Introduction to the Ocean State

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the United States, offers a unique charm with its scenic coastlines, historic towns, and vibrant cultural scene. Despite its small size, Rhode Island features diverse landscapes, from sandy beaches and coastal cliffs to lush forests and rolling hills, making it an attractive location for building a barndominium. The state’s rich history, artistic communities, and high quality of life draw many new residents each year.

For buyers considering building a barndominium or barndo in Rhode Island, the state provides an excellent opportunity to create a custom family home in a beautiful and culturally rich environment. Whether you’re looking for a modern, sleek design or a more rustic, farmhouse-style home, our team is here to help you bring your dream barndominium to life in this picturesque setting.

Are Barndominiums Well-Suited to Rhode Island's Climate?

Rhode Island experiences a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The state’s coastal location also subjects it to occasional nor’easters and hurricanes, making it essential to construct homes and buildings that can withstand various weather conditions. Barndominiums in Rhode Island must include materials that protect against high winds, heavy snowfall, and moisture to ensure longevity and comfort throughout the year.

At DC Structures, we utilize premium kiln-dried lumber sourced from the Pacific Northwest to frame our pre-engineered barndominium homes. This high-quality wood provides superior durability and stability, essential for Rhode Island’s diverse weather conditions. Our building materials resist warping, cracking, and other weather-related damage, giving you peace of mind and security for your new home.

Given Rhode Island’s susceptibility to hurricanes and winter storms, potential barndominium owners should consider the best building practices and materials for their specific location. Before committing to a building contract, thoroughly research the market options and consult with our team to ensure your barndominium will handle the state’s climatic challenges. This preparation will help you build a safe, comfortable, and lasting home in Rhode Island.

Available Barndominium Plans

How We Construct Our Barndominiums

DC Structures specializes in creating high-performance, wood-framed structures for clients across the United States and Canada. Our barndominiums are constructed with premium wood posts and trusses, offering spacious interiors and customizable floor plans tailored to your specific needs and style. The Meridian Barndominium Kit, known for its clear-span structure, features vaulted wood trusses that provide an open interior and a sturdy foundation. With a single wall dividing the living space and garage, you can easily customize your Meridian barndominium to achieve your desired layout, size, and design.

We also offer a range of multi-use barn designs with dozens of personalization options for those who prefer our signature heavy timber style. Most of our pre-engineered building models are post and beam structures, utilizing high-quality heavy timbers joined by metal fasteners and connectors to form their structural frame. Additionally, we provide options for various construction methods, including timber framing, hybrid wood construction, and conventional framing. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vision for your barndominium, our team is ready to assist you in bringing your dream structure to life.

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What Comes with a Barndominium Kit?

Our prefabricated barndominium kits provide everything you need to assemble your structural frame. Each kit includes engineered design plans, high-quality wood framing materials, windows, doors, siding, and hardware. With the help of our skilled designers, you can customize one of our available house plans to reflect your vision for a unique and personalized barndominium. Whether you envision a spacious open floor plan or specialized areas for various uses, our comprehensive kits make the building process straightforward and rewarding in Rhode Island.


Why Choose DC Structures?

DC Structures is a leading designer and producer of pre-engineered wood structures, renowned for our expertise in creating durable and customizable barndominiums. With a strong track record of success in building high-quality homes across diverse environments, our team ensures outstanding results for your Rhode Island barndominium project. Our commitment to excellence guarantees your home will exceed expectations from top to bottom.

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Barndominium Kit

Planning a barndominium in Rhode Island is an exciting phase, and yet one that involves several important considerations and questions for homeowners, such as which construction type suits the local climate, future repair needs, and overall project costs. Key factors include durability, quality, and customization options, which are crucial when exploring available building kits.


Cost is often a concern, as is the building method and materials used. Unlike typical barndominiums made with metal or pressure-treated posts embedded directly in the ground, our kits use premium wood materials that enhance strength, beauty, and comfort in any climate. This approach ensures a longer-lasting structure with better quality of life and durability.  


While steel-framed barndominiums are durable, they can become incredibly hot in high temperatures and require significant insulation. Additionally, steel barndos are less eco-friendly than wood structures, considering metal absorbs heat. Although inexpensive and easy to build, pole barns lack the durability and value of high-quality wood barndominiums, often requiring frequent maintenance to prevent moisture damage and infestation.

Choosing a cheap but less reliable building kit can be risky. With DC Structures, you can be confident in making a valuable decision for your property. Our team has extensive experience crafting custom barn houses and structures nationwide, providing the necessary services, tools, and advice to get your plans started. Using locally sourced, high-quality wood products, we ensure your barndominium meets regional building codes and fits your budget and style.


Benefits of Building with DC Structures

DC Structures is a premier provider of pre-engineered barndominium kits, known for our commitment to quality materials, customizable designs, and exceptional craftsmanship. Our expertise in building robust and aesthetically pleasing barndominiums ensures that your home will meet your every need. With our dedicated team guiding you through the design, fabrication, and construction process, you can be confident that your Rhode Island barndominium will be a beautiful, durable, and functional space tailored to your lifestyle and vision.

Need a Barndominium Builder?

Need help finding qualified contractors in Rhode Island? DC Structures is here to help. With our extensive nationwide builder network, we can connect you with a trusted local contractor experienced in barndominium construction in your region. Our team ensures you have all the resources, equipment, and contacts necessary to complete your project, making the building process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Cities Served in Rhode Island

DC Structures is proud to offer our pre-engineered building packages to any location in Rhode Island. Below are the ten largest cities in the state where you can build your dream barndominium:

  • Providence
  • Warwick
  • Cranston
  • Pawtucket
  • East Providence
  • Woonsocket
  • Coventry
  • Cumberland
  • North Providence
  • South Kingstown

Hear From Our Customers

We understand that hearing from satisfied customers is crucial when choosing a builder. Here are some testimonials from satisfied clients who have successfully built their dream barndominiums with DC Structures. Their positive experiences reflect our commitment to quality, customer service, and exceptional craftsmanship, making us the trusted choice for your Rhode Island barndominium project.


Fun Facts About Rhode Island

Though the smallest state in the United States, Rhode Island is rich in history and culture. Here are some interesting facts about the Ocean State:


Rhode Island was the first of thirteen colonies to declare independence from British rule on May 4, 1776.


Rhode Island is renowned for its unique beverage, coffee milk — the official state drink. Made by mixing coffee syrup with milk, this delicious drink is a beloved staple.


The White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, is the oldest operating tavern in the United States. Established in 1673, it has served food and drinks to patrons for over 350 years and is a National Historic Landmark.

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