McKinney Couple Converts Metal Building into Barndominium

Some North Texans are taking old barns, sheds and metal storage buildings and turning them into something more.

They're called "barndominiums."

From the outside, you'd still expect to find hay or horses inside the basic-looking metal buildings. But inside, they are anything but ordinary.

"As you can see it's a little different from the way it looks on the outside," owner Paul Pogue said.

Pogue and his wife's barndominium in McKinney is finished with real wood walls and features a bar, kitchen and all the comforts of home.

It's also what you might call the ultimate man cave, because much of the 10,000 square foot space is filled with Pogue's collectible cars.

The only horses now allowed inside the luxury living space are under the hood.

"A lot of these cars will bring back memories for folks that are a little more mature," Pogue said.

"They will talk about, 'Well, I had my first date in that car,' or, 'I remember when we owned a car like that,' and so it brings back a little bit of memory lane as they come through. But they're always surprised at what's in here."

Pogue also owns a 10-bedroom barndominium in Oklahoma.

A McKinney-based company called Morton Buildings started making barndominiums in the early 2000s. Now there are thousands of them across the state of Texas.

For Judy Pogue, the best part of the barndominium is that it brings friends and family together under the same metal roof.

"Everyone has the same response, 'Oh my, this is amazing!'" she said.

The cost to convert a barn into a barndominium can range from about $80,000 to $200,000.

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