Phillips barndo exterior - "Barndominiums" cost less and are faster to build, have virtually no external maintenance requirements and generally have lower insurance and taxes. Many owners also report much lower utilities. Perfect Retirement Home Option! Many families have discovered the practical benefits of living in a metal building-turned-house. Outside, it looks like a barn or shed; inside, there is a portion finished out as a living space.
For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design.