The Growing Trend of Black Barndominiums

Posted on February 28, 2023
Front of large black barndominium with sun shining over the roof.

Black barndominiums are popping up across the country as these metal structures have become increasingly popular among homeowners and business owners alike. Metal barndominium living has plenty of benefits to appeal to consumers, and as home trends change, so do barndominium trends. 

When designing your own home or metal building, exterior color is one of the choices that will be displayed at the forefront of your design. It is, after all, on the outside! Black barndos showcase a striking, elegant appearance at a fraction of the cost of some high-dollar, traditional homes and buildings. Not only does this color choice showcase your personal style, it also dictates things like energy efficiency and temperature control. 

As you delve into the world of black barndominiums, allow us to be your guide to all topics related to designing the black barn of your dreams and creating a home that will be sleek and timeless. 

What is a Barndominium?

As home prices and construction prices continue to rise, barndominium builds have started to increase in popularity. In addition to being more cost-effective, barndominiums also offer the freedom and flexibility to create a home to your specific design wants and needs. Metal barndominiums are also incredibly durable and energy efficient. If you’re not familiar with the idea, a barndominium is essentially a metal home built using the basic shell of a pole barn. Many of these barn homes include an open floor plan designed to incorporate a living area with a workshop, large garage, bonus room, and more. They can be built strictly out of metal or wood hybrid. Barn house plans have as much design flexibility as a traditional home and a unique style that is truly eye-catching. 

3 Advantages of Building a Black Barndominium

While there are many advantages to building a black barndo, here are just a few to help you solidify your choice: 


There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to the design and functionality of your barndominium. Open-floor plan options give you room to play with your layout, as well as the ability to add a second level. Barndominium house plans can feature living quarters and open spaces for work, such as a workshop, large garage, airplane hangar, and more. Our barndominium building kits are meant to be truly DIY, from the barndominium floor plan design all the way to construction. You hold all the design power when it comes to creating your dream home. 


Black barn homes have the benefit of being both stylish and unique. These metal barns can mix both modern and farmhouse styles to create a one-of-a-kind design, especially since they can be customized to your specific wants and needs. As the farmhouse style becomes more sought after, black barndominiums offer homeowners the perfect mix of modern materials with a farmhouse feel. 

Cost Effective

Worldwide Steel barndominiums kits are designed to be DIY friendly, from the layout to the construction. These kits include everything you need to build your home. A lot of the work is done through the manufacturing process, which can result in a shorter build time and lower labor costs. Depending on the complexity of your design (second floors, wraparound porch, etc.), the price per square footage starts at around $10.00 and can go up to about $30.00. In addition, barndominium homes can be more energy efficient, which lowers your monthly utility bills, and have lower maintenance and upkeep. 

Uses for a Black Barndominium

Barndominium builds aren’t just for homeowners (although we do love the modern-meets-farmhouse vibe). These metal structures are so versatile they can be used for a variety of commercial and personal uses. If you already have a home and are looking for an excuse to build a metal barn of your own, check out this lengthy list of other barndominium design options:

Event Space

Imagine an elegant, black barn sitting in a wide-open field against the natural landscape. The open-concept floor plan provides a blank canvas for any number of events, from weddings to retirement parties. The farmhouse wedding has become more and more popular as couples move toward the rustic-themed decor that graces many Pinterest boards of soon-to-be brides. A black, metal barn provides a versatile space to cater to many events.


Are you a hobbyist looking to create more workspace for your latest creations? Maybe your woodworking is finally outgrowing your garage. Whatever the case may be, a barndominium-style structure can provide the perfect solution to your workshop needs. These metal structures offer plenty of space to grow and are easy to maintain, so you can focus your time concentrating on your current project instead of building upkeep. 


Whether you’re a collector of classic cars or looking for somewhere to run your at-home mechanic shop, a custom barndominium can provide all the space you need to keep your tools – and cars – protected from the elements. Garage doors can be added at different heights and widths to account for even the largest of vehicles to easily park. 

