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Barndominiums: Your Guide to a Perfect, Inexpensive Dream Home

Cool Springs: Quarto Jul. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9780760382264. $25. INTERIOR DESIGN
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Home improvement expert and designer Peterson (The New 5-Gallon Bucket Book) returns with another informative book for readers curious about barndominiums, or barndos, which are barn-conversion homes composed of durable and surprisingly versatile prefabricated steel. They cost much less to construct than a traditional residential structure, and they offer an affordable path to homeownership for those affected by inflation and the chaotic and fluctuating real estate market. Energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and less waste in materials during the building process are also listed as benefits. The book includes a gallery of barndominium doors, floors, kitchens, outdoor areas, great rooms, and tables to jumpstart design inspiration and imagination. There’s also a resource guide for homeowners to contact businesses that specialize in this type of building and design. The author discusses barndo types, exterior features, the importance of sun positioning, construction stages, and, of course, design elements.
VERDICT A great introductory book for readers who love home design or DIY books or are interested in learning more about the growing demand and popularity of barndominiums.
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