The time has come: you’ve decided to embark on the journey to building a new home!
Whether you’re downsizing or upgrading, making room for new family members, or looking for something that better suits your style -- this is an exciting, new chapter in your life.
You’ll probably have a lot of questions before feeling comfortable enough to get the ball rolling and break ground on your new build. Our Custom Home Building Guide is here to help.
No matter where you are in your building process, or if this is your first time, this guide has the information you need:
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There’s nothing like having a home that meets ALL of your needs. While the real estate market is full of homes, chances are there’s not one that checks all your boxes. You’ll likely make some sacrifices.
That’s where custom home building comes in. Designed and built exclusively for you, a custom home is truly your home.
Custom builds offer a prospective homeowner a variety of benefits:
If you’re investing time and money into finding your dream home, why not make it exactly what you’re dreaming of? Custom home building is the best way to make sure all needs, considerations, and preferences are met.
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If you’ve decided a custom home is the right option for you, there are three construction method
to choose from:
Let’s dive into each method.
Panelized construction is a hybrid of modular and stick building. Walls are manufactured in 8-12 ft. segments with exterior sheathing installed and then shipped to the job site, where they’re Roof trusses and other pre-cut or prefabricated components are shipped to the job site as well.
Panelized manufacturers are all different. Some use the mass-manufacturing benefits of this method to rapidly construct large tract communities with limited or no customization options. Others offer the benefits of panelized construction as a complete, off-site design-and-build package.
Barden, for example, supplies many of the materials to build the home while offering in-house design services to streamline the process to a single contact point. Unlike modular building, we allow our customers the freedom to purchase and select their own materials if our selections aren’t to their tastes, allowing for designs with no limitations.
Barden panelized construction allows you to choose your building materials and choose your subcontractors and building team -- leaving you in the driver’s seat through the entire process.
Modular building and panel building are often confused for one another. Though the methods are similar, there are distinct differences in how homes are built under each method, as well as the final results produced.
Modular homes are fully constructed in a factory, all interior and exterior features included, in large segments or “modules.” They are then shipped to the building lot and placed on a waiting foundation.
These homes come in a wide range of quality: from a small, “single box” ranch all the way to 4,000+ sq. ft. homes shipped in several segments. Depending on the manufacturer, the homes may be built to flimsy code minimums or engineered to the high standards of a luxury builder.
Modular homes benefit from:
However, they do have their drawbacks, with the biggest being design restrictions due to being built in full segments. For example, ceiling heights are limited and cathedral/vaulted ceilings require more costly site-built construction. Open floor plans are possible, but design may be limited to navigating around support beams and other structural requirements.
From the outside, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between modular vs. panelized homes. Many of the considerations for choosing one method over the other has to do with the process involved in creating the home.
There are downsides to modular building when compared to panel construction. Although modular building allows for customization, it’s limited to the selections provided by the manufacturer. Design is constrained by what can be engineered to fit on a trailer for shipment.
During shipping, fixtures installed at the factory and structural integrity can be damaged. It’s also common for a modular home’s construction to experience delays by the crews required to do the finishing work on the home, negating the benefit of speedy initial assembly.
For most people, stick building is what usually comes to mind when thinking of custom home construction. It’s one of the oldest building methods out there.
Stick-built homes are constructed entirely on-site. Raw materials are delivered, cut to size, assembled and installed on location. Stick framing offers large flexibility of design and material selections.
In both the case of stick building and panel-built houses, the home is assembled on-site. However, their differences come down to what happens during construction.
While panelized construction allows for a fast build, stick building simply does not. Fit and finish are left entirely to the skill and care of the building crew. Raw materials are left exposed to the elements until assembly.
Stick building is slower than panelized construction, which means your new home is sitting unenclosed and unfinished while exposed to the elements. And all the while, additional time racks up interest on your construction loan.
Drafting and design of stick-built homes can be done by either an architect -- a $5,000-$10,000 up-front cost for the customer -- or offered by the builder. Choosing the right designer here can make or break the entire project. The smallest oversight of engineering details can result in drywall cracking, floor bounce, or other structural issues.
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Often, one of the first things our customers wonder when looking into building a custom home is how much it will cost?
The most frequently asked question we get from prospective new homeowners is: “How do I pay for it all?”
There are two ways to finance custom home construction:
We encourage you to research both options to find one that best suits your needs. Your independent dealer is also a great resource for potential solutions.
A construction loan is a short-term, higher-interest loan given to pay for construction.
Funds are initially released in chunks, called draws, as construction milestones are completed. There can be anywhere from two to 10 draws in a construction loan. A loan structured with fewer draws may leave you responsible to pay contractors up-front until the required milestone is met to release the next draw.
There are several types of construction loans available:
New construction loans are issued with a time limit, usually 6 months to 1 year, to complete the project. Choosing an experienced builder or general contractor is necessary to make sure the project is completed on time.
Panelized construction can happen very quickly compared to other building methods. This can lead to less time accruing high construction loan interest.
Future custom homeowners obtain construction loans from banks. But be aware: Major banks tend not to offer these types of loan products.
Many local and regional banks do offer construction financing. Loan packages usually only include 2-4 draws in their packages.
Third-party lenders take construction loans completely out of the banking system. Though a fairly regulated industry, third-party loan providers don’t have the same level of oversight or protection as banks. That said, there are plenty of reputable third-party lenders that focus exclusively on construction loans. They’re able to offer similar rates, terms, and conditions as a bank.
Choosing from the many third-party lenders can be time-consuming. And each has different stipulations for its loans.
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After financing is secured, there are six steps to building a custom home with Barden:
To create your dream home, our in-house departments coordinate with other area specialists to build a team of experts.
We handle coordination and communication with team members, enabling a single point of contact throughout your building experience.
There are three branches to your custom home building team:
Our in-house team is responsible for designing the home, manufacturing the framing, and supplying all other materials to finish the home.
The materials we supply include:
There are some materials we do not supply, but this does NOT mean that our customers are left to source these items on their own. Our dealers have trusted subcontractors and suppliers to recommend/enlist for these jobs. However, the customer may find and choose their own if they have preferred vendors or contractors.
Some of the materials/services that we don’t supply include:
Please note that Barden Building Products doesn’t supply or assist with appliances, landscaping, fencing, or interior design either.
The Barden in-house team provides support for our dealers to ensure their projects run smoothly.
Next to you (and your vision for the perfect home), Barden Independent Dealers are the most important part of building with Barden.
As members of the Barden family, our independent dealers are each unique and operate as independent companies.
Some act as consultants, helping to facilitate the entire home-building process. Consultant-type dealers don’t perform any of the actual construction. They often work with customers who are acting as their own general contractor.
Other independent dealers are contractors. The major difference between a contractor dealership and a consultant is that the contractor actually builds the home.
Though each their own business, all Barden Independent Dealers perform the following tasks:
Our dealers offer a wide range of construction options -- from turnkey homes to assisted DIY.
Contact us to learn more about our Barden Independent Dealer network.
Subcontractors are specialists who complete specific parts of your new home’s construction.
There are several types of subcontractors that can be called in for a custom home building project:
Whether working with your dealer’s recommendations, selecting your own, or taking on these jobs yourself, you’re in full control of this aspect of your project.
If you’re interested in the panel building process, but have a few more questions before you get started, get in touch with our team to set up a time to meet.
If you’re ready to embark on the journey of partnering with Barden Building Products, contact us -- our team is ready to get to work! We’ll be in touch quickly with the next steps for beginning work on your dream home.
We get it -- there’s a lot to building a custom home. That’s why we’ve made our Custom Home Building Guide downloadable for you to revisit later.
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