Hickory Nut Farm

How It Began

Cathy and Todd began their barndominium story when they hit the phase of life where they wanted to slow down and live in a more rural setting. The goal was also to live debt free and enjoy the retirement years ahead.

They put their house on the market and while contemplating the next steps; happened upon the idea of building a Barndo.

Cathy had some experience in drafting and used AutoCad to draw her plans. Todd wasn’t intimidated by the thought of running the build themselves; he had flipped homes for years.

Keeping that in mind as they looked for land, when they found a site that held interest, Cathy contacted the local planning department to make sure there wouldn’t be any unforeseen problems with permitting this type of home.

While some at this stage may be looking at downsizing, that wasn’t the case for them.

They ended up finding their little slice of heaven in the small town of Marshville, North Carolina. It consisted of 25 acres; 15 open and 10 wooded; a pond and creek, with plenty of deer to feed Todd’s penchant for hunting. It didn’t hurt that the property included a 1,000 square foot shop, one less thing that they had to worry about planning for.


The Plan

Todd and Cathy’s ideal floorplan was a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom metal barndominium with 1,820 square feet of living space. The center of the structure measures 48’ wide x 66’ in length, with stunning wraparound porches on three sides at a whopping 1,780 square feet, making the porch area almost as large as the interior.

With entertaining family and friends a priority, the most substantial area of the living quarters is, of course, the great room.

It comes in at over 1,000 square feet; which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. Cathy said, “This is where we spend our time. We love it.”

The style is Modern Industrial Farmhouse with concrete floors and exposed ductwork. The colors are primarily black and white. Cathy felt that these tones are neutral and make it very easy to decorate around, giving her the ability to incorporate pops of color and accessories according to season.


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