Is it Worth it to Build a Barndominium Instead of a House in Tucson?
Barndominiums have gained popularity in recent years as a cost-effective and unique alternative to traditional homes. They are often made from metal building materials and can be customized to mimic traditional homes or reflect a more modern, industrial aesthetic. If you’re considering building a barndominium in Arizona, one of the first questions you likely have is how much it will cost. It’s important to keep in mind that costs can vary significantly depending on a number of variables. We’ll explore what factors can affect the cost of building a barndominium in Southern Arizona, and break down potential expenses in order to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Building Size: One of the biggest factors that can affect the cost of building a barndominium in Arizona is the size of the building itself. Obviously, the larger the building, the more materials will be required. Additionally, if you plan to use your barndominium as a rental property or Airbnb, you may want to opt for a larger building to maximize your income potential. On average, barndominiums cost between $100 and $300 per square foot to build. For example, if you wanted to build a 2,000 square foot barndominium, you could expect to pay between $400,000 and $600,000, but a larger barndominium could end up costing a lower price per square foot. For example a 4,000 square foot barndominium might be in the $800,000 to $900,000 dollar range and on the other side of the scale a smaller structure such as a 1,000 square foot dwelling might be $250-300 per square foot.
Location: Another factor that can impact the cost of building a barndominium in Arizona is the location of your chosen property. If your land is difficult to access, or if you plan to build in an area that experiences frequent natural disasters such as floods or wildfires, you can expect to pay more in insurance premiums. Additionally, if your property is located in an area with high building permit fees, this can also add to your overall expenses.
Materials: The type of materials you use can also affect your cost. Many barndominium builders opt for metal as it is a durable, cost-effective option. However, it’s important to note that some metal materials may rust or corrode over time and the cost of steel can fluctuate. If you want a more traditional look, you may choose to use wood siding or stonework. Keep in mind that these materials may increase your costs. There are kits available that can be customized or Sunstone Development and Construction can build your barndominium from lumber and use metal siding which can reduce the interior fur-out costs and give you a warmer or rustic interior look and feel. You should also be aware of your bank lending requirements for a construction loan. Many banks require your barndominium to be wood construction to qualify for underwriting.
Utilities: Once you’ve built your barndominium, you’ll need utilities such as water, electricity, and gas. Connection fees and installation costs can vary based on your location and the availability of resources. For example, if you plan to live off-grid, you’ll need to invest in solar panels as well as storage batteries. These expenses can add up quickly, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Of course in Southern Arizona water is a valuable resource so ensuring your site is prepared before you consider building is very important. We suggest reviewing Pima County well guidelines right up front, here’s a link to the Pima County, Arizona Department of Water Resources. Here you can file for a Notice of Intent (NOI) permit applications for private water wells, applicable to properties up to five acres, can be obtained at our office, through the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), or via your drilling company.
Customizations: When it comes to customizing your barndominium, the possibilities are endless. You can choose to have built-in shelving that perfectly fits your needs and preferences. Additionally, you can opt for custom doors and windows that not only enhance the functionality of your space but also add a touch of uniqueness and style. Keep in mind, however, that while these personalized features contribute to the overall charm and appeal of your barndominium, they may come with additional costs. It’s important to weigh the benefits against the expenses and make a decision that aligns with your budget and vision.
Building a barndominium in Arizona can be a cost-effective alternative to a traditional home, but it’s important to understand the potential expenses ahead of time. The cost can vary based on a number of factors including building size, location, materials, utilities, and customizations. A 2,000 square foot barndominium in Arizona can cost anywhere from $400,000 to $600,000 to build. By doing your research and working with a reputable builder, you can ensure that your project stays within budget and results in the barndominium of your dreams.
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