The 5 Best Barndominium Shop Plans with Living Quarters

In planning for our new barndominium, we thought how cool it would be to have a big shop area under the same roof as our 3-bedroom living quarters. So we set about searching:

What do the best barndominium shop plans with living quarters look like? Ideally, they are between 30×60 and 40×60 feet long, although there are a few arena-size plans that are as large as 40×90. These are typically 3 or 4 bedroom barndos with either a shop, garage, or stables under the same roof. But a few surprised us.

Read on for more details.

What floor plans are best suited to a shop?

Once you decide how big a shop you want, then you can simply look for different size floor plans. A Google search turns up a few. But a Google Images query reveals dozens of them — although many don’t lead to a site from which you can download plans.

This is because a couple of enterprising webpreneurs have decided to bait you with floor plans copied from elsewhere on the Internet. The links lead most often to a phony domain, seeking only your attention on a variety of Google ads.

This is annoying, but ultimately useful as you can often come away with a floor plan you haven’t seen before. And with some help from either digital architectural software or a “live” architect, you can begin turning those downloaded and altered plans into your dream barndo.

An offbeat little barndo with great big shop floor plan

Here’s the perfect little barndo for way back in the woods, Check out, for example, the wood stove in the kitchen and the ironing board in the master bath closet. We’re not sure, but we would bet this plan was originally drawn on a roadhouse bar napkin somewhere in Oregon….

A 30×60 barndo with shop floor plan

Our second example is what amounts to a 2-bedroom cottage with 30×30 shop area. Note the generous 20-foot long family room and the huge kitchen area with big island — just right for party mingling,

A 35×65 barndo with shop floor plan

Here’s an imaginative 65-foot long barndo with 35×35 shop area. It makes good use of the apartment area with a 3-bedroom layout and a roomy kitchen/dining combo.

A 30×90  long and lazy barndo floor plan

Who says you have to stop at 60 feet? or 70? Or even 80? This generously proportioned living area gives way to a roomy shop area. Note the incredibly luxurious master bath.

Yet another relatively small but beautiful example

Another good example of why many good things come in small packages. Clearly, this highly customized 40×53 barndo that is all about the shop areas was designed for someone who just wants a place to crash after spending a long but fulfilling day working, we imagine, on his classic car collection.

How much does it cost to build a pole barn home?

However, looking with longing at these well-executed blueprints, we can’t ignore the fact that you’re still going to be paying for all that space, even if it is cool. Here are some numbers from

Using your unit for anything other than simple storage increases its costs. The average pole building costs $4,000 to $50,000. Flooring, doors and insulation push the price between $2,000 and $20,000 above the standard estimates. A 40×80 pole-based home with a porch and loft ranges between $50,000 and $60,000.

And, another pertinent factoid:

How much does it cost to build a 40×60 pole barn with shop?

Total costs for labor and materials can be $8,000-$50,000 or more.Graber Buildings estimates that a 20×40-foot wood structure costs $10,000 for the materials and$4,000 for labor, while a 40×60-foot building would cost $18,000 and a 36×48-foot structure would be $29,000.

And, finally…

Here[s a bonus 35×70 plan from the master architects at Spacious living quarters with an open kitchen give way to a 30×35 ft shop area. Nicely done!

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  1. 50 X 75 X 16s

    One 14′ tall door and one 12; door, 2-25′ bays, living quarters 25′ X 50′ and stairs for upstair rooms

    2 bedrooms downstairs. Would finish upstairs later

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