Living the Barndo Life
Land of Texas Magazine - Winter 2012
If you're driving down a country road and you spot a metal building with windows, a porch and flower beds, it might be more than a livestock barn or machinery shed - it also could be somebody's home. Such dual-purpose buildings, commonly know as barndominiums, are springing up from the outskirts of Houston to the Texas Panhandle.
Generations ago, in the New England colonies, it was not uncommon for early settlers to share a barn home with their livestock. After all, the animals produced heat, and hay and straw mows provided insulation.
Today, Texans are rediscovering the practicality of barn living, but for reasons ranging from saving money to maximizing living space to minimizing upkeep.