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One of the things Barden Building Products and our Barden Independent Dealers pride ourselves on is that all Barden homes are 100% customizable to the homeowner’s preferences. Chances are if there’s something you’d like included in your next home, we can accommodate it -- even if you don’t see it here.

Most of our floor plans see some sort of adjustment(s) made by the homeowner. We love seeing what they come up with and making their dream home a reality. 

But every good custom home needs a foundation to build from, so to speak. That’s why all Barden homes have a set of standard elements that we’ve refined during our decades in the home building business. 

We cannot stress enough: a Barden home is your home -- customize it however you like!   


Floor Deck Framing

Floor joists are what holds up your floor. If they aren’t properly sized and engineered, your floor can become echoey or bouncy.  To mitigate this,  we install a flexible standard base on the span the joist covers. We’ll either increase the thickness of the joists or double them up for additional strength. We’ll also use an engineered product called an “I joist” for extra strength in certain applications. 

Barden homes are built with 2x10 joists, or 2x12 wood joists as required, that are pre-cut to correct lengths. Steel girders are installed upon request or as needed -- a popular option to eliminate basement support posts. 

The subfloor is the surface that covers the floor joists. Finished flooring is laid on top of the subfloor. 

Barden homes include ¾" tongue & groove OSB (Oriented Strand Board) subfloor with subfloor adhesive. OSB is an engineered product made by adding adhesives to wood strands in a particular orientation and then compressing them. 

The result is a product that we’ve found to hold up better to the elements during construction. Although our houses are enclosed more quickly than traditional homes during building, exposure to elements is still a factor we consider.  Using an OSB ensures quality.

We also have traditional plywood available as well as other options. 

Material Specs At a Glance

  • 5-1/2" Styrofoam sill seal

  • 2x6 Pressure treated wall plate

  • Built-up LVL girder, as required per plan

  • 2x10 floor joists

  • 3⁄4" T&G High performance OSB subfloor w/ subfloor adhesive

  • 3" diameter round one-piece steel basement posts w/adjustable threads.

Exterior Walls & Interior Partitions

Our Fast Track Framing System leverages the panelized construction method and allows for virtually no human error during home construction. Exterior wall panels and interior partitions are pre-built by the team at North American Truss, our manufacturing division, inside our factory using sophisticated equipment to ensure exact measurements and cuts. Panels and partitions are then shipped to the job site and installed quickly & efficiently. A home is made weather-tight in a matter of days, not weeks. 

We’re regularly asked if Barden homes use 2x4 or 2x6 wall panels.  That’s an easy answer: 2x6 construction has been our standard for more than 30 years. Thicker 2x6 walls offer a stronger structure and more room for insulation

Of note: 

  • We do offer 2x4 wall panels for cost-conscious homeowners. However, no homeowner has ever used that option. 
  • 2x8 wall panels are available upon request for additional insulation space. 
  • Some Barden homes have been built with 2 sets of walls filled with spray foam insulation for extra eco-conscious homeowners.

Exterior wall panels of Barden homes are sheathed with 7/16’ OSB -- the industry standard.  We also offer plywood sheathing as well as specialty ZIP and ZIP-R sheathing for eco-conscious homeowners.

Material Specs At a Glance

  • Wall panel height: 8'-1 1⁄8”
  • 2x6 studs, 16" OC on exterior walls
  • 2x4 studs 16" OC on garage walls
  • 2x4 studs 16" OC on interior partitions
  • 2x6 studs 16" OC on plumbing walls
  • 2x8 or 2x10 headers on bearing walls as necessary
  • Single bottom and double top plates
  • Corner and partition backers installed in panels
  • 7/16” OSB sheathing on all exterior walls
  • House wrap, infiltration barrier included 
  • 2x6 partition cap for sheetrock nailer on first floor partitions: 1-1⁄2” metal ceiling angles for sheetrock backer on partitions perpendicular to the trusses
  • Gable end framing, stud nailer for siding 16" OC NOTE: Gable end sheathing 7/16” OSB. If plywood wall sheathing option is used, then the gable would also receive the same.


Siding & Exterior Trim 

Future homeowners can choose siding from Alside’s full catalog or go with our standard offering of its Odyssey Plus line.  We also offer siding by James Hardie for those interested in low-maintenance siding options. Requests for alternative siding options, such as wood or metal, are also available.

Nothing dresses up your custom home like exterior trim. In fact, when our designers create your home, they include exterior trim options that boost your home’s curb appeal. 

