Mary Lynn Riker-Brown’s Custom Barndo Creation In North Texas: A Haven Of Design & Comfort


Welcome to a one-of-a-kind custom-built barndominium nestled in North Texas.

Originally conceived as a metal-sided barndominium, the design gracefully shifted to board and batten, harmonizing with the trends and preferences of today.

With 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this residence is not just a house; it’s a statement of artistry and thoughtful design.

Boasting a spacious pad of 64 x 33, this 2,100 sq ft haven showcases exceptional attention to detail. 

This exceptional property was built for $350K (excluding land), a testament to its quality and distinctive charm.

The attention to detail extends even to the carefully selected colors and finishes and the sealed concrete floors that gleam without stain. 

This build results from a vision that took about 9 months from start to closing, and the photographs you see below primarily capture the moving-in stage.


The strong board and batten siding, and tough concrete installation, shows this home is rugged and stylish.

There’s recessed lighting to illuminate the front porch, and it is also included in the gable for added brightness.

A modern touch comes from the black metal roof. The textured front doors, stained with “Minwax Chestnut”, give a friendly hello.

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A covered back porch stretches across the entire rear of the house.

Interior/Living Area

Upon entering, one is greeted by a seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality, highlighted by 10-foot ceilings ascending to a 14-foot peak in the living room, creating an atmosphere of grandeur and openness.

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The flooring is sealed, unstained concrete throughout the home.

The walls, adorned in the versatile “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, provide an ideal canvas for personal touches and customization.

Stepping into the living room, a Nebraska Furniture Mart couch offers a comfortable spot to unwind.

The living space features a gas fireplace adorned with locally sourced stone on the fireplace and chase structure.

This room boasts an impressive 14-foot ceiling peak, complemented by exposed wooden beams.

This picture shows festive decor that Mary Lynn Riker-Brown added in the living area for the holiday season.


The kitchen boasts a clean and simple design, featuring granite countertops.

Every detail in this kitchen has been carefully chosen, from the custom cabinets to the beautifully stained Alder wood cabinets in “Minwax Special Walnut” and the others painted in “Pure White” by Sherwin Williams.

An island offers searing, and additional seating is available in the seamless transition behind the living area.

The backsplash is a mix of white subway tiles with glossy and matte tiles. Pendant light fixtures add a stylish touch.

The microwave and wine fridge are conveniently located in the pantry.

The walk-in pantry offers plenty of storage space with its abundant shelving and cabinetry.


In the master bedroom, you’ll find dual windows that fill the space with natural light.

Included is a custom-built closet system designed by the cabinet maker.

In another bedroom, the sleek and stylish Better Homes & Gardens Kelsey Full-Size Metal Bed in Black fits well in the space.

This bedroom is designed to double as an office space, featuring corner dual windows that flood the room with natural light and a ceiling fan for added comfort.

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The master bathroom is complemented by carefully selected light and plumbing fixtures that enhance the overall ambiance of this room.

The master bathroom boasts a custom dual-sink vanity stained with “Minwax Special Walnut”.

The Riker-Brown family considered tiling around the tub in the master bathroom, but chose not to for a different aesthetic.

The second full bathroom features a cabinet painted in Sherwin Williams “Evergreen Fog”, adding a touch of color and character to the space.

The half bath also showcases the “Evergreen Fog” paint, creating a cohesive design throughout the home. It features a basin sink that adds a touch of modern elegance to the space.

Laundry Room

The laundry room boasts practicality and style with its sink, “Evergreen Fog” painted cabinetry, and a convenient bar for hanging clothes. Ample storage space ensures that everything stays organized and tidy.


Crafted personally, the floor plans of this remarkable abode served as the blueprint from which the builder brought the vision to life.

By sharing this journey, it’s hoped that others will find inspiration to embark on their own unique custom builds, turning their dreams into reality.

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Lisa Young

Lisa Young, writer and construction pro, crafts custom homes. Captivated by barndominiums for four years, she shares insights and advice in engaging articles, empowering readers to create unique living spaces mirroring their aspirations. Join her exciting journey exploring barndominium living.

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