Tucked away on 25 acres in Marshville, NC sits a farm-style barndominium owned by Todd and Cathy McGinnis. The couple’s home is a poignant reminder that metal homes can be every bit as cozy and comfortable as a traditional home.
Hickory Nut Farm Barndo
The Hickory Nut Farm barndo is a Marshville, NC metal home that has become a homestead of sorts, with chicken and sheep roaming the land. It’s a special place, and the construction of their barndo allows the McGinnis family to live a debt-free life surrounded by nature.
“Create a home place you don’t need to get away from,” says Todd and Cathy McGinnis. That’s exactly what Hickory Nut Farm offers – the peace and tranquility that a country getaway offers.
The expansive porches also allow the couple to make the most of outdoor living.
Inside the Barndo
The home’s modern farmhouse style blends in well with the landscape. The interior offers 1,820 square feet of space. The exterior has an additional 1,780 square feet in porches alone. There’s plenty of space for afternoon porch-sitting and tea drinking.
The single-story home offers an open dining, kitchen and living space. The living area has a great fireplace with plenty of room for seating and entertaining. The modern kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse-style sink. A center island offers space for friends and family to gather while cooking and entertaining.
Just past the kitchen is the laundry room, which offers an additional entry/exit to the home. Cabinets and countertops provide space for storage and folding. A corner window allows natural light into the space.
Bathrooms and bedrooms are spacious. The master bath features double sinks and a large shower with a seat.
Hickory Nut Farm Proves That Barndos are Affordable
One look at the photos of Hickory Nut Farm, and you would assume that the project was a costly one. It’s outfitted with high-end features and is beautifully laid out.
But this metal barndo costs less than what most existing homes are going for on the market today.
Cathy McGinnis says the entire project cost them $180,000, and that’s including the septic and well.
That’s less than $100 per heated square foot – an impressive price for such a modern home.
To put that into perspective, a traditional stick-built home can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per square foot.
However, the couple did take on the task of contracting the project themselves. By taking this route, they were able to save some money. Finding a trustworthy contractor is key.
The barndo was built using a Carport Central kit. The company offers a wide range of metal barn kits that can easily be converted into a home. Custom options are also available that allow you to truly build a barndo to your exact needs and specifications. They also provided the great video footage from the project. Visit them online at CarportCentral.com.
The couple tracked the progress of their build on Instagram, giving followers an inside look at their barndo from construction to move-in and beyond.
Follow their IG updates directly @hickorynutfarmbarndominium
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