process begins with the installation of the purlins, girts, and main frames. This is when you’ll start to see the skeleton of your building.
3. Frame Your Openings
Framed openings for your doors and windows are installed at the same time as the main framing for your galvanized steel barn. With these in place, your building is starting to take shape!
4. Install Your Paneling
The steel roof and wall paneling go on at this stage, fleshing out the frame into a full building. Now your steel building is starting to look like a house!
5. Add Your Insulation
Insulation is critical for any structure in which you intend to live. Insulation is what keeps your new home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insulation is also crucial for keeping energy costs low.
6. From Barn to Home
With the framing complete and your new metal barn standing tall, there remains a way to go before it resembles the metal barn of your dreams. Now is the time to install the flooring, countertops, appliances, and anything else you need to transform this barn into a home.
How Much Will a Steel Barn with Living Quarters Cost?
We know the thing on every buyer’s mind when buying a new home is “how much will it cost?” This is an important question to ask, but the answer isn’t as cut and dry for metal barns with living quarters. Much of it depends on how you plan to have the structure finished. If you intend to add high-end floors, countertops, cabinets, and appliances, the cost of your steel barn with living quarters will be higher than someone who chooses the bare minimum components.
With that in mind, other factors affect the cost, too. These aspects specifically alter the price of your metal barn’s framing. For example, the size of your building greatly affects its price. The foundation type, location, gauge, certifications, and the condition of the steel market will also affect your metal barn’s final price. But even with all these factors at play, Metal Barn Central offers the most competitive prices on the market!
Wait, What About Taxes?
Determining the tax on a steel barn with living quarters can be complicated and greatly depends on the tax codes in your specific location. If your metal barn is purely residential, it will most likely be taxed as a residential structure. However, if your building has a secondary use, such as a stable or workspace, it may not be considered fully residential. The best way to determine how your structure will be zoned is to speak with your local tax assessor.
Our Financing Programs Make Budgeting a Breeze
As with any home, you don’t have to worry about paying for everything upfront. We don’t offer mortgages here at Metal Barn Central, but we offer two fantastic financing plans to make paying for your new home as simple as possible.
Our Rent-to-Own program is our most popular financing option because it suits every buyer, no matter what. This option is easy to apply for; you’ll know whether you’ve been approved on the same day you apply. In fact, most customers find out in a matter of hours or minutes.
It gets better! Our Rent-to-Own program has no credit checks, making it a quicker and more accessible option for those who need a building but may not have the credit score to get it. This is just one way we make sure our customers get what they need.
There is no fixed rate. Instead, your monthly payment will depend on the cost of your building and your budget. Additionally, you can pay off your metal barn at any time with no early payment penalties!
If making monthly payments isn’t for you, we also offer a more traditional financing option. We partner with three top-notch financial institutions to make getting your new steel barn with living quarters easy and convenient.
Our first partner is Allegacy. If you have a smaller building or only need a loan to cover part of the cost, they’re the financial partner for you; Allegacy offers loans of up to $10,000.00. Allegacy loans require a credit score of at least 680 and proof of your Income-Debt Ratio.
Greensky is another excellent financial institution with which we partner. They may be a great option if you have a lower credit score or need a loan for your entire building, as they can loan up to $55,000.00. They do require a minimum credit score of 640. As well, Greensky has two payment plans. The first is an 84-month plan with a 13.99% APR. The second is a 12-month plan with an APR of 17.99-26.99%.
Our newest financial partner is US Credit. They offer quick and manageable plans, and they work with people in a wide service area. However, you will need to call them directly for more information and verify if they service your location.
Choose a Metal Barn Kit to Save Money & Time
If you’re looking to save some extra money or put your DIY skills to the test, we have a great option for you! At Metal Barn Central, we offer premium steel barn with living quarters kits. You’ll work with our metal building experts to design your perfect metal barn, and then it will be shipped to you, ready to assemble! All you need to do is put the building together. But don’t worry! These metal barn kits come with everything you need to build, and they’re easy to install for both novices and pros alike!
Here’s what you can expect to find in your metal barn kit:
- Steel framing
- Steel wall paneling
- Steel roof paneling
- Fasteners (nuts, bolts, and screws)
- Foundation anchors
- Metal building doors and windows
- Purlins, girts, and trusses
If this sounds like the right option for you, we highly encourage it! Metal barn kits give you the freedom to install them when convenient for you and help you save money.
Choose Quality; Choose Metal Barn Central
If you are looking to buy a new home, there’s no better option than Metal Barn Central. We are experts in the design and construction of metal buildings, and we aim to bring you the metal barn of your dreams! Whether you plan to hire contractors or install it yourself, our specialists are qualified to answer any question you may have along the way. We’re proud to be one of the premier metal barn providers in the nation. When you choose to work with Metal Barn Central, you’re choosing quality. Call us today at (980) 819-4605 .