Monday, July 15, 2013

Building a bardominium

So here is the rough sketch-up...please don't laugh. It is our FIRST attempt. :) Bear with us...we are newbies....


Picture One: (overhead view) drive going to the 3 or 4 car carport

Picture Two: Front view of house, double door, side light windows, porch, austin stone 1/4 way up (maybe...if we can budget that)

Picture Three: Front of house. Full view of porches. Window on left- master bedroom, Window on right- 2nd bedroom, window on very top into the loft

 Picture Four: Side view of house. Wrap around porch (maybe...if its in the budget)

Picture Five: Pulled back side angle view

Picture Six: Back view of house. Small outdoor austin stone kitchen & fire-pit. Two sliding/french doors going out to the patio. The left one is off the kitchen, the right is off the living room. Large window on top providing light to living/kitchen.

Picture Seven: arial view of carport and back of house

Picture Eight: Carport and entrance into laundry/mud room


* Stained concrete floors (not scored or stamped)
* Open concept
* Vaulted/High Ceilings
* As energy efficient as financially possible 
* Recessed lighting, fans, dimmer switches


* Front porch:

(Must Haves) = nice door with side lights, water spicket, door bell, basic landscaping, sidewalk to carport, 2 or more electrical outlets, water spicket

(Nice to Haves) = outdoor fans, large stone planters, austin stone facing 1/4 way up front of house

* Carport:

(Must Haves) = 3 or 4 car, entrance to mudroom/laundry room, 2 or more electrical outlets, water spicket

(Nice to Haves) = tractor parking, storage built in

* Back Porch:

(Must Haves) = 2 sets of sliding/french doors into house, fans, water spicket

(Nice to Haves) = basic landscaping, outdoor kitchen {counter & sink - already have grill}, firepit 


* Laundry/Mud Room

(Must Haves) = counter for folding, place for chest freezer and beer fridge, drying rod for hanging clothes, storage for vacuum, mops, etc, access to carport 

(Nice to Haves) = sink for soaking, built in lockers/shelves for each family members stuff

* Kitchen

(Must Haves) = solid countertops, large farm/apron sink, eat at island for 4-6 people, fridge (french door with bottom freezer), drop in gas range (4-6 burner), french doors/sliding doors to outside, recessed lighting, lots of storage

(Nice to Haves) = concrete counter tops stained & glossy 6 burner stove

* Living Room

(Must Haves) = gas/wood burning fireplace, french/sliding doors to outside, electrical plugs in floor & wall, ceiling fans, wiring & mount for television, 

(Nice to Haves) = built in entertainment center, built in dry bar, double sided fireplace into master suite

* Master Bedroom

(Must Haves) = ceiling fan & recessed lights on dimmer, wall sconces on his/her side of bed with switches by bed

(Nice to Haves) = window seat, wall mount television, large window into living room up by ceiling (to make it seem more open) 

* Master Bathroom

(Must Haves) = Double vanity, separate soaking tub & walk in shower (without a door), framed mirrors, enclosed toilet, walk in closet, recessed lights on dimmers, ceiling fan, frosted window, lots of storage, tall toilet

(Nice to Haves) = concrete countertops, separate his/hers closets, double sided fireplace into living room, tile shower

* 2nd Bedroom

(Must Haves) = large closet with built in cubbies for toys/shoes/etc, windows, fan, recessed lights on dimmers

(Nice to Haves) = window seat, built in bench with toy storage, window near ceiling into living room for more openness 

* 2nd Bathroom

(Must Haves) = shower/tub combo, sink with long vanity, toilet, en suite entrance into 2nd bedroom, entrance into mudroom or living room

(Nice to Haves) = tile tub surround, concrete vanity top, storage

* Loft 

(Must Haves) = staircase, flooring (carpet or laminent wood), storage (closet/cabinets), wiring for tv mount, lights on dimmers, fan, window for outside light

(Nice to Haves) = built in bunk beds, spiral staircase with slide

Here are a few pictures of some of the features we mentioned to give you an idea of what we are looking for... some of these are niceties  not necessities, we need help deciding which are which. 

This cutout window from the bedroom to the living room makes the bedroom feel more open. 

Spiral Staircase with Slide from Loft

Stained concrete floors

Concrete countertops & concrete sink 

Exterior of house (maybe???) This is from the Mueller Metal Building website of prefabbed was part barn and the sides were a lot different. This is where my sketch-up inspiration came from with many "tweeks" 


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  1. Thanks for sharing your vision. Have you built your barndo yet? How did it go? I'm planning on building one later this year.

  2. I have no education in architecture or anything but I grew up drawing amateur blue prints of fiction houses. I grew up in a timber frame house and our barn was also timber frame. A while back when I was researching more about timber frame houses I found bardominiums which I had never heard of before. They seem more simple which is always a plus for me. I've loved the style ever since, but I am far far away from being able to build one. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Please advise what color you used for this.
    Thank you!