We are the best in affordable and sustainable housing. Keen’s barndominiums help you get back to budget-friendly living in a home you can call your own.
Our barndominiums for sale in Florida and Georgia are the most popular selection in our lineup of habitable structures. These aluminum and steel buildings provide durability, customizability, and affordability all in one .
Barndos are the latest in the tiny home housing trend. Choose from single-story or two-story barndominiums for sale. Our metal building barndominiums are pre-engineered with certified plans for habitable in-use unless otherwise specified.
Why Choose Barndominiums
Do barndominiums last longer than traditional housing and barn structures? The short answer is yes!
Due to their metal framework, barndominium buildings offer a much longer lifespan with less maintenance than a traditional site-built home. Most traditional homes are made from a combination of wood, stucco, or brick, which are prone to cracks, weathering, and other inevitable wear and tear. Furthermore, with these traditional materials, the settling of the structure is more likely to cause exterior cracks. This is especially true on stucco finish homes.
Wood’s tendency to rot and attract pests, such as termites. These pests can cause slow damage to your home’s overall framework and foundation over an extended period. Moreover, maintaining the exterior of homes constructed from the materials mentioned above can be a labor-intensive and sometimes even impossible.
Metal is extremely resilient, and you can easily clean the exterior of your metal structure. Additionally, the structural integrity of a metal barndominium is far less susceptible to natural disasters.
For example, flooding causes severe waterlog damage in sheetrock and promotes wood rot. However, it won’t have nearly as detrimental an effect on a metal structure.
One consideration for your metal barndominium is its tendency to fade over the course of many years due to sun exposure. This is known as UV fade. This natural breakdown of UV rays on paint can impact even highend cars, which is why paint choice is crucial in customizing your prefab barndominium.
To combat fading over an extended period of time, opt for lighter colors such as White or Light Tan instead of darker colors that draw in more heat (Dark Green, Brown, Black).
The same goes for your roofing as well. The most popular roofing material for metal barndominiums is Galvalume. This silver reflective roof will bounce the heat off the structure and will never fade.
Alternatively, DuPont offers metal panels that are among the highest rated in the industry. Using metal trusses instead of wood will also extend the lifespan of your barndominium.
Flat roofs also tend to fade faster as the lack of angles allows broader heat distribution – which also keeps the interior of your barndominium warmer. By avoiding a shingled roof for your metal barndominium, it will be far less prone to damage from debris and rot. This is another facet that only further adds to the longevity of your new home.
We recommend designing your prefab barndominium home with a 24-inch overhang around the perimeter. This will prevent rain from running down your sidewall and leaving streaks in your exterior paint.
How to Maintain Your Barndominium
Cleaning and maintaining your barndominium is a straightforward process due to the incredible stability and simplicity of this structure. To keep the exterior clean, you can add a simple solution of bleach and water to your pressure washer for a quick spraydown.
During the construction process, it’s also critical that you opt for Lifetime Painted Screws. Designed specifically for the barndominium and roofing community, these invaluable screws resist the rusting that occurs in salt or damp air.
Once your screw heads rust or the primer comes off, you’ll start noticing streaks down the exterior of your metal building from the deterioration of the protective coating.
It is important NOT to cut costs regarding the screws you use for your structure. Many competitors will try to sell you cheap screws, but it can be damaging in the long run. Another benefit of Lifetime Painted Screws is that they color match your exterior metal panels. This is great for a clean-finished look for your prefab barndominium.
Permitting for Your Barndominium
Permitting any habitable structure is a process that varies from one municipality to another. Make sure to consult any HOA regulations, building codes, or local ordinances that may limit or restrict the construction of a barndominium, particularly in restrictive covenant communities.
Learn More about permitting considerations for your habitable structure.
Interior of Your Barndominium
Our barndominiums for sale provide an empty shell to work off of and create any space you imagine. You can use these versatile structures as
✔ Primary residences
✔ Vacation rentals or weekend cabins
✔ Backyard guest houses
✔ Mother-in-law suites
✔ Home office
You can configure the interior of your custom barndominium to your needs. Just like with a traditional site-built house, everything attaches to the framework. This way, you can erect wall studs and drywall to lay the space out differently.
“Keens building are super solid, and the process is seamless from start to finish!”
Insulation & HVAC
We recommend using closed-cell spray foam insulation instead of the conventional fiberglass insulation others use in most homes. This insulation type goes above and beyond to lower your electric bill by as much as 30%. Since it can be better condensed, it creates a tight barrier that adds to your walls’ structural integrity and strength.
Another upside of spray foam insulation is it also acts as a soundproof barrier to reduce outside noise. After situating your structure, call a local licensed spray foam specialist to make an appointment.
If you do take the spray foam route for your metal barndominium, make sure to choose your HVAC system carefully. You’ll want to opt for an air conditioning system with a built-in dehumidifier. The closely condensed insulation won’t lead to mold, mildew, or a general musty odor. With such a device, the dehumidifier will automatically kick on when humidity levels reach a certain point.
Ventilation is an extremely important factor in your barndominium construction, and structural features contribute to your ability to keep your home cool. For example, even opting for a roof with a steeper peak is a way to ensure your structure stays a few degrees cooler, as heat will gather at the peak, preventing distribution across the entirety of your roof.
Flooring for Your Barndominium
The most popular flooring for barndominiums for sale is a colored and polished concrete, which creates a rustic look while providing a reliable foundation for your steel barndominium. The mirror-like finish on this concrete flooring makes it easier to clean and sweep out as it’s far less porous than unpolished concrete and other flooring materials.
You can also select stamped concrete for a more dynamic look in your entryway or other areas. Concrete flooring has the other benefit that flooding or moisture won’t damage it.
Financing Your Barndominium
In today’s housing market, becoming a homeowner can seem impossible. However, with our reasonable and accessible barndominium financing options, you can become a homeowner today! We offer 10% down and up to 240 months financing on our prefab barndominiums for sale. Standard home rates apply.
We have a special program for barndominium buyers. You can get in touch with one of our representatives, who will walk you through the details as soon as you fill out our General Financing application. At Keen’s Buildings, we partner with trusty lenders who specialize in the barndominium sector so we can create the best plan for you.