Frequently Asked Questions About Building a Barndominium or Shed Home

Thinking of Building? A Shed Home or Barndominium Might be Perfect for You

We're excited about designing and building custom shed homes and barndominiums. But before we get started, take a look at some of our frequently asked questions for a basic understanding of the process. When you're ready to get specific, reach out and we'll schedule a one-on-one consultation.

What is a Shouse?

Also referred to as a shop-house, shed-house, shome, or bardominium, a "Shouse," is a single structure which serves as both shop and house. Whereas your typical home only includes a small garage, your Shouse can include an expansive garage or workshop customized to your needs.

Does Shouse by Design offer any pre-made floor plans?

To keep our homes unique, Shouse by Design is currently only taking on custom homes. We have our clients complete a general questionnaire, and conduct an initial FREE 1 hour consultation to get an overview of your project and design elements important to each individual. We will expand to pre-designed floor plans in the future.

How much does it cost to design and build a Shouse?

Like all custom homes, the price of your Shouse varies. Location, materials, needs, wants, designs, and more all play into the total cost of your custom build. While we can't provide a specific dollar amount, a general idea is this: for building only you can expect starting prices around $110 per square foot for a basic floor plan.

Can you build a Shouse with a basement?

Are you sure you need one? Shouses can be customized to include ample storage without a basement—many people are utilizing their shed space, or including loft spaces, for just that.

Concerned about the Midwest weather causing safety issues? Have you considered a safe room for those very scenarios? A safe room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack, or other threat. With open floor plans and plenty of shop space, a safe room can be designed into your plans.

How long will it take to complete my project?

While every project is different, our basic structures take four to six weeks to complete. If your project includes living quarters, the construction period can range from three to six months.

Where can I build a Shouse?

As shed homes become more and more in demand, many counties are changing their zoning and requirements to allow for Shouses. Currently, Shouse by Design primarily operates in the Lincoln, Warren, and Montgomery counties of Missouri. Should you wish to build outside of one of these counties, please contact us for more information.

Can you build the "shell" of the home and allow me to finish the inside myself?

While we can, we don't typically build shells. We focus on design and general contracting services. 

Is a Shouse right for me?

Whether you're in love with the look and layout of a metal building home, or looking to build a home with ample work space, Shouse by Design is here to design a home fit for you and your needs. Shouses are great housing options for many people—welders, mechanics, construction workers, auto enthusiast, woodworkers, RV owners, and hobbyists enjoy the benefits of having a large working space at their residence.

I already have plans; can you give me an idea of the cost of construction?

If you are looking for a general contractor, Shouse by Design is happy to quote your new build.

Can I see floor plans or addresses for previous projects?

Coming soon we will have a display home open for visits and design ideas.

We design custom Shouse projects, and our clients pay for a custom-built floor plan. Therefore, we do not share previously built floor plans. 

Likewise, for privacy reasons, we do not share addresses of previous builds. We respect our clients' resources and privacy and will do the same for you. We appreciate your understanding.

Can I have you design my shouse and build it myself?

We can absolutely design your Shouse for you and let you do the rest. We'll even take it one step further and provide a list of contractors in the area that we recommend. 

What is the process to get started?

The first step in any Shouse project is to set up an appointment with our lead designer. You can do so by calling us at (636) 229-9757 or filling out the contact form on this site. 

Does the placement of my structure on my property affect the cost?

Absolutely, where you place the structure matters. Excavation and foundation costs will vary depending on your site. We try and pick the most level site on the property that is closest to existing utilities. If your property does not have existing utilities, be sure to take this into consideration when budgeting for your project. We offer site visits and facility planning as part of our design process to help minimize costs and allow your project to run smoothly.

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