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Cost To Build Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium

Updated: Apr 9, 2023

Welcome to #WhatItCostWednesday where we talk through a build and provide you with hard numbers about the cost to complete it.

Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium
Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium

This week, we're discussing a debt free barndo-build in North Carolina, you may have seen it on instagram where its known as @HickoryNutFarmBarndominium. Cathy McGinnis, the homeowner and our source for all these juicy details has been sharing her impecible and over-the-top home decor since wrapping up their build in April of 2020.

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  • $180,000 to build

  • 2 bed, 2 bath

  • self contracted

  • 1820 interior living, 1780 outdoor living

  • $45K for the building "kit"

Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium Home Living
Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium Home

What Did $180,000.00 Get Them? This figure includes the building, concrete, all skilled labor sobcontracotrs, their well, septic, pellet stove (primary heat), appliances. In short, they were ready to move in at that price. I include this question, because often, people assume all youre getting at these low price points is a shell, no electrical, plumbing, or drywall.

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Hickory Nut Farm Barndominium Kitchen

Where They Saved

  • painting the interior themselves

  • DIY concrete floor sealing

  • DIY hanging shiplap

  • DIY landscaping

Where They Splurged

  • wood stove

  • custom cabinets

  • double fornt doors

  • large sink

Timeline The foundation was poured in Octber of 2019, and cost $19,000 for 3600 sq ft. Cathy's building kit was purchased through carport central for $45,000.00, a price that included erecting. Their building was purchased through Carport Central, a distrubutor that works hand in hand with American Building Network to manufacture tubular steel structures in North Carolina.

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Defining Features Cathy's porch is outfitted with all the bells and whistles for a warm southern welcome. Past the richly stained double front doors, in a wide open great room, youll find 12' ceilings with exposed spiral duct work, and a pellet stove that serves as the primary heat source. A quick sweep of the open-concept space is sure to tell you the season, as Cathy decorates her home from end-to- end for every occasion. Her knack for classic decor has made her a fixture in Instagram's farmhouse niche, and fits perfectly with their evolving homestead lifestyle.

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A huge thank you to Cathy and Todd McGinnis for sharing their home with us this week. Without generous barndo-owners, this series would be impossible.


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