Local builders say they have received a huge surge in calls about so-called “house barns” or “barn dominions”.
WYOMING, Minnesota – A unique new home trend is emerging in Minnesota. People build single story houses with large garages called post frame houses.
Dean and Shirley Erickson took us on a tour of their post-frame home in Wyoming, Minnesota.
“Living room, kitchen area, dining room area … Dean basically designed the house for us,” Shirley said.
It is a typical two bedroom house, but with a few surprises. Like a large art and craft room for Shirley to work on her projects.
“That was part of the deal. I have to have a seat, ”said Shirley.
And right next door … a special place for Dean.
“As my friends would say, this is the palace entrance to the ‘Garage-Mahal’. Lots of space, concrete floor, high ceiling,” said Dean.
The garage has space for a dozen vehicles and every imaginable project.
The couple came up with the idea of a new home about five years ago while visiting a family abroad.
“We were driving on a road and he said ‘stop’ and I’m fine and we stopped and he said, ‘that’s it,'” said Shirley.
It was a post and beam house that is all the rage in the south.
Without a basement, post-and-beam houses have no foundation. The walls and the frame are usually cheaper compared to a normal Bauhaus.
However, Dean and Shirley quickly learned that building a post-frame home in Minnesota wasn’t going to be easy.
Many cities and counties do not allow them.
The counties that allow post and beam homes usually have many building restrictions and rules that you must follow.
Here in Wyoming, Minnesota, Dean and Shirley had to buy $ 4,000 storm shelter in the event of a tornado.
Later they ran into some other problems that also cost them more money.
“We ended up adding up all of our receipts and everything. It was kind of, uh, maybe a wash,” said Dean.
But saving money was the biggest selling point … but they quickly fell in love with the style of the house and all it had to offer.
So … you don’t regret your decision a bit.
Meanwhile, Dick and Roxann Johnson also built a post-and-beam home in Columbus, Minnesota that they love.
They liked the idea of living on one level and having enough space for the home office.
They also built a huge garage. “It gave us the opportunity to be all on the same level. I mean, you get out of the car in your garage, that’s the end of your steps,” said Dick. But like the Erickson, Dick and Roxann ran into some roadblocks.
“Some cities have this preconceived notion that it’s a tin shed and we’re not going to let you live in a tin shed,” added Dick.
Some counties rejected it and many builders will not build a post house.
“We got a little disaffected,” said Dick.
And then they found one – and the price was about two thirds of what a normal Bauhaus would cost.
“We looked at the price and said, ‘Yeah, we can do that,'” added Dick.
Dick says they ended up saving a lot of money, but most of it went back into the house.
Local builders say building a post frame home can save up to $ 40,000 compared to building a regular building.
But here, too, not every city or every district will allow this.
And builders say that because the houses are so unique it might be difficult to find a lender.
Or sell your home if you decide to move.
The building process is not straightforward and is generally not recommended for first-time buyers.