How Much of Your Home Building Budget Goes to an Architect?

Posted by Andrew Barden on May 17, 2019 10:42:24 AM

When building a custom home, there is one thing on the forefront of everyone’s minds: budget. As any savvy new home owner knows, budget goes beyond setting one fixed number and sticking to it through the building process.

While it is important to have your “magic number” or goal budget -- It’s also to know how much of that budget is allocated to various facets of the building process. And most important of all? Finding areas where they can tighten their budget, and save a little money if possible.

In this article we’re going to explore one major, expensive aspect of the home building budget: hiring an architect. How much of your budget should be going to an architect? Just how much are you getting for your money?

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Topics: New Home, Financing, Custom Home

Custom Building Systems vs. Configurable Building

Posted by Andrew Barden on Apr 30, 2019 9:06:25 AM

When you’re building your dream home, you want to be able to customize it with everything that you and your family needs.

This is why choosing the proper building system or method to allow for ample customization is of paramount importance when embarking on your home building journey.

Some home building systems and builders enable configurable building, but not truly customizable. We put together this guide to explore common limitations with some home building methods, and explore how much they are custom versus configurable.

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Topics: Panel Built Home, Buffalo Home Building, Custom Home

What Goes Into the Price of a Barden Home: An Open Letter

Posted by Andrew Barden on Apr 5, 2019 12:28:20 PM

Dear Future Homeowner,

The first thing on everyone’s mind when thinking about building a new home is obvious: how much will it cost?

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Topics: Panelized Construction, New Home, Financing, Custom Home

Universal Design for Home Accessibility

Posted by Andrew Barden on Mar 29, 2019 4:28:48 PM

Unfortunately, it seems as though “accessible home” has become a buzzword in the home building community with many  misconceptions surrounding the true meaning of universal design and home accessibility.

To some, accessible home design simply means adding a wheelchair ramp. While this is one facet of universal, accessible design -- there is so much more to uncover. When we fail to account for other facets of accessible building when discussing the concept, we leave out many people who can benefit from universal design.

We aim to get to the heart of home accessibility, what it means, who benefits from it, and how to build it in this article.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Panel Home Building, Universal Home Design, Custom Home, Accessible Home Building