Guest House

Barndominium homes don’t have to be huge; you can even add a standalone guest house on your property. Our customizable barndominium kits make it easy to select the dimensions and layout of your desires at a lower price than the cost of traditional construction. If you need to get a living space ready for your in-laws or parents and don’t have room in your current home, a modern barndominium could solve your problems. 

Shop House

A shop house (or shouse) is quickly gaining notoriety with consumers. In comparison to a barndominium, a shop house also includes a space for a living area and workspace. These were the first barndominium-style structures with a workshop and an attached living space. A shouse gives owners the convenience of having their workshop connected to their living area, so it isn’t necessary to walk outside to get to their workspace.

Black Barndominium Styles and Design Options

Barndominium designs come in many shapes, styles, and sizes, and they are customizable to your own specifications. The interior has as much versatility as a traditional home and can be laid out to your specific needs. That being said, here are just a few design ideas for the exterior to inspire you:

Black Barndominium with Wood Accents

Black barndominium with reddish-brown wood accents.

Black barndominiums with wood are an all-time favorite of consumers as sleek, elegant metal meets the natural warmth of wood accents. This mix of modern and natural aesthetics creates a beautiful blend that showcases the contrast between the black exterior with amber wood details. The organic material and wood grain stand out against the black backdrop and draw the eye to make this a striking design. 

Black Barndominium with White Trim

If you really want to make your trim pop, then a black exterior can be an excellent counterpoint. Choosing black as your main home color gives you the opportunity to be creative in other aspects of the home exterior, like the trim and doors. This makes these accents stand out and draws attention to specific design elements. Black and white is a classic color combination that creates a contrasting design for your modern barndominium. 

Black Barndominium with Copper Roof

The roof can be as much of a design choice as the rest of the exterior. A copper roof is an unexpected feature that causes your barndominium design to stand out from the rest. Similar to the contrast created between black metal and natural wood, these color differences draw attention in a unique way. 

Our Favorite Black Barndominiums

Worldwide Steel Buildings has been serving consumers since 1983; in that time, we’ve seen and manufactured tons of metal building homes. In recent years, barndominiums have become more popular with homeowners. Here are a few of our favorite home designs that we’ve helped our customers bring to life:

Bartlett Barndominium

Front porch of black barndominium with large wood posts.

This 4,000 sq. ft. modern farmhouse in Michigan makes striking use of its black metal exterior by contrasting it with the bright, reddish-brown wood porch timbers. The garage doors are made of the same wood and stand out against the metal material. 

The interior of this home includes all our modern-day necessities, including an open great room with a gas fireplace, herringbone tile backsplash, and pendant lights over the waterfall kitchen island. This home design mixes rustic and modern finishes in a way that is both timeless and beautiful.

View the Bartlett Barndominium Project

Single Slope Barndominium

Single slope black barndominium under construction.

This single slope black barndominium has all the promises of a great, functional living space. The project pictures showcase a finished exterior and foundation, while the interior is full of potential. Windows and doors have been added for a second level in the future. At 3,360 square feet, there is plenty of room to create an interior living space and 2-car garage. 

View the Single Slope Barndominium Project

Post Family Barndo

Two-story black barndominium with four-car garage.

The largest of our black barndominiums, the Post Family Barndo project sits at 5,400 square feet. This structure features a 4-car garage with a second-story living space. The open-concept living room has a breathtaking stone fireplace with high ceilings and loads of natural light. These modern barndominiums don’t skimp on the living space luxuries! The kitchen features an extended island with stone countertops and a walk-in pantry with a barn door. The master bedroom also has a walk-in closet with additional drawers and closet shelves for storing all your belongings. 

View the Post Family Barndo Project

Create the Black Barndominium of Your Dreams

Are you ready to start your journey to becoming a barn-style home owner? Worldwide Steel makes it easy to design, create and build the barndominium of your dreams. Whether a black barndominium is your style or you choose to go another direction, we have a variety of options for you to choose from for your own barndominium. Give us a call at 1-800-825-0316 to get started today! Our experts are ready to answer all your questions. 

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