If you have moved somewhere new in the past few years, then you know that the locals come out of the woodwork trying to see who the new resident is. Some will come by and introduce themselves and others will just ride by with a bewildered look; mouth open like they are trying to catch flies; almost crashing because they aren’t watching the road and are taking mental pictures of your estate. For privacy seekers, this is not a good thing. As we know here at Privacy Living, what follows the new friendly neighbor is trouble. They get a little too familiar and then the tests start. Power companies show up, Code Enforcement shows up, and even Law Enforcement shows up sometimes just to flex and see what kind of taxes they can get from the new guy on the block.
These are example of the nightmares faced by a privacy seeker. But now a new popular trend is taking hold in the main stream and it is ripe to be taken advantage of. The Barndominium is a self-explanatory name: It is simply a barn that can be used as a dwelling. Many trendies are now building houses that look like barns and calling them barndominiums. That is fine, and I’m not here to debate what qualifies as a house or a barn. What I am talking about is the opportunity to buy a property with a sturdy barn and then secretly renovating it into a nice place on the inside while maintaining the appearance of a barn on the outside.
This is a brilliant idea if you can keep it under wraps. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t get noticed.
- Starting from scratch is a sure sign of being noticed. Lookie-Loo’s and government spy planes along with private drones are going to see a structure pop-up where a hole in the ground once was. Using an existing structure is best for privacy.
- Electricity is a consideration: Solar and wind power is always the best way to stay private if you can afford them. For a normal person without electrical knowledge, you will want to start with a place that already has electricity. Getting electricians on the site will always blow your cover because they have to pull permits.
- How about Water? – Water is more of a necessity than electricity. This is something you definitely need to have planned before you plan anything else. Water will have to be provided by a sophisticated rain catching system or a municipal water supply. If the ladder is the case, it is best to have your water meter near the road and far from your barndominium. This should keep the prying eyes of the meter man away from your home.
- Consider Parking: You need to make space in your barn for parking. A barn with a car parked out front looks like someone lives there.
- Do you have a barnyard? All nice hobby farms have a barnyard, so you should have a barnyard around your barndominium to make it authentic looking and provide extra security. I always recommend fence as a good burglar deterrent. This time it just needs to look like a farm fence. It should be designed to be just as difficult as any other fence for a burglar.
Finally, if you are having a little trouble convincing your better half that creating your own private barndomenium is a good idea, consider some of the beautiful creations that have already been made by many great designers. Here’s a great barndominium facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bardominium/?fref=ts
You can also check out the barndominiums on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”. Here is one near Waco Texas that is now renting for $1200 a night: http://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/Barndominium-HGTV-Fixer-Upper-for-rent-8327576.php