Who doesn’t love a generous, inviting covered porch? Barndominiums by design are highly livable homes, inside and out. Most Barndominiums include ample covered porches. The single ridge roofline, characteristic of traditional Barndos, extends seamlessly over a side porch. Lean-tos make a perfect back porch, and a large gabled front porch can serve as an impressive foyer for greeting family and friends.
A couple of rocking chairs charmingly placed to capture the sunrise or sunset would be enough for some to reap full enjoyment from their covered porch. But, today, many are taking the covered porch to new heights with comfortable furniture, surround sound, mounted TVs, outdoor kitchens, and fabulous fireplaces. To complete the look and define the space, add ceiling fans, large potted plants, area rugs, even curtains. The covered porch can deliver the same level of comfort and style as indoor living spaces. Whether you’re seeking a comfortable place to relax or a striking entertainment area, a covered porch offers many options for enhancing Barndo life.
Like anything else in the construction world, the cost of covered porches can vary depending on location, features and finish out selections. On average, however, expect to pay about 30% – 40% the cost of HVAC (heated and cooled) space per square foot. One of the design elements that can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of a covered porch is the soffit—the underside of the roof covering the porch. Most Barndominiums have metal roofs and it is not uncommon to find sheet metal soffits on Barndos. This creates a certain aesthetic which pairs nicely with a rustic or industrial style Barndo. Wood soffits, which can cost 75% more than metal, create a very different look and are stunning in a modern black-on-black Barndo.
The covered porch adds beauty to your Barndo and extends living space. But beyond that, there are several practical benefits of having them. Covered porches provide protection from snow, rain and sun for your doors, hardware, windows, and lighting. They require minimal maintenance. They also increase property value and provide a good return-on-investment.
1. Helps shield against wind, rain, and sun
2. Adds value to your home
3. Extends your outdoor living season
4. Lowers energy consumption
5. Blocks UV rays
6. Requires minimal maintenance
7. Creates a stunning foyer
8. Accommodates family and friend gatherings
9. Invites you to enjoy a two-person swing
10. Is perfect for enjoying sunrises and sunsets