6 Structures to Build on a Ranch – Guest Blog

Ranching property is more than just a space for livestock or other large animals. So many land buyers recently realize that there’s so much more that they can do with their property, and they’re not wrong!

These are the best structures anyone can build onto their ranching property to make the most of it!

1. A Fun Barndominium

Barndominiums are trendy structures that create visual interest and appeal, giving you a space that renters can use for a couple of days or a couple of years. The best barndominium design ideas tend to stick to a rustic and minimal look on the exterior while allowing the interior to be spacious and more modern.

You can lean into the property’s theme for this; for instance, if you raise angora goats, you can use their wool in some furnishings. For a horse ranch, you can use a classic ranch design in your interior decorating. Consider what would make your listing stand out most on a rental site: and lean into it.

2. Fantastic Agricultural Buildings

Whether they’re silos or barns, agricultural buildings should be well built and safe for animals without impeding too much on the property itself. You can achieve this by researching how much steel buildings cost in your area and seeking a builder who’s capable of following your specifications. 

Steel lasts longer, is more resistant against the elements, and can be painted or coated to look however you want. Best of all, it will guard your livestock or harvests against whatever is happening outside.

3. Ranch Vehicle Garage

Your ranch vehicles are something that should be carefully maintained and watched over. If not, they can rust, break down, or be prone to damage. It’s a good idea to pay attention to where you store these vehicles; otherwise, you may lose money having to repair or replace them.

A good ranching vehicle garage should be well insulated, capable of handling different types of weather, and on higher ground so that any water or debris drains out. You can research how to insulate a garage so that you can build onto any current ones you have, but it’s a good idea to build one from scratch with the plan to insulate it as you go.

4. Small Rental Cabins

Smaller rental cabins can be a fantastic addition to any property. Although you’ll have to have electricity and water hooked up for modern people to be comfortable using them, you don’t necessarily have to worry about getting internet or cable out to them unless you want to offer ‘glamping’ as an option on your property.

These cabins are great for short-term rentals any time of the year, so make sure they’re well insulated and capable of being either warm or cool, depending on the season. A great investment for these small structures would be a fan that can reverse flow. This will push cool air around in the summer and warm air in the winter to stay at a steady temperature.

5. Root Cellar or Basement

This is a structure that you can build even if you don’t have a home on the property. Underground storage gives you a place to keep things at a cooler and more comfortable temperature constantly. For areas with more moderate weather, this can be a great space to store spirits or alcohol. In areas that tend to freeze, this could be a great space for anything you want to ferment or store throughout the winter.

Electricity would be a fantastic addition to a space like this. Still, it should be naturally refrigerative, so it’s not going to take up a ton of your power or increase your electricity bill by too much.

6. Storage Sheds for Rentals

Storage sheds can be an incredible way to build income without having to stress about someone else living on your land. In addition, a good storage shed will allow you to offer space for tenants to use for their items and then leave them trusting that you’ll keep an eye on them.

This setup will require code locks, electricity, a lot of building to ensure you have the best units put in, and security features so that people feel safe with their items out there with you.

Before taking this type of business on, it’s important to get to know the local laws. This means how long someone can leave their items without paying before it’s forfeited to you and what legal action you can take if someone tries to take residence in one of your storage facilities. 

Ranch Properties Can Do More Than You’d Expect

Although when people picture ranch properties, they think of large plots of land that cows graze on: you can make this property into anything you want. Get to know the local laws, decide what type of business works best for you: and create a property that will give you a great return.

Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.