Building a barn home is not a mystery and anyone who builds conventional homes will have no difficulty building a barn home. To give you an idea of what it takes, we will walk you through a typical process.
1 - Initial contact
Call our office and let us know your ideas. What size home. How many bedrooms and baths, etc.
2 - Plans
You may have a floor plan for your house in mind or you may need to look at plans. We can show you plans that you can modify to your likes or we can help you come up with an entirely new plan. Instead of working with our design team, you may already have plans or want to enlist another architect to help you with your plans. We will gladly work with your plans or any architect you choose to work with.
3 - General Contractor or do it yourself
You may have a general contractor or have the skill to be your own contractor. Our barn frame sales contract includes standing the historic frame on your foundation. Depending on where the project is located, we also have a general contracting company that is capable of completing all the construction on your home.
If we only supply the frame, we are available to advise your general contractor with whatever questions he may have, since we have built lots of barn homes, start to finish and want your project to be everything you expect and hope for.
4 - Once you have a rough or precise plan, you know what barn will work and whether you want to go ahead with purchasing a barn frame.
5 - Depending on your locale, you may need to go through a permit process with the local town. We have never had a problem with this process. Even though building a barn home is unique, it is universally accepted.
6 - You have your land and your builder and your barn frame and you are ready to begin. First the site needs to be cleared and the foundation put in.
7 - The barn frame may be already restored and in storage in our yard, or we may be in the process of taking it down. Preparation of the barn frame is not a delaying factor in most all of our barn projects. We have an experienced crew that is able to meet deadlines. It is also at this time that any alterations to the frame are done to customize it to your plan.
8 - Once the foundation is ready, we arrive with the barn frame. (Now it gets exciting.) In under a week our crew will have your barn frame stood. It is now ready for panels or for the walls and roof to be framed.
9 - Then you will go through the rest of the process of building, not unlike any other house:
Framing or SIP panels, roofing, exterior siding, plumbing and electrical, heating and air conditioning, interior finishes, cabinetry, flooring, painting, fixtures.
And then you move in and realize that it really is a wonderful, unique house. Everyone will marvel at it. You will become a revered historian and local legend. And you will sleep better at night with the thought that some time, hundreds of years ago, perhaps even before Thomas Jefferson sat down and wrote the Declaration of Independence or Washington and his small army crossed the Delaware, or Davy Crockett and his Tennessee Volunteers died defending the Alamo, some pioneers built your home’s barn frame by hand with the broad axe and adz from the wild, virgin forest. And they never imagined in their wildest dreams that one day you would be living in it . . . and neither did you.