Material Specs At a Glance

  • Alside Odyssey Plus siding, standard colors
  • Vinyl J blocks, (8) included

Exterior trim

  • White aluminum pre-bent fascia
  • Vinyl Alside Alliance T4 soffit
  • Vinyl louvered shutters per print
  • 6x6 PT porch posts


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Roof & Ceiling Framing

After 70 years in the home-building business, we’ve developed an intricate manufacturing process which virtually eliminates issues like roof truss lift or drywall cracking after construction

Future Barden homeowners may choose GAF architectural shingles, which boast a 50-year guarantee, or a metal roof from All Metal Works for their home. 

Material Specs At a Glance

Roof & Ceiling Framing

  • Truss system designed for 24" OC installation
  • Roof pitch per plan
  • 2x4 top and bottom chords
  • 2x4 lateral bracing w/ tie down clips
  • 5/8" OSB sheathing with clips


  • Synthetic underlayment, ice & water sheild, prefinished
    metal dripedge, aluminum flashing
  • GAF Timberline HD shingles
  • Shingle-over ridge vent with nail on ladders-6" or 12"

Exterior Doors & Windows

We have an extensive catalog of doors and windows from multiple manufacturers that future homeowners can choose from. 


Plastpro fiberglass doors are standard for main entrance doors. Homeowners can also select exterior doors from MMI Door, which offers  quality name brands, such as  JELD-WEN and Plastpro.  We can accommodate requests for solid wood doors through supplier Simpson Door Company, as well. 

Barden homes’ service doors are smooth fiberglass and foam insulated with a thermal break threshold applied. Our house-to-garage doors are steel fire doors with no glass.

Locksets included for all exterior doors.


Materials Specs At a Glance 

  • Main entrance door: Smooth fiberglass, foam insulated, 3/0x6/8 with thermal break threshold applied
  • Service door: per plan, Smooth fiberglass, foam insulated with thermal break threshold applied
  • House to garage door: 90-minute steel fire door
  • Exterior door brick mould & jamb are FrameSaver Products.
  • Locksets with deadbolts included for all exterior doors



Custom windows are available from JELD-WEN’s Brickmould Vinyl Window Series. 

Barden also offers other window options from Jeld-Wen,  as well as Pella, Andersen, and Marvin.

Material Specs At a Glance 

  • Jeld-Wen Brickmould series vinyl windows, styles per print, low-e, argon filled insulated glass, w/ screens and primed extension jamb.
  • Colors: White, Almond, Desert Sand


Garage doors

Barden homes with garages have Overhead Door’s 190 Series garage doors installed by Overhead Door technicians. Garage door openers are included. We also offer selections from Overhead Door’s full catalog.

Material Specs At a Glance 

  •  Overhead Door brand 190 series/5740 model, 9/0 x 7/0, or 16/0 x 7/0 per print
  • Available colors: White, Almond, Sandstone, Hunter Green, Terra Brown, Brown, Desert Tan, Gray, Black
  • Opener included with each OHD
  • Odyssey 1000 or Destiny HP

Interior Trim

Practically every part of a Barden home is customizable. Standard interior trim components of a Barden home and popular upgrades include: 

Baseboard and casing

Barden offers these 2 baseboard styles as standard options: 

HomNarrow MDF styles #366 & #623


Baseboard and casing are also available in other styles as well as in solid pine or oak through Metrie. Matching crown molding can be added also.

Swing Doors

Hollow core fiberglass molded doors with primed jambs and hardware.

Upgrade: Solid core and solid pine interior doors are also available.

Closet Doors

Bypass, bi-Fold or double, swing per plan.

Attic Access

Access panel: 22"x30"


Levers or knobs in finish of choice.

Upgrade: All selections from both Schlage and Baldwin are available including Digital/smart locks.

Vinyl Shelving

12” shelf & rod in closet, (4) rows of shelving in linen or pantry.

Staircases & Railing Systems

All staircases and railing in a Barden home are custom made. Homeowners can choose from our extensive list of materials and finishing options to create a staircase that seamlessly complements the rest of their home. 

Custom Kitchens & Vanities

Barden’s in-house kitchen designer works with great local brands to design custom cabinetry and countertops hand-in-hand with our drafting staff to seamlessly deliver the kitchen of your dreams. Our cabinetry brands include Homecrest semi-custom cabinets and Candlelight custom cabinets

Material Specs At a Glance

Homecrest Cabinetry kitchen cabinet & bathroom vanities with allowance to include:

  • Arbor door style with partial overlay
  • 30" upper wall cabinets
  • 1/2" thick furniture board shelves
  • Fully concealed cup hinges
  • Cultured marble vanity tops
  • Wisonart laminate Formica countertops w/ square edge


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