Our Barndominium Porch


The enclosure of our barndominium porch was added after the barndo was built and is also used as the entryway into the home.

We did not build our barndominium; it was on the property when we purchased it along with our home, shop and woodshed. Originally this porch did not exist; however, the previous owner enclosed the space in the front of the barndominium and is used as the main entryway. This space is not heated, but since we live in Tennessee it stays pretty warm even in the colder months.

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barndominium screened in porch with bed swing, artwork, lamp and pillows

A barndominium screened in porch can serve as an extension to the living space and provide a comfortable outdoor area for relaxation and entertaining. Since this is the first space people see, I wanted to ensure this enclosed porch would make a good first impression as guests entered the home.

What is a Barndominium?

When we looked at our current property for the first time, I really didn’t know what a barndominium was or had even really thought about one. Barndominiums have found appeal among homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and individuals looking for a distinctive living arrangement that offers both practicality and character.

A barndominium is a type of building that combines the design and functionality of a barn with residential living space. It might look like or resemble a barn on the the outside but the inside is not used for cattle. The inside is an actual home. The modern barndominium is really not used to serve both living space and livestock, as a rule. Most modern barndominiums are built for their urban lifestyle look and cost to build.

The term “barndominium” is a blend of “barn” and “condominium,” merging these two distinct building types. Barndominiums have gained popularity as an alternative and often more cost-effective way to create a spacious and versatile living space, while also providing storage and workspace typically associated with traditional barns.

Barndominiums have evolved from their first inception to blend living with barn functionality to more of a modern, urban term for a certain style of home. The exterior design of a barndominium can vary widely, ranging from a rustic and traditional barn appearance to a more modern and contemporary style. Some barndominiums retain the distinctive barn aesthetics, such as large doors, metal roofing, and wooden siding, while others incorporate more conventional residential elements.

side of black barndominium next to tree

Our barndominium does look like an actual barn, but many barndos now have adapted to different styles while still claiming the name barndominium.

Barndominium Porch

The interior of our barndo is 2,100 square feet and has a large open floor plan on the main level. It’s a good size space for sure, but I like to entertain and want to ensure every area of our barndominium is being used to its potential.

This screened in porch is a large area and is a great extension to the home. Since there aren’t really any separate rooms, other than bedrooms, it’s nice to create another living space for people to use. A screened in porch can provide additional living room space making it an ideal addition to any home or barndominium.

barndominium screened in porch with bed swing, artwork, lamp and pillows

Barndominium Porch Seating

Since it is a bardominium screened in porch; I wanted the furniture to feel relaxed and outdoorsy. When we built the patio bed swing for the house I knew we needed to build one for the barn too. The bed swing rather acts like a sofa, a bed and a swing all rolled into one. I love it! The two chairs add a nice addition for seating too.

It’s nice to create another living room out in the porch allowing guests or those who stay the night to have options on seating, napping, playing games and other uses.

two chairs with blue and white stripe fabric in barndominium porch
two chairs with blue and white stripe fabric in barndominium porch

Bardominium Porch Decor

Even though it is a porch; the space still needed some decor other than chairs and a bed swing. I’ve had the round table for years and it was a thrift store find. The lamp and the large vase were also thrifted and add a nice touch to complete the table decor.

I love how throw pillows give a finishing touch to a space while adding softness and texture to all the surrounding wood walls.

barndominium screened in porch with bed swing, artwork, lamp and pillows

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pillows on bed swing on barndominium porch

Barndominium Artwork

Since we live in east Tennessee, I wanted to embrace my surroundings. We have a home on the property that has a more formal, yet lived in feel. But the barndominium I wanted it to have an elevated rustic feel by embracing art that one would see in our surroundings. Bears, turkeys, sheep, cattle, birds and deer are all around us. In fact, we have turkey on our property constantly and for a while they were bedding down in our woods. We have seen a black bear twice on our property and deer are always around. I wanted to bring those elements into the space.

All the artwork I found on Etsy and downloaded and printed them myself to get ready for framing. I love the touch they bring to the space.

barndominium screened in porch with bed swing, artwork, lamp and pillows

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barndominium porch bed swing hanging with rope

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you add a porch to a barndominium?

Most Barndominiums include porches whether enclosed or not. If you do not have one, they can be added after a barndominium is built.

What is the difference between a sunroom and an enclosed porch?

A screened porch will let air pass through the room, giving you the feeling of being outdoors while keeping out the bugs. A sunroom is a roofed structure that is glass enclosed. 

Is it a good idea to enclose a porch?

Enclosing an existing porch or patio is the perfect way to add year-round functionality and create extra living space. Adding a small space heater during colder months ensures you can enjoy the space year round.

barndominium screened in porch with bed swing, artwork, lamp and pillows

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